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How to choose the best African safari holiday for you

Trying to find the right safari holiday can be confusing and overwhelming. Should you go for one week or two? Should you got to Botswana or the Sereng... Read more
How to choose the best African safari holiday for you
Trying to find the right safari holiday can be confusing and overwhelming. Should you go for one week or two? Should you got to Botswana or the Serengeti? Should you camp or stay in lodges? Southern Africa is a vast, ever-changing land and there is a huge variety of different safari holidays. Take a look at some of our top tips below to help you choose which safari is best for you.

Best for: 1st time safari holiday

Botswana is a perfect choice for your first safari for multiple reasons. Renowned as a leader in wildlife conservation, Botswana offers a perfect blend of manageable distances and a diverse array of wildlife and habitats. Our meticulously curated Best of Botswana holiday boasts all of the must-see highlights. Visit the very special Okavango Delta to experience navigating the waters in a Mokoro (dugout canoe) and enjoy two nights wild camping to fully immerse yourself in this stunning environment. Following this, you'll head to the Moremi Game Reserve in search of the Big 5 before moving onto Chobe National Park for a chance to spot elephants. Finish your adventure with a mesmerising visit to the incredible Victoria Falls.  



Best for: 2nd time safari holiday


Our Namibia Desert, Etosha and the Caprivi Lodge Safari adventure holiday begins at one of the world’s largest and most majestic waterfalls - Victoria Falls on the Zambezi River. From here, the adventure heads west into the wilderness of Namibia's Caprivi Strip, cutting through Angola and Botswana, famous for its migrating elephants. Visit the wildlife rich pans of Etosha National Park where the waterholes bustle with big cats, elephants and giraffes. Move deeper into Namibia to visit Swakopmund before heading to the Namib Desert to round up the adventure.



Best for: Classic safari adventure

If you're looking for a shorter yet all-encompassing safari, then take a look at our Tanzania’s Serengeti and Classic Wildlife Safari through Tanzania's national parks. On this exciting safari holiday, you'll explore the iconic Serengeti where you'll have the chance to witness zebras, lions and giraffes. Following this you'll visit the UNESCO site of Ngorongoro Crater in pursuit of the Big 5 and head on to Tarangire, home to impressive herds of elephants before ending the adventure in Manyara. This safari promises a brief yet enchanting exploration of Tanzania's wildlife wonders. 



Best for: Classic safari holiday

Our Cape Town to Victoria Falls Safari is a best seller for good reason. This incredible itinerary spans four countries – South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe – each brimming with diversity and wonder. Embarking on this 3 week adventure aboard our custom-built overland vehicle allows you to immerse yourself in a multitude of African highlights. From spotting penguins near Cape Town and traversing the Namibian sand dunes of Sossusvlei, to encountering wildlife at Etosha and enjoying a Mokoro (canoe) ride in the Okavango Delta, this safari has so much to experience. This epic adventure concludes with an unforgettable visit to Victoria Falls - the 'Smoke That Thunders'.

Best for: Big 5 Safari

Embark on a wildlife extravaganza with our Game Trails of Zimbabwe and Botswana safari, designed to offer a variety and abundance of animal sightings. This adventure takes you on a loop from South Africa's Kruger National Park through Zimbabwe, Victoria Falls, Chobe National Park and the Okavango Delta in Botswana, ensuring optimal opportunities to encounter the majestic Big 5, along with impressive herds of zebra, wildebeest, giraffe, hippo and smaller wildlife such as hyenas, warthogs as well as an exciting array of bird species. This safari promises an exceptional experience for wildlife enthusiasts.

Best for: Family safari adventures

One of our favourite family safaris is Kenyan Wildlife Wonders. This is an adventure rich in conservation education, local culture, beach relaxation and thrilling game drives. Visit an Elephant Orphanage and Giraffe Centre, enjoy an authentic overnight stay at a Maasai village to meet local people and venture on captivating game drives in the famous Amboseli National Park with views of Kilimanjaro behind the herds of zebra and elephants. This itinerary captures the true essence of East Africa and is a wonderful, mind-opening experience for children, providing insights into the lives of people in this part of the world. It's a very special family holiday that combines adventure, education and relaxation for the whole family.

Best for: Walking and safari holidays

Our unique South Africa Walking Safari adventure takes in some of the finest game reserves and national parks of Northern South Africa and eSwatini. The focus is on walking but the days are interspersed with game drives to ensure you see the full spectacle of the Africa wildlife. Walk in the Blyde River Canyon before a Big 5 walking safari and game drive in Kruger National Park and then onto eSwatini where you'll walk in the seldom explored mountainous reserve of Malolotja. This trip also includes a visit to Hluhluwe and the surrounding nature reserve as well as a visit to the Zululand Battlefield. The adventure finishes with three days of walking in the Drakensberg Mountains, experiencing some of the most dramatic and breathtaking scenery in South Africa. This is a holiday perfect for walkers who enjoy wildlife and are eager to experience Africa’s beauty.



Best for: Mountain Gorillas

Our fantastic wildlife safari holiday Ultimate Uganda and Rwanda Gorilla Safari focuses on tracking the endangered gorillas as well as many other wildlife highlights. It really is a once-in-a-lifetime experience to see this endangered species so close up and in their natural habitat. The itinerary also includes a visit to the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, a boat ride in Murchison Falls National Park, game drives on the shores of the River Nile and Queen Elizabeth National Park as well as incredible chimpanzee trekking in Kibale National Park. Staying in local lodges in amazing locations, you will be immersed in the natural and wildlife wonders of Uganda and Rwanda on this unforgettable 2 week holiday.



Best for: Witnessing the migration


On our Maasai Adventure, Tanzania you will spend time at the beautiful Lake Natron and Tanzania’s finest park – the Serengeti. The massive plains of the Serengeti are world famous for their wildlife, including all the classics such as the giraffe, zebra, antelope and hippo, but also the wildebeest migration and the big cats that follow it. After a couple of days here you'll travel to the Ngorongoro Crater which is the best place to spot the Big 5 and has a very special atmosphere. The adventure ends with a visit to Lake Eyasi to meet the last hunter-gatherer tribe in Tanzania, the Hadzabe. This safari holiday is perfect for those who wish to have a taster of the splendid African wildlife with some additional cultural elements and walks by the lesser known Lake Natron.

Want to know more about what types of safari holidays we offer, read reviews, watch videos and find out when is the best time to go? Take a look at our Southern African Safari holidays page for FAQ's and further information. 

If you would you like to speak to the team about any of the above holidays, then give us a call on +44 (0) 17687 73966 or USA/Canada toll-free 1888 630 4415. We offer trusted holidays with financial protection and flexible booking conditions.

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