Sleeping out under the stars – the night skies are so incredible you won’t want to shut your eyes!
Contrary to popular belief, not all safaris are equal – wildlife, sceneries and unique experiences differ drastically from one country to another. Here is the low-down on our six favourite destinations.
The draw: For the perfect holiday in Tanzania, combine the Great Migration on the plains of the Serengeti with a trip to the Ngorongoro Crater and then a stay near the powder white shores of Zanzibar. It’s the perfect combination of safari and beach. If you can’t make it during the Great Migration, you can still easily spot the Big Five in the National Parks and a hike up Mount Kilimanjaro is simply unforgettable.
Don’t miss: Hot air ballooning over the Serengeti is pretty spectacular and like nothing you will ever experience.
For who: Tanzania is ideal for first-timers looking to experience the thrills of a safari. Those looking to mix it up with some hiking and a beach break will be in heaven.
The draw: Deserts, wetlands, savannahs and salt pans – Botswana is truly a diverse destination blessed with an array of fascinating wildlife. There are more elephants here than in any other country and rhinos are making a comeback thanks to extensive conservation efforts. It’s not hard to see why it made it on to our list of the best safari holidays in Africa.
Don’t miss: Float along the Okavango Delta on a traditional canoe for some unparalleled views of the delta. For something a little more active, hop on a quad bike and make your way through the Makgadikgadi Pans.
For who: Those who are looking to splurge on an off-the-beaten-track safari. Ranked as one of the most expensive countries for safaris, the hefty price tag is well-worth it.
The draw: July to October marks the arrival of the wildebeest into the Maasai Mara, where they have to cross the Mara River with a high likelihood of getting devoured by ravenous crocodiles and lions. Whilst the adrenaline rush of the Maasai Mara never ceases to amaze, for a quieter and less crowded Kenyan experience, the Laikipia plateau is phenomenal. This is where numerous conservation success stories are unfolding, making the wildlife viewing an incredible experience with a wealth of endangered species such as the black rhino.
Don’t miss: Sleeping out under the stars – the night skies are so incredible you won’t want to shut your eyes!
For who: Anyone wanting the ultimate ‘Out of Africa’ experience will fall in love with Kenya’s beauty. Perfect for first-timers and families who will find lots of activities catered to kids of all ages.
The draw: You’d be surprised by the amount of wildlife that is able to survive in such hostile, desert territories: 45 species of birds and 15 species of mammals are endemic to the country with hundred more roaming the land. The rocky landscape of Damaraland, grassy plains and salt pans of Etosha National Park, fairy circle-covered plains on the Skeleton Coast, iconic sand dunes in Sossusvlei and of course the abundance of wildlife make Namibia a must-experience.
Don’t miss: Fly over the Skeleton Coast and observe the sheer number of shipwrecks and whalebones along the deserted coast. Then, climb up the world’s tallest sand dunes at Sossusvlei.
For who: The great adventurers at heart who need epic scenery while on holiday.
The draw: If it’s mountain gorillas and monkeys you’re after, there’s no better place to spot these fascinating and powerful creatures than Uganda. The country has so much more to offer: the rolling hills, wide-open Savannah and crater lakes also appeal to travellers in search of stunning scenery. The Big Five is also visible, so wildlife junkies would still get a ‘typical’ safari experience while in Uganda.
Don’t miss: Gorilla trekking is obviously the first item on everyone’s list. Then, head to Lake Victoria (Africa’s biggest body of water) for some R&R. Few know that the source of the Nile is in Uganda and a white water rafting experience is well worth the detour.
For who: The gorilla safari is catered to adults as the trek into the mountains can be difficult.
The draw: Whilst South Africa is renowned for great wildlife viewing, what makes this country unique is the abundance of non-safari related experiences just waiting to be uncovered. Whether it’s driving along the Garden Route and visiting vineyards, hiking up Table Mountain and enjoying the view over Cape Town or visiting Robben Island, the sheer variety is overwhelming.
Don’t miss: Cape Town and the Garden Route are foodie heaven, so don’t forget to indulge. Head to the southernmost part of the African continent at the Cape of Good Hope, seemingly perched at the end of the world.
For who: The beauty of travelling to South Africa is it will be loved by everyone – from couples to families to the more and less adventurous souls.