African Safari Review - which one is the best?\nAfter spending six months travelling from Cairo to Cape Town in Africa I was able to go on several African safari in Ethiopia, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa.\n\nCheck out my post on The 15 Safest countries in Africa to see where these countries rank!\n\nI often travel to places for certain animal encounters - Tonga for swimming with humpback whales, Costa Rice for Quetzals, China for pandas and Fiji for diving the reefs so Africa was no exception. I had a 'shopping list' of animals I wanted to see and was looking forward to experiencing them in the wild.\n\nI've wanted to put together a list of my favourite safaris and where they were and what to do. \u00a0After visiting 15 countries in Africa these are some of my top moments on African safari.\nSimien Mountains, Ethiopia\nEthiopia has something for everyone.\u00a0 It\u2019s a diverse country with something for everyone such as culture, history, food and wildlife. \u00a0I wouldn't call it a traditional African safari but I went trekking in the Simien Mountains in northern Ethiopia in search of the Gelada Baboon which is only found there.\u00a0 The landscape is spectacular after millions of years of erosion which has created deep valleys and jagged peaks.\u00a0 There are several treks in the Simien Mountains offering amazing scenery and plenty of wildlife such as the ibex (a wild goat found nowhere else in the world), caracal, and Ethiopian wolves.\u00a0 The Simien Mountains are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and well worth a visit as it is like nowhere else on earth.\n\n\nLake Nakuru National Park, Kenya\nOur day at Nakuru was very relaxing and this was the best safari I did in Kenya. We went with a local couple in a large bus and basically spent the day driving around the lake looking for animals. How fun! Nakuru is known for their flamingoes and their rhinos. We were really lucky to see both the white rhino and the black rhino.\nSamburu National Park, Kenya\nMy first safari was in Samburu National Park in Kenya. We were all a bit excited to see the wildlife there and they have the endangered Rothchild giraffes there. \u00a0We also saw our first lions and they had just hunted an impala and were eating it under the shade of a tree.\n\n\nBwindi National Park, Uganda\nThe birdlife in Uganda is amazing. \u00a0Especially around Lake Bunyonyi. \u00a0We took a morning canoe ride around the lake and watched all the birdlife first thing in the morning taking a bath and looking for breakfast.\nVolcanoes National Park, Rwanda\nWe hiked about half an hour into the forest with our tracker. \u00a0The trackers go out first thing in the morning to find the gorillas and know where they are. \u00a0They radio the guides and tell them where to go. \u00a0Once you reach the tracker you must leave all of your stuff except your camera there. \u00a0I was the first one in following the guide and next thing you know I was face to face with a gorilla. \u00a0I turned to the guide and was pointing going there\u2019s a gorilla right there and he was like yeah, I know. \u00a0I was not expecting to be that close by any means.\n\n\nThis picture of Kubaka was taken moments before he charged me. \u00a0Our guide was cutting down some foliage and Kubaka didn\u2019t like him cutting down his food source so he charged us. \u00a0Can\u2019t say I blame him! Our guide would make sounds like a gorilla to tell them everything is alright. \u00a0It was amazing to see how fast he could move towards us and watching his face get angry was just as amazing as it was scary.\nSerengeti National Park, Tanzania\nThis was my favourite African safari by far. \u00a0I spent four days exploring the park and this is where I saw the most animals on a safari. \u00a0We saw over 50 lions in a day and five leopards along with countless other animals. \u00a0Now everyone knows the elusive leopard is hard to spot (haha enjoy the pun) but we were able to see five leopards. \u00a0The Serengeti is where you go to see big cats and the big five!\n\n\nNgorongoro Crate, Tanzania\nIs a world heritage site in a volcanic caldera. \u00a0Named by the Maasai and translate to the Gift of Life. \u00a0The movie the Lion King is based on this area and you will find all the big five in this area. \u00a0There are lots of zebras and buffalos here but you will not find giraffes in the crater because the road down to the crater is too steep for them to get down!\n\nCheck out this post on a camping safari in Tanzania.\n\n\nLivingstone Safari, Zambia\nThe Zambian bush around Livingstone is teaming with wildlife. \u00a0Even as we took a cruise down the Zambezi we saw animals all along the banks including elephants. \u00a0When I took a helicopter ride over the Falls we saw both elephants and giraffes. \u00a0And lastly when we went to the Royal Livingstone Hotel for afternoon tea on the Zambezi we say giraffes on the way in and zebras joined us for lunch!\n\nCheck out my post on the best binoculars for your safari.\u00a0 The biggest mistake I made was not to bring my own and I had to keep borrowing the guides.\u00a0 Don't make the same mistake as me!\nMatobo National Park, Zimbabwe\nThis remarkable part of Zimbabwe should be on everyone's list. \u00a0At Matobo National Park you can go on a walking safari to see the black rhino. \u00a0Yes, I said walking tour. \u00a0Its so cool to see these animals up close and personal. \u00a0Its one of the most memorable experiences walking up to these magnificent creatures.\nChobe National Park, Botswana\nChobe National Park is known for its elephants as there are approximately 120,000 elephants in the park.\u00a0 You can actually visit Chobe as a day trip from Livingstone, Zambia as it is about an hour drive to the ferry which takes 10 minutes and then the safari trucks pick you up on the other side.\n\n\nWe started our day with a morning cruise down the river where we watched elephants swimming in the river.\u00a0 This was such a highlight as we watched them play and completely submerge themselves except for their trunk which was above water.\u00a0 After lunch, we took the open top safari trucks further into the park and saw lions, impalas, giraffes and more elephants.\u00a0 This photo is of\u00a0a\u00a0two week old baby elephant.\u00a0 Isn\u2019t he cute?\u00a0 You won\u2019t be disappointed by all the wildlife in Chobe National Park.\nSt Lucia Wetlands, South Africa\nThe city of St Lucia is a UNESCO World Heritage site. \u00a0Its a more relaxed type of safari with plenty of wildlife to see. \u00a0St Lucia is along the southeastern coast of South Africa and you can often see whales from the shore.\n\n\nSo when we came up to a gate for the national park I tried to wrangle my way through saying that our hotel was just on the other side. \u00a0So we decided to take the most direct route to the other gate. \u00a0On the way we saw all of the usual suspects \u2013 plenty of antelopes, zebras and such but we were also able to see four rhinos by the side of the road. \u00a0And we just missed about 15 elephants at the entrance knocking down trees and such but we saw the aftermath of them coming through.\n\nIf you are looking for more action while in South Africa why not try fly fishing in South Africa?\n\nThere are several places to go on safari in Southern Africa. Check out these self drive safaris in Southern Africa.\nKrueger National Park, South Africa\nThis was my last safari in Africa. \u00a0We saw all the usual suspects in Kruger starting with a giraffe and then elephants and zebras. \u00a0We gave our guide our 'shopping list' for Kruger and he helped us find a few of the animals. \u00a0We said that we hadn\u2019t seen rhinos in awhile, we loved all the cats \u2013 lions, cheetahs, leopards, and wanted to see the African dogs. \u00a0We were able to see all of these things on our safari.\n\n\nThese are my top 12 African safari that I have been one. \u00a0Have you been on safari before? \u00a0If not, where would you like to go? Check out this post on the best cameras for safari.