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Camping Safaris in Africaby Tania Wheeler

Camping safaris in Africa offer the ultimate way to experience the beauty of Africa, with a wide range of highly affordable safaris on offer to suit every taste and budget. From the very early days of African travel, visitors have long been enthralled by the scenery, wildlife and birdlife that the continent has in such abundance, with each destination offering its own unique charms. Camping safari trips take things one step further, putting you right into the heart of the African wilderness for an adventure that will be remembered for years to come.

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Three of the most popular and rewarding camping safaris by far include the following:

1. Kruger National Park Kruger National Park safaris are hugely popular with visitors and locals alike, offering a thrilling and memorable wildlife experience on the borders of South Africa's Mpumalanga and Limpopo provinces. The park is home to a staggering 336 tree, 49 fish, 34 amphibian, 114 reptile, 507 bird and 147 mammal species (including the famous Big 5 - lion, elephant, rhino, leopard and buffalo), with 18,989 square kilometres of beautiful landscapes to be found. A number of rivers run through the park from west to east, including the Sabie River. The size and sheer magnificence of Kruger National Park makes these camping safaris extremely popular, offering an excellent option for travellers seeking an affordable and exciting big game experience.

2. Serengeti National Park Serengeti National Park offers one of the most unforgettable camping safaris in Africa, with the awe-inspiring natural spectacle of the annual wildebeest migration into bordering Kenya offering a once-in-a-lifetime wildlife experience. Situated in Tanzania, and forming part of the Northern Tanzanian Safari Circuit this park is home to an abundance of wildlife including the millions of wildebeest that make their way across the borders each year in a huge stampede. Additional must-sees in the park are the famous tree-climbing lions and some of the largest elephants in Africa, with massive tusks that are built to adapt to the vegetation and landscapes of this area. Within this region you can also visit Ngorongoro Crater - a prehistoric crater that is teeming with game and luscious vegetation presenting incredible wildlife viewing opportunities. The trip from the Serengeti into the Crater is one of the most beautiful and memorable ones imaginable, passing through the 'Cradle of Mankind' and the Rift Valley, with undulating landscapes and game to be seen throughout.

3. Botswana From its lush waterways to its harsh deserts, Botswana is teeming with wildlife, bird life, plant life and fascinating culture. Key destinations on camping safaris in this region include the Moremi Wildlife Reserve, Savuti National Park and Chobe National Park, with large numbers of elephant, lion, rhino and many other game species to be found throughout. Explore the deltas of the Okavango in a moroko (canoe) and witness some of the rare and magnificent species of bird, reptile, fish and game to be found in this beautiful country. Botswana is arguably one of the most visited countries in Africa for its wildlife alone, ensuring one of the best options for camping safaris in Africa - especially for nature lovers seeking an affordable overland adventure in this spectacular country.

For information and trips into these beautiful regions, contact the experts at OverlandingAfrica.com.

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