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Types of Species to Expect on Safari Travel

Posted October 21, 2016

A safari adventure allows the world traveler to experience firsthand the incredible variety of animal life in the wilds of Africa and India. If you dream of such an adventure, where you can watch a cheetah run free and snap a photograph of a sleeping lion or a herd of zebra, a Cox & Kings safari can make your dream come true. Knowing where you are most likely to encounter the different species of exotic wildlife can help you to choose the perfect safari adventure.

An exploration of the national parks of India will provide you with a glimpse into the mysteries of the jungle. When you undertake the Lure of the Jungle journey, you will begin your adventure in Delhi and Khajuraho, before venturing into the Bandhavgarh Jungle reserve. Keep your eyes open for tigers, deer, Indian bison, and cagey leopards.

Bengal Tiger in the Bandhavgarh Reserve in India

Next, visitors are drawn to the Kanha National Park, where Rudyard Kipling found inspiration for his classic work, The Jungle Book. Despite its prominence as a tiger reserve, it is not tigers, but a rare species of deer that take the spotlight in Kanha. The hard ground Swamp Deer was at one time near extinction and is found nowhere else in the world.

A safari in Botswana will thrust you into the Okavango Delta, one of the premier locations in Africa to see both big-game animals and a wide range of birds. In the delta's Panhandle and upper reaches you might catch sight of a member of the area's crocodile population.

Sunrise over the Okavango Delta, Botswana

During winter months, you can find migratory herds of zebra in the private Linyanti Reserve. These beautiful animals have stripe patterns that are as unique to each animal as fingerprints are to humans.

In Zambia, you can visit the South Luangwa National Park, where the walking safari was invented. The park is an excellent place to track leopards, lions, wild dogs, and hippos lounging in the Luangwa River. As you continue your safari adventure, you might be fortunate enough to see the endangered black rhino, as wells as hyenas.

Elephants in the Luangwa National Park in Zambia

Finally - the true home of the African safari, Kenya, boasts some of the finest African safari opportunities. In the Samburu National Reserve, you can see all of the "Northern Big Five" species, which include the beisa oryx, reticulated giraffe, gerenuk, Grevy's zebra, and Somali ostrich. Just outside of Nairobi, you can get up close with some of the iconic safari animals at Dame Daphne Sheldrick's elephant orphanage and the unique Giraffe Manor.

Masai giraffes in the Samburu National Reserve, Kenya

From the recognized stars of Indian and African wildlife, such as lions and elephants, to the rare and little-known species like the hard ground Swamp Deer, our safari journeys allow you to glimpse the majesty of the wild in comfort. Whichever species you are most eager to see, there is a Cox & Kings safari adventure vacation that will take your breath away.