Traditional (Mobile) Tented SafariA mobile camp is one that will travel with you as you move from location to location. Camp is often set up for you in advance and at the luxury end of the scale, will come complete with hot showers, gourmet food and plenty of servants to cater to your needs. If you wish to follow in Hemingway's footsteps this is the safari for you. Mobile safaris also enable you to get to the more remote parts of the African bush.
Guided SafariYou will usually travel in a group often using 4x4 vehicles or overland trucks. The itineraries will be set on a day by day schedule which you will know in advance and includes meals, lodging and activities. A tour guide will stay with you to coordinate and manage the trip. A guided safari is wonderful if you are looking for a relatively hassle free trip. They are often well researched, the guides are very well informed and it can make travel possible in some of the more remote parts of Africa.
Taga Safari: Offers an excellent guided safari in Malawi.
Explore Tanzania: A good example of a 7 day guided moderately priced tour.
Botswana Explorer: Luxury guided tour includes the best parks of Botswana and a night at the Victoria Falls.
Package SafariSimilar to a guided safari, a package tour offers a set itinerary with lodging and meals included, but you do not travel in a group. Your bookings are made for you in advance so you don't have the hassle of planning your trip but other than that you are an independent operator. A package safari is a good option for first time travellers to Africa and those on a budget since they are often a little cheaper.
Kenya Discovery Tour: 8 Day package to Kenya's prime wildlife parks.
Northern Tanzania: A 2 week tour of national Parks and a climb up Mount Kilimanjaro.
The Luangwa Explorer Safari: The best of South Luangwa National Park in Zambia including a walking safari.
Independent (Self-Drive) SafariYou basically plan your own trip, rent a car and drive yourself through whichever game park you choose! It is a good idea to research and perhaps copy some itineraries that are to your liking. Parks and Reserves are often in very remote locations so always bring an extra supply of food, water and gasoline. It is worth using a travel agent or tour operator to help you book your lodges and rent your vehicle in advance. Self-drive safaris are great in South Africa, Botswana and Namibia but countries like Malawi and Zambia really lack the infrastructure, petrol and even roads to make this a good option. Unless your idea of a fun drive includes dodging potholes the size of trucks, strolling people, goats and dogs it may be better to go with a tour.
Wildlife Africa: Self-drive tours in South Africa.
Namibian.Org: See Namibia in your own time and at your own speed.
Safari Drive: Covers Safari-drives in several African countries and highlights Kenya.
Fly-In SafariFor the ultimate convenience charter operators can now fly you directly to a game park. Fly-in safari's enable you to visit reserves and parks that are inaccessible by road, offering a true adventure in to the wilderness as it were. Flying around obviously saves you travel time on the ground and allows you to not waste a second of wildlife viewing fun.
Fly-in safaris options throughout East and Southern Africa.
Skeleton Coast, Namibia: Experience shipwrecks in the desert, it's a little eerie but fascinating at the same time. Not a lot of wildlife viewing on this tour.
Over the Waters of Africa is a unique flying safari hosted by bush pilot Tim Lapage.
Botswana Fly-in safaris: A good way to get around quickly and some of the best camps are only accessible by air.