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Africa offers a wide range of safari destinations and the variety can be overwhelming. Below are the 9 most requested destinations for South and East African safaris.
The best time for an African safari is during the dry months. In general this is from August to September, but may vary from country to country. For a Southern Africa safari the dry season is from April to October whilst in East Africa it is from July to October. These are however the most popular months and it is recommended you book in advance to secure these dates.
The best clothes to wear on safari are earth tones. Khaki is the colour of the bush and is worn by everyone from staff and guides to trackers in the bush. Evening attire is also relaxed so no need to pack for Monaco. For more information see our informative article on the best clothes to wear on safari.
A luxury African safari can cost anywhere from $2,000 per person sharing for 7 days to $30,000, it all depends on the lodge chosen and the time of year you wish to travel. For the best rates available or to start designing your dream trip, contact a friendly safari consultants.
The most popular animals to see on safari are the Big 5. These are the elephant, lion, leopard, rhino and buffalo. Africa however boasts an abundance of animals, the Kruger Park alone has over 140 species of large mammals and over 350 bird species. Contact us with your requirements and we will design a bespoke itinerary to best meet your needs.
If you are a US or Canadian passport holder visas are required for Kenya and Tanzania but can be obtained at the time of arrival in most cases. You do not need a visa for South Africa or Botswana. Our safari consultants will assist you with visa requirements regardless of your country of origin.
The Most Popular African Safaris
Deciding where to go and what to do can be a daunting task. Here are ten of the most popular African Safari requests we receive.
South Africa, Kruger Park
The Kruger Park in South Africa is an ideal location for a Big 5 safari. If you are not familiar with the animals known as the Big 5, they are the elephant, lion, rhino, leopard and buffalo. What makes the Kruger such an excellent option is of course the abundance of animals, and especially the notoriously shy leopard.
The Kruger also offers a wide variety of accommodation with many different four and five star options available. The Kruger is located in the north of South Africa and easily accessible by road or air.
Tanzania and Kenya
Viewing the Great Migration in the Serengeti is one of the most magical experiences a wildlife lover could have. Picture over two million animals moving through the plains of the Serengeti, it’s a true sight to behold.
Every year around the same time the circular migration of animals begins in the southern Serengeti. As the wildebeest, zebra and gazelle go in search for greener grazing pastures, they are tracked by predators like lion, hyena and crocodiles, which lie in wait in the rivers. This makes for a great battle between predator and prey, and nowhere else in Africa can you see this sheer abundance of wildlife in one location.
Contact one of our friendly safari consultants to get advice on where to go based on your travel dates.
The Okavango Delta region of Botswana is one of the best places in Africa for a luxury safari getaway. The many waterways and channels attract over 200,000 large animals yearly and unique game viewing like horseback safaris and mokoro “traditional canoe” trips make this a unique safari experience.
The Delta is also home to more than 70 fish species, including the hard fighting tigerfish, which is every experienced anglers wish list. Accommodation in the Delta is superb with many of Africa’s best safari lodges found here.
BUSH & BEACH
Serengeti and Seychelles
Combining a luxurious African safari with a relaxing beach holiday is the perfect vacation. The Serengeti in Tanzania offers an abundance of wildlife, including the Great Migration. The Maasai Mara in Kenya is also a superb alternative and both can be combined with a pristine beach holiday in the azure waters of the Seychelles.
The Seychelles offers superb snorkeling, diving, bird life or simply a relaxing beach setting with endless beaches and the warm waters of the Indian Ocean.
Zimbabwe and Zambia
Victoria Falls is the world’s largest waterfall and one of Southern Africa’s most popular destinations. The Victoria Falls area offers a wide range of activities from tours of the falls to bungee jumping, tiger fishing, romantic sunset cruises and day trips to the bordering National Park for a safari.
The Victoria Falls makes for a perfect 3-5 day stay and can be combined with a wildlife safari in one of the many Southern Africa locations. See our blog article on The Best Time to Visit Victoria Falls.
For adrenaline seekers Southern Africa offers a wide range of possibilities. The Victoria Falls area is superb for white water rafting and bungee jumping, Zambia is an excellent option for tiger fishing and South Africa offers world-class mountain biking, cycle tours, shark cage diving, whale watching and big game fishing.
Contact our friendly travel consultants with your wish list and we’ll design the perfect Adventure safari for you.
GOURMET & WINE
Cuisine and wine enthusiasts will fall in love with the breathtaking winelands of the Cape in South Africa. The Franschhoek area in particular is spectacular with the majestic Cape Fold Mountains overlooking the endless vineyards. The area is renowned for exceptional red wines and boasts several of the countries top restaurants, a few ranked in the world top 100.
If you prefer white wines then the Constantia area of Cape Town is a perfect location and a short trip away. Combine this with the pristine beaches, culture and activities and it is clear to see why Cape Town is such a popular destination.
Kruger and Mauritius
African safari honeymoons are becoming more and more popular. Africa provides many locations with discreet, romantic accommodation and sunsets to take your breath away.
Start off your honeymoon with a wildlife safari in the Kruger Park, home to the highest concentration of large mammals in Africa, and end with a luxurious beach holiday on the idyllic island of Mauritius. Enjoy relaxing spa days, cocktails in the sun and a variety of water sports.
Namibia is one of the most requested destinations for photographic safari opportunities. The harsh landscapes of Namibia provide the perfect backdrop and strong contrast with the local fauna and flora. Ghost towns, rugged mountains, unique coastlines and the many shipwrecks provide excellent subject matter along with the vast desert landscapes and stunning wilderness locations.
Zambia is the premier destination for walking safaris in Africa. The South Luangwa National Park is the most popular destination but you can also enjoy safaris on foot in North Luangwa, Kafue and the Lower Zambezi. The best time to go on a walking safari is between June to September when the climate is slightly cooler and longer walks can be enjoyed. Get up close to elephants, buffalo, lion and more with an experienced guide at your side.
Info and Insight
Below are three of the most common African Safari related questions we get asked by our site visitors. Contact us with any specific questions you may have and a friendly expert will assist you.
We’re often asked what are the best clothes to wear on an African Safari holiday. This guide on what clothes to wear and the essentials to pack will leave you with a simple checklist of all the necessities.
Africa is an oasis of honeymoon safari destinations and romantic retreats. Here we cover the Top 10 properties and locations for a luxury African Safari Getaway, from bush to beach.
The Victoria Falls is the world’s largest waterfall and a popular destination on most African safari itineraries. Learn when is the best time to visit Vic Falls based on your requirements, be it for adventure, relaxation or photography.
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