Plan Your Ultimate Safari

This is not a once-in-a-lifetime destination. It is a lifetime of destinations.

Africa is vast. The so-called ‘dark continent’, the Cradle of Humankind, is nearly one quarter bigger than all of North America. The entire European continent would fit into its land surface no less than three times.

There are more than 2 000 indigenous African languages and cultures, a diversity mirrored by the huge array of flora and fauna that occurs across the breadth of the continent and which – in terms of large mammals, the mega-fauna – is unmatched anywhere else on the planet. Africa plays host to more than 1 300 mammal species, while in comparison North America and Europe between them hold less than 600 species.

Vast intact savannah landscapes and ecosystems enable lion, herds of elephant, myriad plains game and even people to exist as they have done for thousands of years. The same is true of the rainforest and some of our closest relatives – chimpanzees and gorillas – as well as the deserts, off-shore islands and lakes.

As a result, planning that first safari can be daunting. We can help you get the best out of your experience and encourage you to consider the below points when contemplating Africa.

Africa vs the World Map

What?

What?

What do you most want to see? Is it the charismatic large mammals of the savannah like elephant, lion and buffalo? Is it traditional cultures and lifestyles? Perhaps the great apes: chimpanzees and gorillas? Are you looking for vast, spectacular landscapes, endemic species, special birds, massive oceanic turtles, or just pristine, remote ecosystems explored by dugout canoe? Are you hoping to see large mammals in stark environments like the desert, or is it the giants of the ocean you are after?


Where?

Where?

Different species, cultures and even experiences are strongly linked to different landscapes and vastly different countries. It is impossible to cover the continent in a week or even a month of safari, so understanding what the priority experiences on your wish list are will help you determine the best destination, or combination of destinations, for you. Even within a particular country or countries there are specific places best suited to particular species, to ensure the best chance of seeing all you want to see it is important to consider that a good safari is comprised of multiple destinations.


When?

When?

It is always a good time to be in Africa. It just depends exactly where you want to go and exactly what you want to see. Each season brings with it unique features and attractions. The dry season and its scarcity of water result in wildlife concentrations and high visibility, the green season is characterised by vibrance, colour and an explosion of new life as a result of synchronised antelope births, while the so-called ‘transition seasons’ can give you the best of both worlds.


How?

How?

It doesn’t have to be an overwhelming burden trying to plan destinations and logistics. Wilderness Safaris offers a wide range of accommodation, from the most luxurious safari ‘tents’ and open game-viewing vehicles in Africa, to more traditional adventures on foot or by canoe. We have our own ‘bush airline,’ meet and greet services and a fleet of transfer and touring vehicles in eight African countries. We also work with the best Africa travel specialists all over the world who will work directly with you to craft the perfect journey. We have worked with the travel trade since our beginnings in 1983 and are only too happy to direct you to someone tried, trusted and talented in ensuring the right safari for you.


Why?

Why?

Why Africa? Why responsible ecotourism? And why Wilderness Safaris? Quite simply because the continent offers the best wildlife experiences on earth, because responsible ecotourism is actively and progressively helping conserve these ecosystems and species and engaging local communities in the process, and because Wilderness Safaris is undoubtedly the foremost ecotourism operator on the continent with exclusive access to nearly 3 million hectares (7 million acres) of prime wilderness and wildlife areas. A safari to Africa will help the continent and will change your life.

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Still unsure? Try our interactive trip planning tool or contact us directly for advice and a referral to an excellent travel agent.