From small luxury tented camps perfect for honeymooners, to private homesteads for larger families or groups of friends, there is a safari experience suited to every traveller in an incredible array of destinations. This stunning continent has so much to offer every kind of traveller, but with a diverse selection of tours spanning different locales, where do you want to go?
South Africa is the perfect jumping off point for first time safari goers. With an ease of access from the UK, a wide range of lodges suited to all budgets and traveller types, as well as the option to seamlessly combine a safari experience with a broader South African itinerary, South Africa is the ideal destination to introduce you to safari. But where in South Africa do you want to go?
The Eastern Cape
is home to stunning and varied landscapes, an exceptional range of game viewing (including the iconic Big Five!) and some of the most easily accessible lodges for those looking to combine safari with an exploration of Cape Town, the Winelands and the Garden Route. And it's a great choice for families too, as along with being safe and malaria-free, many camps in the Eastern Cape offer excellent facilities and activities for children that complement their unforgettable safari sightings.
An often-popular choice with wildlife lovers, Kruger entrances visitors with its beautiful surroundings. Spread across 180,000 hectares and steeped in history, the Greater Kruger National Park is waiting for you. With many private camps located here and free movement for all game due to the borders between the Greater Kruger National Park and the Kruger National Park remaining unfenced, visitors to this spectacular destination will never want to leave!
For a more intimate safari experience, we recommend a stay within a reserve in the Greater Kruger. Due to a limited numbers of visitors permitted and its varying ecosystems within, you can find the Big Five game roaming throughout the parks - you might even catch an elusive leopard sighting at the Sabi Sands reserve!
Located along the border of Botswana and close to the Kalahari Desert, the Madikwe Game Reserve is currently the fifth largest reserve in South Africa and one of the lesser-known safari destinations. The perfect choice for those who want to stay in South Africa and have previously done either the Eastern Cape or Greater Kruger, the park offers a choice of luxury and eco lodges in a malaria-free zone. Along with concentrated conservation efforts in place within this region to protect the diminishing species of the painted dog, the number of visitors in the park is limited to those staying within the reserve's lodges, meaning that the wildlife and the Big Five can truly enjoy the vast, open plains of woodland and grassland.
Botswana, Zambia & Zimbabwe
Highly recommended for those with a keen interest in wilderness photography but often overlooked as key safari destinations, a trip to Botswana, Zambia,
can offer wonderful safari experiences.
Not only is Botswana home to Chobe National Park, where you can find the highest concentration of African elephants in the world, but it also plays host to the great waterways of the Okavango Delta - the largest inland delta in the world. This diverse destination is the ideal place to enjoy water-based safari experiences which can provide a unique perspective to game viewing. The magical oasis is teeming with plant life and reptiles and the birdwatching is excellent. Botswana also has one of the lowest population densities in Africa so a safari here is a truly authentic experience, often far more intimate than other traditional safari destinations in Africa.
Neighbouring countries, Zimbabwe and Zambia, known for the iconic Victoria Falls which borders the two, also offer great safari experiences alongside the traditional adventure-based travel they are known for. Not only are the guides in Zimbabwe widely regarded as some of the best and friendliest in the world, but there are a great number of operators in both countries that offer fantastic walking safaris - providing a real 'into the wild' experience.
Kenya & Tanzania
East Africa offers the quintessential safari experience. Boasting an incredible concentration of wildlife, unforgettable opportunities to learn and interact with local tribes and cultures, and once-in-a-lifetime experiences, a luxury safari in Kenya
are at the top of many bucket lists.
Embrace the chance to witness one of nature's most astonishing events, The Great Wildebeest Migration. Following a clockwise direction and generally crossing the border over the Mara River between Tanzania and Kenya late July to early September and then back into Tanzania late October into November - it truly is a sight to behold! For your best chance to see the Wildebeest cross the rivers, chose a tour that includes a stay within either the Mara Reserve or Serengeti National Park and a stay within one of the conservancies and make the most of the incredible activities on offer there.
There are certain restrictions on activities permitted within the national parks so combining this with a conservancy will give you the chance to take part in night drives, bush walks and bush dining. It also generally offers a more intimate safari experience as vehicle numbers within the conservancies are limited. These experiences promise an insight into everything that nature has to offer, from endearing moments to mid-hunt thrills - so whilst it is sure to be exciting, it may not be suitable for little explorers. But those that want to follow the migration can even opt for mobile camps that are available throughout the Mara and the Serengeti but you can expect the area to be busy as this is a peak time of year!