Africa offers unrivalled travel opportunities - it provides the chance for deep & meaningful, once-in-a-lifetime adventures that we’ll remember forever. In our latest blog, our Sales Director Chris Wain highlights the continent’s top 10 wildlife experiences.
Rightly billed as the greatest wildlife show on earth, this should be at the very top of every wildlife lover’s wish list. Tens of thousands of migrating wildebeest move between Kenya and Tanzania in an extraordinary show of unity, crossing vast plains and numerous rivers as they attempt to evade predators and seek fresh pastures. Watch the action unfurl from the Elewana Serengeti Migration Camp.
Enjoy some of the world’s finest whale-watching just an hour outside Cape Town, staying at our top tip, the magnificent Grootbos Private Nature Reserve. Southern Right Whales come to these waters each year between July and December to calve and rear their young, with extraordinary sightings almost guaranteed from both land & water.
Definitely, one to tick off nature’s bucket list – the critically endangered Mountain Gorilla is the jewel in Rwanda’s tourism crown, and can be observed at close quarters whilst staying at the uber-luxurious Bisate Lodge. Whilst the viewing itself may only last sixty minutes, the memories of your encounter will last a lifetime.
These endearing creatures have huge novelty value and those fortunate enough to stay on the Tswalu Kalahari Reserve have the almost unique opportunity to get up close and observe these fascinating fellows as they go about their daily business – frolicking and preening themselves in the early morning sun, whilst one of the gang is always on tiptoe alert keeping a beady eye on the surroundings.
Time for a real one-off at Giraffe Manor – having breakfast in the company of a lanky interloper; feeding giraffes by hand as they poke their long necks and tongues through the windows of this exquisite safari manor house. Home to a resident herd of inquisitive Rothschild’s giraffe, this historic house gets booked up many months in advance so don’t delay in reserving your spot.
The size of Belgium, the Hwange National Park is an elephant stronghold which is home to 45,000 of these precious pachyderms. Watch as these huge creatures amble through the African bush and gather in large numbers around the waterhole, or stay at The Hide and view them from the lodge’s incredible underground hide or from the treetops in their Dove’s Nest sleep out.
Many may have heard of the Great Migration, but far fewer will be familiar with the annual Zebra Migration, which sees up to 35,000 of these striped beauties traverse Botswana from north to south in search of grazing land before reversing their dusty footprints and heading back home. One of the most spectacular spots from which to view this little-known phenomenon is Jack’s Camp, a luxuriously-eccentric safari camp set literally in the middle of nowhere.
Invariably the hardest of the famed Big Five to spot, the majestic leopard leads a secretive life but enjoys a healthy population within South Africa’s Sabi Sands Game Reserve. Enhance your chances of spotting these elusive stunners by staying at the Singita Boulders Lodge and letting their guides show you the way.
Safari one-upmanship is definitely the order of the day in Gabon, where the lucky visitor may be able to witness one of nature’s freak shows – hippos splashing around in the waves. The wonderful Loango National Park, and its flagship Loango Lodge, may be best known for its population of lowland gorillas, but its coastal location means that forest elephants strolling on the beach and hippos surfing in the sea are not uncommon sights.
Immortalised on screen by Hollywood, the lemurs of Madagascar are a wonderfully entertaining company and are another one to put into the cute category. There are over 110 species to be found on the island, with the largest, the Indri lemur, found in good numbers in the Andasibe Nature Reserve. Put your head down nearby at the Andasibe Lemurs Lodge.
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