There was once a time when African Safari Holidays were reserved for the rich and famous, who would dress in their Hemingway inspired safari suits and traditional pith helmets, before setting off into the wilderness in search of the Big 5… but things have most definitely changed.
Today, everyone can enjoy an African safari holiday, and while they do not come cheap, especially if you are looking for an authentic safari experience in one of Africa’s more remote locations, there are many affordable options for those who simply want to see lions, elephants, buffalo, rhino and leopards thriving in their natural habitat, rather than caged at their local zoo.
South Africa Safari Holidays
If you are travelling on a budget, South Africa should be your number #1 choice for your safari holiday. Due to the sheer number of privately owned game reserves, including the magnificent Kruger National Park, there are many affordable options here, and if staying within one of the reserves is out of your price range, there are numerous accommodation options nearby.
Tanzania Safari Holidays
Tanzania is frequently voted as the best safari destination in Africa, and when you consider what it has to offer its visitors, it is no surprise that it awarded this prestigious title year after year. The Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara, Tarangire National Park, Selous National Park, and of course, the Serengeti National Park are all right here, and the sheer volume of wildlife found here guarantees a successful game drive, no matter what time of year you visit.
Botswana Safari Holidays
If you have visited some of the popular game reserves in South Africa, and find yourself looking for a true, authentic safari experience, Botswana will not disappoint. Despite being one of Africa’s most sought after holiday destinations, it is still relatively untouched by tourism, and as such, if offers the most amazing safari options in its desert and delta. You’ll pay in US Dollars here, so your trip will come with a hefty price tag, but is it worth it? Oh yes!
Namibia Safari Holidays
Namibia has firmly established its place on the African Safari Circuit in recent years, and rightly so. A magical land with ever-changing landscapes, endless open roads, and desert adapted wildlife that you simply will not find anywhere else in the world, it is quite simply spectacular! You will not see huge migrations of wildlife here, but what you do see will blow your mind away.
Zambia & Zimbabwe Safari Holidays
Both Zambia and Zimbabwe are fabulous safari destinations in their own right but they work so well together, that it would be a shame not to visit both countries while you are here! Your trip will most likely start with a visit to Victoria Falls, before you head to Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe, which is just a short hop by light aircraft. From here, you can continue to Kafue National Park or South Luangwa National Park in Zambia to continue your wildlife adventure, in what will most definitely be the holiday of a lifetime.
Uganda & Rwanda Gorilla Safari Holidays
If you’ve already seen the Big 5 and witnessed the Great Migration, you should consider a Chimpanzee and Gorilla Safari Holiday in Uganda and / or Rwanda. Much like Zim and Zam, these two countries combine beautifully, and as they home the last remaining Mountain Gorillas in the world, they are the perfect choice for those who are looking for a truly unique animal encounter.
Kenya Safari Holidays
Last, but by no means least, Kenya remains one of Africa’s most popular safari destinations, and rightly so. Wildlife viewings in the Masai Mara are second to none, especially during the Great Migration, although you must get your timing just right if you are to witness this natural wonder of the world – so plan in advance!