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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

  • 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$ 1,521
    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$ 1,771
    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$ 4,802
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Escorted Coach Touring, Safaris Worldwide
    Uganda See Trip Details
  • Grand Zimbabwe

    Discover the magic of Zimbabwe on this small group tour as you venture into the country's most famous National Parks including Hwange and Matopos. Learn about Zimbabwe's fascinating history as you visit the 900 year old Great Zimbabwe ruins and take in the country's breathtaking natural beauty.
    Duration:
    13 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,870
    Trip Type:
    Escorted Coach Touring, Safaris Worldwide, Small Group Touring
    Zimbabwe 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$ 2,301
    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$ 1,834
    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$ 1,445
    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$ 1,526
    Trip Type:
    Safaris Worldwide, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Zimbabwe See Trip Details
  • Hwange National Park: Elephants Eye: Stay of Distinction

    Discover the best of African wildlife at this intimate, luxurious eco-lodge in Zimbabwe. At Elephant’s Eye in Hwange National Park, you’ll enjoy first-class accommodations as you head on a bespoke safari experience to see the park’s large population of lions, elephants, and other African animals.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,381
    Trip Type:
    Safaris Worldwide, Stays of Distinction, 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$ 1,513
    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$ 2,075
    Trip Type:
    Safaris Worldwide
    South Africa See Trip Details
  • Ivory Tree Game Lodge

    In Pilanesberg Game Reserve, Ivory Tree Game Lodge offers a luxurious, yet natural setting for your safari.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,214
    Trip Type:
    Safaris Worldwide
    South Africa See Trip Details
  • Jock Safari Lodge

    Situated in a private concession within the Kruger National Park, magnificent trees and an abundance of bird life surround Jock Safari Lodge. The Lodge incorporates the romance and elegance of the past, while reflecting in its style the indigenous Zulu and Shangaan cultures.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,170
    Trip Type:
    Romance & Honeymoon, Safaris Worldwide
    South Africa See Trip Details
  • Kambaku River Sands

    Experience the beauty of the Timbavati Game Reserve on a safari stay at Kambaku River Sands in Greater Kruger National Park. Enjoy luxury accommodations on an open safari property and head on two daily game drives to search for the Big Five and enjoy the beauty of the bush.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,891
    Trip Type:
    Safaris Worldwide
    South Africa See Trip Details
  • Kambaku Safari Lodge

    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$ 1,346
    Trip Type:
    Family Vacations, Safaris Worldwide
    South Africa See Trip Details
  • Kapama Buffalo Camp

    Go on safari to an affordable and charming safari lodge in South Africa. Track down the Big Five alongside professional rangers before feeding elephants and dining on gourmet African cuisine beside a roaring fire at Kapama Buffalo Camp.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,932
    Trip Type:
    Romance & Honeymoon, Safaris Worldwide
    South Africa See Trip Details
  • Kapama Karula Lodge

    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$ 3,520
    Trip Type:
    Romance & Honeymoon, Safaris Worldwide
    South Africa See Trip Details
  • Kapama River Lodge

    Kapama Private Game Reserve occupies a vast area between the northern Drakensberg mountains and the Greater Kruger National Park. Kapama River Lodge features 40 spacious air-conditioned suites, 20 Spa suites, and 2 Royal Suites.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,134
    Trip Type:
    Romance & Honeymoon, Safaris Worldwide
    South Africa See Trip Details
  • Kariega Game Reserve: Ukhozi Lodge

    Ukhozi Lodge embodies the romance of Africa. Nestled in the bush are ten superbly appointed, air-conditioned luxury suites crafted from log, each with a private plunge pool and deck offering panoramic views of the valley.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,332
    Trip Type:
    Safaris Worldwide
    South Africa See Trip Details
  • Karongwe Portfolio: Karongwe River Lodge

    Find your safari adventure in the heart of Karongwe Private Game Reserve, close to Kruger National Park.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 722
    Trip Type:
    Safaris Worldwide
    South Africa See Trip Details
  • Karongwe Portfolio: Kuname River Lodge

    In the heart of Karongwe Private Game Reserve, close to Kruger National Park, Kuname Lodge invites you to unwind from safari in luxury.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,018
    Trip Type:
    Safaris Worldwide
    South Africa See Trip Details
  • Kenya Escapades: Amboseli

    Explore Amboseli, famous for its free-ranging elephants and for spectacular views of Mount Kilimanjaro. You’ll have the chance to see an amazing array of animals in their natural habitats.
    Duration:
    3 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,067
    Trip Type:
    Safaris Worldwide
    Kenya See Trip Details
  • Kenya Escapades: Masai Mara

    Spend three days exploring Masai Mara National Reserve, world famous for its incredible wildlife. Enjoy game drives where you’ll have the opportunity to spot Africa’s celebrated “Big Five”.
    Duration:
    3 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,135
    Trip Type:
    Safaris Worldwide
    Kenya See Trip Details
  • Kenya Explorer Safari

    Explore the wilds of Kenya on this journey to several conservancies in the country. Heading from Nairobi to Ol Pejeta Conservancy to Masai Mara National Reserve, you’ll stay in luxury safari camps as you enjoy game drives into the bush to see flamingos, lions, and the wonders of the Great Migration.
    Duration:
    9 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 4,249
    Trip Type:
    Safaris Worldwide, Single Friendly
    Kenya See Trip Details
  • Kenya Family Safari

    This African safari journey through the National Parks of Kenya offers children and adults the ultimate wildlife experience. Stay at some of Kenya's best known game parks and take part in activities the whole family can enjoy.
    Duration:
    11 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 5,528
    Trip Type:
    Family Vacations, Safaris Worldwide
    Kenya See Trip Details
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