If you’re a first-timer, it may be best to stick to a more popular and tourist-friendly safari region. If you’re not sure where to start, consider centering your experience on visiting one of the “Big Five” animals: lions, leopards, rhinoceros, elephants, and cape buffalos. Seeing these mammals will bring you to Botswana, Zambia, Namibia, South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Malawi—most of which have established safari programs.
If you’re ready to jump head-first into adventure, consider basing your safari on gorilla tracking. This adventure will take you to Uganda, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, as well as many central Asian countries.