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How to Choose your Safari


Safari Vehicle and African Bush Elephant, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
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When you plan an African safari, there are a number of things you need to consider, from the animals you want to see, the best time to go on safari; and what kind of safari you would like to experience; luxury, tented, mobile, budget camping -- there are plenty of options.

If you have questions about planning your safari, you can see all my safari articles here. If you are interested in booking a bespoke luxury safari in Africa you can also contact me to discuss your options.

Mammals, Birds or Reptiles

The first thing you need to do is decide which animals you want to see.


Adventure Safaris

Next you need to decide just how close you want to get. If you're not satisfied viewing wildlife from a 4x4 vehicle, there are plenty of alternative options available.


  • Elephant Safari
    The best offer I can find for an elephant back safari is at Abu Camp in the Okavango Delta, Botswana. There are some elephant rides available in Zimbabwe but not an entire safari. Since elephants generally crash through the bush you may not see a lot of game, but the experience of sitting high up on this great beast would be worth it.


  • Walking Safari
    If you are fit and appreciate an adrenalin rush, then go on a walking safari. The Guides are extremely knowledgeable and being on foot will enable you to get truly close to experiencing the sights, smells and sounds of the African bush.


  • Mountain Bike Safari
    An excellent option for cycling enthusiasts, the bike safari offers excitement, flexibility and exercise!


  • Canoeing Safari
    Floating along the Zambezi River among the hippos and crocodiles; camping under the stars and listening to lions roar deep in to the night; seeing elephants cross the river trunks held high - that in a nutshell was my canoeing safari experience. Magical.


  • Balloon Safari
    Not for the budget-conscious, but a balloon safari is a once in a lifetime experience and several large National Parks offer this popular option. The best place for it has to be the Serengeti Plains watching the annual migration of Wildebeest. You will be pleased to note that all balloon flights include champagne.


  • Camel Safari
    The good thing about a camel safari is that your guides are likely to be local tribesmen. Less gainly than a horse, a camel is nevertheless a fun and relaxing animal to ride and there is something romantic about camping next to your steed at night. You can enjoy camel safaris in many African countries including: Kenya, Tanzania, Mali, Tunisia, and Namibia.


  • Horse Riding Safari
    You can race zebras and antelope on horseback - what fun! A great way to experience the African bush but you have to be quite fit and an experienced rider to enjoy these safaris.


  • Hunting Safari
    If you wish to travel to Africa and shoot with a gun rather than a camera, there are lots of options available. For the right price you are guaranteed a trophy of your choice for your living room wall.


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