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Safari

Scenes of African safaris, the Serengeti, roaming elephants, lion prides, and wildebeest migrations against a fire orange sky are the images that have inspired numerous adventurers and explorers. Basing yourself at a bush lodge in Central or Southern Africa whilst touring out in jeeps or on foot to observe majestic wildlife and soaring landscapes is an incredible adventure not to missed.

Photographing the ‘big five – lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino’ is an experience you will savour forever. That first glimpse of a leopard creeping through the bush, an elephant herd feeding nearby to giraffes and zebra, or a group of lions relaxing at watering hole at sunset, these are spine tingling moments that will leave you elated and in awe. There are safari options to explore by vehicle, tracking on foot with a khaki-clad bush ranger guide, camel bound, or on horseback. In addition to the big five in Africa, there are numerous other opportunities around the world to explore, including safaris in places like India and Nepal where you can search for tigers, bear, chinkaras, wolf and barking deer.  

Ensure you consider places like Botswana, Zambia and Namibia along with the more famous locations in South Africa and Kenya. These are really immersion experiences and one you will never forget. Different operations offer varying degrees of comfort from bare-bones simplicity to super luxurious, but generally all involve a fair degree of creature comforts to ensure you have quality down-time when not viewing the wildlife.

There is such a vast array of safari experiences around the world for you to witness wild animals and birdlife in their natural environment, enjoying the serenity and majesty of the incredible landscapes, so spend time enjoying the search for your next adventure and highlight destination, then go and explore!

Ability

No specific ability or skills required, just a sense of discovery and adventure. Most safaris are low physical impact, and you will be seated in a vehicle/jeep. There are specific safaris that are walking based (or can include a component of foot tracking and viewing) and these will require the ability to walk comfortably for the duration of the activity. Individual lodges or camps can provide more detail on what is required for the exact trip and activity you are looking for.

Gear Required

Generally all you need is comfortable travel footwear and clothing, while being prepared for evening/overnight temperature drops, and daytime hot weather. Always prepare for rain events and sun protection is vitally important (hat, sunscreen, sunglasses). High quality camera equipment and binoculars will help you to spot the wildlife and capture the memories to take home as photos.

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exploreGO Top Destinations

  • Bush safari in or near Kruger National Park searching for the ‘big five’
  • Walking safari in Kenya, guided by Masai trackers, utilizing camels and camping out
  • Marine safari at Fundu Lagoon Tanzania
  • South African private game reserve, staying in luxurious bush lodges and roaming the reserve
  • Staying in a forest lodge in Rwanda, and traveling to see the elusive mountain gorillas
  • Exploring Bandhavgarh National Park, India searching for big cats, and staying in luxury lodges
  • Based at an eco-lodge near Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve, Malawi
  • Exploring the 450,000 acres of untouched nature in the Okavango Delta, Botswana by horseback
  • Zambian walking safari, camping along the Luwi River in the Luangwa Valley

Best time to travel

The dates below are generalities, and each season can vary greatly depending on drought and migratory patterns.  

South Africa – Places like Kruger National Park are at their prime from June to September when the weather is cooler and dry.

Uganda - Best visited from December to March, or June - September when it is predominantly dry.

Botswana - June through September is the best time to go to places like the Okavango Delta as there is little chance of rain and the weather is still nice and warm during the day.

Tanzania - The best general game viewing is during the June to October dry season, but the best time for the Serengeti wildebeest migration is between November and August, with February to March being particularly impressive.

Kenya - The best wildlife viewing months are during the dry season from late June to October. The wildebeest migration usually reaches the Masai Mara in July and remains until October when they move back to the Serengeti in Tanzania.

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exploreGO Top Tips:

  • Consider combining your safari experience in at least two different locations to see different animals and varying landscapes. A private game reserve is always a good choice as the operators are super passionate about their local environment and the flora and fauna within. This is also a great way to connect with locals and learn about their way of life.

  • Make sure you have good long range camera gear and binoculars. At least a 200mm lens, but if you’re serious about your photography, a 400mm lens is portable enough, and will give you great depth of field shots. A good set of low light binoculars is imperative for dawn/dusk viewing.
  • Take enough cash to buy what you need, pay porters/local guides, transport etc. Often access to ATM’s is very limited, and cash still talks to get the things you need.

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