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The 25 Best National Parks in Africa for Wildlife Safaris

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Named after the Swahili word for journey, African safari tours date back nearly 200 years to the 1830s.

That’s when famed explorer William Cornwallis Harris ventured into South Africa on a year-long hunting expedition, keeping track of his adventures through writings and paintings of the animals he encountered.

Later popularized by works like Five Weeks in a Balloon by Jules Verne and “The Snows of Kilimanjaro” by Ernest Hemingway, safaris have since made their way onto many people’s world travel bucket lists.

With Africa’s breathtaking natural beauty and diverse array of wildlife, the continent has become one of the world’s most popular places for travelers seeking unforgettable animal encounters.

From the vast open plains of Kenya’s Amboseli National Park to

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