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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

  • Chisomo Safari Camp

    A safari adventure with extra smiles, the staff at Chisomo are sure to make you feel welcome on your African safari.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 876
    Trip Type:
    Safaris Worldwide
    South Africa See Trip Details
  • Chobe Chilwero: Stay of Distinction

    Deep in the heart of Botswana’s wilderness is Chobe Chilwero, one of the most enchanting places on earth. This intimate lodge offers luxurious accommodations, service and stunning sunsets.
    Duration:
    3 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,297
    Trip Type:
    Safaris Worldwide, Stays of Distinction
    Botswana See Trip Details
  • Damaraland

    Join expert rangers in Damaraland, tracking desert elephant or black rhino and see the rock engravings at Twyfelfontein, a heritage site considered to be the largest open-air museum in Southern Africa. Other highlights include:“Brandburg” Namibia’s highest mountain; the million year-old Petrified Forest; and “Vingerklip” a limestone finger rising 35 meters.
    Duration:
    3 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,539
    Trip Type:
    Safaris Worldwide, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Namibia See Trip Details
  • Delta and Wildlife Adventure

    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 From:
    US$ 4,174
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Safaris Worldwide, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Botswana See Trip Details
  • Dubai Overnight Safari

    Experience the desert like the Bedouins do on this overnight glamping experience near Dubai. Ride camels, watch falconers put on dazzling displays, and sleep on a sand dune beneath the stars at the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve.
    Duration:
    2 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 401
    Trip Type:
    Safaris Worldwide
    United Arab Emirates See Trip Details
  • Dulini Leadwood Lodge

    Escape on an adventurous honeymoon or unforgettable family vacation on this South African safari. Spend your days tracking wildlife through the bush, searching for the Big Five, before unwinding in the pool and enjoying gourmet African cuisine beneath the stars at the luxurious Dulini Leadwood Lodge.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,950
    Trip Type:
    Romance & Honeymoon, Safaris Worldwide
    South Africa See Trip Details
  • Dulini Private Game Reserve

    Go on game safari to the wild bush of South Africa. Track cheetahs and elephants alongside a professional ranger before returning to the lodge and relaxing by the pool with a choice South African Pinotage from the wine cellar at Dulini Lodge.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,953
    Trip Type:
    Safaris Worldwide
    South Africa See Trip Details
  • Dulini River Lodge

    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$ 3,950
    Trip Type:
    Safaris Worldwide
    South Africa See Trip Details
  • East Africa Discoverer

    Explore 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. See the route of the annual migration across the Serengeti, admire the snow-capped peak of Kilimanjaro, and look sharp for big cats in the Maasai Mara.
    Duration:
    15 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 5,575
    Trip Type:
    Safaris Worldwide, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Kenya See Trip Details
  • East Africa Sampler

    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$ 4,660
    Trip Type:
    Safaris Worldwide, Single Friendly, Small Group Touring
    Kenya See Trip Details
  • Elewana Connoisseur Safari

    Experience the majesty of the African savannah on this Kenya safari. Passing from Nairobi to several game reserves throughout the country such as the Masai Mara, you’ll stay in boutique accommodations that transport you to the Golden Age of Travel and head on safari drives to see lions, cheetahs, elephants, and all the animals of the East African wild.
    Duration:
    8 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 6,379
    Trip Type:
    Luxury and Beyond, Safaris Worldwide, Single Friendly, Small Group Touring
    Kenya See Trip Details
  • Essential Uganda

    Explore Uganda with a unique safari experience that includes chimpanzees in Kibale Forest, game viewing in Queen Elizabeth National Park and of course, gorilla tracking in Bwindi.
    Duration:
    10 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 5,534
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Escorted Coach Touring, Safaris Worldwide
    Uganda See Trip Details
  • Etosha Wildlife

    Visit Namibia's prime wildlife sanctuary.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,001
    Trip Type:
    Safaris Worldwide, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Namibia See Trip Details
  • Fly-In Kenya Safari: Amboseli

    Fly in to Amboseli National Park and spend 3 days on an African safari. Enjoy morning and afternoon game drives with the opportunity to spot these majestic creatures.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 725
    Trip Type:
    Safaris Worldwide
    Kenya See Trip Details
  • Fly-In Kenya Safari: Masai Mara

    Spend your days alongside lions and cheetahs, and witness the incredible wildebeest migration at Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. Staying at Sanctuary Olonana Camp, embark on safaris with experienced trackers before retiring to your spacious luxury tents in the evening and witnessing the animal life beyond your verandah.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,368
    Trip Type:
    Safaris Worldwide, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Kenya See Trip Details
  • Fly-In Kenya Safari: Samburu

    Fly in to Samburu Game Reserve spending 3 days on an African safari. As Samburu hosts the “Big 5”, enjoy morning and afternoon game drives with the opportunity to spot these majestic creatures.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,778
    Trip Type:
    Safaris Worldwide
    Kenya See Trip Details
  • Gorah Elephant Camp

    Gorah Elephant Camp is an exclusive safari lodge that recaptures the romantic mystique of authentic safaris from centuries past.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,818
    Trip Type:
    Safaris Worldwide
    South Africa See Trip Details
  • Gorillas Galore

    Trek into a shrinking African wilderness, home to the Mountain Gorilla.
    Duration:
    6 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 4,582
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Escorted Coach Touring, Safaris Worldwide
    Uganda See Trip Details
  • Grootbos Nature Reserve

    Nestled in an ancient Milkwood forest surrounded by fynbos and mountains, the accommodation at Grootbos offers a complete immersion into the pristine natural surroundings within the gentle embrace of comfort and luxury.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,711
    Trip Type:
    Romance & Honeymoon, Safaris Worldwide
    South Africa See Trip Details
  • Hamilton's Tented Camp

    Named after Colonel Stephenson Hamilton who was instrumental in establishing the world famous Kruger National Park, Hamilton's Tentend Camp reflects a safari adventure of the early 20th century.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,880
    Trip Type:
    Romance & Honeymoon, Safaris Worldwide
    South Africa See Trip Details
  • Hoyo Hoyo Safari Lodge

    Situated on the banks of the Mluwati River, in the Kruger National Park, Hoyo-Hoyo Safari Lodge boasts a breath-taking blend of luxury, encompassing both warmth, and style.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,607
    Trip Type:
    Safaris Worldwide
    South Africa See Trip Details
  • Hwange National Park

    After your stay in Victoria Falls, why not head to nearby Hwange National Park for a short game safari. Hwange is Zimbabwe’s largest wildlife reserve and offers the opportunity to view a wide range of animal life.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,644
    Trip Type:
    Safaris Worldwide, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Zimbabwe See Trip Details
  • Imbali Safari Lodge

    Escape on safari to the world-famous savannah of Kruger National Park. Search for the Big Five on your guided safari before relaxing in your suite’s private plunge pool and enjoying gourmet cuisine beneath the stars at Imbali Safari Lodge.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,563
    Trip Type:
    Safaris Worldwide
    South Africa See Trip Details
  • Impodimo Game Lodge

    Go on a family-friendly safari to a luxury game lodge in South Africa’s north. Learn to track the Big Five alongside dedicated rangers and trackers before unwinding with a massage in your luxury room and enjoying excellent food and drink in the dining boma at Impodimo Game Reserve.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,372
    Trip Type:
    Safaris Worldwide
    South Africa See Trip Details
  • Intimate Botswana & Zimbabwe Encounter: Victoria Falls to Maun

    This African safari takes in two of Southern Africa’s most colourful and wildlife-rich nations. Explore the well-protected national parks of Botswana, and one of Africa’s least understood treasures, Zimbabwe.
    Duration:
    15 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 4,730
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Escorted Coach Touring, Safaris Worldwide
    Zimbabwe See Trip Details
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