First Time Safari

No experience can quite compare to your very first safari. Whether it’s starting out at the crack of dawn or just as the sun begins to set, the excitement that builds as you wait to spot your very first animal is truly one of the greatest feelings one can have. More than just viewing some of the most majestic creatures to grace the planet in their natural habitat, hearing the stories of your expert guide and taking in the breath-taking scenery will guarantee this is a trip you never forget.  

The matchless experience of your safari is not limited to nature alone. The vivid wildlife that you get to view outside pairs magnificently with the gorgeous inside. From breathtaking accommodation, to helpful guides, sublime cuisine; each of these facets will enhance your African safari experience!

Once you’ve enjoyed the wonders of your first safari, we can promise that you’ll want to keep returning for this incomparable experience. While knowing where to begin with your first safari may be a little daunting, we’ve put together a collection of itineraries and articles to help make planning your first trip as easy as possible.


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First Time Safari Ideas

Between two Paradises: Kenya and Seychelles
12 Nights | Incl. Fights
From £3,850

Between two Paradises: Kenya and Seychelles

Unable to decide between spending your holiday taking in the excitement and adventure on an African Safari or indulging in total relaxation on pristine, white sandy beaches and crystalline waters? Well, with this stunning itinerary you can choose both. Combining the breath taking and game-rich Kenyan wilderness and the dreamy beach wonders in the heart of wonderful Seychelles you are assured of the best of both worlds. 

Brief Overview

  • 3 nights Masai Mara
  • 1 night Nairobi
  • 5 nights The Seychelles
  • 2 overnight flights
Highlights of South Africa
16 Nights | Incl. Fights
From £2,945

Highlights of South Africa

When planning a holiday to South Africa, known as ‘a world in one country’, it can sometimes be difficult to choose where to start. This 15-night itinerary provides you with a snapshot of what this amazing country has to offer. Starting with an exciting safari in the Kruger National Park and then embarking on a self-drive tour along the picturesque Garden Route, venturing onwards to explore the winelands of Franschhoek before ending your holiday with a few nights in the vibrant city of Cape Town. 

Brief overview:

  • 2 nights Greater Kruger National Park
  • 3 nights Plettenberg Bay
  • 2 nights Outdshoorn
  • 2 nights Franschhoek
  • 4 nights Cape Town
  • 2 overnight flights
Classic Zimbabwe
12 Nights | Incl. Fights
From £4,495

Classic Zimbabwe

An extraordinary trip highlighting Zimbabwe’s must see destinations – visit the mighty Victoria Falls, go on safari in Hwange National Park and witness a magnificent sunset at the iconic Lake Kariba. 

Brief Overview:

  • 3 nights Victoria Falls Hotel
  • 3 nights Somalisa Camp
  • 3 nights Changa Safari Camp
  • 2 overnight flights
Zambia's River Escape
9 Nights | Incl. Fights
From £3,860

Zambia's River Escape

With this itinerary you get to experience the best of Zambia's national parks: the Lower Zambezi National Park and the South Luangwa National Park. Both lodges are set on the river - perfect for spotting animals from the comfort of your room, and for taking part in more unusual safari activities like canoeing, boat trips and fishing. 

Affordable South Africa
13 Nights | Incl. Fights
From £1,995

Affordable South Africa

A superb value self-drive trip visiting some of South Africa’s major highlights, beating the credit crunch and offering the high life for a low price.

Brief Overview:

  • 2 nights Cape Town
  • 2 nights Franschhoek
  • 2 nights Oudsthoorn
  • 2 nights Plettenberg Bay
  • 2 nights Amakhala Game Reserve
  • 2 overnight flights
First Time Safari in Kenya
9 Nights | Incl. Fights
From £4,235

First Time Safari in Kenya

Nothing can quite compare to your first safari experience in Kenya, and this itinerary is designed to let first-time visitors experience all the magic of this wonderful destination. Visiting two different game reserves during your stay, you will have the chance to view the full spectrum of wildlife that inhabits Kenya, of course including the famous Big 5. Not only will you have the chance to enjoy incredible safari experiences including bush walks as well as the more traditional game drives, this will be done while staying at some of the most luxurious camps around, ensuring you don’t ever have to go without your creature comforts. This is an amazing opportunity to truly get to know Kenya, and after this first visit you’re sure to be yearning to return time and time again.

First Time Safari In Tanzania
10 Nights | Incl. Fights
From £4,845

First Time Safari In Tanzania

This itinerary is designed to let first-time visitors experience all the magic of Tanzania. Visiting Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park. You will have the chance to view the full spectrum of wildlife that inhabits this wonderful country. Not only will you have the chance to enjoy incredible safari experiences including bush walks as well as the more traditional game drives, this will be done while staying at some of the most luxurious camps around. This is an amazing opportunity to truly get to know Tanzania, and after this first visit you’ll we wanting to return time and time again.

Brief Overview:

  • 1 night Arusha Coffee Lodge
  • 2 nights Sanctuary Swala
  • 2 nights Sanctuary Ngorongoro Crater Camp
  • 2 nights Sanctuary Kusini 
  • 2 overnight flights 
First Time Safari in South Africa
9 Nights | Incl. Fights
From £4,890

First Time Safari in South Africa

Your first time safari will always be an extraordinary experience, and one of the best destinations to have this experience has to be South Africa. On this jam-packed itinerary you'll have the chance to visit two of South Africa's most exciting game reserves and discover all the incredible wildlife that inhabit them as you enjoy game drives and bush walks. All of this of course while staying at some of the most luxurious lodges around, ensuring your first time safari in South Africa is an even more special experience. 

Travel Tips

How To Choose Your Ideal Safari Destination

So, you’ve decided that your next holiday is going to be a safari – great choice, but what now?  The choices are so vast, how do you ensure that you make the right choice for your first safari? Well, the best thing to do would be to pick up the phone and speak to one of our travel e...

Botswana safari: A journey in pictures

With a multitude of national parks and pristine game reserves, Botswana is, without a doubt, one of the best safari destinations in the world.  Often thought to be Africa’s best-kept secret, the country offers visitors a raw, authentic and exclusive safari experience in open camps, where ...

Your First Safari in Africa: All You Need to Know

There is so much to see and experience on your first safari that will make this adventure unforgettable. So if you are thinking of going on your first safari, get ready to have the adventure of a lifetime… But before you start - what are the key essential things you need to know before you se...

10 Reasons to go on an African Safari

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Amazing Animals You’ll See on a Safari in Zambia

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5 Phenomenal Travel Experiences in Africa

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10 Reasons to Holiday in South Africa

There truly is something to suit every kind of holidaymaker in South Africa. From bustling cities like Cape Town and Durban to glorious beaches, world class wines, luxurious accommodation and incredible game reserves teeming with wildlife. Here are 10 reasons why you should think about spe...

What to Wear on Safari

A safari is an essential element to a memorable holiday to South Africa.  Make sure that you are packing correctly to get the most out of your adventure.  The experts at Africa Travel have been sending people on African adventures for 30 years. They have shared their advice so that you kno...

Families On Safari in East Africa

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What Children Can Learn On an African Safari

As a parent, there is no better way to experience the magic of Africa than through the eyes of your children - and there is no better way to show them that magic than by taking them on safari. Whether you choose to visit the great plains of Tanzania and Kenya; the arid desert of Namibia or the spraw...

Felicity's Safari Adventure in South Africa

There are no words to describe being back in the African Bush, worlds away from the manic sounds of London. The soft colours of an African dawn, combined with the smells seeping through the heavy dew, can always excuse your very early morning wake up call. Heading out of camp your exp...

Unique Experiences in Africa

You could visit Africa 100 times and still be blown away by a completely new experience – that’s part of its magic. Our team of Africa experts have selected their top five unique experiences to provide inspiration for your next African adventure. Battlefield Tours: KwaZulu...

Our pick of best safaris for capturing the moment

Photography has always been an integral part of the safari experience, and when faced with some of the best material you might ever fix your viewfinder on the stakes are high to capture that hero shot. Here, we’ve picked out 4 safaris that will help you do just that - whether it’s t...

A Closer Look at Livingstone in Zambia

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