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Your Guide to the Best African Safari

With its diversity of extraordinary wildlife, mesmerizing lands, cultures and cuisines, it’s no surprise Africa ranks high on travel wish lists.  At a time when popular destinations are challenged by over-tourism, Africa has more than enough room.  From iconic to emerging destinations, we’ve compiled a guide to help you choose the best African safari.   

 

New Flights = Exciting Trip Combos


Having trouble figuring out flights? No worries!  More direct and nonstop flights from the US to South Africa and Kenya have made it easier to reach Africa.  Plus, better interconnecting flights between a multitude of top safari destinations have created new trip pairings for those looking to maximize their time. 

Recommended Safari for Contrasts: We know the best ways to fly around the continent. On our Enchanting East Africa journey, experience game drives on the grassy plains of Kenya, plane hop to Tanzania’s Serengeti, and relax at a blissful retreat on spice island of Zanzibar.
 

Southern Africa for FOMO & First-timers


There’s a reason South Africa draws first-time and repeat visitors—with its Big Five safari experiences and a welcoming Rainbow Nation of diverse cultures, it’s ideal for anyone seeking variety.  The coastal capital of Cape Town dazzles with food, art and architecture, while just a road trip away the winelands of Constantia, Franschhoek and Stellenbosh lure visitors for their grapes as much as their incredible restaurants and art scene.   Bursting with wildlife, and malaria-free, South Africa’s game reserves boast some of the most luxurious safari lodges. They’re also in close proximity to Zambia’s Victoria Falls and Chobe National Park in Botswana, in case you need to pack it in for that FOMO traveler.  

Recommended Safari for the Highlights: Southern Explorer is our most popular adventure for good reason! It combines the best of Cape Town, a safari in Kruger National Park and the thunderous majesty of Victoria Falls.
 

Make Travel Matter in Kenya


We‘ve found our guests are setting out with a greater sense of purpose, seeking profound experiences with a positive impact on communities and wildlife.  Kenya offers one of the best places to make a difference, whether it’s engaging with wildlife through an elephant rehabilitation or rhino tracking program, to experiencing the singing wells tradition of the Samburu tribe during the dry season when their warriors chant while collecting water for their livestock. 

Recommended Safari to Give Back:  Captivating Kenya is a great itinerary to engage in Kenya’s conservation story. 
 

Adventure seekers will love Namibia


For adventurous travelers looking to explore the world’s remote and uncrowded corners—there’s no place like Namibia. The diversity of this country is revealed through an evocative exploration of the Skeleton coast desert and shipwreck strewn shorelines, to game drives showcasing the magnitude of wildlife like Cape fur seals, black-backed jackals,  brown hyenas and the largest cheetah populations in the world.  Don’t miss Damaraland, home to the largest free-roaming black rhino population in Africa and tracking these creatures with Save the Rhino Trust.   

Recommended Safari for Less Crowds: Deserts and Dunes of Namibia reveals awe-inspiring wonders on a flying safari. Explore the wildlife sanctuary of Etosha, the iconic red dunes of Sossusvlei, and the raw beauty of the Skeleton Coast.
 

Nature lovers head to Botswana


If you want to immerse yourself in nature, Botswana awaits. Home to thriving waterways and rich wildlife sanctuaries, the country offers an unmatched safari experience. Visit the Okavango Delta, see the desert-adapted creatures of the Kalahari region with its ancient baobabs, and don’t miss the Chobe National Park where elephants rule.  Open vehicle game drives, walking, mokoro (canoe) and boating safaris offer unique perspectives on this wild kingdom. Botswana is also considered the gold standard when it comes to sustainable ecotourism practices in Africa, which you’ll experience in luxury camps and lodges.  

Recommended Nature Safari:  Deltas, Rivers and Falls has the beauty of the Zambezi River, magnificent sunsets on the Chobe River and the intricacies of the Okavango Delta, culminating with a magnificent safari on Chief’s Island, home to Botswana’s richest wildlife concentration.
 

We Know Africa’s Islands


For sun lovers looking for an add-on to safari, Africa’s islands await.  Here’s our mini guide to some of the continent’s best beaches:
•    Mauritius: Its luxury resorts are a perfect complement to a Southern Africa safari.  
•    Seychelles: These famous islands are a haven for couples, fishing enthusiasts or families.  
•    Madagascar: More rustic, but epic in its beach, rainforest and wildlife experiences, the island is known as “the eighth continent” for its biodiversity.
•    Zanzibar:   An easier alternative to Seychelles with the same punch. The exotic spice island pairs well with Tanzania.   

Recommended beach safari: Magical Madagascar will steal your explorer’s heart. Five percent of the world’s wildlife, including its famous lemurs, and vegetation, from rainforests to prized orchids, are found only here. So go see it! Don’t miss the French-Malagasy welcome in the colorful capital Antananarivo.

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