Africa is full of spellbinding locations with exceptional wildlife sightings.
And there is certainly more than one way to safari, the option to head off on horseback, by mountain bike, in a mokoro or on foot offer exciting alternatives to the 4X4 experience.
Mingle with Africa’s animal kingdom at Swaziland’s Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, its 4,560 hectares are composed of grassland plains and granite peaks. Safari on foot, by mountain bike or even take an optional overnight hack on horseback and sleep in a cave complete with San Bushman paintings. Expect to find some exotic species in this conservation hotspot, such as the honey badger, dwarf mongoose, aardwolf and striped polecat, and the more common hippo, ostrich, kudu, zebra and baboon.
Zimbabwe’s Motobo Hills National Park has one of the highest concentrations of leopard (estimated at five for every 16 square kilometres) in the world and it’s a haven for white rhino. For a heart pumping safari track rhino on foot and when you’re done search the skies for raptors. There are roughly 200 breeding pairs of black eagles in the park, compared to only 23 breeding pairs in the whole of South Africa.
Resting on the eastern side of the Okavango Delta, is Botswana’s award winning Moremi Game Reserve. Composed of lagoons, floodplains and islands, its 4,871 square kilometres is teeming with predators and the reserve is the last major stronghold for the endangered wild dog, around 30% of Africa’s entire population residing here.
If you’re a serious safari-goer enjoy a 4X4 encounter in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Head for South Africa’s Northern Cape province. Still relatively undiscovered and mostly crowd free year round, cheetah thrive here by hunting in its fossil river valleys and the surrounding Kalahari dunes. Leopard sightings in this part of the world are also said to be the “stuff of legend” and you might even spot the black maned Kalahari lion.