An ideal safari itinerary to Zambia would include its favourite national parks - South Luangwa, well-known for its superb night and day game drives and walking safaris, the beautiful Kafue National Park, and Lower Zambezi, with its different scenery and water-based safari activities like canoeing and fishing. These safari destinations complement each other nicely and each provide a different safari perspective.
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Sweeping grasslands, lone acacia thorn trees, stately Maasai warriors clad in red, the wildebeest leaping frantically into the Mara River. These are some of the iconic images of this world-renown safari destination.
The remote and uncrowded Mahale Mountain National Park is most famous for its walking safaris to observe the fascinating chimpanzees in their natural (and very beautiful) habitat. The park also offers far more in the way of other primates, predators and mammals plus incredible varieties of fish and birdlife.
Mana Pools is a pristine, unspoiled corner of African wilderness - perfect for those looking for adventure and a remote safari experience. The scenery is stunning with four perennial pools left over from ancient oxbow meanderings of the mighty Zambezi. It's a perfect safari destination for those who enjoy exploring nature on foot and by canoe. Game viewing by open safari vehicle is also offered.
Part of the Greater Kruger, the Manyeleti Game Reserve shares unfenced borders with three of South Africa's top safari destinations, the Kruger National Park, the Sabi Sand Game Reserve and the Timbavati Game Reserve. And, while the Manyeleti compares more than favourably with all three of its neighbours in terms of the abundance of game and the quality of the safari experience, the Manyeleti remains a hidden gem and something of a secret safari destination amongst safari insiders.
Equatorial Meru is wonderfully scenic. It lay dormant for a long time due to heavy poaching. Now that it has regained its former glory, it has earned its place on the top safari destination charts.
Situated in the central and eastern areas of the Okavango, Moremi Game Reserve in Botswana has a rich and diverse ecosystem. Spectacular bird watching opportunities and the Big Five, make Moremi an unforgettable safari destination.
Mpumalanga Province encompasses the Kruger National Park and the surrounding area, the Panorama Route, and the scenic Lowveld region. Many tours or safaris that include the Kruger National Park will pass through Mpumalanga Province.
While not a safari destination per se, if you're overnighting in Nairobi before or after your safari, there are some excellent wildlife reserves and santuaries worth a visit.
Probably one of Namibia's most-photographed features, the burnt-red towering sand dunes of Sossusvlie epitomise the stark, clear light of this desert land.
Namibia is vast. The distances between many of the major attractions is huge. While there is a good network of roads and self-drive safaris are popular, some of the best Namibia safaris use a combination of road transfers and flights.
Forming the northwestern area of the spectacular Ngorongoro Conservation Area bordering Serengeti, the Ndutu area is most famous for its part in the Great Migration. Depending on the rain, the herds come down to the fertile grasslands to graze and calve from November to May. There is plenty of resident game all year round, too, including all six species of cat
Ngorongoro Crater is one of Tanzania's must-see places. Incorporated into the vast Ngorongoro Conservation Area, the caldera or collapsed volcano has a floor span of only 260 km². Despite this small size, it includes a diverse range of habitats, providing a home to an equally diverse and abundant variety of birds and animals, including the Big Five; lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino.
With the wildlife-rich Ngorongoro Crater, fascinating archaeological site Olduvai Gorge and lush highlands, the Ngorongoro region is included in many of the popular Northern Safari Circuit safaris in Tanzania. Expect to see geological wonders, archaeological gems and a huge diversity of animals, all set in spectacular scenery that includes vast grasslands and mountainous volcanic highlands.
The Ngorongoro Crater, a caldera or collapsed volcano, is world-renowned for its spectacular scenery and abundance of wildlife. You're almost certain to see all of the Big Five, a wide range of antelope, crocodile, hippo, zebra and critically endangered black rhino on a day trip into the crater. Ngorongoro is a favourite stop on most Tanzanian Northern Circuit safaris and many opt to stay in one of the accommodation spots in the beautiful highland area around Karatu just outside Ngorongoro.
The Panorama Route along the Mpumalanga escarpment is usually visited as an add-on to a safari. If you're travelling between Johannesburg and the Kruger National Park by road, you can detour via the Panorama Route. This will extend the road trip to about 9 hours, so we recommend overnighting along the way. If you don't mind the long road trip and enjoy taking in dramatic scenery, a detour along the Panorama Route is well worth it.
Not far from iSimangaliso Wetlands and the pristine northern KZN beaches, Phinda Private Game Reserve offers a unique safari experience with many diverse wildlife sightings.
Safaris in Ruaha are wild and beautiful and deliver superb game viewing. With fewer camps, it tends to be less crowded, allowing you to enjoy the African bush and all that it has to offer in peace and tranquillity. Safaris to Ruaha National Park include not only game drives but also guided walks and fly camping, depending on which camp you choose to stay at.
The Sabi Sand is South Africa's premier luxury safari destination. The safaris and tours listed here may include the Sabi Sand among the destinations visited. Most itineraries would also include other destinations, for example the Kruger National Park itself, Cape Town and/or Victoria Falls. We can tailor-make a safari to suit your exact requirements.
Life in the Samburu region revolves around the great Ewaso Nyiro River and its many moods and seasons. The rainy season is from April to November and heavy downpours can transform the dry plains overnight into lush grasslands and dead-looking shrubs into spectacular flowering bushes.
Selous Game Reserve is the largest protected area in Africa and offers visitors unspoilt African bush, populated with an abundance of game. Due to its size, and the fact that it hasn't been overrun with accommodation options, safaris to Selous allow visitors to truly experience the vastness and solitude of the bush; uncrowded and unhurried.
Most people visit Serengeti National Park on a guided Northern Safari Circuit safari, although self-drive safaris can also be done. It is a vast park with diverse habitats and abundant game. The Great Migration moves through the area on its annual circular route.
This is a restricted and highly sensitive ecological area and tours usually consist of a mix of nature drives and light aircraft flights.
South Africa is known as the "world in one country". It has so much to see and do that you can easily book a trip of 2 or 3 weeks to this country and see something new every day. However, many travellers combine South Africa with other destinations in the region, for example the Okavango Delta (in Botswana) and Victoria Falls.