Where to Go on Safari in Africa
Collected by Liv Combe , AFAR Contributor
From Botswana's Okavango Delta to the grassy Kenyan plains, travelers have more than their fair share of picks when it comes to going on safari in Africa.
After arriving into Windhoek International Airport from O.R. Tambo (Jo'burg) we were one final leg from our destination. Varinka, our pilot for the final flight, met us in the Arrivals lounge. After weighing our luggage (and ourselves) we quickly...
Robin Pope Safaris recently debuted this property of eight bush chalets. Each has a sunken tub big enough for two. Green roofs are planted with indigenous grasses and aloe plants to keep rooms cool. Following the reintroduction of lions last year,...
Sabi Sand Reserve, Mpumalanga, 1242, South Africa
Tennis, swimming, stargazing, and photography classes are standard summer camp activities here. Guests can also view elephants or hippos from a treehouse lookout. Rope bridges connect the 11 canopy suites of the Safari Lodge, recently updated with...
A superb short vacation where we stayed at the Guernsey Game Reserve, Thornhill Safari Lodge (www.thornhillsafarilodge.com). Thornhill is situated in a premier eco-tourist area with several different animal rehabilitation center. The staff and...
Spend four nights at safari camps in Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park, where elephants, leopards, and more than 400 species of birds inhabit open grasslands, standsof ebony trees, and the expansive Luangwa River system. Robin Pope Safaris,...
Laikipia District, Kenya
An expansive cattle ranch, the upscale Borana has eight family-friendly cottages. Look for views of snowcapped Mount Kenya and elephants bathing in a nearby lake. Guests can accompany the manager on his daily rounds to see lions outside the cattle...
Okavango Delta, Botswana
An experience of a lifetime and one not to be missed when traveling in Botswana's famous Okavango Delta, hiring a poler and cruising its still waters in a traditional wooden mokoro was a definite highlight of the year we spent living in-country....
D826, Sesriem, Namibia
In the daytime, explore NamibRand, the largest private nature reserve in southern Africa, on guided walks through sand dunes, drives into the desert, and rides on ATVs. Ostriches, oryx (a kind of antelope), and Hartmann’s mountain zebras might...
Okavango Delta, Botswana
The beauty of Sandibe Okavango Lodge is such that I didn't feel worthy to even be there. Pure African luxury from the design of the bungalows to the open-air main lodge where we took our meals and rest times. The abundance of wildlife in this...
The AfriCat Foundation & Okonjima Lodge are located on a vast nature reserve just south of Otjiworongo. If you're driving around Namibia on a personal adventure, this lodge is conveniently located along the way from the capitol city of Windhoek on...
andBeyond Phinda Private Game Reserve, 3936, South Africa
Phinda is a 55,000 acre private game reserve run by &Beyond, the leading safari/wilderness outfitter in Africa. Phinda features several lodges, each of them exquisite and luxurious in their own right. I spent two nights at Rock Lodge, a...
Kalahari Desert Dr, Palm Desert, CA 92211, USA
Spend the morning walking with Zu/’hoasi Bushmen trackers. Uncharted Africa Safari Co. has pioneered and passionately supported cultural tourism in Botswana since the company’s inception 13 years ago. It has long been their belief that it is a...
Okavango Delta, Botswana
In my mind, experiential travel always involves education, preferably hands-on, in-your-face education. And this experience was exactly that. I had the rare and wonderful opportunity to witness six highly endangered white rhino being released into...
Cheli & Peacock’s Lewa Safari Camp is a beautiful, friendly spot located in the Lewa Conservancy, a community based conservation initiative. When you visit Lewa, you know you are supporting an innovative model for conservation that houses the...
Narok District, Kenya
In the Mara North Conservancy is a safari lodge hidden in the forest. It is so sustainable (awarded the Gold level eco rating for 2012/2013) the entire thing could be torn down in a week’s time and leave barely a trace. While next to the Maasai...
Greater Kruger Park, Balule Nature Reserve, Hoedspruit, 1380, South Africa
Toro Yaka Bush Lodge is located in the Balule Game Reserve adjacent to Kruger National Park in South Africa. It has 6 rooms that are all very comfortable and quiet. They leave a small story for you each night which I found very charming. It's...
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