When it comes to planning the perfect African safari the process can easily seem like a daunting task. Where do you want to go? What do you want to see? If you are at your wit’s end and wondering how to plan a trip to Africa, this short guide will put you on the right path.
That being said, time and budget constraints may restrict some of the things that you are able to do on your African safari – and really hitting the sweet spot between price, time, and the perfect itinerary for your adventure into Africa can feel like an endless uphill battle.
Lucky for you with the expert knowledge that we are going to share below, you are going to better understand how to put all of the different pieces of a picture-perfect safari in Africa together to fit your budget, time constraints, and guarantee that you leave at the end of your safari with lasting memories
Let’s dig right in!
Where Do You Want Your Safari to Start?
The first thing you need to decide is where you want your African safari to begin, a challenge in that there are so many different countries that each offer their own unique experiences that you won’t be able to find anywhere else on the planet, let alone anywhere else in Africa.
If you’re interested in exploring the more remote and pristine wilderness areas of Africa on your safari the odds are pretty good that Botswana is going to serve your needs best. This country is overflowing with legendary wildlife and breathtaking landscapes. Botswana is truly a hidden treasure in Africa’s safari circuit.
South Africa is another popular safari destination where you can take to the mountains discovering robust vineyards, experience the vibrant city of Cape Town, and have exhilarating wildlife encounters – including ‘the Big Five’ all in one adventure.
If you want to be guaranteed a chance to see the incredible African lion in all of its glory you might want to head to Kenya instead. Our award-winning safaris here visit the best National Parks and provide a fascinating glimpse of Kenyan life and culture. There’s a reason Kenya was the original African safari destination and shouldn’t be missed when considering a trip to Africa.
Often referred to as the “Pearl of Africa”, Uganda has a number of exceptional national parks and game reserves with superb wildlife encounters. This type of African safari is an adventure seekers dream as you trek through the mountains and experience nature in its purest form.
Looking to see the Big Five up close and personal? Tanzania is home to the world-famous Serengeti National Park where unmatched concentrations of wildlife roam freely amidst dramatic landscapes and vast rolling plains.
When Are You Planning To Visit?
After settling on your ideal safari destination, you are probably asking yourself “When is the best time to go?” and the truth is while there isn’t a ‘bad’ time to visit, each season offers a unique African safari experience.
June through October, for example, is ideal safari season for most of the sub-Saharan Africa regions with dry weather that gets a little hotter the closer you get to October but isn’t going to be filled with rain the way that the rest of the year could be.
If you’re visiting South Africa, though, December and January can be fantastic times to set out on your safari, with January to March being the ideal safari season for those that want to experience everything that South Africa has to offer.
Some parks offer fantastic wildlife year-round, while places like the Okavango Delta are highly seasonal due to flooding. With so much information out there, we always recommend getting in touch with us to discover the best time to go on a safari for your ideal destination.
What Do You Want to Do?
The last big piece of the puzzle for planning out your perfect African safari all boils down to what you want to do while on your bucket-list adventure. Many want to experience as close to a traditional safari as possible, loading up into 4×4 vehicles, driving out into the African bush, and encountering some of Africa’s best wildlife.
Others are interested in a more luxurious African safari adventure, one that has them visiting popular lodges and camps that offer modern amenities mixed in with a bit of traditional safari adventure every now and again. These offer the “creature comforts” that so many of us have come to appreciate when we are traveling abroad.
One of the great things about going on an African safari is that there is such a wide variety of activities offered at many of the accommodations where you will be staying. Whether it’s experiencing the wildlife or local culture, there’s truly something for everyone here.
Walking safaris give you an opportunity to get up close and personal with the wildlife of Africa (a safe and guided way), with a boat, canoe, and mokoro safaris also giving adventurers plenty of opportunities to reach parts of Africa that even 4 x 4 vehicles cannot.
Horseback safaris can be planned so that you can gallop right alongside a giraffe, while quad bike safaris take you deep into the heart of the desert. Don’t forget about heading out on a “mobile safari” that has you spending time sleeping out underneath the stars and offers non-stop adventure.
What Are You Waiting For?
Maybe you want to visit Africa to photograph the Big Five, or maybe you want to see some of the less famous African wildlife in their natural habitat with a chance to get incredible photos of them, too. Maybe you want to visit Africa to see majestic mountains like Kilimanjaro, vast plains like the Serengeti, or even explore dense jungles like the Congo.
No matter what you do, your African safari is going to be filled from start to finish with the kinds of experiences you just won’t be able to have anywhere else in the world. Africa offers nothing but non-stop adventure, excitement, and mystery around every corner in a way that few other destinations can match.
At the end of the day, as long as you put a little bit of time and a little bit of planning into your ideal safari in Africa you won’t have anything to worry about when you actually arrive and kick things off properly. Learn more about what your dream trip to Africa can look like by getting in touch with a member of our team!