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Below are the most popular African Safari experiences.
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Africa offers a wide range of luxury safari experiences. The Kruger Park and Botswana are two excellent destinations for an opulent African experience. The Kruger features world-class lodges like Royal Malewane and Lion Sands Ivory Lodge, whilst Botswana boasts the sublime Mombo Camp and Abu’s, located in the extraordinary Okavango Delta.
South Africa is the ideal destination for a family safari. Cape Town in the south offers unique experiences like swimming with the penguins at Boulders beach, scenic trips around the southern tip of Africa, breathtaking views from Table Mountain, world-class cuisine and sprawling wine estates.
The Kruger Park in the north offers some of the finest game viewing in Africa, including the opportunity to see the Big 5. The Sun City mega resort offers an escape to a lost world featuring a man made beach, wave pool, water park, championship golf courses, nightlife, kids entertainment and much more.
Africa is a leading destination for honeymooners worldwide. The majestic Victoria Falls is a magical location where you can enjoy romantic sunset cruises on the Zambezi, high tea and sundowners overlooking the Falls and white water rafting or bungee jumping for the thrill seekers.
For something completely different Little Kulala in Namibia offers a luxurious desert retreat where you can relax by your private plunge pool during the day and sleep under the clear starry skies at night.
If you want more of a safari experience on your honeymoon then Tanzania is an excellent choice. The Serengeti Under Canvas experience allows you to escape the world in a luxurious semi permanent tented camp that moves around the Serengeti, following the massive herds of the annual Great Migration. See more information on our Top 10 Honeymoon Safaris and Retreats here.
A Bush & Beach vacation is the ideal way to enjoy the best of Africa and the Indian Ocean. Southern Africa offers the Kruger Park or Botswana for a wildlife safari, and Mauritius for a beach holiday. East Africa offers the plains of the Serengeti in Tanzania or the Maasai Mara in Kenya, combined with the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean.
Africa offers a wide range of excellent safari destinations and attractions. Below are the Top 5 most popular to visit in South and East Africa. For more information on any of these destinations or to get the insiders guide to planning your safari or beach holiday, contact a friendly travel consultant. We specialise in luxury African safaris and have over 20 years experience.
There is no question that an African safari is one of the best outdoor adventures you’ll ever have. Venture into the bush or on to the open plains in search of elephant, big cats, zebra and giraffe, where every day uncovers something new and exciting. Get up early to hear the dawn chorus, enjoy sundowners while the sky turns red, and feel the magic of the African night.
Everyone who likes their creature comforts will be happy to know that there is no need to rough it on an African safari, not when Southern and East Africa are packed with luxury safari camps and experiences that measure up to any world class hotel. Think sumptuous furnishings, candlelit dinners and romantic bath tubs, then add a uniquely African touch with guides who bring your wildlife experiences to life through their insights about animal behaviour and the environment.
Since there are so many lavish safari camps in Africa, no list of ultimate luxury African safari getaways will be the same as another. Here are a few where you will be able to feel the heartbeat of Africa as you wallow in luxurious comfort, good service, superb food and wine.
Contemporary chic safari
Kruger is South Africa’s flagship national park, a place to see wildlife from the Big Five to hippo, cheetah and sable antelope. Stay in bold contemporary style at Singita Lebombo Lodge, where the open-plan suites seem to be suspended over the N’wanetsi River. The use of lots of glass makes the suites blend into the surrounding landscape. After your drives in search of big game, enjoy romantic sundowners or stargazing, visit the spa, gym or pool, or make the most of the roof terrace and wine studio.
Safari with a conscience
The floodplains around Mombo Camp in the Okavango Delta teem with wildlife all year round. Nine tents, each with a separate sala, are raised off the ground for wonderful views. Visit the open thatched gym to work off some of the fine food, cool down in one of the plunge pools or relax with a massage. Wilderness Safaris believes that contributing to environmental or social causes is the ‘new luxury’ and at Mombo you can learn how your visit helps re-establish populations of rhino in the Delta.
On a remote private island in a part of the Okavango Delta that has water all year round you’ll find Camp Okavango, built on raised wooden platforms. Enjoy the quintessential Okavango experience of gliding silently through the water in a mokoro (dug-out canoe), go out in a motor boat or for a guided bush walk on a neighbouring island. Drink in the views from your private deck or cool off in the rim-flow pool. In keeping with Botswana’s low impact tourism policy there are only 12 guest rooms and the camp is 100% solar-powered.
The new Sanctuary Chief’s Camp, which opened in June 2016, stands in Chief Moremi’s former royal hunting reserve in the Okavango. This is one of the richest wildlife areas in Africa, giving you a chance to see big cats, wild dog, elephant, giraffe and more. Sophisticated luxury is the keynote where each enormous suite has a private dining area and terrace pool. Sumptuous surroundings, attention to detail, and strong environmental and philanthropic underpinnings make for a top-notch experience.
Set on the rim of three-million-year-old volcanic caldera, Tanzania’s Ngorogoro Crater Lodge provides wonderful views over the crater floor, which is rich in wildlife from predators to birds. Although the lodge’s design is inspired by the traditional Maasai homestead, here it is embellished with antiques, silks and chandeliers – a ‘Maasai meets Versailles’ effect. Floor-to-ceiling windows mean the natural views are never obscured, even while you soak in the tub. A personal butler is on hand to ensure your experience is perfect in every detail.
Classic colonial-era safari
Travel back in time to the classic African safari camps of the late 1920s with their thick rugs, tea chests and brocade curtains. This is Elewana Sand River Mara in Kenya’s Maasai Mara reserve. From its beautiful setting along the river you can venture out for exceptional game viewing of big cats and herds of antelope, or the annual wildebeest migration. Imagine you’re starring in a Hollywood movie and indulge in a romantic soak in the freestanding bath before a delicious dinner, served with impeccable safari style.
Hot-air balloon safari
Take to the skies in a hot-air balloon in Kenya’s Maasai Mara as the pink dawn nudges the far horizon. This is a chance to see wildlife from a new perspective as you float silently above the Mara’s rivers, grasslands and acacia trees. Spot herds of zebra, wildebeest and Thomson’s gazelle, perhaps even elephant or lion. The vision from your basket under the balloon will be etched on your memory forever. Finish your adventure with an Out of Africa-style champagne breakfast.
Flying safari (Kenya and Botswana)
Unleash your inner adventurer and take to the air on a flying African safari that combines some of Africa’s best game viewing in Botswana’s Okavango Delta and Kenya’s Chyulu Hills and Maasai Mara. Luxuriate in your own private plane (a Next Generation Pilatus PC12), pilot and guide to ferry you from the elegance of Duba Plains and Zarafa camps in Botswana to Kenya’s ol Donyo, where snow-topped Mount Kilimanjaro forms a backdrop to Africa’s elephants. Then fly in comfort to Mara Plains, home to the largest population of lions and leopards in the Maasai Mara.
Luxury train safari
Join Rovos Rail for a nine-day train safari on Africa’s most luxurious train, taking in the vast Fish River Canyon, the red dunes and white salt pans of Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei in Namibia’s southern desert, as well as the abundant wildlife of Etosha National Park. Enjoy fine food and wines in the Edwardian elegance of the dining car, relax in the observation car with a view of Namibia’s open spaces, and fall asleep to the rocking of the rails.
One of the most popular reasons for first time travelers to Africa is to see The Big 5 animals on safari.
These animals were termed the Big 5 because they were the most difficult to track and hunt. They are now protected at many reserves and parks in Africa and a popular attraction. The best places to see the Big are in The Kruger Park in South Africa and the Maasai Mara in Kenya.
The Kruger Park offers an abundance of wildlife and the Big 5 are prominent here. The Leopard is a notoriously shy cat and is typically the most rare to see, but the Sabi Sands in the Kruger Park has a strong leopard population. This luxury safari destination is a collection of exclusive private reserves and offers world-class game viewing year-round. This is our top recommendation to see the Big 5 in the wild, as all animals are prominent.
The Maasai Mara in Kenya is another excellent choice to combine spotting the Big 5 with The Great Animal Migration discussed below. The Big 5 and especially lion are prominent in this area during August to November when they hunt the plains game moving through the Mara. This makes for a spectacular and rare opportunity to see Lions hunting in the wild.
The Great Animal Migration is one of nature’s most spectacular sightings and the best way to see predator and prey in action. Each year over 2 million animals migrate in a circular pattern, starting in the Serengeti and moving up into Kenya, then returning back to Tanzania, all in search of grazing pastures as they follow the rainfall.
The major herds are as follows:
February is the best time to see the migration in one place, as the wildebeest stop in the short grass plains of the Serengeti to give birth to over 500,000 calves. This in turn attracts the predators like lion and hyena, who find the small calves easy prey.
Another popular migration attraction is when the animals move northwest into the areas around the Grumeti River. The crossings of the Mara and Grumeti Rivers are popular as the crocodiles now take their turn to lie in wait.