Why a safari in Africa should be on your holiday bucket list

Safari in Africa

Why a safari in Africa is such a unique experience

Have you ever dreamt of going on a safari in Africa instead of the more traditional beach or resort holiday? Perhaps you aren’t quite sure whether it’s for you; but there are many different safari holidays, in different countries and with a range of experiences. So, what might a safari holiday have in store for you?

The first perhaps most common reason that my clients want to go on safari is to encounter wildlife in its natural habitat. Going on a safari holiday offers a unique opportunity to witness and interact with a wide range of wildlife in the wild including majestic elephants and elusive big cats. If you are concerned about the fate of much of the world’s wildlife, remember that many safari destinations actively contribute to wildlife conservation and protection.

By going on a safari, you support these efforts and contribute to the preservation of endangered species and their habitats. Such habitats include vast savannahs, lush rainforests or rugged mountains. But as well as the wildlife and scenery, safaris often take you to remote areas where you can engage with local communities and learn about their traditions, customs, and way of life. This cultural immersion adds a rich and meaningful dimension to your holiday experience.

Safari holidays can of course include days to switch off and rest away from the hustle and bustle of busy lives; providing a chance to relax and unwind in tranquil surroundings. But you will remember it most for the exhilarating experiences filled with adventure and thrill. Whether it’s tracking wildlife on foot, embarking on game drives, or exploring the wilderness, each day brings new and exciting encounters you will remember for many years.

Safari holidays provide unforgettable experiences and memories that will stay with you for a lifetime. The sights, sounds, and emotions you encounter during your safari will create lasting memories that you can cherish and share with others on your return.

As well as an adventure this is a rich educational experience, allowing you and your family and friends to learn about different animal species, their behaviours, and the ecosystems they inhabit. You will return home with a better understanding of the needs and challenges for wildlife and those who are trying to sustain it.

The best places to go for a safari in Africa

Africa is known for its diverse wildlife and breath-taking landscapes, making it a top choice for safari enthusiasts. Here are a few notable destinations:

Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

This reserve is famous for its annual wildebeest migration, where millions of animals cross the Mara River. It offers excellent game viewing opportunities and is home to the Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, and rhino).

Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

The Serengeti is renowned for its vast savannahs and abundant wildlife. It hosts the Great Migration, where millions of wildebeest and zebras move in search of fresh grazing. The park also offers opportunities for hot-air balloon safaris.

Kruger National Park, South Africa

Kruger is one of Africa’s largest game reserves, providing a diverse range of wildlife encounters. It offers a well-developed infrastructure, including guided game drives and walking safaris, making it accessible to a wide range of visitors.

Okavango Delta, Botswana

This unique ecosystem is a UNESCO World Heritage site and offers a different safari experience. Visitors can explore the delta’s waterways by traditional mokoro canoes or take guided game drives to spot a variety of wildlife, including elephants, hippos, and numerous bird species.

These destinations are popular due to their rich biodiversity, stunning landscapes, and opportunities for wildlife encounters. However, the “best” destination ultimately depends on personal preferences and specific interests.

The best time to go on a safari holiday

The best time to go on an African safari can vary depending on the specific destination and the wildlife you wish to see. Here are some general guidelines:

Dry Season

Many safari destinations have a dry season, which is typically the best time for wildlife viewing. This is because animals gather around water sources, making them easier to spot. Dry seasons vary across regions, but they often occur in the Southern Hemisphere (June to August) and in the Northern Hemisphere (October to March).

Migration Season

If witnessing the Great Migration in East Africa is your priority, the best time to visit would be during the migration season, which occurs between July and October when millions of wildebeest and zebras move between the Serengeti in Tanzania and the Maasai Mara in Kenya.


If you’re interested in birdwatching, the wet season can be ideal as many migratory bird species are present during this time. Wet seasons vary across regions, but they often occur in the Southern Hemisphere (November to March) and in the Northern Hemisphere (May to September).

It’s important to note that weather patterns and wildlife behaviour can vary, so research into specific destinations is vital. Additionally, popular safari destinations can be crowded during peak seasons, so considering factors like budget and personal preferences can help determine the best time for your African safari experience.

Putting together an amazing safari holiday does take planning and experience, so if you would like to consider a safari next time you are planning your holiday; contact me and we can get started.


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