Are you looking for an epic wild adventure? A safari across the African continent is unparalleled in providing an up close and personal relationship with nature and its wildlife. From the beautiful landscape to the amazing animals that call Africa home, this captivating continent offers endless exploration opportunities and a thrilling adventurous experience.

If you’re the intrepid explorer type looking for an experience that promises thrills, excitement and a true appreciation for the African environment, let’s take a look at what you can expect from a wild adventure throughout this majestic continent.

Overview of African Safari  

The term “safari” is a Kiswahili word meaning “to travel” and this is exactly what it’s all about: travel to explore the African countryside and its incredible wildlife. On an African safari, participants get the chance to explore various parts of the continent, observe amazing wildlife in its natural habitat, learn about the culture and customs of the people and take in the awe-inspiring surroundings of the African landscape.

An African safari can be tailored to one’s individual needs and interests. From short day trips to multi-day excursions and camping, there is something to suit every taste and budget. Safari expeditions typically include accommodation, transportation, sightseeing, and a qualified guide to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.

Popular Countries for African Safari  

Africa is a huge continent, comprised of 54 countries and divided into four subregions which span the African continent. On an African safari, you can explore five of the continent’s most popular destinations: Tanzania, Kenya, South Africa, Botswana and Zambia.

  1. Tanzania:
    Tanzania is known for its abundance of wildlife, vast landscape of grasslands and impressive mountain ranges. Home to such iconic attractions like the Serengeti plain and the majestic Ngorongoro crater, visitors to Tanzania can look forward to an array of thrilling experiences. Visit during the annual wildebeest migration or the calving season to see unprecedented wildlife interactions, or take a guided game drive to see Africa’s best wildlife spotting.

  2. Kenya: Kenya is Africa’s most popular safari destination, thanks to its array of incredible wildlife parks and reserves. On a Kenya safari, visitors can view the “big five” – elephants, lions, rhinos, leopards and buffalo- in their natural habitat. The Maasai Mara, Amboseli and Tsavo National Parks are some of the highlights for any wildlife enthusiast. Visit in the migration season when wildebeest and zebra blanket the landscape.

  3. South Africa:
    South Africa, with its diverse landscape, has something for every type of traveler. Aside from its magnificent wildlife reserves, this country is home to the incredible Garden Route, stunning coastal towns, winelands and mountains. Aside from the wildlife viewing and stunning landscapes, look forward to experiencing the vibrant nightlife of Cape Town or traversing on safari tours like walking trails and horseback rides.

  4. Botswana:
    Botswana is best known for its expansive desert, beautiful wetlands, and abundant wildlife. On a Botswana safari, you will find the chance to observe some of Africa’s most iconic species, like the endangered African wild dog and the highly sought-after cheetah. Elephant safaris, horseback and walking trails, and canoeing excursions are some of the more unique ways of exploring this incredible country.

  5. Zambia:
    Zambia is home to some of Africa’s most untouched scenery and will offer participants an incredibly raw and authentic safari experience. With its 16 national parks and wild areas, visitors can look forward to viewing massive herds of buffalo along the Luangwa river or take a glimpse at the endangered species of the South Luangwa National Park, like the Black Rhino. Kayaking, morning and night game drives, canoeing and walking safaris are some of the highlights available.

What Type of Activities Are Happening During a Safari  

The type and number of activities offered by African safari operators varies from country to country. Generally, expect to take part in activities such as game drives (morning and night game drives), wildlife viewing, bird watching, lion tracking, village visits, camping, hot air ballooning, and canoeing, horseback and walking trails.

A Guide to Finding the Best Safari Deals  

The cost of a safari package can greatly vary, depending on the type of tour, length of stay and chosen country. To find the best deals, there are a few steps you can take:

  1. Research Safari Operators: Doing your research on safari operators is the first step in finding a trusted, reliable and affordable tour. Look at customer reviews on the company’s website, or browse forums to get an accurate understanding of their services and safari packages.

  2. Decide When to Travel: The time of year when you travel to Africa can affect the cost of your trip. For example, mid-month or off-peak travel should be cheaper compared to travelling during peak seasons.

  3. Consider Accommodation: Accommodation for a safari often accounts for a huge portion of the overall cost. If you’re travelling on a budget, it’s better to opt for camping trips or smaller lodges, rather than more expensive accommodation.

  4. Compare Different Packages: With so many agencies and safari operators out there, make sure to compare different safari packages so you can find the best deal.

  5. Use A Travel Agent: Travel agents are experts in finding the best deals for holidays and offer great value for money. They use their industry contacts to get discounts and exclusive packages, so it’s always worth consulting a travel agent to make the most of lower costs and better packages.

What to Pack for Your Safari?  

To make the most of your safari, it’s important to make sure that you’re well-equipped with the basics. Here’s a list of essentials to pack before your wild adventure:

  1. Clothing: Make sure you pack lightweight, comfortable clothing that can be layered, as temperatures in Africa can fluctuate dramatically. It’s always a good idea to bring waterproofs and long-sleeved shirts and trousers for protection against mosquitoes. It’s also essential to bring a hat and sunscreen for protection from the sun.

  2. Footwear: Comfortable and sturdy footwear is essential for a safari, as much walking and exploring is expected. It’s also important to make sure you have an extra pair of shoes or sandals in case your main shoes get wet.

  3. Camera: A camera is a must to capture all the amazing wildlife and landscapes you will likely encounter. Cables, spare batteries, and chargers should also be taken.

  4. Bags: Your main bag should be a comfortable and lightweight body daypack that can be easily carried around. For sturdier items like camera lenses and bottles, it’s best to get a functional material belt bag or rucksack.

  5. Mosquito Repellent: Mosquitoes can still be a nuisance in certain parts of Africa. Pack a reliable, insect-repellent spray and a few plug-in mosquito repellents.

Experience Epic Adventures and Unforgettable Wildlife Encounters in Africa  

An African safari is an overwhelming experience that will stay with you forever. The sights, sounds, and adventures will bring a unique appreciation for Africa’s natural beauty and the awe-inspiring animals that call this continent home.

So what are you waiting for? Pack your bag and let’s go for an epic adventure into the African wild!