The best safaris offer a chance to witness magnificent landscapes and encounter an astonishing array of wildlife. Whether tracking majestic lions on the plains of East Africa, or observing playful gorillas in lush mountain terrain in Uganda and Rwanda, these encounters leave a lasting impression. Guided by expert rangers and immersed in untamed surroundings, the best safari experiences promise moments of wonder, connection, and a profound appreciation for our planet's diverse and magnificent wildlife.
CHIMP TREKKING IN THE MAHALE MOUNTAINS
Chimp trekking in the Mahale Mountains offers an immersive wildlife adventure in the heart of Tanzania's untouched wilderness. The Mahale Mountains are home to one of the largest populations of wild chimps, and the experience of observing these beautiful creatures in their natural habitat is awe-inspiring. Nestled along the shores of Lake Tanganyika, Greystoke Mahale provides a luxurious and eco-conscious base for explorations. Spend evenings in comfort, unwinding in your private banda set on the beach, listening to the gentle lapping of the waves and recounting the day's thrilling encounters with fellow guests.
TIGERFISH ON THE ZAMBEZI AND CANOE THE CHIFUNGULU CHANNEL
Discover Zambia’s waterways in two epic ways. With experienced local guides, embark on a fishing expedition navigating the Zambezi's currents and eddies - tigerfish, famed for their strength and acrobatic leaps, are the prized catch in these waters. En route expect to hear the distant roar of the mighty Victoria Falls and the haunting call of the African fish eagle. Stay at luxury lodge, Sausage Tree Camp, for some of the best views and access to the Zambezi. Set within the National Park and on the banks of the Zambezi, it’s the perfect location from which to embark on a canoe safari. Led by qualified canoe guides navigate the Chifungulu Channel and be serenaded by the abundant birdlife that occupies this spectacular waterway.
RIDING SAFARI IN THE OKAVANGO DELTA
Saddle up for a thrilling horse riding safari in Botswana, which offers the unique opportunity to canter alongside graceful zebras, towering giraffes, and free-roaming antelope. Traverse hippo channels and witness herds of elephant sauntering across vast floodplains and through lush riverine forests. Journey through captivating landscapes like Xudum, the Matsebe river system, Baobab Island (known for excellent cheetah sightings), and Kujwana. As dusk falls, retire to comfortable tented camps, where you can rest under the stars after exhilarating days of galloping through the Delta's breathtaking wilderness.
CAMEL SAFARI WITH THE SAMBURU
Prepare for a captivating adventure through the Laikipia wilderness led by the knowledgeable Samburu on a camel safari. Expert guides reveal their exceptional tracking techniques, granting intimate encounters with the region's diverse wildlife. A camel safari offers the perfect opportunity to lighten the load while covering expansive stretches of terrain, seamlessly combining the joys of riding and walking and allowing the freedom to explore the landscape without relying on vehicles. Stay at leading lodges and camps including Sasaab, Loisaba Tented Camp, and Ol Malo Lodge, to be fully immersed in the raw beauty of the Kenyan wilderness.
HELICOPTER TO LAKE TURKANA
Soar above Africa's expansive savannahs and embrace an unforgettable adventure on a helicopter flight over the extraordinary Lake Turkana. Absorb breathtaking vistas from a bird's eye perspective, led by a private helicopter pilot/guide, who will naturally take the most adventurous route! The Central Island of Lake Turkana, with its trio of active volcanoes and captivating crater lakes, are a haven for diverse wildlife, including crocodiles and flamingos. On the western shores of the lake, the refreshing springs beckon for a revitalising swim, creating an encounter that combines exhilarating exploration and serene relaxation, in one impressive journey.
SKELETON COAST FLYING SAFARI
To truly grasp the vastness and magnificence of the Skeleton Coast, the ultimate perspective can be found from above, where the weathered remnants of beached whales and shipwrecks stretch across the landscape beneath. From the comfort of a private light aircraft, look out for famous wrecks including the Eduard Bohlen and the Dunedin Star. Witness the homes of seal colonies nestled along this rugged coastline and immerse yourself in a breathtaking aerial encounter that unveils the unparalleled allure of the Skeleton Coast. Read more about African flying safaris, here.
GORILLA TRACKING IN THE VIRUNGA MOUNTAINS
The primary allure of Rwanda for many lies in the extraordinary opportunity to see gorillas up close in their natural habitat in the Virunga Mountains. After a challenging trek in often wet and muddy conditions, spend a fascinating hour in the company of these magnificent creatures. Witness playful baby gorillas peeking out from the foliage and engaging in hide-and-seek and observe intimate grooming rituals on this exceptional encounter. Read our guide to gorilla trekking safaris for advice on where to stay.
WITNESS THE GREAT MIGRATION
Few experiences compare to witnessing the spectacle of wildebeest crossing the Mara River during the annual Great Migration between Tanzania's Serengeti and Kenya's Maasai Mara. As these resilient animals embark on their journey northward, they face the treacherous waters teeming with crocodiles. Around two million wildebeest undertake this daring quest in pursuit of greener pastures, a sight that is undeniably one of the most sought-after safari spectacles, and a display of raw power and determination from nature's great travellers.
SLEEP OUT UNDER THE STARS
Sleeping under the stars is the epitome of an authentic back-to-nature safari experience, and Zambia
offers ample opportunities to relish this unique encounter. Among the finest spots is the South Luangwa National Park
, where Nsolo Camp promises a remarkable encounter. Various camps cater to different comfort levels, but each ensures a cosy mat to rest on and a protective mosquito net for a peaceful slumber. As night falls, gather around the campfire for a delicious dinner prepared by the skilled camp cook. This enchanting setting complements the wonder of a walking safari, immersing you in the true essence of Africa's untamed beauty.
BIG 5 SAFARI IN SABI SANDS
Located alongside South Africa's Kruger National Park, Sabi Sands is a distinguished private game reserve renowned for its significant lion population. The Mapogo lion coalition once dominated this vast territory and currently boasts eight prides. Sabi Sands is not solely defined by its lions; it serves as a thriving biodiversity hotspot, home to an impressive array of wildlife. With over 300 bird species, 47 large mammals, 57 reptile species, and a variety of other animals, the reserve showcases the rich tapestry of African wildlife. For an extraordinary stay, consider the intimate Dulini Lodge, nestled along the Mabrak River, or the luxurious Singita Boulders Lodge, perched gracefully on the banks of the Sand River.