THE 6 LEAST KNOWN BUT IMPRESSIVE AFRICAN SAFARIS 2024

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Embark on an unforgettable journey through the hidden wonders of Africa with our guide to the continent’s lesser-known safari gems. Beyond the famed Serengeti and the iconic Kruger National Park lies a world of untouched wilderness, where nature thrives in its purest form. From the walking safaris of Zambia’s South Luangwa to the canoe adventures in Zimbabwe’s Mana Pools, the vast salt pans of Botswana’s Makgadikgadi, the elephant havens of Kenya’s Amboseli, the pristine waters of Tanzania’s Lake Tanganyika, and the expansive landscapes of Kenya’s Tsavo, each destination unfolds a unique story of beauty, adventure, and wildlife. These hidden treasures offer a glimpse into the heart of Africa, where the wild roams free and the landscapes speak to the soul. Dive into our guide to discover the road less traveled, where the essence of safari comes alive.

1. South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

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Known as the birthplace of the walking safari, South Luangwa offers an unparalleled wildlife viewing experience, with its high concentration of animals along the Luangwa River. This park is famed for its diverse mammal population, including the unique Thornicroft’s giraffe and large herds of elephants and buffalo.

The untamed landscapes, ranging from dense woodlands to open grasslands, provide a dramatic backdrop for both game drives and walking safaris​​​​.

2. Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe

 

A UNESCO World Heritage site, Mana Pools is celebrated for its remote wilderness, situated along the lower Zambezi River. The park’s name, “Mana,” means ‘four’ in Shona, referring to the four main pools that attract abundant wildlife, especially during the dry season.

Visitors can engage in unique safari experiences such as canoeing and walking without a guide among elephants, hippos, and a plethora of bird species. The park is also one of the few places where you can encounter the endangered African wild dogs in their natural habitat​​​​​​.

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3. Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, Botswana

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This vast salt pan, one of the largest in the world, transforms into a spectacular wildlife haven during the wet season. The Makgadikgadi Pans are known for their surreal landscapes and seasonal migrations of zebra and wildebeest, followed closely by predators.

The region offers unique interactions with meerkats and the opportunity to witness ancient baobabs, making it a stark contrast to the typical safari experience.

4. Amboseli National Park, Kenya

 

Famous for its stunning views of Mount Kilimanjaro and large herds of elephants, Amboseli provides a classic safari backdrop. The park’s swamps attract diverse wildlife, ensuring excellent game viewing opportunities.

Birdwatchers will find a paradise here, with over 400 species recorded. The Maasai community adds a cultural dimension to the wildlife-rich landscapes of Amboseli.

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5. Tsavo National Park, Kenya

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Tsavo, divided into East and West, offers some of Kenya’s most rugged wilderness. Tsavo East, known as the “Theatre of the Wild,” presents a vast semi-arid wilderness dominated by red dust-covered elephants and maneless lions unique to this region. With the Galana River providing a lifeline, the park is a stronghold for diverse wildlife, including vast herds of buffalo, lions, leopards, and over 500 bird species.

The park’s rich history, marked by the infamous Tsavo Man-Eaters and archaeological sites dating back to the Late Stone Age, adds a fascinating cultural dimension to its natural beauty.

6. Lake Tanganyika, Tanzania

 

The world’s longest freshwater lake and second deepest, Lake Tanganyika offers an exotic safari destination. It is renowned for its vibrant aquatic life, including hundreds of cichlid species, making it a dream for snorkelers and divers.

The surrounding national parks and reserves, such as Mahale Mountains and Gombe Stream, provide habitats for chimpanzees, inviting visitors to explore Africa’s great apes in their natural setting.

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These destinations exemplify the beauty and diversity of the African continent, each with its unique allure, promising unforgettable safari experiences far from the beaten path. From the walking safaris of South Luangwa and the canoe adventures in Mana Pools to the vastness of Makgadikgadi, the elephant encounters in Amboseli, and the pristine waters of Lake Tanganyika, these hidden gems offer a deeper connection with nature’s marvels.

Discover More: Journey Beyond the Beaten Path

Ready to explore the untouched beauty of Africa’s hidden safari gems? Our expertly curated adventures are designed to connect you with the raw and unfiltered beauty of the continent. From intimate wildlife encounters to breathtaking landscapes, let us guide you through an extraordinary exploration of these lesser-known destinations. Dive into the adventure of a lifetime and create unforgettable memories in Africa’s most secluded paradises.

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Vik Patel
Vik Patel
2023-12-17
From start to finish my experience with Nanan Travel to book our trip to Cape Town was superb! German is ultra-responsive and was a pleasure to work with throughout. His suggestions were great and he crafted an itinerary to meet my specific needs but also made sure I didn’t miss anything. All of the tours he scheduled were perfect and the airport transfers and guides were friendly and knew the areas we visited well. We really enjoyed the hotel we stayed at and all of the restaurant recommendations that he suggested based on my culinary preferences. Even when our trip started with an unexpected delay due to a passport issue, German went above and beyond to try and help us get here. I would highly recommend Nanan Travel for your trip. He will make it the trip of a lifetime for you!
Paola Izaguirre
Paola Izaguirre
2023-11-04
100% recomendado. Germán planeo con nosotros nuestro viaje a africa. Estuvo literal 24/7 durante todo el viaje, haciéndonos sentir seguros durante las 3 semanas que estuvimos en Africa. Los hoteles donde nos quedamos súper bonitos y súper bien ubicados, sus recomendaciones también súper! Definitivamente entendió lo que queríamos en este viaje. Los guías que nos puso todos con bastante conocimiento, muy buen inglés y amigables. Y en Capetown definitivamente Germán nos hizo sentir como locales y en casa! Ahora a planear africa parte 2 y con muchas ganas de volver a Cape Town! Thanks German!
Federico Dinenzon
Federico Dinenzon
2023-11-04
Germán is the bes. He knows everything in Africa and his service and attention to details is another level. Fully recommended
Daniel Georgiou
Daniel Georgiou
2023-11-04
This is the second time we have used Nanan Travel, and again we have been thrilled with our holiday. German took all of the hard work out of planning a complex holiday that involved travel to multiple countries in three weeks. Because German is based in Africa he has a local knowledge and has actually visited many of the destinations and hotels, which means he can provide first hand advice on where to visit and stay. The trip was meticulously planned by German and everything went smoothly. If we decide to go on another trip to Africa, German will be the first person we contact. We highly recommend!
Enrique Valdivia
Enrique Valdivia
2023-10-25
Hola Germán, queríamos aprovechar por agradecerte todas las gestiones! El avión me encantó el servicio, las hostess y hasta el piloto que avisaba con tienda si iba a haber turbulencias o no. El hotel también nos pareció perfecto! El location ideal, no mucha gente (como hubiera sido el Waterfront) y las camas y almohadas comodísimas! Los tours también excelentes. El del yate recontra simpático y conversador y Gabriel lo máximo también, reclntra puntual y sabía todo! Al pobre lo hemos hecho hablar sin parar por dos días y siempre con buenísima disposición!
Zeena Farouk
Zeena Farouk
2023-10-20
I was excited about my trip to Cape Town but was reluctant about going on a Safari on my own, however, German planned it all for me (and smoothly), and the whole experience has been one of the best (and for a frequent globe trotter like me) I have ever experienced! I will definitely be recommending German to anyone who has a mere interest in exploring Africa 🤎
Manuel Uribe
Manuel Uribe
2023-10-20
Everything in this trip was PERFECT!!! All the people and the appointments on time, the people all very nice, and the Hotels all prepared to take us in the best way and wonderful experience. The besto of the best!!!!
Miguel Silva
Miguel Silva
2023-10-19
German, es un gran profesional, cuida todos los detalles y la comunicación es super fluida y efectiva, adicional a eso es súper conocedor de todo lo referente a Sudáfrica, tiene los mejores contactos y las mejores alternativas, si duda es la mejor opción, cuando regresemos lo contactaremos sin pensarlo 02 veces.
Daniel Cacic
Daniel Cacic
2023-10-16
Highly Recommended! Toda la experiencia con Nanan fue A1. Los hoteles nos sorprendieron, todos fueron espectaculares y la experiencia con gorilas 'once in a lifetime'! Si no tienen a Africa en su bucket list, se lo están perdiendo! Volvería a ir!
Rodolfo Alexander Bernal
Rodolfo Alexander Bernal
2023-09-27
Egipto un destino que no podemos dejar de conocer, todo muy bien pensado y organizado, hoteles espectaculares, egiptólogos de primera, el crucero Historia en el Nilo totalmente recomendable, comida, atención y comodidad de primera, el hotel Cataract una joya a orillas del Nilo y el Marriot Mena House con la mejor vista de las pirámides, un viaje inolvidable. Gracias German!!!! Hasta nuestro próximo de viaje.

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