A Few Words About African Safari ToursAfrica is one of the world’s largest continents, second only to massive Asia. Its diverse terrain ranges from white sand beaches to dense rainforests and windswept deserts, and is inhabited by both special people and animals found nowhere else on Earth. Travelers here on an African safari enjoy the opportunity to discover new experiences on the journey of a lifetime. While many types of African safari tours exist throughout the continent, choosing the right path to access the top locations, activities and accommodations can be an adventure in itself. We’re here to make that part of the adventure easy!
African safaris are an incredible and invaluable experience for everyone. Not only do travelers have the opportunity to see the landscapes and wildlife they read and dream about, but the entire safari experience - from the room in the lodge or mobile tented camp, menu with local dishes, and interacting with locals proud of their way of life - is unparalleled! Yes, the lions and elephant herds cross the savanna and the gorilla can be seen in the misty rainforest, and the pure exhilaration of a walking safari or game drive is a peak life experience for every traveler. And the locals? Immediately evident is the love and sense of pride for their heritage and natural environment, and the jobs and conditions for conservation created by the safari industry is something that all involved can be grateful for. The relationships formed between travelers and their guides over the course of an African safari is a sign that a beautiful exchange is at work.
The continent of Africa has several regions where safaris take place. In Central and East Africa are the countries of Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania. This is where so many of Africa’s best known places and wildlife can be found. Uganda’s wildlife-packed lakeshores and mountain gorillas, Kenya’s Maasai Mara National park and stoic Maasai warriors, and Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation area and towering Kilimanjaro combine to make for an amazing list of highlights not to be missed. The Great Migration of wildebeest and zebra numbering in the million crosses between Tanzania and Kenya in search of pasture is one of the world’s great natural wonders, and is unbelievable to behold!
Southern Africa is an enormous area where many safaris take place. Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Namibia are each a world unto their own, as is South Africa at the bottom of the continent. Everywhere lies a national park, private game reserve, and an endless landscape reaching to a distant horizon. Shimmering lakes and deltas, winding rivers and thundering waterfalls spread out across this region and dazzle the senses in and of themselves, oases in an otherwise arid expanse of drylands, and attract mind boggling numbers of wildlife. The Zambezi River crisscrosses the land, traversing or dividing half a dozen of this region’s countries, and boasts Victoria Falls, unmatched in size in all the world. The Chobe River empties into the Zambezi, and Chobe National Park in Botswana draw elephants and birds in astonishing numbers creating a unique wildlife experience above and beyond the rest. The Kalahari Desert, home to the San “bushmen” People, spans the boundary between Botswana and Namibia and stretches for nearly a million square kilometers, offering safari goers cultural experiences and picturesque scenery. These countries offer a more adventurous atmosphere, with travel to remote, exquisite locations by bush plane being common.
But African safaris don’t have to end within continent’s interior! Head to the coasts of Mozambique or Tanzania for glowing white sand beaches and shades of blue tempting you from the Indian Ocean. Adding a few days at a resort or charming hotel, whether for hammock relaxation, water sports or exploring historic local towns and villages. Safaris can be busy, so consider building in some beach time to unwind on your own terms.
South Africa, with both its metropolitan centers in Durban, Johannesburg and Cape Town, as well as its wildlife-rich parks and reserves, is a top choice for an African safari. Here, you’ll not only have the continent-wide opportunity to see the animals (including the Big Five: lion, elephant, Cape Buffalo, rhinoceros and leopard), but also take in urban art, architecture and fine gastronomy. Food and drink are a part of South Africa safaris as well - cooking classes, international cuisine at fine restaurants and touring a prized wine region are on offer, and complement the excitement of the African bush with excellence. The national parks at Kruger and Grootbos are not to be missed, along with game reserves like Sabi Sand. South Africa’s dramatic history of struggle for social advancement is an important feature to include in a safari trip, with sites of Nelson Mandela's life journey being featured at Robben Island and elsewhere. Many sites in South Africa, as well as other countries our African safaris visit, feature UNESCO World Heritage Sites that display stories and monuments important to our human family.
Traveling far and well isn’t easy on one’s own, but our African Safari Travel Specialists have made careers out of making the search for the perfect Africa safari within reach for adventurers like you. We keep an eye on the travel world news for the best deals, and will help you map out and embark on the journey to Africa with our handpicked operators. Contact us online to build a custom safari for you or your family, or join one of our shared departures. Your African safari adventure will change your life, so let’s start planning today!