When you think of a safari, you probably think of a big 4x4 Jeep, hunkered down on a dusty African road, with a host of excited passengers peering out of the windows, all eagerly trying to spot the next animal. While this is probably the most common style of safari and has its own perks and benefits, there are others that are definitely worth exploring:
In many ways, Port Elizabeth is a great place to end off your Garden Route self-drive holiday. Lying in the Eastern Cape province, it’s the place where the Western Cape’s lush forests and plantations start giving way to burnt orange aloes and the thicket bush that is the perfect terrain for kudu and one of the Eastern Cape’s main attractions: elephants. Addo Elephant National Park lies less than hour from PE – as it’s known to locals – and is ideal for first-time safari goers who are looking for a completely safe, malaria-free, family-friendly destination.
At Go2Africa, we don’t recommend anything to our clients that we haven’t tried ourselves – it’s our ‘we know because we go’ policy in action. This is especially important when it comes to recommending something as sensitive as an animal encounter. By ‘animal encounter’ we don’t mean observing animals on ordinary game-viewing experiences but when an interaction with the animal is the main focus of an activity, such as gorilla trekking or visiting an elephant orphanage.
There are travel deals and then there are travel deals. We know it can be tricky to recognise the genuinely good deals from the specials that make big promises but don’t deliver real savings. Always be wary of deals that seem too good to be true – in our experience, they usually are. On an African safari, you get what you pay for, which doesn’t mean there are no great travel deals to be had. It’s always important to know exactly what is and isn’t included in an all-inclusive safari quote. You should receive a clear list of exclusions and a current estimate of what those exclusions may cost you. If you don’t know what is excluded, you can’t compare apples with apples if you shop around.
Planning an African safari? Sometimes it helps to have someone do the hard work for you. We've made a careful selection of our best African safari tours, rated most popular by both our Africa Safari Experts and our customers, and have finalised our Top 10 tours in Africa.Iconic destinations - the Kruger National Park, Cape Town, Masai Mara and Serengeti - feature highly on these itineraries but so do off-the-beaten-path destinations in Tanzania and Botswana as well as tucked-away beaches in the Seychelles and Mozambique.
Private conservancies offer you a set of distinct advantages that are not available in national parks like:
November in Africa and the sun is setting later and rising earlier - summer is on its way! Now is the time to plan a beach vacation because Africa’s Indian Ocean island destinations – like the Seychelles, Mauritius and Zanzibar - are stunning in November. If you’re thinking of a November safari, choose your destination carefully: the start of summer also means the start of the rainy season in many African safari destinations.
We love private conservancies for the advantages they offer to guests and the positive impact they have on conservation and the upliftment of rural communities... but the main reason we recommend private conservancies to our clients is for the exceptional game viewing advantages they offer, which are not available in national parks:
It’s impossible not to like giraffes. Their languid manner and slightly puzzled expressions have entranced us since one was shipped to a disbelieving Italy in the 1400s. It is an animal so peculiar in appearance that its scientific name - Giraffa camelopardalis - reflects its perceived similarity to both a camel and … uhm … a leopard.
If you and your family are waterbabies, then Africa’s magnificent lakes and sultry Indian Ocean should be on your all-time bucket list. Offering exciting destinations that are somewhat off the beaten track, the sheer diversity of both the topography and creatures of these underwater worlds has to be experienced to be believed.