The Best African Safari Tours

Safari trips are among the most engaging and life-affirming of all travel experiences, and no other continent in the world offers as wide a variety of safari adventures as Africa. Whether it’s a one- or two-night whistle-stop trip, or a two-week-long, two-week-long trip, there’s something for every preference, time constraint and budget.

If you want to book an African safari, then finding the safari that best suits your criteria can be a tricky challenge. Nowadays, most people prefer to book their trips online rather than going to a brick-and-mortar agent, and there are some great resources that are specifically tailored to safari adventures. We’ve done some research and picked out the 10 best tours currently on offer on this vast continent.

3 day tour of Kruger National Park
Starting price: £425 per person
For those with limited time and budget, Wild Wings Safaris’ 3 day tour is an ideal choice that will transport visitors to the fascinating surroundings of Kruger National Park. Accompanied by an expert guide throughout, the tour will depart from Johannesburg or Nelspruit in the early morning by minibus to the National Park. Upon arrival, you will board an open safari vehicle where you will have the opportunity to observe wildlife such as giraffes, zebras, wild horses, elephants, rhinos, buffalo and more. As a reward for your wildlife watching, a traditional South African kebab shop will be waiting for you before you spend the night in an air-conditioned bungalow. On the last two days, you’ll embark on a further picnic and relax in the campground, where you can wander the antique shop, relax in the pool, watch the animals on the deck, or simply enjoy an afternoon nap. You will have an afternoon break on your way back to your destination to end your trip.

Highlights of the 8-Day Kenya Safari
From: Pound1,964/person
Catch iconic footage of elephants, lions, cheetahs, beasts of the hundred, giraffes, baboons and more on an 8-day magical journey in the beautiful Amboseli National Park, with snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro in the background. Courtesy of Odyssey Safaris, from Amboseli you will travel to Lake Nakuru National Park in the Great Rift Valley, which is known for its spectacular bird watching. Then head to the Masai Mara National Reserve, part of the Serengeti Plain, known for its spectacular migration of great antelopes. The final day includes a visit to a Maasai village to witness their daily life and the song and dance performances in sacred rituals. At the end of the trip, you will return to Nairobi by car.

3-Day Camping Trip to Tarangir, Manila and Ngorongoro
From £829/person
Savannah Explorers invites explorers to go on an unforgettable safari with overnight camping in three separate national parks in northern Tanzania. Over the course of 3 days, you will visit Tarangier, Maniara and Ngorongoro, accompanied by a professional guide and driver throughout. Activities include an early morning drive through all three destinations, the opportunity to see Tarangier’s elephant herd and giant baobab trees, Lake Maniara National Park’s renowned biodiversity and varied natural environment, and conservation projects at Ngorongoro Crater. All meals and camping accommodations are included in the price.

2 days and 1 night performance tour of the Three Kingdoms
From £246 per person
On this trip to Mwangaza Safari in Tanzania, you will depart from the airport, ferry or hotel in Dar-es-salaam, a major city and commercial port on Tanzania’s Indian Ocean coast, and be transported to Mikumi National Park, where you will see some predators and various bird life. That evening, you will sleep in a cozy Mikumi cabin in the park and check out the next morning after an early breakfast. You’ll enjoy a half-day game drive to cap off your trip before returning to Dar es Salaam.

3-Day Crater and Serengeti Camping Adventure
From £891 per person
This 3-day safari will take guests to two of the most famous national parks on the Northern Tanzania Safari Route. For those with limited time and budget, this adventure starts with a trip to the savannahs of the Serengeti and ends with the largest crater in the world, Ngorongoro Crater. The itinerary includes a full day of game drives, two nights of campground accommodations, and all meals and lunches. There is also the option of stopping at Ngorongoro Crater to experience Masai cultural interaction.

Six days of flying around Victoria Falls and Juango.
From Pound1,551/person
This exclusive private fly-in safari will take you to the famous Hwange National Park and the magnificent Victoria Falls. This itinerary includes Big Five wildlife viewing, professional safari guides, comfortable safari lodge accommodations, a drive in an open 4×4 safari vehicle, direct flight transfers to the safari camp, and a prime location to see the spectacular Victoria Falls. Trip highlights include viewing elephants in the world-famous Herwanger National Park, further wildlife viewing along the majestic Zambezi River, and the opportunity to see the gushing Victoria Falls. After a final morning drive and breakfast, you will board a light aircraft to Victoria Falls Airport for follow-up arrangements.

7 Days on the Unusual Road – High End
From £1,948/person
Ideal for those keen to explore the less-traveled safari routes, this 7-day tour invites you to visit less developed areas such as Aberdare and Samburu, as well as famous sites such as Lake Nakuru and Lake Masai Mara. Guests can look forward to unforgettable experiences such as a scenic self-drive through Kenya’s central highlands, admiring tea and coffee plantations and East Africa’s largest open-air market along the way, with the chance to see elephants, black rhinos, leopards, spotted hyenas and more. All tours can be customized to suit the length of time and accommodation options.

11 Days in Cape Town, Garden Route, Big 5 Safari (Self-Drive)
From Pound1,058/person
Enjoy 4 nights in magnificent Cape Town, 3 nights on the Garden Route and then end your journey in the Eastern Cape by spending 3 nights on an exciting top 5 safari in this magical adventure from Pembury Travel. Highlights of the trip include exploring Cape Town’s sunny beaches and lush vineyards, traversing the hills of Sir Lowry’s Pass and taking in the views of Garden Route National Park. Early in the morning and at sunset, you’ll come face-to-face with a multitude of game animals, from mighty elephants, lions, rhinos and buffalo to baby blue ducks and rocky earth cows, in an open-top vehicle led by experienced rangers. Accommodation and some meals are included in the price.

9 Day Classic Botswana and Victoria Falls Safari
From Pound3,246/person
This is another one of Pembori Tours’ top tours, with 3 nights at the safari camp in the heart of the Okavango Delta, followed by 2 nights at Chobe Safari Park (both in northern Botswana) and finally 3 nights at Victoria Falls Falls on the Zambezi River to end your adventure.Over the course of the 9 days, you will have the opportunity to see many members of the Big Five and large herds of elephants and buffalo, admire the beautiful Chobe River, which forms the northern boundary of Chobe National Park, where elephants and buffalo come to drink during the dry winter months, and culminate at Victoria Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world. After breakfast on the last day, you will be driven to Victoria Falls Airport for your return flight. This itinerary is a four-star accommodation and can be upgraded to five stars upon request.

4-Day Gorilla Tour of the Bwindi Forest, Uganda
From Pound1,823/person
Located in southwestern Uganda, Bwindi is a magnificent, lush green forest that spans the steep ridges of the Albertine Rift Valley. This ancient rainforest is one of the few thriving tropical rainforests in Africa and is home to half of the world’s endangered mountain gorillas. Looking into the brown eyes of these behemoths is surely the most exciting and touching wildlife adventure Uganda has to offer, with a comfortable stay (including meals) in a safari lodge. There are also a number of a la carte activities such as the Batwa Cultural Experience, which aims to share and preserve the fascinating heritage and traditions of the displaced Batwa Jurassic people with visitors.

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