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  • Lions up close in the bush
  • A leopard crossing road with tourists in jeep in background
  • Two hippopotamus fighting it out in the waters of Kenya
  • One of the worlds most endangered animals - the mountain gorilla
  • A cheetah and her cub in the Serengeti National Park  - Tanzania

Wherever animals are found in large numbers, it is exciting to see them in their natural habitat. For the most part, this means travelling to parts of the world that are conducive to their survival.  The most popular game viewing safaris are to be found in Africa but not exclusively but an African safari is a good place to start your game viewing experience. 

The word safari is a Swahili word meaning journey when the indigenous natives would go hunting to provide themselves with food, hides etc.  Today a safari is not to harm but to view animals and in this eco-friendly way, it has a positive impact on and benefit to local communities through employment for local people as guides, lodge employees etc.

About African Safaris

Your African safari typically includes several game drives with an experienced driver/guide plus sometimes, a tracker. Usually, there are 3 types of game drives which take place in the morning, afternoon and nighttime. The morning game drive is usually taken early before the sun gets too hot. The afternoon game drive is usually taken later in the day for the same reason.  On a night drive, the dark brings out the nocturnal animals and the predators which are on the prowl looking for their next meal.

What are walking Safaris?

Another style of game viewing is a walking safari. This can be undertaken as an alternative to one of your regular vehicle game drives. Nothing brings you closer to an African adventure quite like this. You walk with an experienced guide who will show you which animals are or have been in the vicinity by studying their tracks and footprints.

What are fly-in Safaris?

You might want to consider a fly-in African safari. These are popular, especially in Kenya and Tanzania. You avoid long road transfers by simply landing on a private airstrip from the nearest major airport and your game viewing is immediately underway.

 

In East Africa, the game drives will be within a reasonable range from the lodge or camp in the game park in which you decide to stay. It is highly recommended that to maximize your African safari, you visit other game parks to view a selection of different animals and terrains.  In Southern Africa, you can experience maximum enjoyment by deciding to stay at one location. It is known for its luxury accommodations sometimes with its own landing strip and territory. However, there is a mutual arrangement between lodges allowing safari vehicles to roam freely throughout each other’s territory.  Wherever you decide to go, 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 ideal is anywhere from 6 to 10 passenger vehicles.  The professionalism and experience of the guides are very significant as they need to be able to “deliver the goods” as it were, to lead you to some thrilling game encounters. 

In Africa, there are 1100 different species of animals and 2600 different bird species. Of course, these numbers are not found in any one specific game park but you will experience a satisfying number during any Africa safari vacation. Incidentally, Africa has the fastest, largest and strangest animals anywhere in the world. This also includes, sadly, a number of endangered species.

What are the Big Five?

Everyone has heard about the Big Five (lion, leopard, African buffalo, elephant and black rhinoceros).  These can be seen in either East or Southern Africa. It is a fact that there are more lions in Kenya and Tanzania than anywhere else but they are still in abundance elsewhere.  Botswana is home to approximately 80% of Southern Africa’s elephant population and huge herds are a common sight. Rwanda and Uganda are primarily known for their gorilla and chimpanzee populations and nothing beats a trek in these countries to come close to these primates. A major attraction on an African safari could be the Great Migration seen in Serengeti in Tanzania and the Masai Mara in Kenya. The two game reserves are adjoined and literally, hundreds of thousands of animals travel twice a year, one north to south around October and one south to north around July, in search of food and water.  You might be fortunate to experience a rare sighting of a lion or a leopard sitting in a tree either asleep or just relaxing.  You might want to try wildlife viewing on the back of an elephant. This can be done in both Botswana and Zimbabwe.  Or perhaps you might like to enjoy a cruise safari on board a boat down the river in Botswana getting reasonably close to hippos and crocodiles. If you are a “birder”, there are literally thousands of different exotic species of birds in just about any of Goway’s African Safari destinations. One amazing sight is the vast number of flamingos which congregate in Lake Nakuru National Park in Kenya totalling over 1 million.  

Any time is a good time to view animals. However, when considering an African safari, the weather might be a factor but not a hindrance. In East Africa, October and April are considered the wet seasons and are, for the most part, the off-season pricewise but the animals are still very much in evidence. In Southern Africa, it is rainy generally between November and March but again, not a major factor while viewing wildlife.

Most African safaris include accommodation in lodges be they basic or luxurious. However, there is also the ability to have tented accommodation. This is not your Boy Scout or family outing tent vacation. You don’t rough it as you get all the luxuries of a room with a comfortable bed and a complete bathroom more often than not.  This is a totally different experience as you are virtually out there in the bush listening to the thrilling sound of animals in the African night.  

Goway’s African safaris cover all the major countries offering excellent game viewing. These include in East Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Malawi and Uganda and in Southern Africa, South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Namibia.

 

 

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Safaris Worldwide

  • Luxury Safari - Delta, Chobe and Victoria Falls

    Uncover the vast and untamed wilderness of Botswana on this incredible African safari. Journeying from Botswana to Zambia, you’ll stay in luxury safari camps and explore the natural wonders of the Okavango Delta, Chobe National Park, and mighty Victoria Falls.
    Duration:
    8 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,570
    Trip Type:
    Luxury and Beyond, Multi Country Vacation Ideas, Safaris Worldwide, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Botswana See Trip Details
  • Highlights of Botswana

    Experience the natural wonders of Botswana and extraordinary game viewing on this safari to three celebrated game reserves. Connecting to Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, Moremi Game Reserve, and Chobe National Park, you’ll search for lions, elephants, and cheetahs, while enjoying deluxe accommodations.
    Duration:
    9 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 4,385
    Trip Type:
    Safaris Worldwide
    Botswana See Trip Details
  • Chobe: Pangolin Photographic Safari

    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$ 708
    Trip Type:
    Safaris Worldwide, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Botswana See Trip Details
  • City Lights and Safari Sights with Airfare

    Combine South Africa’s most attractive city with the wonders of the African bush on this city lights and safari sights vacation including airfare. Start in Cape Town where you’ll have three days at leisure to experience its charms. Then head on to Pilanesberg National Park to head on daily game drives in search of the Big Five.
    Duration:
    10 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,299
    Trip Type:
    Safaris Worldwide, Tailor-made Travel Ideas, Vacation Packages with Airfare
    South Africa See Trip Details
  • Tanzania Odyssey Super Special: 7 Day

    Tanzania is renowned for its magnificent wildlife, scenery and first class game lodge experiences. Spend time visiting famous sites like Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park.
    Duration:
    7 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,599
    Trip Type:
    Bucket List Travel Ideas, Escorted Coach Touring, Safaris Worldwide, Small Group Touring
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  • Tanzania Sky Safari by Elewana

    The one and only Tanzania Sky Safari by Elewana includes all of Northern Tanzania’s core highlights and offers an unparalleled game viewing and cultural experience as you fly to and from each stop.
    Duration:
    8 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 5,388
    Trip Type:
    Luxury and Beyond, Safaris Worldwide
    Tanzania See Trip Details
  • Boutique Cape Town and Sabi Sands

    Pair two of South Africa’s most iconic regions on one incredible tour. Start in Cape Town, where you’ll explore South Africa’s most beautiful city and the nearby Cape Peninsula. Then connect to Sabi Sands Game Reserve to spend a few days on game drives searching for the Big Five.
    Duration:
    9 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 5,075
    Trip Type:
    Romance & Honeymoon, Safaris Worldwide, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Wonders of South Africa

    Spend two weeks discovering all that makes South Africa one of the world’s most diverse and colourful destinations. Take in natural sights such as Blyde River Canyon, explore the historic lands of the Zulus and Swazis, follow the magnificent South African coastline, and immerse yourself in the beauty, wine, and culture of the Cape. On this tour, a maximum of 40 guests are escorted by a local professional tourist guide. All departures are guaranteed with a minimum of 2 guests. Transportation is in air-conditioned luxury vehicles and tours are only conducted in English.
    Duration:
    15 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,965
    Trip Type:
    Bucket List Travel Ideas, Escorted Coach Touring, Safaris Worldwide
    South Africa See Trip Details
  • City Lights & Safari Sights

    Combine South Africa’s most attractive city with the wonders of the African bush on this city lights and safari sights vacation. Start in Cape Town where you’ll have three days at leisure to experience its charms. Then head on to Pilanesberg National Park to head on daily game drives in search of the Big Five.
    Duration:
    8 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,982
    Trip Type:
    Safaris Worldwide, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Kruger to Falls Adventure from Johannesburg

    Spend two weeks immersed in nature at its grandest on this Africa safari. Experience three of the continent’s most dynamic countries, including a South Africa safari, Zimbabwe, and Botswana.
    Duration:
    15 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 4,158
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Bucket List Travel Ideas, Escorted Coach Touring, Safaris Worldwide, Single Friendly
    South Africa See Trip Details
  • Mountain Gorilla Encounter (3 Day)

    Spend 3 days in the area made famous by Dian Fossey, the home of the world’s last surviving mountain gorilla population. Be one of only a few to see these gorillas in their own habitat.
    Duration:
    3 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,040
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Escorted Coach Touring, Safaris Worldwide
    Rwanda See Trip Details
  • Mountain Gorilla Encounter (4 Day)

    Spend 4 days in the area made famous by Dian Fossey, the home of the world’s last surviving mountain gorilla population. Be one of only a few to see these gorillas in their own habitat.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,611
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Escorted Coach Touring, Safaris Worldwide
    Rwanda See Trip Details
  • Bisate Lodge: Stay of Distinction

    Venture into the jungles of Volcanoes National Park to see Mountain Gorilla families up close and personal on this Rwanda vacation. When you're not trekking through the jungle, you'll stay at the exclusive and luxurious Bisate Lodge, which sits on the edge of an eroded volcano and offers incredible views of the mountain range.
    Duration:
    3 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 6,058
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Safaris Worldwide, Stays of Distinction
    Rwanda See Trip Details
  • Wonders of Kenya with Airfare

    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:
    10 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,999
    Trip Type:
    Bucket List Travel Ideas, Classics (Bestsellers), Safaris Worldwide, Small Group Touring
    Kenya See Trip Details
  • Kenya Sky Safari by Elewana

    Spend time at three luxury lodges situated in three of Kenya’s outstanding game parks, Amboseli, Meru and the Masai Mara Reserve. At each lodge, enjoy day and night game safaris as well as walking safaris. Fly by small aircraft directly from Nairobi and between lodges.
    Duration:
    8 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 7,142
    Trip Type:
    Luxury and Beyond, Safaris Worldwide
    Kenya See Trip Details
  • Kenya Odyssey Super Special

    Kenya is often described as the African continent in microcosm. You will see some of the best parks in Africa from Lake Nakuru to Masai Mara, home of the “Big Five” and the Masai people.
    Duration:
    8 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,457
    Trip Type:
    Bucket List Travel Ideas, Safaris Worldwide, Single Friendly, Small Group Touring
    Kenya See Trip Details
  • East Africa Odyssey Super Special

    Experience the many highlights of East Africa with this family friendly African safari. Visit famous national parks, uncovering unique wildlife, and cultural opportunities.
    Duration:
    14 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 6,018
    Trip Type:
    Bucket List Travel Ideas, Safaris Worldwide, Single Friendly, Small Group Touring
    Kenya See Trip Details
  • Kenya Odyssey Super Special With Airfare

    Kenya is often described as the African continent in microcosm. You will see some of the best parks in Africa from Lake Nakuru to Masai Mara, home of the “Big Five” and the Masai people. Take advantage of hot pricing on our air/land combination packages, including airfare from North America on some of the best long-haul carriers. Most trips are fully customizable, so you can add days or tours according to your particulate likes, interests or bucket list.
    Duration:
    10 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,599
    Trip Type:
    Safaris Worldwide, Small Group Touring, Vacation Packages with Airfare
    Kenya See Trip Details
  • Cape Town and Safari Encompassed

    Experience the best of South Africa on this journey from the Cape to the bush. Start in Cape Town, where you’ll explore the peninsula and the winelands. Then journey to the northeast to stay in a safari lodge in Greater Kruger or Pilanesberg and head on game drives in search of the Big Five.
    Duration:
    8 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,164
    Trip Type:
    Safaris Worldwide, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    South Africa See Trip Details
  • &Beyond Ngala Safari Lodge

    Escape on a family-friendly safari to South Africa in search of the continent’s most exciting wildlife. Spend your days learning to read animal tracks and searching for lions and elephants before unwinding in the pool and spa and feasting on amazing African cuisine at Ngala Safari Lodge.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,645
    Trip Type:
    Safaris Worldwide
    South Africa See Trip Details
  • &Beyond Ngala Tented Camp

    At &Beyond Ngala Tented Camp, guests go to bed to the sounds of lion calling, safely cosseted in modern tented suites, enjoying warm-hearted service that embodies the soul of Africa.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,908
    Trip Type:
    Safaris Worldwide
    South Africa See Trip Details
  • Africa On Foot

    A true wildlife experience in the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve combining walking and vehicle safaris through Big Five territory in one of the largest privately owned game reserves in South Africa.
    Duration:
    4-5 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,139
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Bucket List Travel Ideas, Safaris Worldwide, Single Friendly
    South Africa See Trip Details
  • Amakhosi Safari Lodge

    Amakhosi Safari lodge offers exceptional service and luxury amidst the African landscapes and the thrilling Big 5 sightings of the Amazulu Private Game Reserve. From night safaris to culinary adventures, experience a South Africa safari like no other.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,320
    Trip Type:
    Romance & Honeymoon, Safaris Worldwide, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    South Africa See Trip Details
  • Arathusa Safari Lodge

    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$ 1,837
    Trip Type:
    Luxury and Beyond, Romance & Honeymoon, Safaris Worldwide
    South Africa See Trip Details
  • Bakubung Bush Lodge

    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$ 968
    Trip Type:
    Safaris Worldwide
    South Africa See Trip Details
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