It’s impossible not to fall in love with the dramatic African landscapes, be thrilled by an early-morning game-drive or spoilt by the indulgent hospitality. With the growing trend for experiential travel, along with the client appetite for wildlife and conservation, now is the perfect time to enjoy the adventure of a luxury safari holiday. The anticipation of a dawn game-drive – the crisp wilderness, stirring wildlife, plus engaging rangers and trackers is simply infectious. The adrenaline flows as you hear the raw morning calls of lions or hippopotamus’, along with the ever-present soundtrack of bird song, as animals wake and actively search for food and watering holes. Watch the brilliant sun rise and light up the African sky, as your game vehicle weaves through the changing bushveld, and scan the horizon for signs of wildlife. Keep your camera at the ready to capture incredible animal encounters and click the shutter, whilst mentally pinching yourself!
No two game-drives are ever the same; each experience is unique in respect to the unfolding wildlife appearances, animal interactions, changing natural light and particular route taken by the ranger. A message may be received via the ranger’s radio and suddenly a speedy about-turn is made in search of the unfolding drama elsewhere – a rare migratory bird, a herd of elephants at the river edge, or a cheetah with her kill, perhaps. As you never quite know what you may see, wildlife enthusiasts are constantly on the edge of their seats! And, this is just part of why a safari is such an exciting and memorable experience. The passionate professional guides are only too keen to share their expert knowledge and happily assist with fulfilling your ‘tick-list’ - far beyond the ‘Big Five’ game sightings (lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and rhinoceros). Each drive can be tailored to a guest’s enthusiasm for a particular animal – whether it is a herd of elephants or a hyena.
With specific areas associated with different species, clients can visit Sabi Sands (close to Kruger National Park) and stay in luxurious private lodges, within private concessions, offering incredible leopard sightings, or perhaps stay in Madikwe Game Reserve for a chance to see a pack of wild dogs. Similarly, families may seek malaria-free areas such as the Kalahari or Eastern Cape - whereas, repeat safari-goers may prefer a new perspective – perhaps a specialist photography safari or luxury tented experience? Offering a very private, high-end desert-based experience, clients can venture to Tswalu to admire a colony of meerkats in the Kalahari or, if they’re exceptionally lucky, see a rare pangolin!
Why not combine a South African safari with the contrasting highlights of Namibian a sand-dune adventure, or mix of water and land-based camps in Botswana? For those seeking a more authentic ‘out of Africa’ experience, East Africa never fails to deliver – with its haunting landscapes, vast open plains and elusive game, along with the annual spectacle of The Great Migration, it provides a totally different perspective. Quite in addition to the glorious wildlife, cultural tours to visit the indigenous Sand Bushman of South Africa, colourful Masai Warriors of Kenya, or ancient Himba Tribe of Namibia, always add a rich dimension to any safari experience.
The awe-inspiring scenery and diverse landscapes provide a kaleidoscope of colour - from the dramatic Drakensberg Mountains and giant flat salt pans, to magnificent canyons and vibrant waterfalls, along with cosmopolitan cities and attractive coastline, Africa is the ultimate outdoor playground. With its host of community projects and conservation programmes, it can also prove to be a memorable and meaningful experience.
So, paint the landscape, take a walking safari, visit an endangered species centre and savour your refreshing safari sundowner (game-drive tipple) – the opportunities are as endless as the wildlife sightings. A safari is a wonderfully dynamic experience and Africa boasts an extravagant collection of private lodges to choose from. Enjoy world-class cuisine within all-inclusive packages and stay within luxuriously decorated suites, witness spring births and natural spectacles – all before extending your journey to the waterfront attractions of Cape Town, the beaches of Mozambique, or the immaculate golf courses in George. Visitors are always captivated by Africa and a safari is a heart-stopping and heart-warming experience - one you’ll wish to repeat in a heartbeat.
Should you feel inspired to book your own luxury safari holiday, or would like suggestions for a spectacular South Africa journey, please call our Travel Experts on 01244 897 572.