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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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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. Uganda, Rwanda 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.