Take a walk on the wild side on an African safari.
The word “safari” means “journey” in Swahili. And a safari in Africa is all about the journey. While seeing a leopard munch on a freshly caught gazelle or spying a curious lion cub venture away from its mother’s protective embrace will be highlights of your trip, you’ll discover the journey is as much a part of your trip as the destination.
The road-trip games you play with your new travel mates, the feeling of the wind (and maybe a little dust) in your hair when you’re travelling down long, winding roads, and the young Maasai boy who waved at you as you passed him along the road will stay with you long after you return.
Our African safari tours
Tour through Johannesburg, Maun, Chobe, the Okavango Delta and Victoria Falls on a ten...
Roam the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater, camp beside Lake Victoria and spot Africa's...
Encounter the wildlife of Kenya and Uganda on this 16-day adventure including a gorilla...
Spend 18 days exploring Botswana, South Africa, Zimbabwe with included safari...
Join Intrepid for a rollicking nine-day safari adventure through Hwange National Park,...
Experience the beauty of the Ngorongoro and Serengeti, Usambara Mountains and Zanzibar...
Go deep in East Africa on this 27-day trip including Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Zanzibar.
Crossing the border from Cape Town, South Africa, head towards Windhoek to encounter...
Experience Kenyan wildlife on an eight day trip travelling from Nairobi to Lake...
Uncover Kenya and Tanzania on a 15-day trip with Serengeti safaris, Ngorongoro, Nakuru,...
Visit Africa and travel through Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe on a tour from Windhoek...
Explore diverse southern Africa on this nine-day adventure, including Kruger National...
Discover the unique and contrasting lands of Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and South...
Discover the culture, wildlife and waterways of Botswana on this upgraded adventure...
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Travel through East Africa from Kenya to Tanzania, stopping at the Masai Mara, the...
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See Africa from Durban to Cape Town on a 14-day adventure. Tour the Hermanus Wine...
Travel from Zimbabwe to South Africa via Botswana. The Okavango and Beyond trip is the...
Jump onboard an exhilarating journey from Cape Town to Victoria Falls through the...
Hit the (dirt) road through Kenya and Tanzania. Safari in the Serengeti, Ngorongoro...
Step out onto the Serengeti and keep your eyes out for rhinos, lions, leopards and a...
Take a 30-day southern African adventure from Cape Town into Namibia, Botswana and...
Explore East Africa from Zanzibar's beaches to the roar of Victoria Falls, seeing...
Explore Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe on a 42-day trip including a...
Get a true taste of eastern Africa on a 12-day trip to Zanzibar, the Serengeti,...
Tour Africa's best from Kenya to Cape Town through Tanzania, Zanzibar, Malawi, Zimbabwe...
Discover East African wilderness and the animals that call it home on an adventure...
Take a 43-day trip through eastern Africa, via Victoria Falls, the Serengeti and...
Explore the wilds of East Africa on this 27-day trip from Nairobi to the Serengeti,...
Explore Tanzania on this nine-day trip travelling to Nairobi via the Serengeti and the...
See East Africa in 17 days including Victoria Falls, Matobo, South Luwanga, Lake Malawi...
Embrace the sights and sounds of Eastern Africa on this eye-opening trip from Stone...
Travel from the thundering Victoria Falls to the spice plantations of Zanzibar via...
Spend 27 days exploring the wonders, wildlife and tribal cultures of East Africa to...
Experience the ultimate African adventure on this 49-day tour including Kenya, Botswana...
The waterways of Botswana, the beaches of Zanzibar, the savannahs of the Serengeti and...
Take a 32-day tour through Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Botswana, Namibia and...
Travel through Rwanda and Uganda in search of natural beauty and the gentle mountain...
Explore Africa on a 40-day wildlife-rich adventure from Tanzania to South Africa while...
See Africa on this incredible overland adventure from South Africa to Tanzania. Soak up...
From Johannesburg to Botswana, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Lake Malawi and...
This 64-day journey with explores Southern Africa in detail including Botswana, Kenya,...
Travel the waterways of Botswana, the beaches of Zanzibar and the savannahs of the...
Africa Safari Highlights
Spot the Big 5 in South Africa
Go on safari through Kruger National Park, one of the largest game reserves in Southern Africa. This massive park is one of the premier safari spots in all of Africa and for good reason; it’s home to over 500 bird species, 100 species of reptile and 150 mammal species, including the Big Five and the endangered African wild dog.
Go gorilla trekking in Uganda
Venture deep into the steamy jungles of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in search of the rare mountain gorilla. With a local guide to lead you, you’ll trek into the forest to spend one unforgettable hour watching and hanging out with a family of gorillas. A close encounter with these gentle giants is an extraordinary African experience that will always stay with you.
Float over the Serengeti
The only thing more magical than witnessing the great wildebeest migration across the Serengeti? Seeing it from the sky in a hot air balloon. As the herds of wildebeest and thousands of other animals travel from Serengeti National Park to the greener pastures of the Masai Mara National Reserve, you can watch their journey and enjoy incredible views from a unique perspective.
Canoe in the Okavango Delta
The Okavango Delta has a unique system of waterways that are home to an immense array of wildlife. The best way to explore it is in a mokoro, a traditional dugout canoe. Visit in May to September, when animals are confined to small islands created by the annual flood, making it easy to spot great herds of elephant and antelope, hippos, crocodiles, lions, cheetahs and more.
Where we stay on safari
On our safari trips you’ll stay in billion-star accommodation. That’s our way of saying you’re sleeping under the night sky, camping in the great outdoors. On our Basix and sections of Original trips, you’ll stay in two-person canvas tents that our crew will help you set up. And on our Comfort trips, you’ll be staying in permanent tented camps and lodges (think glamping instead of camping).
Campsite facilities can sometimes be basic, but wherever possible, we make sure there are Western-style toilets and warm water available. But you’ll find it’s worth sacrificing a warm shower or two when you’re waking up to sunrise over the Masai Mara.
How we get around
On our safari trips, your main mode of transport is an overland truck, a purpose-built vehicle made for driving through Africa’s winding, and sometimes bumpy, country roads. While the trucks don’t have air conditioning, they do have sliding windows which let in the breeze and make it even easier to take spectacular snaps of the local wildlife. The trucks are also equipped with power outlets to charge your camera, phone and other devices on the go.
For more info on our overland trucks, see our Africa overland page.
African Safari FAQs
Generally speaking, January, February and June to October are the best times to go on safari in Africa. This is the dry season, so animals tend to come out into more open spaces in search of water, making them easier to spot. However, you’ll be able to spot animals all year round and you’ll enjoy fewer crowds if you travel outside peak season.
The best place to go on safari depends on what kind of animals you’d like to see and what other activities you’d like to do in destination. We offer safaris to some of the best safari destinations in eastern and southern Africa, like Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia and more.
While we can’t guarantee you’ll spot the Big 5, you’d have to be profoundly unlucky to see no animals at all. On our trips, you’ll explore some of the best game parks and national reserves in the world. These protected areas are filled with a huge variety of different species and your expert driver and local leader will help you spot animals.
The “Big 5” used to refer to the five big game animals that were the most difficult to hunt. Now that most shooting is done on a camera, the Big 5 are the most exciting animals to spot while on safari: the lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant, and Cape buffalo.
Loose, light clothing in neutral colours is the best attire for a safari (dark colours will get hot in the sun and can attract the Tsetse fly). You’ll also want a sun hat, some good walking shoes, a camera, sunscreen and bug spray. For more details, check out our ultimate Africa packing guide.
On our Basix trips you’ll have a cook travelling with you while you are on safari who will whip up a variety of local flavours and Western-style dishes. Along your route, your cook will stop to purchase fresh, locally sourced food for your meals. You can expect a variety of things for breakfast like fruit, eggs, toast and cereal; lunch is often sandwiches and salads; and dinner is usually a hearty meal like pasta, curry or a BBQ.
On our Original and Comfort trips there will be more meals at camps and lodges along the way. No matter what you’re craving, you definitely will not be going hungry on safari.
Most of the permanent tented camps will have a private bathroom with flushing toilets and showers with warm water.
Many of the campsites we stay at have communal facilities with flushing toilets and showers with warm water. However, in some of the more remote areas, there may only be basic facilities (toilets and cold running water).
We are committed to making travel accessible to everyone, so we will work with you to assess whether you will be able to complete an existing itinerary, or whether we will be able to make reasonable adjustments to meet your needs before you book. Please see our accessible travel page for more information.
Some of our hotels and campsites will have Wi-Fi, however Internet and phone access may be limited in more remote areas. But you won’t miss it when you’re watching a pride of lions prowl through long grass or enjoying a drink around the campfire with your group.
Our stance on Animal Welfare
This world and the animals that call it home are precious, and we believe it’s our responsibility to help preserve them. We do not include or condone any activities that exploit animals on our safari trips, including hunting, feeding or interacting with animals in any way. We believe that wild animals should be observed in the wild, from a respectful distance.
Some tips for being a wildlife-friendly traveller include never buying animal products, not participating in activities that include contact with the animals, and not including location tags on social media posts (some poachers have gone high-tech and use social media to track rare animals’ locations).
Read more about our Animal Welfare Policy here.
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