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Top Trip Memories

  • Witnessing the annual migration of 1.3 million wildebeest in East Africa’s Serengeti, one of the great natural wonders of the world.
  • Waking to the rising run in a Kenyan game lodge to a view of giraffes, zebra and wildebeest sipping side by side at a watering hole just outside your window.
  • Tracking gorillas, chimpanzees and monkeys in Uganda, Rwanda or the Democratic Republic of Congo.
  • Watching intently as a pride of lions cross the grasslands within eyeshot of a herd of Thomson’s gazelles in Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania.
  • Hearing the crashing sounds of elephants feasting on tree leaves as they move in herds across the savannah.
  • Encountering Masai tribesmen dressed in traditional red cloaks herding their cattle as wildlife roam nearby.
  • Picnicking at the hippo pool, with a lunch spread out on the hood of your safari vehicle.
  • Catching sight of a black rhino charging through the tall grass in South Africa’s Kruger National Park.
  • Tracing the movements of a cheetah as it pauses, turns, stretches and weaves its way through the undulating savannah grasses in search of prey.
  • Exploring Botswana’s Okavango Delta, where annual flood waters attract vast numbers of wild animals.
  • Toasting the day’s game drive with a “sundowner” from the deck of your lodge’s grill/bar.
  • Checking off all the Big Five – elephant, rhino, lion, leopard and Cape buffalo – and many more (giraffe, zebra, cheetah, hippo, etc.) from your life list.
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Tour Tips

  • Group size can make a difference on an African safari; with fewer passenger vehicles, you’ll have more flexibility to go and find wildlife.
  • High season in East Africa begins in January and runs through September, but from March-May heavy rains may make the roads impassable and force some lodges to close.
  • In the Serengeti, the best times to go are July-September for the annual noisy wildebeest stampedes, and again in January-March for the annual migration calving.
  • In Botswana’s Okavango Delta, June-August brings flood waters and the animals with them.
  • When choosing a tour operator, consider the types of lodging offered: Accommodations can range from luxurious lodges to tent camping.
  • You might choose lodging by its proximity to the park and its sweeping views, or opt for less expensive tented camps and cottages farther away.
  • Interested in experiencing Victoria Falls? Many East and Central African safari tours also include this nearby natural wonder, situated between Zambia and Zimbabwe.
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Safaris Travel Reviews & Ratings

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  • Great 5
  • Average 0
  • Disappointing 0
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  • Guide
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  • Activities
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  • Lodging
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  • Transportation
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  • Meals
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Tour Reviews

Amazing 16 day family vacation in South Africa

The Greatest Safari On Earth

5.0
March 2017
Mahlatini Luxury Travel
Recommend: Yes
We just came home from an amazing 16 day family vacation in South Africa. We used them to plan our trip as we didn't even know where to start. The vacation was outstanding and we didn't have to worry about everything. They took care of all of the details right down to the smallest aspects. For example, one of the places we stayed stared to tell us the dinner specials and said "we won't share the seafood options because we know that no one in your family eats seafood". We actually looked at each other and laughed. We would highly recommend them to anyone looking to go on a trip to Africa.
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What A Unique Experience!

Best of Tanzania

5.0
March 2017
Alaitol Safaris
Recommend: Yes
Alaitol Safaris offered luxurious surroundings which had a high touch of quality. We can highly recommend this operator. Everything went very smoothly.

Our Lifetime Experience!

Backpackers Tanzania Safaris

5.0
January 2017
Lights on Africa Safaris
Recommend: Yes
After we made the initial enquiry Peniel got in touch with us and fulfilled all our special wishes. All questions were fully and quickly answered via e-mail, and even when we arrived several hours early in Arusha, he managed to pick us up at the airport together with our driver-guide. We just sent a short message from Daressalam and he organized everything else.

We spent 7 days of wonderful safari on our own with Ray, our perfect driver and tour guide . The roads are sometimes very rough but with Ray we felt save all the time. The national parks we visited (Lake Manyara, Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Tarangire) are really fantastic and Ray presented to us so many more animals than the big five
All the accommodation at the lodges was wonderful, good food and we particularly enjoyed the Sopa Lodges.

We have no hesitation in recommending this safari operator to other travelers.
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The trip of a lifetime!

Wildlife Safari & Culture Experience

5.0
January 2017
Alaitol Safaris
Recommend: Yes
We spent 11 nights on a Northern circuit safari in Tanzania and it was just incredible!
Our guide was excellent.....he always seemed to be in just the right place at just the right time for spotting wildlife! He was knowledgeable, friendly and efficient....THE perfect guide!
The standard of accommodation was excellent, we especially loved Maramboi Tented Camp and Serena Lodges was sheer luxury!
The vehicles are very spacious, but do show signs of wear and tear....hardly surprising when you see the state of the roads/tracks in the parks especially the dust and rocks in the Serengeti! The vehicles are also equipped with refrigerators and charging points....great when your camera battery is about to die!
I wouldn't hesitate in recommending Alaitol Safaris....if (when!) we return to Africa they would be our first choice!
Asante sana, Alaitol Safaris.
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A trip of a lifetime

Zanzibar Delight

5.0
January 2017
Alaitol Safaris
Recommend: Yes
Our safari was amazing. The crew of Alaitol Safaris were very knowledgeable, friendly and professional. They thought of and provided for every little detail . The food and the accommodations were incredible. Our group had also beach holiday with this company.
Both experiences were ones I will never forget in my lifetime. I highly recommend this company for your African travels, treks, safaris and Zanzibar beach holiday. You will not be disappointed and every trip that you take after this venture will fall short in comparison.
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Classic Itineraries

Classic South Africa Safari

A typical South Africa Safari is heavily focused in and around South Africa, often featuring an excursions to Victoria Falls. South Africa is home to a number of game reserves and it’s the perfect safari destination for first timers and also if you’re interested in doing a lot of other activities, such as shark diving, coastal drives, and history museum visits.

Day 1-4, Cape Town: Seal Island, Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, coastal drive, Robben Island.

Day 5-6, Cape Wine Lands: Taste South African wines, which have taken the world by storm

Day 7-9, Kruger National Park: Spend a few nights in Kruger National Park, and see the famed “Big 5” (Lions, Elephants, Cape Buffalo, Leopard, and Rhino).

Day 10-12, Victoria Falls: Take an excursion to the spectacular Victoria Falls at the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia.

Day 13, Johannesburg: Apartheid museum, guided walking tour of Soweto. Optional Excursion to Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation center.

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Classic Tanzania Safari

Up and coming Tanzania is a great safari location for first time visitors who want a slightly more in depth nature and wildlife experience, with some luxury lodging thrown in. You'll see amazing geograpahical sites and significant archaeological wonders as well.

Day 1-2, Arusha: Stay in the luxurious Arusha Coffee Lodge and prepare for your safari getaway.

Day 3, Lake Manyara National Park: See tree climbing lions and hundreds of different bird species as you explore one of the smaller game parks in Tanzania.

Day 4, Ngorongoro: Visit the Ngorongoro Conservation Area to explore the archaeologically significant Olduvai Gorge and see impressive Ngorongoro crater.

Day 5-7, Serengeti National Park: Spend two full days exploring Serengeti National Park in your classic safari jeep. See incredible wildlife, including Great Migration activity in the mid winter months. Stay a few nights in Serengeti Safari Lodge.

Day 8-9, Tarangire National Park: More wildlife viewing. Take a morning walking safari before spending the afternoon in a safari vehicle. Stay overnight at the quaint Kuro Camp lodge.

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Classic Kenya Safari

Kenya is often called the oldest safari destination, and as such it is a classic trip, perfect for families and older travelers.

Day 1, Nairobi: Visit the home of Karen Blixen (author of Out of Africa), feed giraffes at the Giraffe Center.

Day 2-4, Mount Kenya National Park: Enjoy the dense forest here, and have your camera ready for wildlife and waterfalls! Visit Treetops Lodge where Queen Elizabeth II stayed in 1952.

Day 5-6, Lake Naivasha National Park: Rift Valley, Lake Nakuru, Nyahururu Falls

Day 7-11, Maasai Mara National Reserve: Meet local Maasai tribes people, take a hot air balloon ride, spend full days driving through the expansive park for maximum wildlife viewing.

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Safaris Trips & Tour Advice

“Safari” is one of the most inspiring words in adventurous travel. Seeing some of the planet’s greatest wildlife in their native habitats is an unforgettable experience. Whether by a guided sunrise just minutes from your lodge, or the exhilaration of a jeep ride deep into the savannah, no safari will be the same -- each will reveal entirely new memories.

When Africa was still colonized, big game hunters came on safari to shoot wild animals and return home with trophies to mount. They gathered in Nairobi to compare notes on bagging what they called the Big Five: elephants, lions, rhinos, leopards, and Cape buffalo.

Hunting bans and conservation-oriented TV shows have largely made the big game hunters a relic of the past (with the notable exception of poachers who kill animals for their tusks, horns or other saleable parts). An African safari -- “journey” in Swahili – is now typically populated by adventurous travelers shooting pictures and videos rather than rifles. With some magnificent African animals on the endangered lists, many travelers feel a sense of urgency to go on safari now before poachers devastate the dwindling populations of rhinos and other creatures.

Wide Variety of Safari Operators

But African countries are increasingly recognizing the economic benefits of conservation and safari travel, and a wide variety of safari operators are offering environmentally sensitive guided tours in search of big game. Seasoned guides manning four-wheel drive vehicles navigate dirt roads through vast parks in search of not just the Big Five but also giraffes, hippos, zebras, wildebeest, crocodiles and abundant bird life. And, depending on your chosen safari location, you may even encounter gorillas, chimpanzees, and monkeys.

While elements of wildlife viewing can be hot, bumpy, and dusty, lodging is a different story. Many African game parks now come complete with luxury lodging options, as well as more basic accommodations such as campgrounds for those on tighter budgets. But even campers can find luxury by “glamping” – glamorous camping – in tents outfitted with beds. On mobile safaris, you’ll move with your guides most evenings to new locations.

Think Regionally

Africa is a vast continent, so it’s good to think regionally. East Africa is the classic destination. Kenya and Tanzania are home to the Serengeti, site of the largest concentration of big game animals on earth, as well as wildlife-rich Masai Mara and Ngorongoro Crater. UgandaRwanda and the eastern borderlands of the Democratic Republic of Congo are best known for tracking primates – most notably gorillas -- in the wild. Central Africa’s game parks can be paired with a huge bonus: a side-trip to Victoria Falls, the world’s largest waterfall by volume whose roaring waters spray mists hundreds of feet into the air. It straddles the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe.

West Africa is less known for big game, but Ghana, Togo and other countries do offer some game viewing along with fascinating cultural exploration. Previously overshadowed by East Africa, Southern Africa is emerging as the hot new safari destination. South Africa’s Kruger National Park is one of the top wildlife parks in Africa; Namibia’s arid Kunene region attracts elephants, black rhinos, and lions; and Botswana’s Okavango Delta – a wetland that forms annually from flooding in the Kalahari Desert – beckons lions, leopards, cheetahs and both black and white rhinos.

With a multiplicity of safari operators seeking your business in almost every locale, the process of selecting the right one can be confusing. That’s where Stride comes in – we’ll help you compare game parks, operators, and prices, so that you can find the African safari will best fulfill your dreams.

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