14 of Africa's Most Incredible Destinations for Animal Lovers

14 of Africa's Most Incredible Destinations for Animal Lovers

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Pack your trunks and prepare to get wild, swim with elephants, glide with gorillas, and sleep with lions.

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    An astonishing 80 percent of Madagascar’s wildlife can be found only on what’s known as the mysterious “island of the moon.” The reserve is home to a large variety of lemurs, birds, reptiles and invertebrates.
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    It's wild and untrammeled feel is what sets it apart from other reserves.
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    Cat lovers will love Sabi Sands, as the best place on earth to see leopard, Africa’s most elusive big cat.
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    The highlight here are the elephants, as the park is home to one of the largest populations on the planet with around 40,000. Hwange also has one of the biggest populations of wild dogs left in Africa.
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    Only a few lodges allow the opportunity to explore the reserve, but you’ll have the chance to camp in the heart of the Kalahari within earshot of roaring lions.
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    One of Africa’s most famous national parks, set across roughly 128 square miles of improbably steep mountain rainforest, home to an estimated 360 gorillas.
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    Even the seasoned safari-goer is struck by the wild African spirit of Mara.
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    Birdlife varies from huge eagles and raptors to scavenging marabou storks to colorful hornbills, parrots and songbirds. It’s also one of the best maintained parks in Africa, making it ideal for a more affordable, easily accessible self-drive safari.
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    Solio Reserve is home to roughly 250 black and white rhino and considered the best place to see these increasingly rare species.
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    Embarking on canoeing safaris down the Lower Zambezi offers sightings of elephants swimming across the river, as well as impala, zebra, buffalo, leopard, lion and cheetah who stop to take a drink.
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    A bird lover’s paradise, home to as many as two million flamingos that linger around the edge of the lake, drawn by their favorite food, a green algae known as Cyanophyta Spirulina Plantensis.
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    There are approximately 120,000 elephants here, along with herds of zebra, buffalo, giraffe and wildebeest who can frequently be seen congregating around the Savuti Marsh during the dry, cooler winter months between April and October.
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