Travel insights from Taylor Coulson, contributing editor of The Compass

Adventures in Africa: 5 Wild Animal Attractions

If you’re off to Africa, you’ll be wild for these animal attractions. African wildlife can be tame when you’re as up close and personal as these five wild animal attractions get to the iconic Big Five and beyond: leopards, lions, elephants, buffalo and rhinoceroses. Don’t worry – we didn’t forget about giraffes, hippos or whales.

1. Vic Falls to Kruger

Victoria Falls is a popular destination in Africa, but nothing compares to this short trip with Intrepid Travel’s Vic Falls to Kruger guided tour. This overland trip immerses travelers in ancient cultures of iconic South African sites like Hwange, Matabos and Kruger national parks, Blyde River Canyon and Victoria Falls, of course. Exciting and educational, this trip will teach you about rescue and rehabilitation of wildlife and human-wildlife conflict. You’ll spot elephants from an open-air 4x4 vehicle, track rhinos by foot and take in incredible views from spectacular South African places.

2. Giraffe Manor Hotel

This hotel is perfect for travelers that are crazy about wildlife but don’t want to adventure far beyond their comfort zones or hotel suites. Stay and play in eastern Africa at the Giraffe Manor in Kenya. It’s one of Nairobi’s most iconic buildings and one of the world's most adventurous hotels. Endangered giraffes pay visit to hotel guests by poking their long necks and heads through the windows, morning and evening. Romantic and exclusive, this boutique hotel naturally makes guests feel immersed into the indigenous forests of Africa.

3. Okavango Experience

Intrepid Travel's Okavango Experience guided tour takes travelers to Africa’s remote aquatic wonderlands and magical animal encounters. It begins in Johannesburg, South Africa, goes along the Chobe River’s shores and national park and ends in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. The early bird gets the worm (or lions, elephants and rhinos in this case), since early sunrises are best for spotting wildlife. You’ll be able to go overland wildlife-spotting from the comfort of a purpose-built vehicle. On this trip you can explore a hot spot for African elephants, visit the Khama Rhino Sanctuary and some of the world’s largest salt flats at Makgadikgadi Salt Pans.

4. Exploring South Africa, Victoria Falls & Botswana

Collette Travel's Exploring South Africa, Victoria Falls & Botswana guided tour goes beyond fancy resorts and tourist hot spots. South Africa has expanded into what some call “The Rainbow Nation” due to various and colorful things to experience like wineries in the Western Cape, tiny villages, a remote wilderness in Botswana and the roar of thunder in Victoria Falls. But that’s not all… you can spot wildlife by land, air or water since an aerial cable car up to Table Mountain is offered in addition to driving through Chobe National Park and river. Top off your trip with a 4x4 ride to an African Sundowner – happy hour during sunset hours.

5. The Great Migration

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All year-round, the Great Migration takes place in Kenya. Nearly 1.5 million wildebeest, zebra and gazelle trek in a 1,200-mile oval circuit seeking food, water and greenery. They begin in Tanzania’s Serengeti then continue along the Tanzanian border towards the Masai Mara where lions, cheetahs, elephants and hippos have been spotted. David Bromham, A&K professional safari guide in East Africa, says that “This is one wildlife encounter to witness,” and says that August is probably the best month to catch a crossing on this tour, as there have been occasions where animals have been seen three to four times in one day.

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