Where to Visit on Safari Vacations in Africa

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When planning safari vacations in Africa, plan to see more than just the Big 5 during your trip.


Robben Island


Robben Island offers a unique blend of spellbinding wildlife and rich history. It is both a South African National Heritage Site and an UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s famous for housing political prisoners since the seventeenth century and has also served as a leper colony and a quarantine station for animals. You can even meet some of the last prisoners of the island since many are using their deep knowledge of the island to serve as tour guides.


Robben Island is home to many exotic creatures. Even as you enjoy a ferry ride from the mainland, you can see Cape fur seals and Southern right whales. You may even see dusky or Heaviside dolphins playing by the ferry.


Once on the island, be prepared to see rabbits. Robben Island is home to an estimated 25,000 rabbits. You’ll likely catch a glimpse of some of the islands more exotic mammals, such as antelope species like Bontebok, Springbok, Steenbok, fallow deer and Eland. The island also has snakes, lizards, geckos and tortoises sunning themselves on rocks and paths, along with ostriches roaming the land.


There’s a spectacular variety of birds on the island, some of which are endangered. A total of 132 species of sea birds, water birds and terrestrial birds either call the island home or visit from the mainland to breed and roost.


Visiting Table Mountain National Park


This Natural World Heritage Site and one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature is a truly unique experience.


The peak of Table Mountain visible through the clouds inspired Nelson Mandela during his imprisonment on Robben Island, helping him survive his long years in jail.


Inside the park, you’ll find one of the eight protected areas that comprise the Cape Floral Kingdom, the smallest but richest of the world’s six floral kingdoms. Over 8,200 species of plants can be found here, including 1,106 threatened species and 300 endangered or critically-endangered species of plants. The Cape Floral Kingdom is a must on any safari vacations in Africa since it houses rare plants that can’t be found anywhere else on the planet.


Don’t let the small size of the park’s animals fool you, spotting them is just as exciting as capturing some of Africa’s bigger animals on film. Watch for tiny klipspringer bucks, grysbok, common duiker, steenbok and grey rhebok as you tour the park. Larger, easy-to-spot antelope species include the Eland, Bontebok and red hartebeest.


Table Mountain National Park is also home to 22 species of snakes, 10 non-venomous and 12 venomous. It’s doubtful you’ll see many of the park’s snakes since they tend to avoid humans but keep your eyes open. You may see a puff adder grabbing some sun on a rock or along one of the paths.


When planning safari vacations in Africa, consult with a tour company that specializes in African safaris so you find the hidden treasures and beautiful secrets that the continent has to offer.

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