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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: With 5000 hectares of wild bush in this private concession within the world-renowned Kruger National Park, you can go exploring off-road and follow the footsteps of the leopard. The Lodge style is grand and spacious with a feeling of historical opulence.
    Duration:
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    US$ 3,471
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  • Signature South Africa: Cape Town, Rovos Rail, Kruger & More

    DELUXE | PRIVATE-GUIDED: Discover the magic and splendour of Southern Africa on this 12-day luxury journey of South Africa. Starting in Cape Town, you’ll venture to the Cape Winelands, Johannesburg, and Kruger National Park. Recapture the romance and atmosphere of a by-gone era with 2 nights spent on-board the elegant Rovos Rail train.
    Duration:
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    Prices From:
    US$ 8,194
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  • Arathusa Safari Lodge: Greater Kruger National Park

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE; Arathusa is located within the world-renowned Sabi Sand Private reserve adjacent to the un-fenced Kruger National Park. It is perfect for the nature enthusiast who seeks an affordable intimate environment and warm hospitality on their African Safari.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,044
    Trip Type:
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  • Karongwe River Lodge: Karongwe Private Game Reserve

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: Find your safari adventure in the heart of Karongwe Private Game Reserve, close to Kruger National Park. After returning from your game drives, enjoy the tranquil riverfront setting and tantalize your tastebuds with some delicious Pan African cuisine.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 888
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  • Winelands & Wildlife: Cape Town, Stellenbosch & Sabi Sands Game Reserve

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: Explore vibrant Cape Town and see the sights of the Cape Peninsula. Visit picturesque Stellenbosch, the heart of the Winelands before a ‘Big 5’ encounter at Kruger National Park.
    Duration:
    10 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 5,147
    Trip Type:
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  • Karoo Lodge: Samara Private Game Reserve

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: 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:
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    Prices From:
    US$ 1,677
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  • Shiduli Private Game Lodge: Karongwe Private Game Reserve

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: In the heart of Karongwe Private Game Reserve, Shiduli Private Game Lodge is your ultimate safari escape.
    Duration:
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    Prices From:
    US$ 930
    Trip Type:
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  • Singita Ebony Game Lodge: Greater Kruger National Park

    DELUXE | TAILOR-MADE: Escape to a beautiful game lodge in the midst of Greater Kruger National Park for a few days of morning and afternoon game drives. Search for lions, elephants, and leopards in the bush before retiring to your luxury game lodge to relax in the pool, chat around the boma, or view animals from your private deck.
    Duration:
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    Prices From:
    AU$ 10,183
    Trip Type:
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  • Imbali Safari Lodge: Kruger National Park

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: 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$ 2,000
    Trip Type:
    Safaris Worldwide, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Bakubung Bush Lodge: Pilanesberg Game Reserve

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: Venture a mere two hours from Johannesburg to Pilanesberg National Park and the beautiful confines of Bakubung Bush Lodge, a 4-star property in the wild. Spend a few days enjoying the lodge and heading on morning and afternoon game drives into the park to spot roaring lions, mighty elephants, and rhinos in the grass.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,223
    Trip Type:
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  • Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge: Greater Kruger National Park

    DELUXE | TAILOR-MADE: Bush Lodge is a luxurious safari escape set in the heart of the Sabi Sabi bushveld overlooking a waterhole and an African plain. Bush Lodge's charm is evident from the outset. Here you will savour uncompromising high standards of service, efficiency and personalized attention.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    AU$ 4,830
    Trip Type:
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  • Sun, Sand & Safari: Thanda Private Game Reserve & White Pearl Resort

    DELUXE | TAILOR-MADE: 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$ 4,172
    Trip Type:
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  • Kambaku River Sands: Greater Kruger National Park

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    Duration:
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    Prices From:
    US$ 2,146
    Trip Type:
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  • Singita Lebombo Game Lodge: Kruger National Park

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    Duration:
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    Prices From:
    AU$ 10,910
    Trip Type:
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  • Cape & Safari Dynasty: Madikwe Game Reserve & Cape Town

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    Duration:
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    Prices From:
    US$ 3,712
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  • Wetlands and Wildlife: Hluhluwe-iMfolozi & The iSimangaliso Wetland Park

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: Spend time in both Hluhluwe-iMfolozi National Park as well as iSimangaliso Wetlands on this trip. Experience game drives, nature walks, canoeing, snorkeling or just relax at your lodge - this trip has it all, showcasing the diversity and beauty of wildlife and geography in South Africa.
    Duration:
    8 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,441
    Trip Type:
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  • Dulini Leadwood Lodge: Greater Kruger National Park

    DELUXE | TAILOR-MADE: 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:
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    Prices From:
    AU$ 5,877
    Trip Type:
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  • Phinda Forest Lodge: Phinda Private Game Reserve

    DELUXE | TAILOR-MADE: Phinda Private Game Reserve encompasses 23000 hectares of prime wilderness in KwaZulu-Natal and features Africa’s Big Five, endangered black rhino, and 415 bird species. Forest Lodge enjoys the dappled shade deep in the heart of a rare, dry sand forest.
    Duration:
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    Prices From:
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  • Cape, Garden Route and Safari Escapade: Cape Town, George & Shamwari

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    Duration:
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    Prices From:
    US$ 3,638
    Trip Type:
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  • Bisate Lodge, Rwanda: Stays of Distinction

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    Duration:
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    Prices From:
    US$ 7,331
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  • Singita Kwitonda Rwanda: Stays of Distinction

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    Duration:
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    Prices From:
    US$ 7,555
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    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 5,267
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    Duration:
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    Prices From:
    US$ 5,679
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