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Your Guide to The Best Destinations and Popular Activities for Seniors on Safari!

With many easily accessible safari lodges and popular attractions like Big Five Safaris, 4x4 Wildlife Safaris, Birding, whale watching, The Cape Winelands and so much more, Africa has become a leading destination for senior vacation goers and international traveler's.

Top 7 Destinations

Here are the best destinations for an Africa Safari for Seniors in 2020.

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1. The Kruger Park

South Africa

The Kruger National Park in South Africa is the leading safari destination for seniors and traveler's worldwide. 

No safari park offers a more diverse selection of animals, birds and luxury safari lodges in Africa. 

The Kruger Park is easily accessible by road or air transfer with the majority of Africa's leading safari lodges located here. 

  • Big Five Safaris

  • 140+ Mammal Species

  • 500+ Bird Species

  • Comfortable 4x4 Vehicles

  • Private Guide & Tracker

  • Easily Accessible

2. Okavango Delta

Botswana

The winding waterways of the Okavango Delta attract wildlife to their banks in large numbers. 

Nestled on the waters you'll find luxuriously appointed lodges with front-row seats to the freely roaming wildlife. 

 

Enjoy close encounters with animals via open top 4x4 safaris, or the traditional Mokoro "dug-out canoe" excursions on the waterways of the Delta - the recommended experience. 

  • Serene Locations

  • Large Elephant Herds

  • 500+ Bird Species

  • Private Guided Safaris

  • Sundowners in the Wild

  • Luxurious Accommodation

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Zambia / Zimbabwe

Home to the world's largest waterfall and one of the 7 Natural Wonders of The World, Victoria Falls is a popular year-round attraction and one of the best destinations for seniors.

 

This UNESCO World Heritage site offers a wide variety of activities including views of the falls, sunset cruises on the Zambezi River, wildlife safaris in the neighbouring reserves and cultural experiences with the local tribes and people. 

  • Biggest Waterfall

  • 7 Natural Wonders

  • Wildlife Safaris

  • Zambezi River Cruises

  • Cultural Experiences

  • Easily Accessed

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South Africa

South Africa's most historically rich city and the jewel of Africa, Cape Town is nestled at the southern tip of Africa and boasts a wide variety of attractions, scenery and accommodation. 

The Southern Peninsula Tour of Cape Town and the nearby Wine Estates is particularly popular year-round. 

  • Top 10 World City

  • Robben Island

  • South Peninsula Tour

  • World-Class Wineries

  • Whale Watching

  • Food & Wine Capital

5. The Serengeti

Tanzania

The Serengeti is most famously known for The Great Wildebeest Migration where more than 2 million animals go in search of grazing pastures and food. 

This popular senior safari destination provides endless, breathtaking views over the plains, perfect for wildlife safaris, photographic opportunities and easily accessible by road or air. 

  • Wildebeest Migration

  • Big Five Safaris

  • Endless Views

  • 1920's Styled Safaris

  • 2 Million Animals

  • Private Guides

6. Franschhoek

South Africa

The food and wine capital of Africa is a must visit on any senior safari to southern Africa, you'll feel as though you've landed in the south of France but with true South African hospitality. 

Franschhoek is an area steeped in history dating back to the French and Dutch settlers and proudly home to World Top 50 Rated Restaurants and Wineries set at the foothills of the breathtaking Cape Fold Mountains.

  • World Renowned

  • Best Wines in Africa

  • Food Capital

  • Cape Fold Mountains

  • Private Winery Tours

  • Just Outside Cape Town

7. Garden Route

South Africa

The Garden Route region of the Cape is an often-missed destination by travelers to South Africa on a tight schedule. 

This unashamedly beautiful stretch of coastline boasts sharp rock faces, stretching views, whale watching, quaint villages and hidden beaches amongst it's many highlights. 

  • Scenic Coastlines

  • Whale Watching

  • Fauna & Flora

  • Knysna Heads

  • Boutique Hotels

  • Self-Drive & Guided

Top 5 FAQ's

Here are answers to the five most commonly asked questions we receive regarding African safaris for seniors, if you have any others, please contact us.

1. What is the best month to go on a senior safari?

This really depends on where you're going but in general you want to go on a safari towards the end of Winter. In South Africa in particular late August through to early October is an exceptional time for a senior safari as the animals are active thanks to the cooler temperatures, and the bush is less dense due to lower rainfall. 

2. Which senior safari is best in Africa?

From an experience point of view we recommend the Okavango Delta if you want a remote luxury safari. South Africa's Kruger Park is also a savvy choice with a staggering variety of wildlife and accommodation options. We recommend the private reserves of the greater Kruger Park for the best wildlife experiences, especially if you want to spot the often shy leopard. The Kruger Park is easily accessible by road or air, offers more animal and bird variety than anywhere in Africa and a wide range of all-inclusive packages.

3. How much does it cost for an African Safari?

A luxury four star safari starts at $5,697 for 8 nights and a luxury five star seniors safari for 8 nights starts at around $6,997 for 8 nights, rates are based on per person sharing. Remember too that the luxury five star senior safari packages and some of the four star packages are on a fully inclusive basis. This means all meals and local drinks are included so you need not worry about additional costs. This is our recommendation to you when booking your vacation as it's a hassle-free option.  

For more information on the price of an African Safari for seniors, see our blog post on African safari costs. 

4. Is Kenya or South Africa better for a senior safari? 

Whilst Kenya has many excellent safari reserves and a wide variety of wildlife, South Africa is still a better value bet for your senior safari vacation. The infrastructure and accessibility in South Africa is closer to western standards and the culinary experiences in particular are far superior. Additionally South Africa offers Cape Town, Garden Route and Kruger Park in one country with multiple experiences. 

5. What should I wear on safari?

In short if you stick to earth tones in the bush you'll be fine.

The majority of guides and trackers will wear a variation of khaki shaded colours but you really can wear whatever you are comfortable with. Remember that if you're traveling in the cooler months you should pack warmly as the early morning and late afternoon game drives can be rather cold. 

If you need any advice on clothes, visas or tipping etc, just ask your friendly consultant who'll be more than happy to give you all the info you need. 

If you want more detailed please see our comprehensive guide on the best clothes to wear on safari.

Top 7 Activities

1. Big Five Safari

Kruger & Botswana

There is no place in Africa better for your first Big Five Safari than The Kruger Park in South Africa. With easy access by land or air the Kruger boasts more than 140+ large mammal species and over 500+ bird species. 

If it's a luxury senior safari you're after then the obvious choice is The Okavango Delta in Botswana. It's impossible to argue with its splendour and wildlife, the perfect retreat on the banks of the meandering waterways awaits. 

  • Lion

  • Elephant

  • Rhino

  • Buffalo

  • Leopard

  • Private Reserves

2. Wildlife Safari

South & East Africa

The South & East Africa reserves more often than not feature the Big Five, but if you've checked those off your list, it's time to move on to a whole new world of wildlife in the incredible animal kingdom of Africa. 

Senior Safari packages are custom designed for The Kruger Park, Serengeti, Masai Mara, Okavango Delta and Zambia. 

Explore more than 140+ mammal species in The Kruger alone! 

  • Giraffe

  • Cheetah

  • Wildebeest

  • Hippo

  • Zebra

  • Plains Game

3. Birding Safari

Kruger & Delta

The Kruger Park in South Africa is the pinnacle for variety of bird species in one area, with more than 500 known bird species residing in the reserve at one time or another in a year, and more than 220 year-round resident birds. 

A strong contender to The Kruger is The Okavango Delta in Botswana, a bird lovers ideal setting. Picture winding waterways, reads, trees and river banks for a wide variety of bird spotting opportunities. 

  • Southern Hornbill

  • Violet Starlings

  • Red-Billed Ox Peckers

  • Woodland Kingfisher

  • Bea Eaters

  • Vultures

4. Mokoro Safari

Okavango Delta

Life doesn't get more picture-perfect than the reflection of your mokoro on the surface of a glassy waterway on your doorstep. 

This is the ideal way to get close and personal with nature, by slowly drifitng through the natural unspoiled surroundings, in a peaceful ebb and flow with nature and the surroundings. 

  • Delta Wildlife

  • Traditional Canoe

  • Private Guide

  • Meadering Waterways

  • Open Spaces

  • Serene Reflection

5. Zambezi Cruise

Victoria Falls

After a day exploring the rich historical town that is Victoria Falls, the perfect way to cap the day is with a sunset cruise on the mighty Zambezi. 

Take in the colours of the sky as they outline the horizon, sith the sounds of the bush in the background and your favourite drink in hand. 

Yes, that's the Africa we love and adore above all.

  • Africa Sunsets

  • Mighty Zambezi

  • Local Hospitality

  • Sounds of The Wild

  • Moments in Africa

  • Peace

6. Cape Winelands

South Africa

Wine lovers around the world agree that the fairest Cape offers some of the fairest varietals. 

Steeped in French winemaking tradition and infused with local flair and passion, the wines of Franschhoek, Stellenbosch, Paarl and Constantia will delight our palette in the the most breathtaking vineyards the Mother City has to offer. 

  • Franschhoek

  • Stellenbosch

  • Constantia

  • Paarl

  • Hermanus

  • Winemaker Tours

7. Cuisine

Cape Town

What would the number 1 rated city to visit in the world be without a five star lineup of gourmet cuisine, a long list of local favourites and the best views in Africa? 

We don't know but one thing we know, there is something for every palette to enjoy and a fair amount of surprises unique to Africa too. 

  • Cape Town

  • Constantia

  • Franschhoek

  • Top 20 Restaurants

  • Bookings Arranged

  • Local Favourites

Senior African Safari Enquiry

With more than 23 years experience designing tailored African safaris, and extensively visiting the reserves, we're confident in our ability to deliver the very best of Africa. 

Contact us and let's discuss the best options for you and your travel partner(s).

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