Africa Travel Articles
The Road Less Travelled: Africa's Most Unique Safaris
Author: Dominic Chadbon
Date: March 2013
The Serengeti, Victoria Falls, the Kruger Park ... Africa's most iconic destinations have long delighted their visitors but if you're the kind of person who likes to do things a little differently and prefer your wildlife encounters without the crowds, then maybe it's time to take the road less travelled in Africa.
Suitable for second-time around safari travellers or first-timers with an adventurous spirit, there are plenty of virtually unvisited destinations that not only deliver game viewing as good (if not better) than more familiar places but are home to unique wildlife experiences, several of which are barely known outside the safari world.
And you won't need to rough it either. There's amazing accommodation available in many of Africa's most remote regions and you can choose from safari lodges and tented camps that range from family-friendly to honeymoon-perfect.
Tanzania: Go Wild and Go Remote
Everyone knows the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater and rightly so: the game viewing is excellent - especially in peak migration season - but you'll have to share your sightings with many other visitors. So if you're looking for a more remote or unique safari experience we suggest you head for Tanzania's wild south-central region. Here you'll also see huge numbers of animals in national parks such as Ruaha and Katavi not to mention Africa's greatest populations of elephant, buffalo, lion and hippo in the great Selous Game Reserve. But chances are you'll be the only people around.
And did you know that you can go chimpanzee trekking in Tanzania's Mahale Mountains National Park? It's a destination reached only by air and boat but lying on the deserted shores of Lake Tanganyika and offering access to a pristine, cathedral-like rainforest, it's somewhere where the rewards outweigh the effort.
How to do it: browse our selection of Tanzania safaris in the remote south-central part of the country for great travel inspiration.
Botswana: Unique Water-Based Experiences
Instead of jostling for position at the ever-popular Chobe River in a bevy of 4X4s, spend the day drifting down the scenic Selinda Spillway on a canoe, surrounded only by bird song. This waterway connects northern Botswana's Linyanti Wetlands with the Okavango Delta but was dust-dry for decades before it unexpectedly began flowing again a couple of years ago.
Consequently, the now hippo-and-crocodile-filled Selinda has become a vital lifeline for thirsty animals in the dry season, turning a hit-and-miss region of the Chobe National Park into a simply-can't-miss destination. This type of adventure is ideal for those travellers looking for an action-packed trip in one of Southern Africa's wildest regions.
How to do it: our recommended Botswana adventures combine the best of the country's safari destinations with some truly special once-in-a-lifetime experiences.