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Visiting Africa is your chance to glimpse things you don't see every day: lions, giraffes, elephants and many other wild animals. Get close to them the safe and comfortable way on a safari holiday. A safari gives you the protection and advice of a guide with the flexibility to explore in your own way. Below are our top tips for safari tours and destinations.
 

Kenya

Going on safari is a must when holidaying in Kenya. It's as essential as a gondola ride in Venice or sampling authentic pizza in Italy. Book a private safari experience, travel together, or be part of a small group tour.

Maasai Mara National Reserve is named for Kenya's indigenous Maasai tribe. The reserve has hordes of wildebeest – close to 1.3 million of them. Lions, leopards and cheetahs can also be seen in large numbers.

There's another national park in the capital city, Nairobi. Here, you have a rare chance to see the black rhino, which is on the verge of extinction. Kenya's nickname is 'the wildlife capital of the world', and Nairobi is where you can see almost 400 different varieties of birds.

For a close look at Kenya's big cats, like the Masai lion, trek out to Tsavo. At 8,000 square miles, Tsavo National Park is one of the world's biggest. The volcanic craters to the west of the park are surrounded by old lava flows from when they were active.

 

South Africa

The incredible range of things to see and do in South Africa is as you'd expect from 'the rainbow nation'. It's a culturally diverse region with 11 official languages. People come to South Africa for destination weddings (and honeymoons), the rugby, the wildlife and the chance to explore.

Making your South Africa trip an active one is easy. Safari holidays are a popular way to see the country, which has around 20 national parks. Kruger National Park is known as the home of the 'big five': rhinos, leopards, elephants, lions and buffalo. The other tourist draw is Table Mountain National Park, which runs from Cape Town down to the Cape of Good Hope.

Addo Elephant National Park, near Port Elizabeth, has more to discover than the name might suggest. It's also a conservation area for the great white shark and the southern right whale.

You can also book day safari trips and tours which start from Johannesburg, South Africa's capital. Jo'burg (as the locals call it) is going through rapid regeneration, and the centre buzzes with energy all day.

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