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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

  • Dulini River Lodge: Greater Kruger National Park

    DELUXE | TAILOR-MADE: Indulge in the grandeur of a South African safari. Spend your days tracking lions alongside professional rangers and trackers before unwinding with a bottle of Pinotage beneath the Jackalberry trees and watching elephants play in the river flowing alongside the luxurious Dulini River Lodge.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 4,390
    Trip Type:
    Luxury and Beyond, Safaris Worldwide, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Kapama Karula Lodge: Greater Kruger National Park

    DELUXE | TAILOR-MADE: 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$ 4,416
    Trip Type:
    Luxury and Beyond, Romance & Honeymoon, Safaris Worldwide, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    South Africa See Trip Details
  • Majestic Views of Kenya: Tsavo and Amboseli

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: Behold the beauty of Southern Kenya with this trip to two popular national parks. Enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime safari as you spend 5 days between Amboseli National Park and Tsavo West National Park, which both sit in the shadow of iconic Mount Kilimanjaro.
    Duration:
    5 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,079
    Trip Type:
    Safaris Worldwide, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Kenya See Trip Details
  • Mara Bushtops, Masai Mara: Stays of Distinction

    DELUXE | TAILOR-MADE: Embark on daily safaris in search of the world’s most incredible wildlife before retiring to a luxury safari camp on the edges of Masai Mara National Park. This Kenya vacation at Mara Bushtops offers world-class accommodations and impeccable services in one of the world’s best nature reserves.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 5,516
    Trip Type:
    Luxury and Beyond, Safaris Worldwide, Stays of Distinction, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Kenya See Trip Details
  • South African Family Adventure: Cape Town, Sanbona Wildlife Reserve & More

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: Start your trip in Cape Town, a highlight of Southern Africa with its unrivalled natural beauty, before continuing on to a unique malaria-free private game reserve located at the foot of the towering Warmwaterberg Mountains. End with a stay at the only private lodge situated inside the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park.
    Duration:
    10 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 4,560
    Trip Type:
    Family Vacations, Safaris Worldwide, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Kenya Odyssey: Samburu, Lake Elmenteita, Masai Mara & More

    FIRST-CLASS | SMALL GROUP: 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$ 4,403
    Trip Type:
    Classics (Bestsellers), Safaris Worldwide, Single Friendly, Small Group Touring
    Kenya See Trip Details
  • East Africa Odyssey: Masai Mara, Serengeti, Ngorongoro & More

    FIRST-CLASS | SMALL GROUP: Experience the iconic National Parks of East Africa with this classic African safari. Visit famous Masai Mara, Serengeti and the Ngorongoro national parks, uncovering unique wildlife, and cultural opportunities.
    Duration:
    14 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 10,785
    Trip Type:
    Classics (Bestsellers), Multi Country Vacation Ideas, Safaris Worldwide, Small Group Touring
    Kenya See Trip Details
  • 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 water-based game viewing, seasonal fishing and cultural visits, all while staying aboard the Zambezi Queen luxury houseboat.
    Duration:
    3 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,486
    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$ 7,241
    Trip Type:
    Bucket List Travel Ideas, Safaris Worldwide, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • 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$ 6,768
    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$ 4,722
    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$ 10,576
    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$ 14,185
    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$ 7,321
    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$ 5,076
    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$ 5,585
    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$ 2,002
    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$ 3,570
    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. Enjoy daily game drives to see the Big Five and other animals.
    Duration:
    7 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,383
    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$ 1,130
    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 a safari drive.
    Duration:
    6 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 4,047
    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$ 2,435
    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$ 1,200
    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 viewing in its national parks. After enjoying three days in the ‘Mother City’, head to Franschhoek to enjoy some fine South African wine and take in the stunning scenery. Last but certainly not least, head on your African safari in the famous Sabi Sands as you search out the Big 5.
    Duration:
    10 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 4,167
    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$ 2,813
    Trip Type:
    Family Vacations, Private Experiences, Safaris Worldwide
    Uganda See Trip Details
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