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Top 5 Safari Experiences in Africa

August 21, 2020

We have selected our top 5 safari experiences to be enjoyed across Africa, and there is something to suit everyone!

  1. Hot air balloon flight over the Serengeti 
  2. Walking safari in South Luangwa National Park in Zambia
  3. Horseback riding in the Okavango Delta
  4. Canoeing the Zambezi River in Zimbabwe
  5. Big 5 Bush Sleep-out


Hot air ballooning over Tanzania’s sweeping savannah has to be our number one! Rising with the dawn chorus and before the sun has crept over the horizon, your guide will drive you the short distance to the launch pad. Here, soak up excited buzz of the balloon being filled and the pilot making his final checks before take-off. 

This once-in-a-lifetime experience allows for game viewing from a different perspective and a journey like no other, relish the birds eye view and the sunrise, and see the extraordinary wildlife from above, going about their daily duties undisturbed.  

Touch down to earth with a gradual bump or two and be welcomed back to a champagne breakfast. 

A walk in the African bush is something for the soul, your senses are heightened and your acute awareness to every move or sounds is tripled, knowing there are predators on the prowl and gentle giants roaming makes it even more special and exhilarating. 

South Luangwa National Park nicked named ‘Valley of the Leopard’, also has the highest density of hippos compared to anywhere in Africa, is a walking safari dream. In the capable hands of your safari guide, he will show you fresh tracks, tell you stories of fauna and flora, and focus not just on the larger animals, but the smaller ones too that play and important role in the ecosystem. 

There will be chances to view large game on foot, all in the safety of your trained guide.

Riding wild along-side buffalo and elephants is an equine lover’s dream. There is no better way to absorb the sights and sounds of the Okavango Delta than from horseback. 

The Delta is teeming with game, made up of islands and channels, every year the flood comes down from the Angolan mountains making this vast wilderness area inaccessible by vehicle, so horse it shall be! 

Combined with a luxury lodge and bush sleep outs, riding wild really is a memorable adventure for our intrepid travellers, and yet just another awe-inspiring way to be close to the animals without them sensing human presence. 

We recommend Big 5 riding safaris for intermediate and experienced riders only. 

A canoe safari is becoming one our most popular safaris, especially along one of Africa’s world heritage sites such as the Lower Zambezi to Mana Pools National Park. Float alongside hippos and crocodiles, and be eye to eye with the animals, an adventure like none other. 

Canoe safaris typically run for 3 to 5 days and accommodation is in fly camps. The days are spent exploring different parts of the river, bird watching and drifting past swimming elephants. Stopping for lunch on the banks and ending the day with a sundowner and dinner over the fire, before falling asleep to the sound of the river rushing past. 

Options for a bush walks and fishing are factored in, these safaris are suited to our most adventuresome guests. 

Sleep under a blanket of twinkling African stars. Geared towards the true adventurer and hopeless romantic, this is one way to experience Africa’s nocturnal delights. 

There are an array of bush sleep-out options, whether it be a luxury glass treehouse, under a mosquito net in a riverbed or a bedroll on the salt pans, there are a variety of ways to spend a night in the bush. 

Leave the electronics behind, tune out and into the bush by falling asleep to the sounds of the wild, with only the surrounding nature for company. An unforgettable safari experience.