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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 drive 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 being to learn and appreciate the intricate details of the nature that surround 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 with 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 Africa 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 of condition, a fly-in safari could be a convenient way to enjoy an Africa 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 a 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 more lush 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

  • 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$ 2,651
    Trip Type:
    Classics (Bestsellers), Safaris Worldwide, Single Friendly, Small Group Touring
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  • Botswana Luxury Escape

    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$ 3,414
    Trip Type:
    Safaris Worldwide
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  • A Tale of Two Safaris

    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$ 2,725
    Trip Type:
    Romance & Honeymoon, Safaris Worldwide
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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$ 5,799
    Trip Type:
    Multi Country Vacation Ideas, Safaris Worldwide, Single Friendly, Small Group Touring
    Kenya See Trip Details
  • Highlights of Botswana

    Experience the natural wonders of Botswana and extraordinary game viewing on this safari to three celebrated game reserves. Connecting to Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, Moremi Game Reserve, and Chobe National Park, you’ll search for lions, elephants, and cheetahs, while enjoying deluxe accommodations.
    Duration:
    9 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 5,045
    Trip Type:
    Safaris Worldwide
    Botswana See Trip Details
  • Kenya Odyssey Super Special

    FIRST-CLASS | SMALL GROUP: Kenya is often described as the African continent in microcosm. You will see some of the best parks in Africa from Lake Nakuru to Masai Mara, home of the “Big Five” and the Masai people.
    Duration:
    8 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,499
    Trip Type:
    Safaris Worldwide, Single Friendly, Small Group Touring
    Kenya See Trip Details
  • Cape Highlights and Safari

    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$ 2,601
    Trip Type:
    Safaris Worldwide
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  • Mountain Gorilla Encounter (3 Day)

    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, Escorted Coach Touring, Safaris Worldwide
    Rwanda See Trip Details
  • Mountain Gorilla Encounter (4 Day)

    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$ 3,611
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Escorted Coach Touring, Safaris Worldwide
    Rwanda See Trip Details
  • City Lights & Safari Sights

    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$ 2,021
    Trip Type:
    Safaris Worldwide, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    South Africa See Trip Details
  • East Africa Sanctuary: Masai Mara, Serengeti, Ngorongoro & More

    DELUXE | TAILOR-MADE: Experience unparalleled game viewing on this luxury safari across East Africa. Heading to the Masai Mara, Serengeti, Ngorongoro, and Tarangire, among the most famous parks in the world, you’ll head on daily game drives to see lions, elephants, and zebras in the stunning African wilderness.
    Duration:
    10 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 8,103
    Trip Type:
    Luxury and Beyond, Multi Country Vacation Ideas, Safaris Worldwide, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Tanzania 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$ 4,621
    Trip Type:
    Escorted Coach Touring, Safaris Worldwide, Small Group Touring
    Tanzania See Trip Details
  • Kenya Odyssey: Samburu, Lake Elmenteita, Masai Mara & More

    FIRST-CLASS | SMALL GROUP: Kenya is often described as the African continent in microcosm. You will see some of the best parks in Africa from Lake Nakuru to Masai Mara, home of the “Big Five” and the Masai people.
    Duration:
    8 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,940
    Trip Type:
    Classics (Bestsellers), Safaris Worldwide, Single Friendly, Small Group Touring
    Kenya See Trip Details
  • Majestic Views of Kenya: Tsavo and Amboseli

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: Behold the beauty of Southern Kenya with this trip to two popular national parks. Enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime safari as you spend 5 days between Amboseli National Park and Tsavo West National Park, which both sit in the shadow of iconic Mount Kilimanjaro.
    Duration:
    5 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,910
    Trip Type:
    Safaris Worldwide, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Kenya See Trip Details
  • Mara Bushtops, Masai Mara: Stays of Distinction

    DELUXE | TAILOR-MADE: Embark on daily safaris in search of the world’s most incredible wildlife before retiring to a luxury safari camp on the edges of Masai Mara National Park. This Kenya vacation at Mara Bushtops offers world-class accommodations and impeccable services in one of the world’s best nature reserves.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,785
    Trip Type:
    Luxury and Beyond, Safaris Worldwide, Stays of Distinction, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Kenya See Trip Details
  • East Africa Odyssey: Masai Mara, Serengeti, Ngorongoro & More

    FIRST-CLASS | SMALL GROUP: Experience the iconic National Parks of East Africa with this classic African safari. Visit famous Masai Mara, Serengeti and the Ngorongoro national parks, uncovering unique wildlife, and cultural opportunities.
    Duration:
    14 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 7,433
    Trip Type:
    Classics (Bestsellers), Multi Country Vacation Ideas, Safaris Worldwide, Small Group Touring
    Kenya See Trip Details
  • 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$ 6,512
    Trip Type:
    Family Vacations, Private Experiences, Safaris Worldwide, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Tanzania See Trip Details
  • Cottar's 1920 Camp, Masai Mara: Stays of Distinction

    DELUXE | TAILOR-MADE: Enjoy the charms of a bygone era with a stay at Cottar’s 1920 Camp on the edge of Masai Mara. Stay in luxury accommodations in a classical atmosphere while heading on full-day game drives into the park to search for rhinos, elephants, and majestic lions.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 5,264
    Trip Type:
    Luxury and Beyond, Romance & Honeymoon, Safaris Worldwide, Stays of Distinction, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Kenya See Trip Details
  • Wonders of Tanzania: Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro, Serengeti & More

    MODERATE | SMALL GROUP: Explore the most iconic game parks in Tanzania on this journey across the country. Head to Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, and Tarangire National Park to experience the breathtaking East African landscape and spot lions, elephants, and rhinos in the wild.
    Duration:
    8 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,332
    Trip Type:
    Safaris Worldwide, Small Group Touring
    Tanzania See Trip Details
  • Wonders of Kenya: Masai Mara, Lake Nakuru and Amboseli

    MODERATE | SMALL GROUP: Journey to Kenya's most picturesque regions. Get acquainted with bustling Nairobi before heading to the open plains of Masai Mara, the shimmery pink waters of Lake Nakuru, and the swamps of Amboseli, set in the shadow of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Stay in eco-friendly game lodges and head on daily game drives to see the Big Five and other animals.
    Duration:
    7 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,204
    Trip Type:
    Safaris Worldwide, Single Friendly, Small Group Touring
    Kenya See Trip Details
  • Campfire Adventures in Kenya: Nairobi and Masai Mara

    DELUXE | PRIVATE-GUIDED: Experience an African safari under the stars on this comfortable and highly flexible camping adventure in Kenya. Stay at Alex Walker’s Serian Original Camp and enjoy the best of the Masai Mara.
    Duration:
    5 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 4,173
    Trip Type:
    Family Vacations, Luxury and Beyond, Private Experiences, Safaris Worldwide
    Kenya See Trip Details
  • Singita Faru Faru, Serengeti National Park: Stays of Distinction

    DELUXE | TAILOR-MADE: Part of Goway’s unique Stays of Distinction range, Singita Faru Faru Lodge invites you to enjoy private game viewing on the edge of Serengeti National Park. Enjoy game drives showcasing the animals and the beauty of Tanzania, relaxing each day at the lodge, with transfers included.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 7,265
    Trip Type:
    Luxury and Beyond, Safaris Worldwide, Stays of Distinction, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Tanzania See Trip Details
  • Singita Sabora, Serengeti National Park: Stays of Distinction

    DELUXE | TAILOR-MADE: Experience exquisite luxury on the plains of the Serengeti. Part of Goway's unique Stays of Distinction range, Singita Sabora offers you amazing game viewing on the edge of the Serengeti with luxury accommodations.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 7,265
    Trip Type:
    Luxury and Beyond, Safaris Worldwide, Stays of Distinction, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Tanzania See Trip Details
  • Private Tanzania Odyssey 7 Days: Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro,& The Serengeti

    FIRST-CLASS | PRIVATE-GUIDED: Tanzania is renowned for its magnificent wildlife, scenery, and first-class African safari experiences. Spend time visiting famous sites like Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park.
    Duration:
    7 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,449
    Trip Type:
    Classics (Bestsellers), Private Experiences, Safaris Worldwide
    Tanzania See Trip Details
  • Wonders of East Africa: Masai Mara, Amboseli, Serengeti & More

    MODERATE | SMALL GROUP: An African safari touches something deep within all of us, for it is an experience that will never be forgotten. Explore some of the finest national parks and game reserves in Kenya and Tanzania, with expert guides on hand to help bring to fruition the Africa safari you’ve always dreamed of. At a moderate price point, this small-group trip is great for solo travellers too.
    Duration:
    13 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 5,396
    Trip Type:
    Multi Country Vacation Ideas, Safaris Worldwide, Single Friendly, Small Group Touring
    Kenya See Trip Details
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