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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

  • Samara Private Game Reserve: Karoo Lodge

    Escape on safari to award winning Samara Private Game Reserve. Offering a Big 5 safari in an intimate setting, Samara is a family-run passion project with conservation at its heart. Cheetahs are the star, and you'll have the unique chance to track them on foot, but don't miss the other wildlife as you explore.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,104
    Trip Type:
    Romance & Honeymoon, Safaris Worldwide
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  • Sanbona Wildlife Reserve Gondwana Family Lodge

    Just three hours away from Cape Town, nestled in the heart of Little Karoo is the Sanbona Wildlife Reserve. The Gondwana Family Lodge is one of three luxury lodges on the reserve overlooking Bellair Dam.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,712
    Trip Type:
    Safaris Worldwide
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  • Savanna Private Game Reserve

    Savanna Private Game Reserve is an exclusive 5-star lodge situated in the internationally famous Sabi Sand Reserve. It offers outstanding game viewing, personalised service and luxurious accommodation to a limited number of discerning guests.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,532
    Trip Type:
    Luxury and Beyond, Romance & Honeymoon, Safaris Worldwide
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  • Selous Game Park

    The Selous is home to roaming elephant populations and some of the last black rhino left in the region. Due to its remote location, it is one of the untouched gems of Tanzania’s parks.
    Duration:
    5 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,702
    Trip Type:
    Escorted Coach Touring, Safaris Worldwide, Small Group Touring
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  • Shamwari Bayethe Tented Lodge

    Bayethe Tented Lodge, located in Shamwari Game Reserve, offers the ultimate in luxury tented accommodation. It is a splendid stone walled and thatch roofed lodge with a large deck area overlooking a waterhole.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,788
    Trip Type:
    Luxury and Beyond, Romance & Honeymoon, Safaris Worldwide
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  • Shamwari Eagles Crag Lodge

    Ultimate Luxury personified in a contemporary African design, Eagles Crag is nestled in a valley and provides the ultimate luxury for the most discerning of travellers. The luxury spa offers a wide variety of personalized treatments.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,841
    Trip Type:
    Luxury and Beyond, Romance & Honeymoon, Safaris Worldwide
    South Africa See Trip Details
  • Shamwari Riverdene Lodge

    Riverdene Lodge is a colonial African experience in an elegantly restored frontier homestead. Located in Shamwari Game Reserve, which lies amidst verdant bush along the Bushmans River, its 25,000 hectares features 5 quite different eco-systems rich in bio-diversity.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,689
    Trip Type:
    Romance & Honeymoon, Safaris Worldwide
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  • Shepherd's Tree Game Lodge

    Go on safari to a lush modern game lodge in the north of South Africa. Track the Big Five on safari game drives and practice your aim at the archery range before dining in the five-star restaurant and enjoying the incredible modern design of Shepherd’s Tree Game Lodge.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,592
    Trip Type:
    Safaris Worldwide
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  • Shiduli Private Game Lodge

    In the heart of Karongwe Private Game Reserve, Shiduli Private Game Lodge is your ultimate safari escape.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 755
    Trip Type:
    Safaris Worldwide
    South Africa See Trip Details
  • Singita Boulders Lodge

    Boulders Lodge, located on the banks of the Sand River is equal parts luxury with a contemporary African-style. It provides an atmosphere of tranquil elegance and sophistication.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 6,869
    Trip Type:
    Romance & Honeymoon, Safaris Worldwide
    South Africa See Trip Details
  • Singita Ebony Game Lodge

    Located on the banks of the Sand River within the Sabi Sand Reserve, Ebony Lodge features lounge and timber-deck dining areas, bar area and open boma, gymnasium, health spa and wine cellar.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 7,264
    Trip Type:
    Romance & Honeymoon, Safaris Worldwide
    South Africa See Trip Details
  • Singita Faru Faru: Stay of Distinction

    Part of Goway’s unique Stay 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$ 7,265
    Trip Type:
    Luxury and Beyond, Safaris Worldwide, Stays of Distinction
    Tanzania See Trip Details
  • Singita Lebombo Game Lodge

    Enhance your African safari with four days at Singita Lebombo. Located on the edge of Kruger National Park, it provides comfortable accommodation at the point where two rivers meet, and sightings are plentiful.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 6,921
    Trip Type:
    Safaris Worldwide
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  • Singita Sabora: Stay of Distinction

    Exquisite luxury on the plains of the Serengeti.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 7,265
    Trip Type:
    Luxury and Beyond, Safaris Worldwide, Stays of Distinction
    Tanzania See Trip Details
  • Singita Sweni Game Lodge

    Enhance your African safari with four days at Singita Sweni. Located in Kruger National Park, it provides comfortable accommodation in a private reserve where animal sightings are plentiful.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 6,921
    Trip Type:
    Safaris Worldwide
    South Africa See Trip Details
  • Southern Africa Extravaganza

    Combining a superb African safari with a trip down the Western Cape, this South Africa travel opportunity takes you to one of the world’s most beautiful cities, Cape Town, before ending at spectacular Victoria Falls.
    Duration:
    11 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 6,428
    Trip Type:
    Luxury and Beyond, Safaris Worldwide, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Southern Experience

    Embark on an epic journey across Southern Africa from Zimbabwe to South Africa. On this comprehensive vacation, you’ll see Victoria Falls, head on safari game drives in Botswana, explore the Okavango Delta, venture into the deserts of Namibia, and end your trip in the Mother City of Cape Town.
    Duration:
    24 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 4,885
    Trip Type:
    Safaris Worldwide
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  • Sun, Sand & Safari

    A wonderful combination of time spent at a game reserve in South Africa combined with a stay at a beautiful resort hotel situated on the attractive coast of Mozambique. Enjoy wildlife safaris and then go swimming, snorkeling and/or scuba diving or just relax.
    Duration:
    8 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 4,163
    Trip Type:
    Romance & Honeymoon, Safaris Worldwide, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Tanzania Escapade

    Experience two of Tanzania’s and the world’s greatest game parks, Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park with their abundance of fascinating wildlife. Also have a visit to the Olduvai Gorge with its amazing archaeological finds.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Safaris Worldwide
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  • Tanzania Odyssey Super Special: 9 Day

    Tanzania is renowned for its magnificent wildlife, scenery, and first class African safari experiences. Spend time visiting famous sites like Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park.
    Duration:
    9 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 5,598
    Trip Type:
    Safaris Worldwide, Small Group Touring
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  • Tanzania Odyssey: 7 Day

    Tanzania is renowned for its magnificent wildlife, scenery, and first class African safari experiences. Spend time visiting famous sites like Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park.
    Duration:
    7 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,327
    Trip Type:
    Escorted Coach Touring, Safaris Worldwide, Single Friendly, Small Group Touring
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  • Tanzania Odyssey: 9 Day

    Tanzania is renowned for its magnificent wildlife, scenery, and first class African safari experiences. Spend time visiting famous sites like Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park.
    Duration:
    9 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 4,956
    Trip Type:
    Escorted Coach Touring, Safaris Worldwide, Small Group Touring
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  • Tented Camps of Tanzania

    Explore three of Tanzania’s great game parks on this tented camp safari through the country. In Tarangire, Ngorongoro Crater, and the Serengeti, you’ll head on daily game drives to see lions, elephants, zebras, and many more spectacular animals across the East African wilderness.
    Duration:
    9 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 6,958
    Trip Type:
    Romance & Honeymoon, Safaris Worldwide, Small Group Touring
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  • Thanda Private Game Reserve

    Thanda Private Game Reserve, situated in the heart of the untamed bush in northern Zululand, close to the Indian Ocean, is a 5-star destination. Thanda’s safari-spa offers world-class spa treatments to pamper, rejuvenate, and uplift the body after exhilarating bush walks and game drives.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,301
    Trip Type:
    Romance & Honeymoon, Safaris Worldwide
    South Africa See Trip Details
  • Thornybush Game Lodge

    Go on safari to a family-friendly game lodge in the heart of South Africa. Spend your days tracking lions and elephants across the African savannah before relaxing with a massage and enjoying a 3-course meal beneath the stars at Thornybush Game Lodge.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,217
    Trip Type:
    Safaris Worldwide
    South Africa See Trip Details
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