Safaris are of different kinds and you should choose one according to your style and requirements. Some things to consider would be your budget, number of people, where you want to go and the time of the year you are choosing to travel. Most tour operators offer tailor-made safaris so you can get an itinerary that pleases you and your co-travellers.
Everyone deserves a tailor-made safari, as it allows you to experience Africa in a non-rushed and enjoyable style. These kinds of safaris take into consideration YOUR budget and requirements.
Fly in Safaris: These safaris offer you a faster way to travel distances, giving you a chance to discover more of Africa as you do not waste countless hours driving around. An example of a fly in camp is Okavango Delta, situated in Botswana. You could spend the morning looking at game in one part and could be at another camp by lunch time. One thing you should keep in mind though is that the weight of your luggage is usually limited to 12 to 15 kg (30lbs).
Private Vehicle and Guide: Hiring a private vehicle is another great way to travel whilst seeing Africa. This also means you get a private tour guide in the guise of your driver. This kind of safari allows you flexibility of time and also allows you to carry as much luggage as you want (not unwarranted though). Private vehicles are a good option where the roads are not very bad and distances are not large. It’s great for more than two persons and especially for families and large groups, as it works out cheaper.
Family Safaris: A family vacation to Africa is a great idea and there are many safaris tailor-made to suit your family’s needs. Children and elders sometimes have some restrictions, so it is advisable you speak with the tour operator and only then plan your safari.
- Adventurers’ Club, Kenya
- Family friendly safaris in South Luangwa Zambi
- Family safari’s with Wilderness – Kruger NP and Rocktail Bay
- Safari for the Kids – Kruger, South Africa
- Young Explorer’s – Okavango Delta and the Kalahari, Botswana
Small Group Safaris
If you are travelling as a small group, there are safaris to suit your needs. Also, you can join other group safaris. The disadvantage is that the plan is set in stone and cannot be changed. An advantage, though, is that you get to meet different travellers from all over the world.
Horse Riding Safaris
This safari is for the horse-loving traveller who doesn’t mind spending some time in the saddle. The safari planners also take into consideration non-rider partners, but you should be prepared.
- Botswana: Okavango Delta, Tuli Enclave, The Kalahari
- Kenya: Masai Mara & Laikipia
- South Africa: Kruger, South Africa, Tswalu, Phinda, Ant’s Nest
- Zambia: Kafue National Park
- Tanznia: Serengeti
These safaris are planned keeping the photography lover in mind. This includes an experienced guide who will make your journey of photography through Africa memorable.
This safari is not for the weak, as many times the guides walk almost six to ten miles a day. But it is great way to see Africa, as only at a slow pace can you really enjoy the sights and sounds of the African bush. There are walks in Botswana, Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia.
Canoeing Safaris are considered the most enjoyable safaris. You canoe down the Zambezi River, which is teeming with wildlife and vegetation. Canoeing takes place either above the Victoria Falls or lower in the Zambezi Valley.
Mobile Tented Safari
This is a novel and unique way to see Africa. You either drive or fly down to meet your mobile camp. If your budget is not a concern, then this is a trip for the adventurous.
Gorillas and Chimps Tours
Watching the endangered Mountain Gorillas in their natural habitat is exhilarating. There is a large population of chimpanzees as well and is a great safari attraction.
Special Interest Safari
These safaris are great for those who want little different things, like scuba diving with the White Sharks or Hot air balloon riding or climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro. All this can be arranged for you.
African Encounters are safari specialists and can help you with whatever you need. Visit them at http://www.africanencounter.com/.