If you crave an adventure that’s a little on the wild side, an African safari should be on your must-do list. The continent is home to an incredible array of wildlife and a network of national parks and private game reserves that allows you to view these magnificent beasts roaming wild and free.
Africa's famed ‘Big Five’: lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, and rhino can be found in parks across the continent, so choosing a safari destination comes down to the type of experiences you want to enjoy. Here is what you can expect from some of the most popular destinations, but wherever you choose, an Africa safari is a truly unforgettable experience.
If you’ve ever watched the movie Out of Africa and yearn to explore vast savannahs, head to Kenya where the movie (and the true story on which it was based) is set. Along with neighbouring Tanzania, Kenya is home to the Great Migration. Witness millions of wildebeest, zebras and antelope on their annual journey through the Maasai Mara National Reserve. Venture to Amboseli National Park and you’ll discover that Mt Kilimanjaro creates a stunning backdrop for your wildlife photos.
- Discover ancient tribal customs in a local Maasai village.
- Enjoy a hotel stay with a difference at Giraffe Manor.
Tanzania is home a number of world-class game-viewing areas including Serengeti National Park, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Tarangire National Park. The landscapes here are straight out of The Lion King with Africa’s tallest mountain, Mt Kilimanjaro, towering over the surrounding area. Wildlife is plentiful and you can witness the Great Migration as the herds move north towards Kenya.
- Discover the origins of mankind in Olduvai Gorge.
- Cool off with an idyllic beach break in Zanzibar.
In the far northwest corner of the country, where it borders Botswana, you’ll find Hwange National Park. Elephants are plentiful here as they are across much of Zimbabwe, while further north in Zambezi National Park you can cruise the river in search of hippos. Close proximity to the Victoria Falls make these parks especially popular.
- Best viewing spot for the Victoria Falls.
Nearly 40% of Botswana’s land area is designated as National Parks and Reserves or Wildlife Management Areas, so it’s unsurprising that the country is a favourite safari destination. Among the most popular spots are Chobe National Park and the Okavango Delta.
- Enjoy an authentic yet luxurious safari staying in remote fly-in camps.
A prestige safari destination for experienced travellers, South Luangwa National Park boasts one of the densest wildlife populations in Africa, so close-up sightings are virtually guaranteed.
- Walking safaris add an extra thrill to the safari experience.
South Africa is the perfect choice if you want to combine your safari adventure other experiences. While the Kruger area is the best known, you’ll find game reserves and safari opportunities across the entire country, which make self-drive holiday options especially popular here.
- Take in the view from Table Mountain and visit the Cape wineries.
As Africa specialists, Bench Africa offers a wide range of unique accommodation options and experiences. From city stays and wildlife safaris to honeymoons and luxury rail journeys, they can tailor your ideal Africa experience.