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Our Top 10 Best Safari Journeys for 2014

We know just how tough it is to sift through all the information and inspiration on Africa to choose a travel adventure.  We put our expertise and local knowledge to the test to come up with the Top 10 Best Safaris and Beach Getaways for 2014. These are not just good vacation ideas, they are handpicked, lust-haves - the crème-de-la-crème of African safaris that mix and match the very best luxury accommodation with once-in-a-lifetime experiences that'll have friends asking to see your photos and hear your anecdotes for years to come…

From gourmet journeys through South Africa’s heartland and sensational safari experiences in the vast Serengeti, to off-the-beaten-track wilderness adventures and romantic escapes in hidden gems – this is the African travel list for 2014:

1. Sensational Singita Grumeti Safari

According to our Tanzania Safari Expert Maureen Stover, if you want the ultimate in luxury and exclusivity in one of Africa's iconic wilderness destinations then nothing compares to this 7-day safari. The Singita brand proudly showcases its most celebrated assets in this tour: elegant and authentic safari lodges, impeccable service delivered with the warmest smiles, superb fine dining, and an incredible safari location with the legendary game-viewing that made the Serengeti so famous. This is safari travel at its most sublime.

Sensational Singita Grumeti Safari - brunch in the bush
Sublime Singita showcased on the rolling plains of the Serengeti.

2. Luxury Botswana Wilderness Honeymoon

Leave the urban bustle behind and escape into northern Botswana’s jewel: the Okavango Delta. Incredibly romantic, dreamy and set in a lost world of wonders, this 7-day honeymoon offers superb birding, fabulous game-viewing and a variety of water and land-based activities for you to explore the delta from every perspective. Celebrate your love in Africa's pristine Garden of Eden.

3. South Africa for the Connoisseur

Finally! A superb self-drive journey for discerning, independent travellers. Stay in gorgeous boutique hotels and explore spectacular landscapes, sampling fine wines and feasting on gourmet cuisine along the way. There is plenty of rest and relaxation on this tour while you soak up the best of South Africa. Add a thrilling Big 5 safari onto the end of your trip, and this romantic 2-week itinerary makes for a perfectly well rounded African experience. 

Luxury Botswana Wilderness Honeymoon
Botswana Honeymoon: Kings Pool Camp is the opulent heart of the Linyanti.
South Africa for the Connoisseur - Babylonstoren
For the Connoisseur: Exceptional Babylonstoren in the Cape Winelands is an expression of timeless elegance and contemporary living.

4. Distinctive Zambezi & Kafue

If you prefer to mix big attractions with slipping off the beaten track, this 8-day wilderness safari will satisfy your expectations. From the thundering drama of Africa's adventure capital Victoria Falls, to game viewing on the banks of the Zambezi River and exploring the incredibly remote Kafue and Mana Pools National Parks, this safari is an ensemble of the very best of Zambia and Zimbabwe.

5. Zambia’s South Luangwa & Remote Lake Malawi

For pure off-the-beaten-track adventure, spend 10 days in some of southern Africa’s most pristine wild places, exploring your new world on walking safaris, night drives, snorkelling and scuba diving. Soak up the glorious African sun and catch up on those books you've been meaning to read and beautiful moments you've been meaning to share with the ones you love. The South Luangwa is the birth place of walking safaris, while Malawi’s great lake and tiny islands provide the blissful beach escape. A superb safari for adventurous couples and families.

6. Luxury Migration, Lake & Crater Safari

This 9-day tour showcases the very best parks, camps and lodges in East Africa.  Simply, it's the journey of a lifetime that encompasses the sweeping plains of the Masai Mara, Lake Manyara, immortalised by Enrest Hemingway as the "most beautiful I have seen", the legendary Serengeti, and the extraordinary world of the Ngorongoro Crater. Each step of your journey is taken in style and comfort to make this is comprehensive tour perfect for both seasoned and first-time safari goers.

Distinctive Zambezi & Kafue - a crowd of buffalo
Distinctive: Kafue National Park is one of Zambia's least explored parks - it's remote, wild and a thrill to visit.
Luxury Migration, Lake & Crater Safari - luxury tent at Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp
Migration, Lake & Crater: is all about luxury tented accommodation in East Africa's best settings, like Grumeti Serengeti Camp

7. Tanzania’s Western Wilderness

There are far too few truly wild places left in the world today. If your heart longs to be in untamed land that speaks of freedom, breathing space and a life lived well, then this 8-day adventure is just for you. Begin in Tanzania’s little-known Katavi National Park, a raw wilderness boasting outstanding big game sightings, then venture into the unique Mahale Mountains where you’ll enjoy a Crusoe-esque beach life with chimp trekking in a lush rainforest and boat cruises on the vast, freshwater Lake Tanganyika.

8. Vic Falls & Botswana Migration Safari

What a fantastic adventure! This 10-day safari is obsessively focused on delivering some of the best game-viewing in southern Africa from the comfort of intimate fly-camps in private concessions. Discover the best of the Okavango Delta, Linyanti and Chobe on this fully guided trip, rounding off your incredible journey with the power and beauty of ‘The Smoke that Thunders’ – the Victoria Falls.

Tanzania's Western Wilderness - Greystoke Mahale
Western Wilderness: Greystoke Mahale is situated in the heart of the Mahale Mountains and offers a sublime forest adventure.
Classic South Africa in Style - Ellerman House
In Style: Classic Ellerman House is the epitomy of privacy, luxury and style on Cape Town's trendy Atlantic Seaboard.

9. Classic South Africa in Style

This 9-day journey is truly a ‘wow’ trip, and perfect for discerning guests looking for an extra slice of luxury, pampering and privacy.  Start with a few days in cosmopolitan Cape Town staying at gorgeous Ellerman House – renowned for its cuisine, art collection and luxury – and then fly up to Kruger to spend a few days on safari at the unmatched Singita Lebombo Lodge.

10. Zambia & Botswana Villas for the Family

An exclusive-use accommodation holiday is perfect for families, as you’ll enjoy the privacy and comfort of your own space without the infringement of other guests. This 12-day Botswana and Zambia itinerary sparkles with style, fun and adventure as you stay in beautiful safari villas in some of those destination’s best parks and reserves.

Written by Kimberley O'Sullivan. Connect with her on Google+

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