Africa is the second largest continent in the world stretching from the Mediterranean Sea in the north to Cape Town in the south. It covers around 20 percent of the total land area of the world. The continent gave birth to the human race (Homo Sapiens) approximately 200,000 years ago. And although the total population of Africa now exceeds one billion people, this fascinating continent is also home of some of the largest national parks in the world.
Africa’s game reserves are definitely impressive and also very versatile. One could visit the Skeleton Coast in Namibia to see shipwrecks on the most inaccessible shores or the Lower Zambezi National park to watch numerous elephants, lions and leopards. The first protected area of land was the Virunga National Park in 1925 in what is now called the Democratic Republic of Congo. It led to the creation of more national parks in many African countries. Nowadays these game reserves are boosting local economies, but more importantly, it preserves wildlife for future generations. In this list we focus on the size of the national parks. They’re larger than many countries in the world! So which parks are the largest and where can you find them? Check the top 10 Africa’s largest national parks!
Top 10 Africa’s largest national parks
- Ruaha National Park, Tanzania – 12,950 km² (5,000 sq mi)
- Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe – 14,651 km² (5,657 sq mi)
- Serengeti National Park, Tanzania – 14,763 km2 (5,700 sq mi)
- Kruger National Park, South Africa – 19,633 km² (7,580 sq mi)
- Etosha National Park, Namibia – 22,270 km² (8,600 sq mi)
- Kafue National Park, Zambia – 22,400 km² (8,690 sq mi)
- Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park (Gemsbok National Park), Botswana/South Africa – 38,000 km2 (14,672 sq mi)
- Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia – 49,768 km2 (19,216 sq mi)
- Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana – 52,800 km² (20,386 sq mi)
- Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania – 54,600 km2 (21,100 sq mi)
compiled from many sources