A safari holiday that does not see you visiting Africa cannot be considered to be a safari by any means. Safari is a Swahili word that translates to a trip, journey, or even to go. The word is widely considered to be Kenyan since it is only by going for a safari to Kenya that one can get to see why Kenya is considered to be ahead of many countries when it comes to safari experiences on offer.
For many years, Safari Fellows have offered a broad range of safari holidays in the African continent. The parks and reserves found in Africa are rich in wildlife and will offer you an unforgettable experience if you go for safari to leading safari destinations in Africa. With Safari Fellows, we allow you to design your safari in consolations with our safari consultants so that you are assured of the experience that you are looking for when on your safari.
Best Safari Holidays Experience Offered By Safari Fellows
When deciding on the best safari holidays to choose, it is important that you opt for the safari holidays that offers you the experience that you are looking for. Here are some safari experiences offered by Safari Fellows:
– Bird viewing experience–This experience is also known as a bird viewing experience or even birding. This safari experience is ideal for those for those who have an interest in bird watching. You can contact our Safari Experts who are going to advice you on the best parks, reserves, and places to watch different bird species when in your safari holiday. Lake Nakuru, Lake Naivasha, Masai Mara, Samburu are just some of the destinations that will offer you great birding experience.
– Game viewing experience – The experience involves you visiting parks and reserves and watching different animals in their natural habitat. Normally, you will be driven around the park or reserves with a pop-up van or a pop-up 4×4 Landcruiser so that you can view the game from your vehicle. This is the most common safari holiday choice offered by Safari Fellows.
– Guided walking safari experience – The safaris involves you taking part in a guided walking safari. Even if you will be driven to the parks or reserves, one you are in the parks or reserves, you embark on guided safari where an experienced guide accompanies you for the safari. You get close to the animals in this experience.
– Hiking experience – The experience is ideal for those who have an interest in hiking. Kenya offers different mountain climbing experience as the country is blessed with a variety of mountains with different peaks. Some mountains can be climbed in a matter of hours such as Mount Longonot while other mountains can be climbed in a couple of days such as Mount Kenya – the second highest mountain in Africa.
– Cultural experience– A great safari choice for those who are keen in experiencing the African culture. In this experience you get to visit various communities and learn more about their culture by interacting with the members of the community. For those who are short of time, the Bomas experience is ideal as it accustoms you to the diverse Kenyan culture within a few hours.
– Beach Experience – Kenya’s coastline which is in the coastal town of Mombasa is awash with luxurious beach resorts. The beaches are pristine and have white sands. You might opt for a beach safari after your experience so that you can relax and take it easy at beach before your flight back home.
Safari Holidays Packages
Below are just a few of the safari holiday packages offered by Safari Fellows. You can contact us anytime to design your own safari or to discuss anything else you want to know about safari holidays. Our Safari Experts are available 24/7.
Top Five African Countries Ideal For Safari Holidays
Even though the continent of Africa is known a great safari destination, not all countries offer the best safari experience. Below are different African countries that are popular safari holiday destinations. With consultations with our safari experts, you will be well informed in order to ensure that you make the right decision for your safari.
Kenya is the capital of all safaris – the first commercial safari holiday took place in Kenya. As a matter of word, the word safari is a Swahili word meaning an expedition. The country is home to mountain peaks, grasslands, desserts, and even tropical forests. A safari holiday to Kenya provides you with an authentic adventure to the wilderness. From game watching drives, annual migration, herds of elephants, nature walks, mountain hiking, and bird watching among others, those are some of the experiences you will get if you choose a safari in Kenya. Some of the top game parks and reserves that you should consider visiting in Kenya includes; Masai Mara, Amboseli, Tsavo West and Tsavo East, Lake Nakuru, Samburu, Ol-Pejeta, and Salt lick. You can also mix your safari with some relaxation in the White sand beach in Mombasa. By choosing Kenya as your safari destination, you will be assured of spotting the big five.
The good thing about booking Kenya safaris is that it does not matter whether you are going to visit the same park or reserve for the first, second, or even sixth time since every game viewing experience is different on its own way. For example, you can visit a specific spot during different times of the day and spot the same animals doing different things. For instance, in the morning, you might find a pride of lions enjoying its catch or preying on its next meal. Later on in the day, you might find the same pride of lions sleeping or the mothers playing with the cubs.
Tanzania borders Kenya and it offers remarkable scenery, diverse wildlife, and tens of bird species. By going on a 4×4 pop up Landcruiser safari in the country, you will have a unique and memorable safari experience. The Serengeti is where the annual migration happens as over 1.5 million animals migrate to the neighboring Mara plains for greener pastures. The vibrating of the ground caused by the mass migration and the swimming of the migrating animals are an experience to behold. Ngorongoro craters offers superb game viewing experiences while a visit to Lake Manyara provides you with a chance to see lions that climbs trees.
South African safari are always impressive. The country has different parks and game reserves with some of them been privately owned even though most of them are owned and managed by the government. The most popular park in the country is the Kruger National Park which is popular for its exceptional game viewing opportunities. A visit to the park guarantees you a chance of spotting elephant, lion, buffalo, rhino, and leopard (big five). South African safaris are ideal for any type of travelers.
Without a doubt, Botswana ranks alongside Kenya, Tanzania, and South Africa as a top safari destination. The country offers abundant wildlife, breathtaking scenery and different types of accommodation when on safari with the accommodation varying from budget to luxury standards. When boking a safari to Botswana, it is advisable that your safari itinerary includes Chobe National Park, Moremi Wildlife Reserve, Okavango Delta, the Kalahari Desert, and the Makgadikgadi Pans.
Even though neighboring South Africa and Botswana, the safari holidays offered by Namibia are quite different when compared to what its neighbors have to offer. Due to its unique safari experiences, Namibia has become popular to those seeking for a different safari experience. Specifically, a safari to Namibia is going to entail visits to provide you with the chance to see rare flora and fauna that is hard to find in other safari destinations. Some of the places to visit on a safari in Namibia includes, Etosha National Park and The Namib Desert.
The Cost of a Safari Holiday
As much as we would like to give you a specific price for your safari holiday, it is not possible for Safari Fellows to give such a quote without knowing the type of safari lodged or tented camp that you are going to stay in during your safari or the specific parks and reserves that you are going to visit and the length of duration of your safari since those are the three main factors that determine the price of any safari. Nevertheless, any prices given without such information will end up been guesswork even though a safari that lasts at least three days can cost from $450 to $800 for a standard type of accommodation while if luxury accommodation is chosen, the price can vary from $600 to at least $1000 a night. Contact our Safari Experts today and they will be in a better position to give you better quotes once you have given them more information about your safari plans.
The Best Month Go For an African Safari Holiday
The good time for to book an African Safari will be determined by the specific experience that you are looking for. For example, if you are after the migration then your options will be limited to Masai Mara and Serengeti. For the Wildebeest migration in Kenya, the safari needs to be booked between mid-August and Late November while for bird lovers, bird watching is usually best between January, February, and March especially if you are going to visit the Great Rift Valley lakes. In view of the seasons, the best time for a game viewing safari has always been the dry season due to the fact that during the dry season, there is less vegetation thus making it easier to spot the animals even when they are from far. Additionally, since the animals cannot get any water from the vegetation, they tend to frequent water holes on regular basis meaning that as long as you have a good sight of a waterhole, you will be able to see different games as they come to the waterhole to quench their thirst.
Preparing For Safari Holiday
Whether your safari is going to last a single day or a number of days, it is always important to ensure that you have adequately prepared for the holiday so that you can have a great safari holidays experience. Indeed, over the years, Safari Fellows have found that there are some guests who failed to prepare for their safari and as a result, they never enjoyed the safari experience. Here is how you need to make sure that you are well prepared for the safari:
Make sure that you have a great safari bag that you will use to carry your items such as clothes and personal effects during the safari. The bag should be big enough to accommodate all your items. If you are likely to forget to pack your bag with the correct items, ensure that you prepare a list of what you want to take with you during the safari and tick all the items that you pack in your safari bag.
What To Take With You On Safari
The items that you are going to take with you during your safari will be determined by the type of safari experience that you are interested in. For example, clothes that are needed for a beach holiday are totally different to the clothes that you need for a game viewing or bird watching experience even though most of the time, you will first go for a game viewing experience and then enjoy your beach holiday.
In order for Safari Fellows to ensure that guests have the best game viewing experience, game viewing drives once inside the game park or reserve are mainly organized to start when the animals are awake. The reason for that is to ensure that you get to see as many animals awake as possible. Thus, your game viewing drives in a day comprises of early morning game viewing drives, midday game viewing drives, and afternoon game viewing drives. At times, you might also be offered the chance for an evening/night game viewing drives if there are chances that you will spot some animals in the park or reserve you are visiting once the dark falls.
Thus, it is important for you to make sure that you have packed the light clothing for your safari. For example, the early morning game viewing drives might be cold hence the reason you need to bring a scarf with you. Moreover, the safari experience takes place in the wilderness where it is at times windy and dusty. Thus, you should not pack white clothes. To shield yourself from the sun when on safari, you might consider bringing a hat and even sun glasses. Long sleeved shirts are also ideal since they are going to protect your skin from the strong sun while they will also ensure that you are warm during the cold early morning game viewing drives.
Do not forget to bring binoculars and digital camera with you. The binoculars are going to help you get a closer view of some of the game that might be far from you as they will bring them closer for you to see. On the other hand, the digital camera will be used to capture some of the great memories during the safari. The lodges or tented camps that you will be staying in provide free Wi-Fi connection meaning that you can be able to upload photos taken during the day online and delete your camera memory to have enough space to capture great safari moments during your next game viewing drives. Finally, do not forget to bring your phone and camera chargers with you.