National parks in Africa are some of the largest in the world – as well as the most spectacular.
Most of them have been created over the past century to help safeguard the continent’s wildlife from habitat destruction and poaching. Known for their natural beauty and diverse wildlife, Africa’s national parks have become premier safari destinations for increasing numbers of travellers in recent decades.
The page below details our picks of the very best national parks in Africa for wildlife spotting, with a focus on the top African safari spots of East and Southern Africa. (There are also some Indian and Sri Lankan national parks listed as these countries provide alternative safari activities and wildlife spotting opportunities of a high standard.)
The nature of the parks listed varies considerably in terms of the degree of accessibility and protection, the number of tourists, and the type of environment. This is something to bear in mind whilst researching which national parks you might want to visit on your next safari.
Africa’s best national parks for wildlife
A classic African national park – with excellent visitor facilities – housing the “big five” and much more in plains surrounding the huge central pan.
One of the best places in the world to see wild gorillas is without a doubt Parc National des Volcan – 160 km sq. of dense, wet jungle on the upper reaches of towering volcanos. It’s a long,sweaty walk to the very top of these peaks, but the reward is getting to see several fmailies of wild. habituated mountain gorillas.
The park is dramatically marked off at its entrance by lush green vegetation, consisting of tall trees providing a home to troops of baboons and blue monkeys. Further through the forest opens into woodlands and swamps beyond the soda lake itself.
Tsavo East & West
National parks by country
Select a country below to read an in-depth review of its national parks, as well as maps, pictures, and links to further resources such as official tourism and park authorities.