2018 went by in a flash – quicker than a fleeting glance of a leopard under the twilight sky. Let’s make 2019 the year to start planning your African safari. Your first option is to narrow down the type of safari you would like to do, and then move onto the safari destination. Of course, you can combine a number of countries and types of safaris; it’s all dependent on you, your budget and your time. Let’s unpack a few of the types of safaris on offer in Africa.
Here are 5 types of safari experiences to explore in 2019.
The Water Safari Experience
Botswana is the home of the water safari, with the Okavango Delta being the obvious destination of choice. The low gradient alluvial fan of the Okavango Delta is a remarkable region well-worth visiting. There is nothing more rewarding than the soothing sounds of the water mingled with the call of the African fish eagle. A water safari promises a wealth of bird-life, abundant elephant sightings (the wrinkled grey giants LOVE to swim and bathe), crocodile, and hippo sightings. Predators can be spotted in the Moremi Game Reserve, which forms part of the Delta region and guests can enjoy a fully immersive island experience when they stay on one of the islands in the open waters (Chief’s Island is the most famous).
The narrow papyrus-lined channels are perfect for exploring on a traditional guided mokoro trip and the open waters offer endless views of crystal clear waters framed by savannah landscapes.
The Chobe region also offers water-based activities, with the Linyanti and Savuti swamps offering up a great diversity of game viewing. The swamps are a result of the Linyanti River rising up in the Angolan Highlands, and joining forces with the Chobe River.
Savuti has gained an international reputation for being the region where lions take down elephants. The Savuti channel dried up years ago due to tectonic plate movement, and the predators were forced to adapt and survive, creating a lineage of lions that hunt elephants. When the Linyanti swamps are full, the river tends to flood the once barren Savuti Marsh; an area that now enjoys prolific game.
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The Bucket List Safari Experience
The bucket list safari experience is a well-documented type of wildlife holiday centred around major migrations and unique experiences. These safari experiences have made it to mainstream media and have been dubbed “not-to-be-missed” experiences. If you’re a bucket list chaser then we recommend heading to the Masai Mara to witness the annual wildebeest migration, go trekking with gorillas in Uganda, go to Chobe National Park to watch elephants, or experience a truly African mokoro experience in the Okavango Delta.
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The Popular Safari
The popular safari is the type of safari that is easy to access and offers a big five game viewing experience in a pristine environment surrounding luxury lodgings. We’re referring to the frills and spills convenience of the city, but done bushveld style. Spa treatments, private bush dinners, boma dinners under the stars and sleep-outs in tree houses are just a few of the exciting and unique things to do when you sign-up for a popular safari.
For the popular safari, we recommend a stay in the Greater Kruger in a private reserve. Popular reserves – and for good reason – include The Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, Sabi Sand and the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve.
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The Wild Jungle Safari Experience
We move from southern and East Africa all the way north to Rwanda and Uganda, countries are famed for their gorilla trekking safaris. The wild jungle terrain offers a different type of safari, where days are spent trekking through gnarled vegetation and untamed montane forests of the Bwindi National Park. There’s also the opportunity to combine gorilla trekking with chimp tracking in Kibale National Forest.
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The Adventurous Mobile and Walking Safari Experience
This on-the-ground safari is ideal for the adventurer, and there are many mobile outfitters located in various destinations. A mobile safari spans a few days, and accommodation is in Meru or dome style tents which are set-up prior to arrival. Adventurers either stay in one location or a combination of campsites. Activities include a range of activities from walks, to water safaris and game drives. It all happens while on foot in the wild.
The mobile safaris bring you closer to the heart of the adventure! Set itinerary mobile safaris move from location to location, while you walk through the wilderness together with a guide. The Greater Kruger and Botswana are the main destinations for mobile safaris. Botswana mobile safaris involve plenty of trails around the private islands of the Okavango Delta.
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