Beautiful lion sighting on safaris tour in Africa

Safaris - Best Tours & Trips

“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.

View All Safaris Trips  
X
Unlock Member Savings

In order to see Stride Select deals you must sign in. We’ve negotiated with many of the world’s best travel companies to save you money! Get the best experiences, save up to $700 per person, and be a hero to your travel companions!

or
or
Provide email and Password

We respect your privacy and take great care to protect your information. By joining you agree to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

Already a member?

With FREE membership you:

  • Save up to $700 per person!*
  • Access private deals and offers
  • See personalized trip recommendations
  • Save favorite trips
See member program details

Top Safaris Experiences and Attractions


Top Safaris Experiences

view more

Top Safaris Attractions

view more

Safaris Trip Reviews


1,132
Safaris Tour Reviews - Summary
99% Recommend

4.8 out of 5
Excellent 901 Great 204 Average 17 Disappointing 4 Terrible 6
Value
4.8 Guide
4.8 Activities
4.8 Lodging
4.8 Transportation
4.8 Meals
4.8

A

Recommends

Brilliant October 2018

5.0

Discover Namibia - Camping

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Certainly the way to see Namibia - early starts frequently and rough roads
but all fades into significance when put into perspective. If your're
considering it, but are uncertain, just book it and enjoy.
Difficult. Standing on top of a massive sand dune at sunrise? The 800 year
old dead acacia trees against the white salt pan, red dunes and blue sky in
Deadvlei? Or elephants drinking at a water hole at sunset? I cannot decide.


Our group leader, Ronney, was excellent. Nothing was too much trouble,
constantly attentive, we lacked nothing. He seems to do the camping trips
end-to-end so there's a good change of getting him.


In July/ August the desert is COLD. A duvet jacket is not out of place, as
are fleece trousers, warm socks and a hat. The days can also be cold despite
the sun, only warming up towards midday. As you go north, after the third
day, it gets warmer and the warm gear becomes unnecessary.
Camping is fun and confortable, the tents are easy to put up (the staff are
supposed to do it, but we found it more fun to do it ourselves, which they
appreciated) but getting organised in the dark in the tent is a pain. I would
recommend a lantern to hang from the centre loop of the tent roof (intended
for mozzie nets which aren't necessary most of the time) and of course good
head torches are vital. Don't bring a cheap one.
Toilets at the campsites are immaculate at virtually all the sites. As are
the service station toilets - you could eat off the floor in most of them.
Even the longdrop toilets (thankfully very few and none in the campsites) are
clean and don't smell. The whole country is clean: I don't think I saw a
single piece of litter the whole trip. It puts our country to shame.
Everything gets a bit dusty and sandy. Packing clothes and sleeping bag into
dustproof bags (or even drybags) helps to keep you organised and everything
stays relatively dustfree.
For all but the most hardened campers, an inflatable pillow is useful. If for
nothing else, sitting on it helps iron out some of the jarring on the dirt
roads!


Batteries AA and AAA are widely available , although quite expensive, so
better to bring plenty of spares. A good camera with a lot of memory cards.
If you are using an SLR then a long lens is a big advantage for the animals
(I took a 500mm) but a wideangle wasn't used.


Read more

Operator Exodus Travels

A

Recommends

Action packed October 2018

4.0

Discover Namibia - Camping

  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0
Very good ,well organised holiday.
Enjoyed the hotel and camping food .
No day was boring.
Seeing a leopard.
Climbing sand dune 45 at sunrise.


Ronney was an excellent leader.
Communicated well with the group and took good care of us.


Take plenty of warm clothing in July August
We were surprised how cold it was at the start of the camping
Temperature in the north much much warmer .We went from one extreme to the
other.
Camping is not glamping but one step up from my last camping trip as we had
proper toilets and showers .
Quite a lot of travelling involved ,sometimes on bumpy terrain.


Very good holiday , but I would agree with ‘ not for the faint hearted’


Read more

Operator Exodus Travels

A

Recommends

How many elephants does it take to fill a waterhole? October 2018

5.0

Discover Namibia - Camping

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I always hope that my annual holiday will deliver a "wow" moment. This trip
delivered three. Firstly, the trip from Sessriem to Walvis Bay was
astonishing, passing through several radically different environments in one
day - from the fringes of the Namib desert, via plains and mountains to the
sea; then the incredible views from Vingerklip - reminiscent of California;
then best of all the proliferation of wildlife at Etosha - we had 40
elephants young and old playing at the waterhole just yards from where we
were sitting at Okaukuejo. Then there were the walking lions, the sleeping
lions, zebras, springbok, kudu and a dozen giraffes at another waterhole. Oh,
we finally got to spot a family of wild cheetahs after a long game drive near
Namatoni. Mustn't forget Dune 45 and Dead Vlei and the fact that often ours
was the only vehicle on the road.
Etosha, Etosha, Etosha. I guess we were particularly lucky to visit during
the dry season, but even though I knew our chances of seeing the "big"
mammals would be good, I could not have predicted the vast numbers we
actually saw. We ticked off more than 40 species of animal - birds and
mammals - in Etosha overall.


Shane was quite a character who clearly knows Namibia well and is proud of
his country. He ensured everyone in the group got what they wanted from the
trip. Our driver, Benson, was also a star, coping with the harsh African
roads, despite having to repair a double puncture and a shattered window. He
also proved to be a decent campsite cook.


If you love spectacular scenery and spotting wild animals, then this is a
must trip for you.


We took South African Rand to Namibia from the UK and this was readily
accepted as if it was their own currency. We also flew out a day earlier than
the group. This gave us a chance to look round Windhoek, but also meant we
had the opportunity to recover from the overnight flight before starting the
tour.


Read more

Operator Exodus Travels

A

Recommends

Awesome Safari October 2018

5.0

Discover Namibia - Camping

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Whilst the driving at times becomes slightly tiresome the sights and nature
where fantastic. The group were wonderful and the guide Ben was extremely
informative.
At Etosha watering hole where we saw 30 elephants walking with there young


He was incredible


Bring a cushion for the trip and definitely bring some decent binoculars and
camera


I would recommend it to anyone who loves animals


Read more

Operator Exodus Travels

A

Recommends

Loved it! October 2018

5.0

Discover Namibia - Camping

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
My husband and I have never done a trip like this and we have never camped
before. We loved it. The tour is interesting and varied. The walk in the
dessert was spectacular, climbing the Dune was quite hard, but watching the
sun rise made the climb worth every step. Eating supper round a camp fire
was really nice and sociable and the food was really good. We are vegetarian
and we were well looked after. We saw hundreds of animals: giraffe, rhino
(and a baby rhino), lions, elephants and their babies, springbok, zebra,
ostrich, fabulous birds, warthogs, hyena, jackal, many types of deer and
antelope, baboons... We wish we could do it all over again.
The most inspirational moment of the trip was the herd of elephants that came
to the waterhole in Etosha. So many other animals came too. It was a really
beautiful experience.


The group leader, Ben, was excellent. He looked after us with care and
consideration. He had excellent knowledge on every question that was asked
and he was very good at finding the animals for us to see. The crew (the
driver and the cook - Jonas and Orbert) were also excellent.


July was a good time to travel because it was not too hot during the day.
The temperature does fall at night so a really good sleeping bag and a
blanket (if you feel the cold) is a good plan. The facilities at each site
vary so it is better if you can be flexible. You need malaria tablets, but
there were very few insects at that time of year - it may be different at
other times. We are very cautious so we had insect repellent clothes. You
can get clothes washed at the hotel in Swakopmund and one or two other
places, so you need to plan clothes carefully. Some of the roads are very
bumpy, but then we were travelling through the dessert. It would definitely
help if you have a head torch with you.


If you have a little bit of adventure tucked in your spirit and you like so
see animals in the wild - this is a fantastic trip.


Read more

Operator Exodus Travels

Safaris Tours and Travel Guide


Safaris Attractions & Landmarks Guide

“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.

Related Trips & Tours


Top Safaris Travel Companies


All Safari tours and adventure trips. Find the best guided trips and expert planned vacation and holiday packages. Average rating of 4.8 for all Safaris trips.

1,023 trips from 211 tour companies with 1,132 reviews

More Safaris Guided Tours

View All Safaris Trips
×
×
Sign in to Save Trips
Welcome back! We're so happy to see you. ? Forgot Password?
Don't have an account? Join
  • Bookmark trips you like
  • Share with your travel companions
  • Track price changes
  • Access private discounts on trips you save
×
Sign in to see your results

TripFinder is a member-only feature. Don’t worry, it’s free!

With a membership you:

  • Save up to $700 per person!*
  • Access private deals and offers
  • See personalized trip recommendations
  • Save favorite trips
*See Member Savings Program details
×
Activate your free Stride membership

Just use the email address and password provided in the email we sent.

? Forgot Password?

With your free membership you:

  • Save up to $700 per person!*
  • Access private deals and offers
  • See personalized trip recommendations
  • Save favorite trips
*See Member Savings Program details
First name is required!
Last name is required!
First name is not valid!
Last name is not valid!
This is not an email address!
Email address is required!
This email is already registered!
Please enter valid email address
Password is required!
Enter a valid password!
Please enter 6 or more characters!
Please enter 16 or less characters!
Passwords are not the same!
Terms and Conditions are required!
Email or Password is wrong!
Please select the captcha checkbox!
Please select the valid captcha!
Something went wrong! Try again later!