There are many countries that deliver outstanding safari experiences. The key is for us to consider your interests and share how the various countries (or regions) would meet your needs and expectations. Then together we can arrive at an educated decision on the best destination and a safari itinerary tailored for you.
Situated in the center of southern Africa, Botswana lies at about 950 meters above sea level and more than 600 kilometers from the nearest coast. The country’s most striking features are its flatness and aridity. With the exception of the eastern part of Botswana – where the great majority of Batswana live and where the summer rainfall is slightly higher – three-quarters of Botswana is technically a desert. This is what makes for its most remarkable aspect: The Okavango Delta is a wetland within a desert, receiving its waters from rain falling in central Africa, a thousand kilometers away. Wildlife and tourism employs about 45% of all the people who live in northern Botswana.
South Africa occupies almost half a million square miles of the southernmost tip of the African continent. Ranging from desert country in the north, to the towering Drakensberg Mountains in the east and the verdant wine country in the south, South Africa’s landscape offers visitors a variety of activities. South Africa is culturally rich, to say the least, with many indigenous tribes (there are 11 official languages) and a heavy European influence stemming from the longtime settlement of the Dutch East India Company in the 1600s and colonization by the British in the 1800s. Explore the seaside city of Cape Town surrounding the iconic Table Mountain, take in the stunning vistas of vineyards and Cape Dutch architecture, get up close and personal with penguins and whales, or go on a safari and search out the Big Five animals (lions, leopards, elephants, buffalos and rhinoceros)
Uganda, often referred to as the “Pearl of Africa”, has ten wildlife national parks displaying the best of East Africa. The Rift Valley landscapes and tropical forests make dramatic backdrops to an extensive variety of flora and fauna. The parks offer ‘traditional’ savanna safaris along with boat tours, forest hikes, mountain climbing and wildlife research activities. Uganda is unrivalled on the continent as a bird watching destination with over 1,000 species of birds – several of which are found nowhere else on the planet. It is also home to 13 types of primates including over half of the world’s endangered mountain gorillas; and our closest relative – the chimpanzee.
Explore the wild Kidepo Valley’s giraffes and ostriches, spot Queen Elizabeth’s tree-climbing lions, trek up the Virunga Volcanoes, summit the snow-capped Rwenzori Mountains, take on Bwindi’s “impenetrable forest”, learn ancient tribal traditions and crafts – or just relax at your lodge, champagne in hand, surrounded by the wonderful sights and sounds of one of Africa’s most hospitable destination.
With some of Africa’s finest walking safaris and some of the best guides and small camps on the continent, Zambia is well-regarded as a destination for safari connoisseurs. The Luangwa Valley, Lower Zambezi and Kafue are spectacular parks, with a wild, raw atmosphere and excellent game. The stunning Victoria Falls adds to Zambia's impressive list of attractions. With the full range of safari activities on offer, a Zambia holiday offers arguably the best value for a complete safari holiday experience, and needless to say, we absolutely love it.
Kenya is the land of variety, everywhere you go there are different tribes, elegant in their finery. The culture here is a real highlight but areas such as the Masai Mara, when combined with the North (Samburu, Laikipia or Meru) are so different. You feel as if you’ve been in two different countries. Kenya’s coastline is also stunning with white sand and turquoise ocean, not to mention Lamu, one of the world’s most unique islands.
The Great Rift Valley passes through Kenya and the lakes can provide a relaxing change to your safari. We’re lucky enough to still work with some of Kenya’s most remote and luxurious safari camps, so overcrowding isn’t an issue for our guests. It is the Kenyan people themselves that often make your safari here so special – they are charismatic, charming and have a fantastic sense of humour.
Africa's easiest and most accessible gorilla trekking is the main draw card of a Rwandan safari. After arriving at the capital city of Kigali, you are only a few hours' drive away from the legendary Volcanoes National Park and its habituated but still wild gorilla families. It was on the bamboo-covered slopes of Rwanda’s Virunga Volcanoes that the late Dian Fossey studied the behavior of the endangered mountain gorilla for 20 years, followed by the filmmakers who shot Gorillas in the Mist. Now small groups of privileged visitors can experience one of the most memorable wildlife encounters on earth – gorilla trekking through the pristine Virungas rainforest.
Rarely experienced in isolation, a Rwandan gorilla safari combines well with other East African destinations in Uganda, Kenya or Tanzania but there is more to green and hilly Rwanda than meets the eye: it is also home to the primate-filled Nyungwe Forest National Park where there are chimpanzees and fantastic bird-watching opportunities. Akagera National Park, on the other hand, offers big game viewing in a diverse savannah setting. Lake Kivu is a gorgeous expanse of water surrounded by Rwanda's gently rolling slopes - in fact, Rwandans call their home 'the country of a thousand hills' because of its undulating landscape. Kivu is a great place to enjoy boating, hiking, kayaking and chimp trekking. Small, compact and easy to travel around, friendly Rwanda has dealt with its past tragedies and offers intrepid travellers and wildlife enthusiasts what is usually a hard-to-gain insight into Central African cultures, wildlife and environments
Namibia, an arid country of surprising contrasts, is home to two great deserts. Along its length, the vast shifting sand sea of the Namib sprawls inland along the Atlantic coastline. In the interior, the plateau slopes away to the north and east to meet the Kalahari Desert. Over the years, there have been a number of cultural influences that have all added to the unique atmosphere of Namibia. At various times Germany, Great Britain and South Africa have all governed the territory, but it was with the eventual independence of Namibia in 1990 that the country was able to develop its multi-cultural character and reinvent itself.
Wake up to the call of stirring birds in the Ngorongoro Crater, or perhaps to the first rays of sun clearing Mount Kilimanjaro. These are the timeless sights and sounds of the Serengeti that signal the start of each thrilling day. A safari features the continent's finest guides, who expertly reveal your destination's countless wonders. Whether you witness an endangered black rhino quietly grazing or thousands of wildebeest and zebra thundering through plains during the Great Migration, our team takes you to the core of the action during the Tanzania safari.
You can scale Africa's highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro, while experiencing the extraordinary biodiversity along its most scenic route. Tanzania brims with safari park options. The vast Serengeti National Park, the breathtaking Ngorongoro Crater and the wildlife-rich Tarangire National Park. Welcome to Tanzania.
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