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Top 10 Tips While Considering Your Safari Destination

Top 10 Tips to Choosing Your Safari Destination

Top 10 Tips While Considering Your Safari Destination

You’ve convinced yourself to take the next step from merely considering a trip to Africa, but the process of actually planning such a trip can be overwhelming and rife with uncertainty. Let our experts at The Africa Adventure Company provide you essential tips to ensure that you will have an “Adventure of a Lifetime.”

Our tips will enable you to immerse yourself in an optimal blend of wildlife, scenery, cultural experiences, accommodations and miscellaneous activities.

#10 – If This Is Your First Trip…

We would highly recommend visiting the Eastern African countries of Tanzania and Kenya. The two countries feature the open Savannah plains ecosystem of the Serengeti and the Masai Mara. Each will provide opportunities to see the migration and view Mount Kilimanjaro. IF you have more time, we’d recommend venturing to the more remote national parks of Ruaha and Selous in Southern Tanzania.

#9 – If This Is Not Your First Trip…

If this is not your first safari, we’d advise you to consider visiting Southern Africa (Botswana, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Namibia) next. But if you liked Tanzania and Kenya so much the first time, there’s nothing stopping you from going again!

What’s more, if you have 2 weeks or more, there’s no reason you shouldn’t see both! Regardless of your decision, each region will provide a diverse array of opportunities to game view, savor pristine wilderness and immerse yourself in numerous different cultural encounters.

#8 – Types of Scenery

Top 10 Tips to Choosing Your Safari Destination

Eastern Africa is best known for its background scenery, most notably Mt. Kilimanjaro and the open Mara Plains and the Great African Rift Valley.

In Southern Africa, the opportunities are more varied but just as enchanting. In South Africa, consider the unparalleled natural setting of Cape Town, with its landmarks of Table Mountain and harbor. In Zimbabwe, make the time to see Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the world. In Botswana, savor the unique waters of the inland Okavango Delta and Zambezi. Lastly, witness the dramatic dunes and coast of Namibia.

#7 – A More Sophisticated Stay

If you’d like to indulge yourself with finer accommodations, better food and higher levels of service visit one of South Africa’s private game reserves along the borders of Kruger. Such quality is not exclusive to these reserves, but wherever it’s pricier, know that you’re afforded not only better quality amenities, but likely better game viewing and increased privacy. These sort of accommodations work well for those who experience a little trepidation about traveling to Africa.

#6 – Tribal Culture

Top 10 Tips to Choosing Your Safari Destination

The best cultural activities and exposure to native people are found in Tanzania and Ethiopia, southern Botswana, and northern frontier of Namibia.  While on safari, you have the choice to go beyond game viewing and go interact with nearby tribal people and villagers within and beyond national parks.

#5 –Boating and Ballooning

Top 10 Tips to Choosing Your Safari Destination

Boating, whether slithering through the reeds of the Okavango Delta on a mokoro, paddling along Zambezi River’s edge in a canoe, or experience a sunset cruise, is a great way to view wildlife and scenery.

Even better, we’d suggest exploring the wonders of Africa’s most amazing areas above the canopy within a hot air balloon! Set sail over the world’s tallest sand dune on an exploration safari around Namibia, or over the endless plains of the Serengeti.

#4 – Hiking and Walking Adventures

For the active adventurist, hiking safaris through the “bush” are an incomparable way experience the great African wilderness even more intimately. You’ll find the best quality trips offered in Zimbabwe and Kenya. If you’re particularly daring, consider summiting Mt. Kilimanjaro. As an added bonus, certain walking safaris will allow you luxury tenting under the stars!  The Ultimate hiking adventure is perhaps gorilla trekking with 4 destinations open for visitors in Bwindi, Volcanoes, Virunga and Odzala.

#3 – Best All-Around Holiday

If all these aspects are appealing, but you only have so much time to spend on holiday, we suggest South Africa. This country’s top-rated safaris makes it possible to see the Big Five in a relatively short period of time. You can also partake in a wide range of experiences, including hiking amongst wild flowers, whale watching, visiting Cape Town and shark diving.

#2 – Joining Project Researchers

Ultimately, the safari experience is a method to help curb the wanton decimation of Africa’s pristine wilderness and unique wildlife. Dispersed throughout Eastern and Southern Africa are a cadre of dedicated researchers and conservationists. For a Donation Fee, you can experience these efforts first hand. For example, the Serengeti Cheetah Project currently monitors cheetah populations within a 220 km2 area within the southern portion of the Serengeti National Park to assesse the challenges they face and proscribe solutions.

#1 – Call of the Wild

Most people travel to Africa to see the large, spectacular wildlife unique to this fascinating continent. If you’re dreaming about wide-open plains, animals as far as they eye can see, then set your sights on the Serengeti in Tanzania or the Okavango Delta in Botswana.

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