Discover the best Africa safaris and tours to Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania and other top Africa safari destinations. Safari tours in Africa has so much to offer; stunning scenery, friendly people, cultural treasures and idyllic beaches.
But above all else, it’s the safari lifestyle and wildlife that will draw you back, again and again. This famous quote by Richard Mullin is so very true: ‘The only man I envy, is the man who has not yet been to Africa – for he has so much to look forward to’. Once you go on your first Africa safari, Africa gets into your blood. You develop a deep desire to return to this magical continent.
Popular Africa Safaris Tours Experiences
1. Big 5 Safaris
If there is one thing Africa safari does better than anywhere else in the world, it is wildlife and there are few wildlife experiences that can beat the thrill of seeing Big 5.
The term Big 5 was coined during Africa’s colonial period, referring to what trophy hunters considered the most dangerous animals to hunt on foot. These animals (lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo and leopard)- are still commonly found throughout South, Southern and East Africa and their collective presence in a national park adds an exhilarating edge to your safari experience.
2. Great Migration Safaris
All over the world, natural phenomena happen, but very few can rival with the sheer size of the Great Migration through the Serengeti and Masai Mara. Up to 2 million animals follow the rains and their ancient instincts on a death-defying, 3 000km journey.
They undergo all manner of hardships as they move from place to place. They are often under attack from predators, none more so than from Africa’s big cats – lion, leopard and cheetah – and the huge crocodiles that lie in wait at various river crossing points. This is the Greatest Show on Earth.
3. Gorilla Trekking Tours
Gorilla trekking in Africa has been described as a life-changing experience.
Time spent with this fellow great ape is a humbling experience that has to be at the top of your bucket list Africa safaris experiences. Trekking takes place in a handful of places, adding a layer of exotic adventure to these safaris that is hard to match on any other itinerary.
The sad fact is that African gorillas are on the brink of extinction. We’re proud to support gorilla trekking tourism that contributes directly to protecting rainforest habitats and conserving wild gorillas.
4. Chimpanzee Trekking
Seeing chimpanzees – our closest genetic ancestors – in their natural habitat is a humbling wildlife experience. Chimps are more active than gorillas, and a trek to find them can be challenging. Once found, expect a fascinating encounter as they play, mate and care for their babies.
And if you are very lucky, you may hear them pant-hooting – a truly evocative sound. Some fortunate visitors can witness chimpanzees hunting monkeys.
5. Safari and Beach
An African safaris and beach holiday combination offers you you the very best Africa has to offer: unique wildlife and incomparable beaches.
Sleeping in African bush to the sound of heyenas and waking before the sunrise to track rhinos, elephant, leopards, and buffalo, and maybe even witness a lion kill, is an encounter like no other. But, early mornings can take their toll. What better way to relax than on a tropical African beach and chill under your umbrella with a book and your favourite beverage in hand …
Africa is possibly the most romantic continent on earth. It offers everything from endless starlit skies and dramatic landscapes. Then there is the superb wildlife viewing, the stuff you would only normally see on National Geographic right there in front of you. Add to that the beautiful Indian Ocean beaches and welcoming people, and the scene for your honeymoon is all set.
8. Luxury Safari
African safaris vacations started in the Golden Age of luxury travel and the ideals of that era are still very much alive. Luxury safaris in Africa feature warm, personal service, fine dining, and quality creature comforts, all delivered in some of the world’s wildest settings.
Unlike most places on Earth, Africa still has vast and virtually unexplored tracts of wilderness and offers a variety of unforgettable adventure activities. Some of the best Africa adventure safari activities include climbing the continent’s tallest mountain, cycling tours, rafting on the world’s longest river, bungee jumping, horseback safaris, walking safaris and much more.
10. Bird Watching
With over 2,700 species of bird, Africa offers some of the best birding tours in the world. Birds are an integral part of the landscape in Africa. And many leading African safari destinations has a checklist of over 1000 bird species. These include Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania.
11. Cultural Safari
As well as outstanding natural beauty and wildlife, Africa has a strong cultural heritage to discover. Africa is where the first humans evolved!
The continent is strewn with sites of archaeological, historical and religious significance and with rural people still honoring their age-old traditions and cultural practices.
kenya africa safaris and Holidays
Kenya safaris and tours takes you to the historical home of East African safaris, a land of vast savannah grasslands dotted by charismatic megafauna, including the Big Five animals, the Big Cats and More. You can explore breathtaking landscapes including semi deserts, dense forest, snow-capped mountain, Rift Valley lakes and tropical Indian Ocean coast.
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If your dream seeing wild gorillas, Uganda is is one of the best places to visit. Apart from gorilla trekking tours, there are a variety of other things to do in Uganda, including amazing chimpanzee trekking and chimpanzee habituation experiences, bird watching of more than 1090 bird species, wildlife game viewing in savannah parks. Uganda is especially scenic and has a lot to offer to people with a keen interest in natural history and those who enjoy active Africa safaris holidays.
africa safaris tanzania
Tanzania is possibly the best Africa safari destinations. Wildlife viewing here is out of this world. All members of the Big 5 and Big Cats can be found in various Tanzanian safari parks, and all are present in Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater. Nearly 40% of the country is set aside for conservation, which means that it is easy to go on a safari in Tanzania for two full weeks and drive from park to park while rarely leaving the bush.
Africa Safaris Tours To Rwanda
Rwanda offers gorilla trekking in the Virunga Mountains, a place Dian Fossey researched and habituated gorilla in the 1960s. While a gorilla trek is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure, the country offers a variety of other things to do. And if a gorilla safari is beyond your budget, Rwanda is still worth visiting as an up-and-coming destination offering primate walks, volcano hikes and bird watching and classic safaris in search of the Big 5 in Akagera.
FAQs About Africa Safaris and Tours
1. Why should I Go a Safari in Africa?
There are many reasons to go a safari tour in Africa.
- Africa safaris offer an unforgettable experience that will leave you with cherished memories.
- The beauty of Africa wilderness areas, the thrill of wildlife encounters, and the warmth of African hospitality combine to create an adventure of a lifetime.
- An African safari is a chance to escape the fast pace of the modern world. You will retreat to a simpler, more peaceful way of life, reconnecting with the daily rhythms of nature.
- The wildlife experiences in Africa are unforgettable. Who can ever forget their first sighting of a gorilla in the wild or roar of a lion under a glittering night sky?
- Also by participating in a safari in Africa, you contribute to preserving wildlife habitats and supporting local communities (who are vital role players in wildlife conservation).
2. Where Is The Best Place For A Safari In Africa?
The best place to go on safari in Africa depends on what kind of animals you would like to see and what other activities you would like to do in destination. The most popular safari countries include Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, and Namibia.
3. What wildlife can I expect to see?
One of the many highlights of an Africa cab is to encounter some of Africa’s iconic wildlife. Some places host the primates (gorillas, chimpanzees, and monkeys) and other places the Big 5 (lions, elephants, rhinos, buffaloes and leopards), as well as species such as giraffes, cheetahs, zebras, and wildebeest and wild dogs. Casual and serious bird watchers will enjoy ticking off an abundance of bird species.
4. Am I guaranteed to see animals on safari?
While we cannot guarantee you will see all the Big 5 animals, you would have to be extremely unlucky to see no African animals at all. On our African safari trips, you will explore some of the best game parks in the world. These protected areas are filled with a huge variety of different wildlife species and your expert driver guide will help you spot animals.
5. What is the best month to go on an African safari?
The best time of year for most Africa safaris is the Dry season. This is when the bush is less dense, and the wildlife is drawn to waterholes. Generally the wildlife is easier to find and see at this time. The Dry season means bright sunny days, and cooler nights.
Of course, as the Dry season is peak safari season, there are more travelers and prices are higher. Dry season generally falls from May to June to September to October.
You may also wish to consider going during the Wet season or Emerald season. Though it may rain, often the showers are short downpours and then the sun comes back out again. It can be much cheaper to travel then, the bush is lush and green, and this is the breeding season for many of the animals.
6. How much does a safari to Africa cost?
Safari in African costs anywhere between $125 and $1,500 per person per night. A budget African safari averages $150 per night, mid-range $350 and luxury $750. The extreme top-safaris can easily go up to $1,500 per night, or more!
7. What age is best for safari in Africa?
Let us know your ages of your children so we can advise on the best child-friendly lodges and experiences. Some lodges have age restrictions, but well-behaved children over 8 are usually permitted, although some lodges only allow children older than 12. Please be considerate of your fellow guests, as noisy children can disrupt their holiday.
There is no upper age limit on safaris. Please let us know your age and fitness level for safaris involving any form of physical exercise (such as bush walking or gorilla trekking). We will then suggest options that suit you. The minimum age for gorilla trekking is usually 15, and for chimpanzee trekking is 12.
8. What should I pack for safari in Africa?
Light clothes in neutral colours is the best African safari attire (dark colours will get hot in the sun and can attract the Tsetse fly). You will also want a sun hat, some good hiking shoes, a camera, sunscreen and bug spray. For more details, check out our ultimate packing guide.
9. What is internet and phone access like on safari?
Many hotels and campsites in Africa have Wi-Fi, however, Internet and phone access may be limited in more remote areas. But you will not miss internet when you are watching a pride of lions prowl through long grass or enjoying a drink around the campfire with your group.
10. Do I need to purchase trip insurance?
We strongly recommend that you purchase this insurance to protect your travel investment. Travel insurance can offer financial protection for trip cancellation and interruption, as well as assistance should you require medical treatment while traveling or encounter travel delays or baggage loss.