When people hear ‘safari’ most people immediately think ‘Africa’, and rightly so! For close to 100 years, Africa has been the world’s premier wildlife destination. Here is just a sample of some of the outstanding locations you could visit!
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Renowned for its diverse flora and fauna, Serengeti National Park is known for its Big Five sightings, as well as its dramatic annual Great Wildebeest Migration.
Superb year-round game-viewing is assured by its large number of resident plains games that supports a thriving number of predators. The hippo- and croc-rich Mara River sees many a drama-filled wildebeest and zebra crossing.
Guests are accommodated in some of the best lodges in the world where expertly guided game drives, bush walks, outstanding cuisine, wines, and service as well as the famous ‘Serengeti sundowners’ are the norm. Hot air balloon trips ensure fantastic views of the area, including the thousands of flamingos pinking the soda lakes in the Ngorongoro Crater. Guided walking safaris with Masai warriors and armed rangers add a unique dimension to a magical Serengeti experience.
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Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe
This stunning UNESCO World Heritage site is named after the Shona word for ‘four’ which refers to four large pools left over from ancient ox-bow lakes created by the powerful Zambezi river. These pools ensure that the Mana is a great destination for adventurous safari goers who undertake guided multi-day canoe safaris. The animal-rich floodplains along the mighty River’s banks make for fantastic walking safaris.
Wonderful day trips on the river, with indulgent picnic lunches included, are available to visitors. So are challenging 10-day canoeing safaris from Kariba all the way to Kanyemba through the wild Mapata Gorge. With abundant hippos, crocodiles, and elephants around, these expeditions offer a unique experience. The Mana is also renowned for its outstanding game viewing, 4×4 tracks, and more than 350 bird species.
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Wellness safari in the Kruger National Park, South Africa
Being pampered in sublime comfort whilst being fully immersed in nature makes for an experience like no other. And this is exactly what you’ll enjoy when you sign on for a Luxury Kruger Park safari!
You’ll be accommodated in a sumptuously appointed lodge with fine dining, excellent wine, and impeccable service. You can experience unique yoga in the bush, or luxuriate in the blissful indulgence of a fabulous spa.
Further delightful activities include expertly guided game walks, day and night game drives, and relaxing drinks in the bush at sunset. You can fish, brave some river rafting, or visit Nyani Cultural Village.
Animal lovers will be inspired by the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre and its cheetah breeding project, and the Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre. Golfers can take on the Hans Merensky course, and the kiddies will be delighted by the special activities on offer for them. With baby-sitting and child-minding services on offer, your complete relaxation is assured.
Ranthambore National Park, India
However, are you in search of something radically different? Why not head to the marvelous Ranthambore National Park in India, one of the original ‘Project Tiger’ reserves? It offers you the best chance to see this most gorgeously fearsome and iconic endangered Indian animal.
The Reserves incredible list of animals includes the elusive Indian leopard, Indian elephants, water buffalo, wild boar, sambar and spotted deer, striped hyenas, dholes, Indian wolves, jackals, caracals, jungle, rusty-spotted and leopard cats, civets, mongoose, long-eared hedgehogs, palm squirrels, honey badgers, flying foxes, sloth bears, rhesus macaques and mugger crocodiles!
Many forts, old buildings and abandoned temples create unique places to view wildlife. Varied accommodation options exist, and activities include jeep and Canter safaris and hiking trails, which include tiger trails. Waterlily-rich Padam Talab Lake ensures excellent birding as well as the chance to see tigers, crocodiles and alligators.
Okavango Delta Safari, Botswana
With no less than 38% of Botswana’s land area set aside as protected wildlife areas and national parks, it is no wonder that it is a superlative wildlife destination. Some of the renowned areas you can visit include the Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve, Chobe National Park and adjoining Linyanti Swamp, both renowned for their abundant elephant herds, Nxai Pan National Park, lion-rich Savuti and the Makgadikgadi Pans, a dazzling birding destination.
The Okavango Delta is arguably the most famous. You can elect a so-called ‘wet’ camp that offers a wealth of water-based activities, or a ‘dry’ camp where you’ll mostly do your game viewing by safari vehicle. Both options ensure luxury accommodation, superb cuisine, excellent wines and outstanding service.
You can enjoy amazing river cruises in custom-designed boats, and during which you’ll be accommodated in luxury tented camps on remote islands. Houseboat safaris are also on offer. You can chill out on a leisurely sundowner cruise, or relax in a traditional mokoro canoe as you’re poled gently through the waterlilies. Bird watching and photographic tours are very popular activities, as are guided game walks and helicopter flights.
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The wide range of tours, destinations, and safari options available makes it really difficult to choose, doesn’t it? However, we hope that we’ve given you some good kick-off points and options to mull over!