Planning an African safari? At Africa Travel we have carefully selected our clients 10 favourite African safari experiences.
1 - Hot Air Ballooning: Serengeti & Selous
The vast expanse of the migration as huge herds of Wildebeest, Zebra and gazelle fill the landscape is incredible in Serengeti & Selous. The sheer expanse of the open plains teeming with pounding hooves and predators at every turn is impossible to fully comprehend – unless, you have a bird’s eye view from a hot air balloon. A 360’ visual feast of one of nature’s most awe inspiring annual events. A bucket list safari experience that would be difficult to top!
2 - Whale Watching in South Africa
Whales Watching at Grootbos Nature Reserve is the perfect backdrop – Milkwood Forests, Walkers Bay, fields of Fynbos, beaches, caves, horse-riding and Whales in South Africa. Southern Right Whales in the 100s fill the Western Cape coast-line between June and November each year. The record stands at 198 whales spotted in an adventure filled 30-minute flight. All this nature is best enjoyed with an excellent Cape award winning vintage wine on your deck at Forest or Garden Lodge. A trip to Dryer’s Island can also include cage shark diving, if the Whales seem a tad too tame.
3 - Walking Safari in the South Luangwa
The breath taking South Luangwa valley pioneered the original walking safari. The aim was to experience nature and animals in their most natural environment as possible. The valley today boasts some of the most skilled, trained guides and scouts. Get up close to a wide variety of animals, add a collection of endemic birds to your list and when your legs are weary opt for a game drive or a boat safari. The Luangwa River never rests, each moment spent in the valley will mesmerise you.
4 - Bird Watching in Madagascar
Madagascar is a birder’s paradise! Over 160 million years ago, due to tectonic movement the island separated from neighbouring continents. The result was that many bird species found in Madagascar are endemic to the island. Of the 285 bird species listed on the island, 105 are endemic. The local guides passion, patience and knowledge make this a twitcher’s dream destination. Notable species include the Ground-Rollers, Asity, Malagasy Warblers and the Vangas.
And the bonus? The endemic lemurs, reptiles, plants and ancient, huge Baobabs will all vie for your attention.
5 - Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda
A safari to Rwanda needs to be booked well in advance as permits to view the few Moutain Gorillas still remaining in the Parc National des Volcans are strictly limited. Fortunately, the Nyungwe National Park also offers the opportunity to track other primates. Indelibly linked in this beautiful forest, lake and mountain country is a trek to Dian Fossey's grave and a visit to the genocide memorials.
6- Selinda Canoe Trail
Experience Botswana from an authentic canoe style safari. This unique trail allows a fresh perspective of the bush from a canoe and on foot. At night an unassuming camp is set up and accommodation is in costumed designed semi-permanent tents - hot water bucket showers with flush loos included! The 45 km journey to the Linyanti and Kwando waterways is an enchanting mix of riverine, forests, floodplains and open savannah. Definitely, a safari for the more adventurous or seasoned traveller - absolutely, an adventure to be recounted long into the future.
7- Ultimate Namibia Self drive
A self-drive safari that allows you to set the pace as you discover the vast, stark beauty of the Namibian deserts. The beauty of the Namibian safari lies in the contrasts of the Namib and Kalahari Deserts with the icy cool of the Atlantic Ocean shoreline. A marvel that in this seemingly desolate, barren landscape there is so much to discover – from the endangered desert elephant to the lush wetlands of the Caprivi Strip; from Etosha National Park’s salt pans to the oldest and driest eco-system of Sossusvlei. The brightness of the stars at night will remain with you long after your desert journey is complete.
8- Mana Pools & Kariba Dam
There are few wildlife areas left that offer the remoteness of the Mana Pools. The low density of camps in the area allows for exclusive sightings and uninterrupted game viewing. This world heritage site is pristine wilderness and camping on the Southern bank of the Zambezi River is the ultimate wildlife adventure. The perfect safari to compliment the pools is a few days spent on a house boat on the Kariba Dam. Ideally positioned between Zambia and Zimbabwe the world’s largest manmade lake is home to high density game viewing and the best Tiger Fishing in the world.
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