The Top African Safari Destinations!

I hope you enjoyed my Top Ten safari destinations, and maybe you disagreed with some of them?  Of course. it’s all subjective and why didn’t I include Etosha? Or Mana Pools or Kruger?

The truth is there’s just too many great places to go on safari in Africa and so much depends on what you want to see, how you want to travel and whether the most wildlife, the fewest people or a mix of culture, scenery and animals is most important to you.  And don’t try to fit too many destinations into one trip, you could fit three of my Top Ten into a safari to Northern Tanzania, but trying to combine East Africa and Southern Africa is just too much unless you have a momth free and even then spending much more than two weeks actually on a regular safari is enough for most people.  If you have enough time and money at your disposal, breaking up your long safari with other actitivities such as mountain trekking, time at the coast or gorilla trekking, makes a good change.

Wherever you go, get expert advice, plan it well and just do it – you’ll have  memories to last a lifetime!

Contact us at  info@journeyintoafrica.com for help in planning your perfect safari.  Bespoke safaris arranged for from 1 to 14 people – the options, and opportunities, are endless!

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Masai Morani crossing the plains in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

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Where should I go on safari?

This is probably the question I get asked most, swiftly followed by  ‘and at what time of the year?’

The truth is, it depends on what you want from your safari, when you are able to go, and inevitably, how much money you want to spend.  The answer will be different if you’ve been on safari before, and whether you want to combine a safari with other areas and activities – the coast or Victoria Falls for instance.

But if the safari is the prime driver, to me there are two countries that stand out above all others: Tanzania and Botswana.  Yes, if you want mountain gorillas you must go to either Uganda or Rwanda, if you want vineyards or cage diving with great white sharks head for South Africa, for game walks and great chances of good leopard sightings Zambia is renowned and for spectacular desert scenery try Namibia, but for the whole safari experince I believe Botswana and Tanzania have the edge.

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Botswana offers great predator viewing, including good chances for the endangered wild dog, huge numbers of  elephants, varied safari activities and a pristine safari experience.  You can take game drives, including night drives in some areas, boat trips on the Chobe, Kwando and Linyanti Riverr, dug-out canoes in the Okavango Delta, and experience game walks in many areas.  It can also be combined easily with the fantastic Victoria Falls and South  Africa.  Good infrastructure and mainly small, high quality camps, easily accessed by light aircraft make for no long drives and safaris easily arranged for as few as two people.  Botswana is at its best, (with high prices to match) during the dry season from June to October.

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Tanzania on the other hand has the greatest density of large animals probably anywhere on earth; this is the country to see the huge herds of migrating wildebeest, zebra and gazelle, which in turn attract many predators particularly lion, cheetah, leopard, hyena and jackal.  The scenery of northern Tanzania is also hugely varied, from the bulks of Mts Kilimanjaro and Meru, across the Masai Steppe into the Rift Valley, over the Ngorongoro Crater Highlands and down onto the Serengeti Plains, and driving one way of this circuit gives a great insight into the country and its people.

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There’s no doubt though that Tanzania is becoming a more popular destination, so if you want to get away from the bulk of other visitors, and experience the magnificent wildlife, scenery and cultures of Tanzania in the best way, you need to plan your safari right.  Tanzania is at its best from December to March and from the end of May to October, but the recommended itinerary will be very different depending on the time of the year.

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For more help on planning your personal, perfect safari, get in touch at:

andrew@journeyintoafrica.com

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