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Luxury Safaris in Africa

Experience the Big Five in the epitome of African luxury.

Going on safari needn't be a matter of foregoing an ounce of comfort. It's possible to stay in luxury safari camps and lodges whose facilities equal any world-class hotel, and whose wild locations are second to none. 

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Introduction

There are a few sweet spots in southern Africa - the most accessible to spot the Big Five.

Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Crater combined with the Serengeti are the most sought after Big Five safari regions in Africa. Ngorongoro has a healthy black rhino population and some leopard in the Lerai fever tree forest. It also holds some of Africa’s biggest elephant alive today as well as good buffalo and lion numbers. It's tricky to spot leopard in Ngorongoro, but if you combine it with the Serengeti then you'll almost certainly see leopard in its Seronera or Lobo areas.

Namibia’s Etosha Pan is an incredible dry-season park and wonderful for black rhino, lion, elephant and leopard which are often seen at Etosha's waterholes. The Caprivi Strip however and the Waterberg are excellent for buffalo sightings.

In Kenya, the Masai Mara may be a tricky place to see black rhino, but the rest of the Big Five is guaranteed. Combine the Mara with Lake Nakuru and you're bound to see the entire Big Five in Kenya.

In South Africa, it's easy to spot the Big Five in the Kruger National Park or most other game reserves. The added benefit of rangers and guides make the experience to sight prolific wildlife that much easier.  Finding the Big Five on a self-drive is far more challenging, but it allows you to fully immerse in the envionment on your own terms.

Know before you go

​Medicine - make sure that your vaccinations are completely up to date, this is especially important for typhoid, hepatitis, cholera and yellow fever. Malaris is also prevelant in some African countries and you will need to find this out before travelling and take the necessary precautions. It’s also advisable to get a general antibiotic from your doctor in case of infections.

Insurance - be sure to take medical and travel insurance. This is important.

Let family and friends know when and where you are travelling to. Alternatively, you can register your itinerary with your embassy.

Bring cash money with as well as a VISA or moneycard. Let your bank know that you are travelling to Africa.

Dress appropriately and avoid excessive jewellery.

Make copies of all your documents.

Take a universal power adapter.

Be prepared to see a lot of confronting things. This is dependant on the country or region you’re visiting, but Africa is a developing continent with a lot of hardship and beauty.

When to go

​A general rule of thumb when travelling to Africa to view game is to go during the dry season. When vegetation is sparse and animals generally congregate around watering holes more so than usual. In Southern Africa this will be from May-October although the wet season offers exceptional birding and lush vegetation. Eastern Africa is a bit more complex and depends largely on the type of safari experience you’re after. In Kenya for example, the best time to go is between January and the end of March. However, for the Masai Mara migration you’ll need to go between mid-August and late October when the herds have returned.

What to pack

Comfortable, muted clothes.

A good pair of walking shoes

Sandals

Hat

Long pants

Shorts

A light jacket/jumper (for mild summer evenings)

Warm clothing for winter months - the evenings can get cold.

Weather and Climate

Africa’s northern half is primarily arid and in some regions desert, while its central and southern areas contain both very dense jungle (rainforest) and savannah plains. Africa is the hottest continent on earth, with dry lands and deserts comprisoing 60% of the entire land surface.

Safari / Holiday Styles

This is a safari style holiday.

Where to stay

​Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Reserve - Uganda

Etosha National Park - Namibia

Chobe National Park - Botswana

Masai Mara National ReserveKenya

Hwange National Park - Zimbabwe

Kruger National Park - South Africa

Volcanoes National Park - Rwanda

Zambezi Valley - Zambia

Serengeti National Park - Tanzania

Gorongosa National Park - Mozambique

Frequently Asked Questions about Luxury Safaris in Africa

Which reserves are Malaria-free in South Africa?

All game reserves in Madikwe, the Pilanesberg and the Eastern Cape are malaria-free. go there.

What is an Unabridged Birth Certificate?

Anyone who wanting to travel from or to South Africa with a child under the age of 18 years - parents who are travelling with their child but not their spouse and those who wish to send their child on a trip accompanied by someone other than… go there.

Is there electricity at the safari lodges?

Electricity in Botswana, Kenya, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe and in most of the continent is 220/240 volts. Most safari lodges and camps are not connected to an electrical supply. Solar lighting (backed up by batteries)… go there.

How does the weather influence a safari?

While a safari holiday can be at any time of year, it is worth noting that seasonality will impact the type of experience you’re likely to have as well as the cost of your safari. During the dry season, the wildlife tends to congregate… go there.

Can I bring my children along on a safari?

Family safaris in Africa are a worthwhile and meaningful experience. Aside from spending quality time with your nearest and dearest under a wide blue African sky, a safari in Africa offers invaluable experiences including unique cultural… go there.

What are the visa requirements for travel through Africa?

South African travelers are exempt from obtaining visas for many African countries, however visa requirements are vastly different from country to country so it's strongly advised to do your research before travel to avoid disappointment. go there.

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