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Africa is an amazing continent in which to view animals as it lends itself to being the natural home for many exceptional creatures. The word Safari is a Swahili word meaning journey. Today’s safari is an occasion to see but not harm the local wildlife. This can be experienced on an African safari by staying in upscale lodges as well as less expensive communal accommodations sharing very basic dormitory accommodation. It all depends on one’s travel style and budget.

In Africa, there are 1100 different species of animals and 2600 different bird species. These numbers obviously are not going to be viewed in any one specific game park but there definitely will be a large enough number to thrill anyone on African vacations. By the way, Africa has the fastest, largest and strangest animals anywhere in the world. This also includes sadly, a number of endangered species.

Wherever you stay, most of your game viewing is pretty certain to be in a small vehicle with open sides and possibly an open top. You will usually share it with several other safari-going participants. The average size of a safari vehicle can vary but the average is anywhere from 6 to 10 passenger vehicles. Animals being dangerous might make you wonder if it is safe on an African safari surrounded by wild, sometimes ferocious and unpredictable creatures. In a safari vehicle, you are in the hands of a professional experienced driver/guide and will not experience any problems. Just don’t stand up or lean out of the vehicle. The professionalism and experience of the guide will be yours to benefit from as they will be not only knowledgeable but are trained to have almost a sixth sense as to where the animals are located or hiding. Animals do not run away or hide from safari vehicles as they are so accustomed to the constant game-drive vehicles in their territory following them around and not harming them in any way. They have no interest or concern for your safari vehicle. 

As a rule, there are three types of game drives on an African safari. There are morning, afternoon and night drives. The morning game drive is usually taken early before the sun gets too hot as many of the animals tend to want to hibernate as the day gets hotter. You will head off before breakfast which will be waiting on your return from the drive. You will not only have an enjoyable time but will really be ready for your first meal. The afternoon game drive is usually taken later in the day when the sun is not so hot. This is the time to enjoy a pleasant experience called the Sundowner. This is set up by your driver/guide right in the middle of the bush or plain. Your vehicle stops and he puts up a table laden with drinks and snacks. Jump down from your vehicle to enjoy a beverage while watching the sun go down over the spectacular and glorious African scenery. And what a perfect end to a day of a safari drive with game viewing. A night drive is an “animal of a different colour” as the dark brings out the nocturnal animals. It is also a time when the predators are on the prowl looking for their next meal. Because it is completely dark, you are equipped with a powerful torch and if necessary, your driver/guide will shine his headlights into the bush when he spots an animal. There is nothing like the excitement of seeing a pair of eyes gleaming at you out of pitch black. And once again, the animals will completely ignore you.

Something totally different is a walking safari which can be taken at most lodges with an experienced guide. A walking safari is exactly what it says. You walk instead of driving into the bush. Nothing can bring you closer to an African adventure quite like a walking safari. You will walk with an experienced guide with the aim to learn and appreciate the intricate details of the nature that surrounds you. The guide carries a rifle, but nothing bad has ever happened during one of these. You will learn how to tell which animals are or have been in the vicinity by studying their tracks and footprints. You will come close to some animals such as the giraffe as they snack on the leaves of a very tall tree. 

The ultimate Africa safari is through staying at a private lodge. You, more often than not, will be staying in your own building with exquisite furnishings and in close proximity to the main lodge building. You could well experience the opportunity to look out from your room, possibly with a verandah, and observe all kinds of animals (at a safe distance) while taking in the idyllic scene of the African countryside unfolding in front of you. Enjoy dinner in the evenings with fellow guests comparing notes of what has been seen and experienced during the day, possibly also in the company of the guides. 

Something different on an African safari again is sleeping in a tent for accommodation – a totally special experience. You are at one with the bush as you listen to the thrilling sounds of animals echoing in the African night. But don’t think you will be roughing it. Far from it - you will have all the luxuries with a tent with a comfortable bed and a complete bathroom more often than not.  Again, is it safe? Absolutely! The tented camp is cordoned off from the animal kingdom and there are guards watching to make sure no animal gets too close.

To avoid long road transfers or roads, especially in Kenya and Tanzania, which are not always in the best condition, a fly-in safari could be a convenient way to enjoy an African safari. You land on a private airstrip close to your accommodation from the nearest major airport and immediately, you are involved in your safari.  

In Southern Africa, the best times to visit on an African safari are from May to September as this is the dry season. However, the period from October to April, although the wet season, is still a time to enjoy animal viewing. It is when the landscapes turn green and also there are fewer visitors. It is also a time when the animals congregate at waterholes and rivers. If bird watching is of interest, this is when migratory birds are present. The rain consists of short, usually afternoon showers which will not interfere with your safari. 

In East Africa, safaris are fine all year round. The dry season is from late June to October and is also the time of the great wildebeest migration starting in the Masai Mara in Kenya in June and which lasts until they return from Serengeti in Tanzania in October. It is also when it is easier to spot the animals with plenty of sunshine prevailing. The low season consists of two rainy seasons - March to June inclusive when the rains are longer and October to December inclusive when the rains are shorter. Once again, these are the periods when the scenery is lusher and greener and the animals gather at waterholes. Migratory birds are around between September and April.  

An African safari is like no other experience and will never be dull. There are many countries to choose from that offer exceptional game viewing. These include South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda. And it should be noted that animals know no borders and are free to roam wherever they want (within reason).  

 

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  • Tanzania Odyssey Super Special: 7 Day

    FIRST-CLASS | SMALL GROUP: Tanzania is renowned for its magnificent wildlife, scenery and first-class game lodge experiences. Spend time visiting famous sites like Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park.
    Duration:
    7 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,899
    Trip Type:
    Classics (Bestsellers), Safaris Worldwide, Single Friendly, Small Group Touring
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  • Cape, Wine and Safari: Cape Town, Stellenbosch & Kruger

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: This 12 day South Africa trip will have you experiencing both the Western Cape and the thrill of an African Safari. Beginning in Cape Town, you’ll have plenty of time to take in not only the beautiful Mother City, but also its surrounds with your 5 nights stay. Next up, its off to the Winelands. Enjoy a private food and beverage tour through the streets of Stellenbosch as well as wine tasting of course. Lastly, its off to Karongwe Game Reserve for your exciting African Safari as you search out all the animals that call this area home.
    Duration:
    12 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,599
    Trip Type:
    Safaris Worldwide, Stopovers/City Breaks, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Highlights of Doha and The Desert

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: Explore the city and desert on this trip to Qatar. Start in Doha, where you'll explore Souq Waqif and tour the futuristic city lit up at night. Then connect to Regency Sealine Camp outside the city for a two-night desert safari, with luxury tent accommodations and adventure activities on the dunes.
    Duration:
    6 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 965
    Trip Type:
    Safaris Worldwide, Stopovers/City Breaks, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Cape Highlights and Safari: Cape Town, Garden Route & Kariega Game Reserve

    FIRST-CLASS | SMALL GROUP: Enjoy a stay in South Africa's Mother City; Cape Town before getting up close with African wildlife on the Eastern Cape. Visit the world's ostrich capital, sample the best of South Africa's famous Winelands, and follow the Garden Route to see South Africa in all its diverse beauty.
    Duration:
    11 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,734
    Trip Type:
    Safaris Worldwide, Small Group Touring
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  • East Africa Odyssey Super Special

    FIRST-CLASS | SMALL GROUP: Experience the many highlights of East Africa with this family friendly African safari. Visit famous national parks, uncovering unique wildlife, and cultural opportunities.
    Duration:
    14 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 6,949
    Trip Type:
    Multi Country Vacation Ideas, Safaris Worldwide, Single Friendly, Small Group Touring
    Kenya See Trip Details
  • Hwange and Victoria Falls In Depth

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: Experience the wonder of Hwange and Victoria Falls. Split your time between two game lodges in Hwange National Park and its surrounds and head on daily game drives. Then connect to an island lodge on the Zambezi River to explore the riverbanks and visit nearby Victoria Falls.
    Duration:
    10 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 5,113
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Safaris Worldwide
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  • Zambia Walking Safari: South Luangwa National Park

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: Zambia is the real Africa with prolific game and unrivalled expertise of local guides. Sightings of leopard, elephant, hippo, lion, and wild dog are commonplace on an African safari in this exciting country.
    Duration:
    9 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 6,828
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Bucket List Travel Ideas, Safaris Worldwide, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Mountain Gorilla Encounter 3 Day: Kigali & Volcanoes National Park

    MODERATE | PRIVATE-GUIDED: Spend 3 days in the area made famous by Dian Fossey, the home of the world’s last surviving mountain gorilla population. Be one of only a few to see these gorillas in their own habitat.
    Duration:
    3 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,099
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Private Experiences, Safaris Worldwide, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Mountain Gorilla Encounter 4 Day: Kigali & Volcanoes National Park

    DELUXE | PRIVATE-GUIDED: Spend 4 days in the area made famous by Dian Fossey, the home of the world’s last surviving mountain gorilla population. Be one of only a few to see these gorillas in their own habitat.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 5,255
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Private Experiences, Safaris Worldwide, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Rwanda See Trip Details
  • Tanzania Sky Safari by Elewana: Tarangire, Ngorongoro, Serengeti & More

    DELUXE | SMALL GROUP: The one and only Tanzania Sky Safari by Elewana includes all of Northern Tanzania’s core highlights and offers an unparalleled game viewing and cultural experience as you fly to and from each stop.
    Duration:
    10 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 10,382
    Trip Type:
    Luxury and Beyond, Romance & Honeymoon, Safaris Worldwide, Small Group Touring
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  • Mountain Gorilla Encounter Uganda

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: African safari tours come in many forms, but few are as revealing or special as an encounter with Uganda’s Mountain Gorillas. Taken on its own or as an add-on to an African safari, it’s a life-changing experience.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,204
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Safaris Worldwide, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Uganda See Trip Details
  • Ultimate Namibia: Sossusvlei, Damaraland, Etosha & More

    FIRST-CLASS | SMALL GROUP: This Ultimate Namibia safari affords you the chance to experience this magnificent country in a very personal way. You will have your own professional and experienced safari guide who will enhance your enjoyment of this unique country by ensuring a stress-free journey of discovery amid dramatic, ever-changing scenery.
    Duration:
    10 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 4,415
    Trip Type:
    Safaris Worldwide, Small Group Touring
    Namibia See Trip Details
  • Best of Zambia: Livingstone, South Luangwa & The Lower Zambezi

    DELUXE | TAILOR-MADE: Get a taste for Africa’s best on this Zambia safari. Start by visiting the majesty of Victoria Falls on the border of Zimbabwe before exploring unmatched wildlife sanctuaries with luxury accommodation in the country’s west.
    Duration:
    9 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 10,474
    Trip Type:
    Classics (Bestsellers), Luxury and Beyond, Safaris Worldwide, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Soul Safari: Nairobi, Mt Kenya & Masai Mara

    DELUXE | PRIVATE-GUIDED: Stay at world class properties, visiting both Aberdare and Mount Kenya National Parks, Sweetwaters Wildlife Sanctuary and Masai Mara, without compromising luxury on your African safari.
    Duration:
    8 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 4,105
    Trip Type:
    Luxury and Beyond, Private Experiences, Safaris Worldwide
    Kenya See Trip Details
  • Zimbabwe Highlights: Matobo Hills, Hwange & Victoria Falls

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: Cross world wonders off your bucket list on this journey through Zimbabwe. Heading to Matobo Hills and Hwange National Park, you’ll enjoy luxurious accommodations and head on safari game drives to see elephants and rhinos. You’ll also gaze upon the majesty of Victoria Falls.
    Duration:
    9 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 4,120
    Trip Type:
    Safaris Worldwide, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Kenya Sky Safari by Elewana: Amboseli, Loisaba & Masai Mara

    DELUXE | SMALL GROUP: Spend time at three luxury lodges situated in three of Kenya’s outstanding game parks, Amboseli, Loisaba Conservancy and the Masai Mara Reserve. At each lodge, enjoy day and night game safaris as well as walking safaris. Fly by small aircraft directly from Nairobi and between lodges.
    Duration:
    10 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 10,172
    Trip Type:
    Luxury and Beyond, Romance & Honeymoon, Safaris Worldwide, Small Group Touring
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  • Lemala Migration Safari: Tarangire, Ngorongoro & The Serengeti

    FIRST-CLASS | SMALL GROUP: Witnessing Tanzania's great migration is a once in a lifetime experience. A natural phenomenon where over a million wildebeests and hundreds of thousands of zebras and gazelles migrate north annually.
    Duration:
    7 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 5,410
    Trip Type:
    Safaris Worldwide, Small Group Touring
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  • Signature South Africa: Cape Town, Rovos Rail, Kruger & More

    DELUXE | PRIVATE-GUIDED: Discover the magic and splendour of Southern Africa on this 12-day luxury journey of South Africa. Starting in Cape Town, you’ll venture to the Cape Winelands, Johannesburg, and Kruger National Park. Recapture the romance and atmosphere of a by-gone era with 2 nights spent on-board the elegant Rovos Rail train.
    Duration:
    13 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 8,338
    Trip Type:
    Classics (Bestsellers), Luxury and Beyond, Private Experiences, Rail Travel Ideas, Safaris Worldwide, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Campfire Adventures in Tanzania: Arusha & The Serengeti

    DELUXE | PRIVATE-GUIDED: What caps the perfect day on an Africa safari? Swapping stories around the campfire in your luxury camp, of course. Enjoy the ideal balance of comfort and nature on this Tanzania safari.
    Duration:
    5 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 7,445
    Trip Type:
    Family Vacations, Private Experiences, Safaris Worldwide, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Essential Victoria Falls & Lake Kariba Safari

    DELUXE | TAILOR-MADE: Gaze upon mighty Victoria Falls, one of the world’s greatest natural attractions, cruise the Zambezi River, and head on safari game drives on the shores of Lake Kariba on this immersive vacation through Zimbabwe.
    Duration:
    7 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 4,804
    Trip Type:
    Safaris Worldwide, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Zimbabwe See Trip Details
  • Kenya In Style: Nairobi, Samburu & Masai Mara

    DELUXE | TAILOR-MADE: Experience luxury accommodations, and unrivalled game viewing on this luxury safari. Make your way from Nairobi to Samburu and Masai Mara where you'll head out on your daily game drives in the magnificent African landscape in search of wildlife.
    Duration:
    10 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 9,540
    Trip Type:
    Luxury and Beyond, Romance & Honeymoon, Safaris Worldwide, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Kenya See Trip Details
  • Malawi and Zambia Getaway: South Luangwa and Lake Malawi

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: Escape to central Africa to search for wildlife in South Luangwa National Park and enjoy the pristine waters of Lake Malawi. Staying at game lodges in Zambia and a chic island lodge in Malawi, you’ll spend your days tracking leopards and lions and engaging with the incredible environments of this African region.
    Duration:
    8 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 8,451
    Trip Type:
    Multi Country Vacation Ideas, Safaris Worldwide, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Zambia See Trip Details
  • Chiawa Camp, Lower Zambezi National Park: Stays of Distinction

    DELUXE | TAILOR-MADE: Located on the banks of the Zambezi, Chiawa is a luxury safari camp offering the utmost comfort amid the wild 'real Africa' that is Zambia. Experience the thrill of game walks as well as game drives, canoeing, boating and fishing.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 5,076
    Trip Type:
    Luxury and Beyond, Safaris Worldwide, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Zambia See Trip Details
  • City Lights & Safari Sights: Cape Town & Pilanesberg National Park

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: Combine South Africa’s most attractive city with the wonders of the African bush on this city lights and safari sights vacation. Start in Cape Town where you’ll have three days at leisure to experience its charms. Then head on to Pilanesberg National Park to head on daily game drives in search of the Big Five.
    Duration:
    8 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,504
    Trip Type:
    Safaris Worldwide, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    South Africa See Trip Details
  • Delta and Wildlife Adventure: Victoria Falls, Makgadikgadi, Moremi & More

    MODERATE | SMALL GROUP: Experience the untouched natural beauty and wildlife of Botswana on this safari tour. Staying in first-class safari lodges, you’ll journey across the nation and into Namibia and Zimbabwe to cruise along the Chobe River, explore the islands and pans of the Okavango Delta, and gaze upon the majesty of Victoria Falls.
    Duration:
    12 Days
    Prices:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Multi Country Vacation Ideas, Safaris Worldwide, Single Friendly, Small Group Touring
    Botswana See Trip Details
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