Whether you’re looking for a classic safari, a private off-the-beaten path journey, a honeymoon, or a personal exploration of Africa’s tribal cultures, a safari holiday offers that and more.
Each day on safari brings new perspectives and experiences. Sweeping savannahs, beautiful lakes, snow-capped mountains, vibrant waterfalls, lush forests, romantic beaches and most especially, animals in the thousands.
The African continent is vast and the regions that are popular with safari holidays are East Africa and Southern Africa.
Many first-time travellers to Africa often wonder what are the differences between East Africa and Southern Africa. Is one region better than the other? The answer depends on what you want to do and see.
The countries that are popular with safari holidays in East Africa are Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.
African Safari Holidays Packages
Click on the header of each destination for the popular African safari holiday packages for that destination. The tours can easily be booked online.
Kenya is a top African safari destination. It offers diverse wildlife and a wide variety of habitat and scenery. The Masai Mara offers excellent big cats encounters and it is the setting of the yearly great wildebeest migration.
Kenya is recommended especially for first-time safari goers. The country has an efficient tourist infrastructure with a dazzling choice of game lodges and camps to suit all budgets.
Other popular safari holidays attractions are Samburu, Lake Nakuru, Amboseli and Tsavo. Vacationers can experience traditional indigenous cultures such as the Masai and Turkana people. Palm-lined beaches at the Kenyan coast offer a perfect place to relax after an action packed safari.
Tanzania offers superb wildlife viewing. It has 3 safari circuits – the Northern circuit, Southern circuit and the Western circuit.
The popular Northern circuit with the Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area offers one of the best classical safaris in the continent, especially if timed with the yearly wildebeest migration.
Off-the-beaten-track safaris can be had in Selous and Ruaha parks and chimpanzee tracking in Gombe and Mahale Mountains. Mount Kilimanjaro is popular with those seeking to climb Africa’s highest mountain.
Tanzania safaris can be combined with a beach extension in the island of Zanzibar.
Safari Holidays in Uganda
Uganda is a great destination to experience wildlife viewing in both forest and savanna. Not to be missed is mountain gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Chimpanzees can easily be seen in Kibale Forest.
Queen Elizabeth NP and Murchison Falls NP offer wonderful savanna safaris with good wildlife viewing, but animals are not as abundant compared to the top wildlife parks of Kenya and Tanzania.
Safari Holidays in Botswana
Botswana is the leader in low-impact upmarket tourism. This eco-friendly approach promotes a true wilderness experience in the unspoiled country.
The beauty of the evergreen Okavanga delta is best discovered by mokoro canoe while abundant wildlife can be seen in Chobe National Park and Moremi National Reserve.
The country also offers beautiful and diverse scenery of saltpans, dry deserts, savannah grasslands and delta waterways.
The downside is that safari holidays in Botswana are expensive with few budget options
Safari Holidays in South Africa
South Africa is a great destination for a varied safari holiday. It offers fantastic game viewing, beautiful beaches and trendy cities.
Kruger National Park is its flagship park with many self-drive and budget options and all of the Big-5 animals of Africa – lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard are easily seen.
South Africa has a wide variety of habitats and scenery with good infrastructure and shops. However, safari holidays in South Africa have less wilderness appeal and the wildlife parks are fenced.
Safari Holidays in Namibia
Namibia has good infrastructure and excellent self-drive safari options. It is characterised by desert habitat. This harsh environment forms a magnificent backdrop for a different kind of safari.
Animal populations are smaller, but sightings in this sparse setting tend to be rewarding. Not to be missed is Etosha pan, a seasonal wildlife magnet.
The country offers highly photogenic scenery and colours. A long coastline with marine animals, like seal colonies.
Namibia safari holidays offer both high-end and budget safaris.
Safari Holidays in Zambia
A safari in Zambia is not about ticking off the big-5. High quality guides will share their knowledge on game drives, night drives and walking safaris.
A canoeing safari on the Zambezi River is not to be missed by the more adventurous. Visitors get to see Victoria Falls.
Safari holidays in Zambia offer good wildlife viewing, true wilderness experience, low-density tourism and small eco-friendly bushcamps. However, there are few other attractions to supplement a safari.
Safari Holidays in Zimbabwe
Because of the political situation in Zimbabwe, tourists are few and prices are competitive, but the main game parks are still cared for and well worth visiting.
Hwange is not to be missed and Mana Pools offers great canoeing safaris on the Zambezi River.
Visitors get to see Victoria Falls.
Birding is great especially in Hwange NP, Gonarezhou NP and the adjoining Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve. There are some decline of facilities and wildlife numbers.
Safari Holidays Packages
There are all-inclusive safari holiday packages to these and other destinations.
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