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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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    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$ 4,283
    Trip Type:
    Luxury and Beyond, Safaris Worldwide, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • 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:
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    Prices From:
    US$ 3,744
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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$ 6,399
    Trip Type:
    Multi Country Vacation Ideas, Safaris Worldwide, Single Friendly, Small Group Touring
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  • Highlights of Botswana: Makgadikgadi Pans, Okavango Delta & Chobe National Park

    DELUXE | TAILOR-MADE: 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, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • 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$ 2,549
    Trip Type:
    Safaris Worldwide, Single Friendly, Small Group Touring
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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$ 6,649
    Trip Type:
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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$ 11,182
    Trip Type:
    Luxury and Beyond, Romance & Honeymoon, Safaris Worldwide, Small Group Touring
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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$ 5,568
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Private Experiences, Safaris Worldwide, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • 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$ 10,054
    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$ 2,687
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Safaris Worldwide, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • 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$ 8,103
    Trip Type:
    Luxury and Beyond, Multi Country Vacation Ideas, Safaris Worldwide, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • 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$ 1,736
    Trip Type:
    Family Vacations, Safaris Worldwide, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • 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$ 6,340
    Trip Type:
    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$ 4,621
    Trip Type:
    Safaris Worldwide, Small Group Touring
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  • 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$ 3,687
    Trip Type:
    Classics (Bestsellers), Multi Country Vacation Ideas, Safaris Worldwide, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Victoria Falls, Chobe and the Okavango Delta

    DELUXE | TAILOR-MADE: Experience the wonders of Victoria Falls and Botswana. Start at Victoria Falls, where you’ll see the world’s mightiest waterfall. Then turn Westward to Chobe National Park and the Okavango Delta to head on safari and see the many animals of Botswana’s swampy bush.
    Duration:
    7 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,954
    Trip Type:
    Safaris Worldwide, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Botswana Wildlife Breakaway: Victoria Falls, Chobe, Okavango Delta & More

    MODERATE | SMALL-GROUP: There’s Africa, and then there’s Botswana. This very special trip explores two of the country's best loved wildlife areas, and takes you on to see much more.
    Duration:
    15 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 4,435
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Multi Country Vacation Ideas, Safaris Worldwide, Small Group Touring
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  • Dulini River Lodge: Greater Kruger National Park

    DELUXE | TAILOR-MADE: Indulge in the grandeur of a South African safari. Spend your days tracking lions alongside professional rangers and trackers before unwinding with a bottle of Pinotage beneath the Jackalberry trees and watching elephants play in the river flowing alongside the luxurious Dulini River Lodge.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 4,715
    Trip Type:
    Luxury and Beyond, Safaris Worldwide, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Kapama Karula Lodge: Greater Kruger National Park

    DELUXE | TAILOR-MADE: Consisting of seven luxury air-conditioned tents and five large exclusive suites Kapama Karula Lodge is the epitome of luxury. Kapama Private Game Reserve is the largest single-owner game reserve in the region and is renowned for superb safari vacations.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 4,857
    Trip Type:
    Luxury and Beyond, Romance & Honeymoon, Safaris Worldwide, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • 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$ 1,796
    Trip Type:
    Safaris Worldwide, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • 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$ 5,431
    Trip Type:
    Luxury and Beyond, Safaris Worldwide, Stays of Distinction, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • South African Family Adventure: Cape Town, Sanbona Wildlife Reserve & More

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: Start your trip in Cape Town, a highlight of Southern Africa with its unrivalled natural beauty, before continuing on to a unique malaria-free private game reserve located at the foot of the towering Warmwaterberg Mountains. End with a stay at the only private lodge situated inside the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park.
    Duration:
    10 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 5,423
    Trip Type:
    Family Vacations, Safaris Worldwide, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • 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$ 3,143
    Trip Type:
    Classics (Bestsellers), Safaris Worldwide, Single Friendly, Small Group Touring
    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$ 8,730
    Trip Type:
    Classics (Bestsellers), Multi Country Vacation Ideas, Safaris Worldwide, Small Group Touring
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