If you love wildlife and the great outdoors, a safari holiday can be life changing. Not only do you get the unique opportunity to witness magnificent creatures thriving in their natural habitat, but you also get to experience the peace and tranquillity one only finds when driving through the open plains or African bush with nothing but nature and the big blue sky for company.
A safari is a magical experience, and in Africa, there is a safari holiday to suit every taste, every budget, and every bucket list! From the arid dunes of the Namib Desert to the endless plains of the Serengeti and the verdant rainforests of the Bwindi National Park, there are safari opportunities everywhere, the only thing you have to do is decide which one is right for your next holiday…
Serengeti Plains: Tanzania
The Serengeti Plains of Tanzania is the perfect place for an African Safari, with great wildlife viewing all year round. If you are lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time, you can witness the Great Migration, when some two million wildebeest, zebra and gazelles make their annual pilgrimage on the circle of life from the Serengeti to the Maasai Mara. Big, beautiful, and accessible by land (from Kilimanjaro) or by air, this is one safari destination that every traveller should have on their bucket list.
Etosha National Park: Namibia
A great choice for those who are looking for something a little bit different, Etosha National Park in Namibia offers excellent game viewing and a good selection of safari lodges to suit every budget. Centred around a huge salt pan, Etosha remains one of Namibia’s best kept secrets, and while it can get busy during peak travel periods, you can drive for hours without seeing another vehicle during the quieter months.
Sabi Sands: South Africa
If you are looking for a luxury safari for your honeymoon or a special occasion, look no further than the exclusive Sabi Sands Game Reserve in South Africa. Dotted with luxurious safari lodges that blend seamlessly into the environment, Sabi Sands is one of the few places in the world where you are almost guaranteed to see a leopard (or 3!). Our favourite lodges include Chitwa Chitwa and Notten’s Bush Camp.
Bwindi National Park: Uganda
There are just 700 Mountain Gorillas left in the wild, and most of them reside in Bwindi National Park in Uganda. The home of the Gorilla Safari, Uganda and neighbouring Rwanda offer a variety of gorilla trekking tours ranging from 2 – 30 days. Gorilla trekking permits are limited and they are not cheap, so this is one safari holiday you need to book well in advance.
Okavango Delta: Botswana
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Okavango Delta in Botswana is home to a huge concentration of wild animals, including endangered species such as the Black Rhino and African Wild Dogs. In September this year, Botswana will celebrate 50 years of independence, making it the ultimate safari destination for 2016. A popular choice with international travellers, the Okavango Delta is an amazing place to get up close and personal with Africa’s wildlife – so why not book your trip today!