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  • Zebras in Africa

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 accommodation 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 in 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 the 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 the 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 when 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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Safaris Worldwide

  • Deluxe Qatar & Kenya Safari: Doha, Mt Kenya & Masai Mara

    DELUXE | TAILOR-MADE: Experience the landscapes rich in diversity of not one, but two amazing countries. Beginning in Kenya, you'll spend time in the bustling city of Nairobi before heading off to Mount Kenya and famous Masai Mara, home to an abundance of big game. Next stop, Doha the thriving capital of Qatar. Discover a city that has all the modern conveniences and innovation, yet has held on to its cultural and traditional roots.
    Duration:
    14 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 5,999
    Trip Type:
    Safaris Worldwide, Vacation Packages with Airfare
    Kenya 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$ 1,473
    Trip Type:
    Safaris Worldwide, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    South Africa See Trip Details
  • Kenya Odyssey Super Special

    FIRST-CLASS | SMALL GROUP: Explore some of the best safari game parks in Africa and stay in beautiful luxury safari camps each night. From Nairobi, connect to Samburu, Ol Pejeta, Lake Nakuru, and Masai Mara to head on game drives to search for the Big Five, visit Masai villages, and learn about animal conservation.
    Duration:
    8 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,729
    Trip Type:
    Safaris Worldwide, Single Friendly, Small Group Touring
    Kenya See Trip Details
  • 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
  • Essence of Dubai and South Africa: Dubai, Cape Town & Kruger

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: Your trip begins in the futuristic city of Dubai. There is plenty of time to explore and marvel at the modern wonders and enjoy a desert safari. Next up, South Africa - where you'll experience two stunning regions and must sees or any traveller. After exploring the Western Cape, experience the thrill of an African Safari at a private game reserve in the Greater Kruger.
    Duration:
    12 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 4,099
    Trip Type:
    Classics (Bestsellers), Safaris Worldwide, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    United Arab Emirates See Trip Details
  • 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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  • 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$ 1,018
    Trip Type:
    Safaris Worldwide, Stopovers/City Breaks, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Qatar See Trip Details
  • 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$ 2,817
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Private Experiences, Safaris Worldwide, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Rwanda See Trip Details
  • 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
    Tanzania See Trip Details
  • 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$ 2,701
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Safaris Worldwide, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Uganda See Trip Details
  • East Africa Sanctuary: Ngorongoro, Serengeti, Masai Mara & More

    DELUXE | TAILOR-MADE: Experience unparalleled game viewing on this luxury safari across East Africa. Stay in exquisite safari accommodations as you head to Tarangire, Ngorongoro, the Serengeti, and the Masai Mara, among the world’s most famous game parks, and explore the stunning wilderness on daily game drives to see lions, elephants, and zebras.
    Duration:
    10 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 13,474
    Trip Type:
    Luxury and Beyond, Multi Country Vacation Ideas, Safaris Worldwide, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Tanzania See Trip Details
  • Kambaku Safari Lodge: Greater Kruger National Park

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: Experience eco-friendly luxury with a stay at Kambaku Safari Lodge in the Timbavati Game Reserve in Greater Kruger National Park. Enjoy pristine accommodations on a secluded safari property and head on two daily game drives in search of the Big Five and other fascinating African wildlife.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,649
    Trip Type:
    Family Vacations, Safaris Worldwide, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    South Africa 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$ 4,448
    Trip Type:
    Safaris Worldwide, Small Group Touring
    Namibia See Trip Details
  • 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$ 4,746
    Trip Type:
    Safaris Worldwide, Small Group Touring
    Tanzania See Trip Details
  • Savanna in Style: Cape Town, Franschhoek and Sabi Sands Game Reserve

    DELUXE | TAILOR-MADE: One of the most beautiful nations on Earth, South Africa boasts the spectacular Cape region, some of the world’s finest wines and unparalleled game viewing in its national parks. After enjoying three days in the ‘Mother City’, head to Franschhoek to enjoy some fine South African wine and take in the stunning scenery. Last but certainly not least, head on your African safari in the famous Sabi Sands as you search out the Big 5.
    Duration:
    10 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 4,060
    Trip Type:
    Luxury and Beyond, Safaris Worldwide, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    South Africa See Trip Details
  • Sultans to Safari

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: Explore Dubai and Kenya for the perfect combination of city and safari. Spend 3 nights in Dubai, just enough time to explore this futuristic city and enjoy a desert safari. Then connect to Kenya for 4 nights in the Masai Mara, with daily game drives in search of the Big Five.
    Duration:
    11 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 5,399
    Trip Type:
    Safaris Worldwide, Tailor-made Travel Ideas, Vacation Packages with Airfare
    United Arab Emirates See Trip Details
  • A Tale of Two Safaris: Amazulu Private Game Reserve, Umhlanga & Greater Kruger

    DELUXE | TAILOR-MADE: Head on safari in not one, but two of the country’s finest private game reserves. On this South African vacation, you’ll enjoy superb game viewing and luxury accommodations in Amazulu Private Game Reserve and Thornybush Private Game Reserve. You’ll also enjoy two nights on the beaches of Umhlanga in between.
    Duration:
    9 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,715
    Trip Type:
    Romance & Honeymoon, Safaris Worldwide, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    South Africa See Trip Details
  • 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$ 2,677
    Trip Type:
    Safaris Worldwide, Small Group Touring
    South Africa See Trip Details
  • 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
    South Africa See Trip Details
  • Winelands & Wildlife: Cape Town, Stellenbosch & Sabi Sands Game Reserve

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: Explore vibrant Cape Town and see the sights of the Cape Peninsula. Visit picturesque Stellenbosch, the heart of the Winelands before a ‘Big 5’ encounter at Kruger National Park.
    Duration:
    10 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 5,219
    Trip Type:
    Safaris Worldwide, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    South Africa See Trip Details
  • Botswana Luxury Escape: Okavango Delta & Savute

    DELUXE | TAILOR-MADE: Escape to two of Belmond Safaris’ luxury lodges in the wonders of the Botswanan wild. First, explore the wetlands of the Okavango Delta, spotting hippos and wildebeest during water safaris. Then connect to Savute to head on game drives in Chobe National Park, known for its lions and elephants.
    Duration:
    6 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 4,399
    Trip Type:
    Luxury and Beyond, Safaris Worldwide, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Botswana See Trip Details
  • Luxury Serengeti Escape

    DELUXE | TAILOR-MADE: Create your own private travel bubble of 4 or more and experience the wonders of an East African safari. Staying at intimate Siringit Serengeti Camp by Mantis, you’ll enjoy luxury tent accommodations and daily private game drives through the Serengeti, the world’s most famous safari park.
    Duration:
    5 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,941
    Trip Type:
    Luxury and Beyond, Safaris Worldwide
    Tanzania See Trip Details
  • Ultimate Africa: Masai Mara, Livingstone, Cape Town & More

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: South Africa or Kenya for your African adventure? With this unique itinerary, there’s no need to choose. Enjoy the culture and wildlife of the Masai Mara before flying on to Victoria Falls to see the breathtaking Falls before heading to Cape Town.
    Duration:
    11 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,895
    Trip Type:
    Classics (Bestsellers), Multi Country Vacation Ideas, Safaris Worldwide, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Kenya See Trip Details
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