The African Safari is one of the most sought-after experiences for travellers around the world but many wonder as to the best destination in Africa for a safari.
Where to Experience Your African Safari
The African SafariThe African Safari is one of the most sought-after experiences for travellers around the world but many wonder as to the best destination in Africa for a safari.
Celebrated on screen and in print the African safari is the lifetime dream of many people around the world. Stories of lions and elephants have fascinated and enthralled children for generations and bred a desire in many to experience the land of these stories.
The horrors of human conflict in Africa, although widely reported and sometimes over-dramatised, do not quell the desire of experiencing the Africa of dreams. Strange as it may sound these horrors very often add to the intrigue that is Africa by painting a landscape of untamed attractions.
Where to Safari in Africa?
The question of where to safari in Africa has been asked countless times of travel consultants and guides - guests obviously wanting the best experience available. The question can be answered in a number of ways.
What are you expecting to see on your African Safari? Often guests have the idea that merely booking an African safari will provide lions around every corner, herds of elephants on demand and tribal warriors roaming the plains. These expectations are often the result of watching wildlife documentaries on television where two years of filming is edited into an hour screen time.
Only the Big FiveNothing can be guaranteed in Africa but if wildlife is the sole expectation then a safari to one of the private reserves bordering the Kruger National Park will probably be the best bet. Places such as Mala Mala, Londolozi and Singita have become household names in the luxury safari market - for their wildlife and for the standard of service and comfort in the lodges.
The concept of the big five, an old hunting term, was brought into the photographic safari vocabulary from the private reserves in South Africa and all these places pride themselves on the legend of the big 5 - and being able to provide sightings of all five, lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino, during the guests stay.
If the safari expectations include wildlife and culture then a safari to one of the East African Parks such as the Masai Mara in Kenya or the Serengeti in Tanzania would be the place to visit for not only is the wildlife viewing spectacular but the Maasai culture is one of the most fascinating on the continent.
Looking for Something off the Beaten Track?There are many new and exciting safari destinations opening up in Africa to satisfy the needs of those travellers wanting something new. Places such as southern Tanzania, northern Mozambique and Zambia are relatively unknown safari destination and yet they provide as spectacular a safari as the better known destinations.
What sets these new destinations apart is that they are relatively undeveloped, allowing for a feeling of true wilderness. It is often asked why these areas are not better known if they have such spectacular wildlife - the answer lies in the economic development of the countries concerned. Funds were not available to develop the tourism of the wilderness areas, however in recent years the economies have improved, funding has become available and the world is learning of the new frontiers.