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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 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

  • Luxury Safari - Delta, Chobe and Victoria Falls

    Uncover the vast and untamed wilderness of Botswana on this incredible African safari. Journeying from Botswana to Zambia, you’ll stay in luxury safari camps and explore the natural wonders of the Okavango Delta, Chobe National Park, and mighty Victoria Falls.
    Duration:
    8 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,570
    Trip Type:
    Luxury and Beyond, Multi Country Vacation Ideas, Safaris Worldwide, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • 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$ 4,385
    Trip Type:
    Safaris Worldwide
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  • Chobe: Pangolin Photographic Safari

    Join a specialized safari where you will hone your photographic skills under the guidance of a professional photographic guide. Using specially designed boats and vehicles, you'll be able to capture the finest wildlife photography while enhancing your skills
    Duration:
    3 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 708
    Trip Type:
    Safaris Worldwide, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Botswana See Trip Details
  • City Lights and Safari Sights with Airfare

    Combine South Africa’s most attractive city with the wonders of the African bush on this city lights and safari sights vacation including airfare. 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:
    10 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,299
    Trip Type:
    Safaris Worldwide, Tailor-made Travel Ideas, Vacation Packages with Airfare
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  • Tanzania Odyssey Super Special: 7 Day

    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$ 2,599
    Trip Type:
    Bucket List Travel Ideas, Escorted Coach Touring, Safaris Worldwide, Small Group Touring
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  • Tanzania Sky Safari by Elewana

    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:
    8 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 5,388
    Trip Type:
    Luxury and Beyond, Safaris Worldwide
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  • Boutique Cape Town and Sabi Sands

    Pair two of South Africa’s most iconic regions on one incredible tour. Start in Cape Town, where you’ll explore South Africa’s most beautiful city and the nearby Cape Peninsula. Then connect to Sabi Sands Game Reserve to spend a few days on game drives searching for the Big Five.
    Duration:
    9 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 5,075
    Trip Type:
    Romance & Honeymoon, Safaris Worldwide, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Wonders of South Africa

    Spend two weeks discovering all that makes South Africa one of the world’s most diverse and colourful destinations. Take in natural sights such as Blyde River Canyon, explore the historic lands of the Zulus and Swazis, follow the magnificent South African coastline, and immerse yourself in the beauty, wine, and culture of the Cape. On this tour, a maximum of 40 guests are escorted by a local professional tourist guide. All departures are guaranteed with a minimum of 2 guests. Transportation is in air-conditioned luxury vehicles and tours are only conducted in English.
    Duration:
    15 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,965
    Trip Type:
    Bucket List Travel Ideas, Escorted Coach Touring, Safaris Worldwide
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  • 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$ 1,982
    Trip Type:
    Safaris Worldwide, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Kruger to Falls Adventure from Johannesburg

    Spend two weeks immersed in nature at its grandest on this Africa safari. Experience three of the continent’s most dynamic countries, including a South Africa safari, Zimbabwe, and Botswana.
    Duration:
    15 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 4,158
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Bucket List Travel Ideas, Escorted Coach Touring, Safaris Worldwide, Single Friendly
    South Africa See Trip Details
  • 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$ 3,040
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Escorted Coach Touring, Safaris Worldwide
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  • 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
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  • Bisate Lodge: Stay of Distinction

    Venture into the jungles of Volcanoes National Park to see Mountain Gorilla families up close and personal on this Rwanda vacation. When you're not trekking through the jungle, you'll stay at the exclusive and luxurious Bisate Lodge, which sits on the edge of an eroded volcano and offers incredible views of the mountain range.
    Duration:
    3 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 6,058
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Safaris Worldwide, Stays of Distinction
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  • Wonders of Kenya with Airfare

    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:
    10 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,999
    Trip Type:
    Bucket List Travel Ideas, Classics (Bestsellers), Safaris Worldwide, Small Group Touring
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  • Kenya Sky Safari by Elewana

    Spend time at three luxury lodges situated in three of Kenya’s outstanding game parks, Amboseli, Meru 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:
    8 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 7,142
    Trip Type:
    Luxury and Beyond, Safaris Worldwide
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  • Kenya Odyssey Super Special

    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$ 2,457
    Trip Type:
    Bucket List Travel Ideas, Safaris Worldwide, Single Friendly, Small Group Touring
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  • East Africa Odyssey Super Special

    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$ 6,018
    Trip Type:
    Bucket List Travel Ideas, Safaris Worldwide, Single Friendly, Small Group Touring
    Kenya See Trip Details
  • Kenya Odyssey Super Special With Airfare

    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. Take advantage of hot pricing on our air/land combination packages, including airfare from North America on some of the best long-haul carriers. Most trips are fully customizable, so you can add days or tours according to your particulate likes, interests or bucket list.
    Duration:
    10 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,599
    Trip Type:
    Safaris Worldwide, Small Group Touring, Vacation Packages with Airfare
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  • Cape Town and Safari Encompassed

    Experience the best of South Africa on this journey from the Cape to the bush. Start in Cape Town, where you’ll explore the peninsula and the winelands. Then journey to the northeast to stay in a safari lodge in Greater Kruger or Pilanesberg and head on game drives in search of the Big Five.
    Duration:
    8 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,164
    Trip Type:
    Safaris Worldwide, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • &Beyond Ngala Safari Lodge

    Escape on a family-friendly safari to South Africa in search of the continent’s most exciting wildlife. Spend your days learning to read animal tracks and searching for lions and elephants before unwinding in the pool and spa and feasting on amazing African cuisine at Ngala Safari Lodge.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,645
    Trip Type:
    Safaris Worldwide
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  • &Beyond Ngala Tented Camp

    At &Beyond Ngala Tented Camp, guests go to bed to the sounds of lion calling, safely cosseted in modern tented suites, enjoying warm-hearted service that embodies the soul of Africa.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,908
    Trip Type:
    Safaris Worldwide
    South Africa See Trip Details
  • Africa On Foot

    A true wildlife experience in the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve combining walking and vehicle safaris through Big Five territory in one of the largest privately owned game reserves in South Africa.
    Duration:
    4-5 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,139
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Bucket List Travel Ideas, Safaris Worldwide, Single Friendly
    South Africa See Trip Details
  • Amakhosi Safari Lodge

    Amakhosi Safari lodge offers exceptional service and luxury amidst the African landscapes and the thrilling Big 5 sightings of the Amazulu Private Game Reserve. From night safaris to culinary adventures, experience a South Africa safari like no other.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,320
    Trip Type:
    Romance & Honeymoon, Safaris Worldwide, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    South Africa See Trip Details
  • Arathusa Safari Lodge

    Arathusa is located within the world renowned Sabi Sand Private reserve adjacent to the un-fenced Kruger National Park. It is perfect for the nature enthusiast who seeks an affordable intimate environment and warm hospitality on their African Safari.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,837
    Trip Type:
    Luxury and Beyond, Romance & Honeymoon, Safaris Worldwide
    South Africa See Trip Details
  • Bakubung Bush Lodge

    Venture a mere two hours from Johannesburg to Pilanesberg National Park and the beautiful confines of Bakubung Bush Lodge, a 4-star property in the wild. Spend a few days enjoying the lodge and heading on morning and afternoon game drives into the park to spot roaring lions, mighty elephants, and rhinos in the grass.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 968
    Trip Type:
    Safaris Worldwide
    South Africa See Trip Details
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