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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

  • Luxury African River Safari: Zambezi Queen

    DELUXE | CRUISE: The banks of the Chobe River boast one of the densest populations of wildlife on the African continent. Experience the thrill of it all aboard the Zambezi Queen luxury houseboat.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,165
    Trip Type:
    Cruises & Sailing, Luxury and Beyond, Safaris Worldwide
    Botswana See Trip Details
  • Best of Namibia Flying Safari: Sossusvlei, Swakopmund & Etosha National Park

    DELUXE | TAILOR-MADE: This flying African safari explores several distinct regions: the sands and red dunes of Sossusvlei, the palm-lined streets of Swakopmund and the amazing wildlife abundance on the savannah of Etosha.
    Duration:
    7 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 7,267
    Trip Type:
    Bucket List Travel Ideas, Safaris Worldwide, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Namibia 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$ 6,231
    Trip Type:
    Family Vacations, Private Experiences, Safaris Worldwide, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • 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
  • Luxury Camps of Botswana: Sanctuary Retreats

    DELUXE | TAILOR-MADE: Venture into the heart of the African bush and the vast wetlands of the Okavango Delta to stay in luxury safari camps from Sanctuary Retreats. Enjoy the comforts of 5-star accommodations as you head on two daily game drives to see lions, leopards, and elephants in Chobe National Park and the Moremi Game Reserve.
    Duration:
    7 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 7,939
    Trip Type:
    Luxury and Beyond, Safaris Worldwide, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Botswana See Trip Details
  • Ultimate Kalahari & Lower Zambezi Safari

    DELUXE | PRIVATE-GUIDED: Start with Cape Town’s most iconic luxury hotel - celebrating art and design. Next, stay in South Africa's largest private game reserve where your game lodge blends comfort seamlessly with the stunning landscape. Lastly, head to the banks of the Zambezi River, where a luxury safari camp offers the utmost comfort amidst the wild 'real Africa' that is Zambia.
    Duration:
    13 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 14,541
    Trip Type:
    Bucket List Travel Ideas, Luxury and Beyond, Private Experiences, Romance & Honeymoon, Safaris Worldwide, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    South Africa See Trip Details
  • Essential Uganda: Bwindi, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kibale & More

    FIRST-CLASS | SMALL-GROUP: 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$ 6,670
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Bucket List Travel Ideas, Safaris Worldwide, Single Friendly, Small Group Touring
    Uganda See Trip Details
  • Chiawa Camp, Lower Zambezi National Park: Stays of Distinction

    DELUXE | TAILOR-MADE: Located on the banks of the Zambezi, Chiawa is a luxury safari camp offering the utmost comfort amid the wild 'real Africa' that is Zambia. Experience the thrill of game walks as well as game drives, canoeing, boating and fishing.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 4,942
    Trip Type:
    Luxury and Beyond, Safaris Worldwide, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Zambia See Trip Details
  • Madagascar Rainforests & Rivers: Antananarivo, Andasibe, Mandrare & More

    FIRST-CLASS | PRIVATE-GUIDED: Your first night on the island of Madagascar will be spent in the capital city of Antananarivo, ‘Tana’, as the locals call it. Next will be the opportunities to see the largest lemur, the Indri, and a visit to Lemur Island with its habituated lemur species. Lastly, you will walk the Sacred Forest in search of ring tailed lemurs, and then experience the traditions of the local Antandroy tribe.
    Duration:
    10 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 7,116
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Bucket List Travel Ideas, Private Experiences, Safaris Worldwide
    Madagascar See Trip Details
  • Signature Hwange National Park

    DELUXE | TAILOR-MADE: 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$ 1,838
    Trip Type:
    Family Vacations, Safaris Worldwide, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Zimbabwe 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
  • African River Safari: Chobe Princess

    FIRST-CLASS | CRUISE: Those who say you can’t do an Africa safari on the water have never been to Botswana. See the rich wildlife of the Chobe River and its surrounds on the ideal short cruise journey for animal lovers.
    Duration:
    3-4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,022
    Trip Type:
    Cruises & Sailing, Safaris Worldwide
    Botswana See Trip Details
  • Gorillas and Ishasha Breakaway: Entebbe, Bwindi & Queen Elizabeth National Park

    FIRST-CLASS | PRIVATE-GUIDED: Perfect for those with limited time, this trip offers the opportunity to explore two of Uganda’s most visited areas. Start off with a Gorilla trek in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest before heading to the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park for an African Safari before heading back to Entebbe for departure.
    Duration:
    6 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,860
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Private Experiences, Safaris Worldwide
    Uganda See Trip Details
  • Karibu Kenya: Lake Nakuru & Masai Mara

    FIRST-CLASS | PRIVATE-GUIDED: From the flamingos of Lake Nakaru to the majestic Masai Mara where ‘the real Africa’ lives on, Kenya is an unforgettable short safari break.
    Duration:
    6 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,292
    Trip Type:
    Private Experiences, Safaris Worldwide
    Kenya See Trip Details
  • Pangolin Chobe Photographic Safari

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: 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$ 1,016
    Trip Type:
    Safaris Worldwide, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Botswana 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 watching in its national parks.
    Duration:
    10 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 4,131
    Trip Type:
    Luxury and Beyond, Safaris Worldwide, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    South Africa See Trip Details
  • Murchison Falls National Park

    FIRST-CLASS | PRIVATE-GUIDED: Embark on a safari vacation to Murchison Falls National Park in Uganda. Staying at Baker’s Lodge, you’ll head on wildlife excursions to see hippos and elephants and sail up the Nile to the base of Murchison Falls, which pours over a 45-meter-high valley wall into the river below.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,499
    Trip Type:
    Family Vacations, Private Experiences, Safaris Worldwide
    Uganda See Trip Details
  • Chisomo Safari Camp: Karongwe Private Game Reserve

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: A safari adventure with extra smiles, awaits as the staff at Chisomo are sure to make you feel welcome on your African safari.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 888
    Trip Type:
    Safaris Worldwide, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    South Africa 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
  • Mala Mala and Mashatu Escape: Northern Tuli & Greater Kruger

    DELUXE | TAILOR-MADE: Experience two of Southern Africa's most exclusive game reserves as you explore diverse landscapes and wildlife. This 8 day, deluxe safari delivers comfort while keeping the focus on the wildlife in Botswana and South Africa.
    Duration:
    8 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 9,274
    Trip Type:
    Luxury and Beyond, Multi Country Vacation Ideas, Romance & Honeymoon, Safaris Worldwide, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    South Africa See Trip Details
  • The Best of Uganda: Bwindi, Queen Elizabeth National Park & Kyambura Gorge

    FIRST-CLASS | PRIVATE-GUIDED: This safari vacation is perfect for travellers wanting a complete experience of Uganda’s wildlife. After arriving in Entebbe, connect into Bwindi to search for mountain gorillas. Then head south for a traditional safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park as well as a chimpanzee trek.
    Duration:
    8 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 5,619
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Bucket List Travel Ideas, Private Experiences, Safaris Worldwide
    Uganda See Trip Details
  • Signature Sossusvlei

    DELUXE | TAILOR-MADE: Visit Namibia and some of the largest and highest sand dunes anywhere while staying at an eco-friendly lodge with easy access to the dunes. This will be a totally unique experience.
    Duration:
    3 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,698
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Safaris Worldwide, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Namibia 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$ 7,418
    Trip Type:
    Luxury and Beyond, Safaris Worldwide, Stays of Distinction, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Tanzania See Trip Details
  • Zimbabwe Highlights: Matobo Hills, Hwange & Victoria Falls

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: Cross world wonders off your bucket list on this journey through Zimbabwe. Heading to Matobo Hills and Hwange National Park, you’ll enjoy luxurious accommodations and head on safari game drives to see elephants and rhinos. You’ll also gaze upon the majesty of Victoria Falls.
    Duration:
    9 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,428
    Trip Type:
    Safaris Worldwide, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Zimbabwe See Trip Details
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