Bringing you the best of African safaris

Like predator and prey, bush and veld, lion and lamb; 'safari' and 'Africa' are two words synonymous with one another. From the Arabic word safar, meaning ‘journey’, it was adopted by local Swahili tribes, and later, European explorers before taking on its current day meaning. Just as the word has undergone its own transformations, so has the activity surrounding it, too. 

When European explorers began to reconnoiter Sub-Saharan Africa centuries ago, they were left astonished by the unusual and magnificent wildlife they encountered — from the astute dung beetle who navigates using the night sky, to the surprisingly soft-footed elephant, the largest land mammal on earth. Their intrigue left them eager to take relics of their journey home with them as a testament to their tales, out of which big game hunting was born. This focus on hunting also paved the way for another term irrevocably linked to Africa and overland journeys: The Big 5.

This illustrious grouping of big game includes the mighty elephant, thundering buffalo, regal leopard, solemn rhino, and the veritable king of the grasslands: the lion.  This cluster of creatures was notorious as the most difficult African animals to hunt — which made them all the more appealing to those exploring the hinterland in search of trophies to take home. 

Types of safari experiences

Today, ‘The Big 5’ has taken on a new meaning entirely. They are the most coveted wildlife species to spot while on safari on the continent, whether that is by game drives, bush walks or the more unusual mokoro trips. Animal enthusiasts, photographers, and those stirring their own natural curiosity are drawn to Africa to experience all that this untamed Eden has to offer.

Whether you’re here to catch flashes of a cheetah’s coat as it darts through the South African savannah, or you’re journeying Kenya’s Maasai Mara and Tanzania’s Serengeti, trailing the Great Migration as big cats tail ungulates — touring this landscape is sure to leave visitors captivated by the sheer magnitude of its natural glory. 

Scale some of the largest dunes in the world with a Namibian desert safari, all the while keeping eyes peeled for elusive desert-adapted and endemic wildlife. Otherwise, uncover the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Volcanoes national parks of Uganda and Rwanda in search of the rare silverback mountain gorilla. Glide through the myriad waterways of Botswana’s Okavango Delta in pursuit of its birds and impressive wild dog population or wander the landscape of Zambia’s South Luangwa where the walking safari began and the search for the source of the Nile came to an end.

Africa’s varied terrain invites an enticing motley of safari experiences for explorers who want to ‘rough it’, luxury-seekers in search of a 5-star camping experience, photographers chasing the perfect shot on a photo safari, or newlyweds enjoying the birds and the bees on a honeymoon safari (and no doubt prepping for an impending babymoon, too).

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