Safari tours are among the most captivating and life affirming of all travel experiences – and no continent on earth offers the variety of safari adventures as Africa. Whether it’s a whistle stop tour of just one or two nights or a more extended trip of up to a fortnight, there’s something to suit every preference, time-restraint and budget.
If you’d like to book an African safari then finding the best one to fit your criteria can be a tricky challenge. Most people prefer to book their travel online nowadays, rather than go to a bricks and mortar agent, and there are some great resources that tailor specifically for safari adventures. We’ve done some research and picked out 10 of the best tours currently on offer across this vast continent.
3 Day Kruger National Park Safari
From: £425/per person
Ideal for those with limited time and budget, this 3-day tour by Wild Wings Safaris transports visitors into the stunning environs of Kruger National Park. With an expert guide accompanying your group for the whole duration, tours depart by minibus early morning from either Johannesburg or Nelspruit with a scenic drive to the National Park. On arrival, you’ll board an open safari vehicle where your game viewing opportunities begin, including the chance to observe giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, elephants, rhino, buffalo, and more. A traditional South African barbecue awaits you as reward for your wildlife spotting efforts before your overnight accommodation in an air-conditioned bungalow. On you final two days you’ll embark on further game drives, as well as relax back at camp where you can browse in the curio shop, relax at the swimming pool, watch animals from the deck, or simply enjoy an afternoon nap. A late afternoon drop off back at your return destination will bring your tour to an end.
Embark on a magical 8-day safari in the jaw-droppingly beautiful Amboseli National Park where you can capture iconic shots of elephants, Lions, Cheetah, Wildebeest, Giraffes, Baboon and more with snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro in the background. Offered by Odyssey Safaris, from Amboseli you’ll make your way to discover the exotic Lake Nakuru National Park located in the Great Rift Valley and famous for its magnificent bird watching. Then head to the Masai Mara National Reserve that’s part of the vast Serengeti plains renowned for its spectacular great wildebeest’s migration. Your final day includes an optional visit to a village of the Maasai people to witness the singing and dancing that are part of their daily lives and sacred rituals. The tour concludes with a drive back Nairobi.
3-Day Camping Tour for Tarangire, Manyara & Ngorongoro
From £829/ per person
Savannah Explorers invites adventure-seekers to embark on a memorable safari in three separate national parks in Northern Tanzania complete with overnight camping. During the 3-day trip you’ll visit Tarangire, Manyara and Ngorongoro, accompanied the entire time by a professional guide and driver. Activities will include early morning game drives at all three destinations, offering the chance to see the vast elephant herds and huge baobab trees of Tarangire, the famous biodiversity and varying natural environments of Lake Manyara National Park, and the conservation project of Ngorongoro Crater. All meals and camping accommodation is include in the price.
This tour by Tanzania Mwangaza Safari will have you departing from either your airport, ferry or hotel in Dar-es-salaam, a major city and commercial port on Tanzania’s Indian Ocean coast, before being transported to Mikumi National Park for a game drive where you’ll get to look out for several predators as well as an impressive array of bird life. That night you’ll sleep inside the park at the cosy and comfortable Mikumi cottage, before checking out the next morning after breakfast. To bring your trip to a close you’ll get to enjoy another half-day game drive before the drive back to Dar-es-salaam.
This 3-day safari brings guests to two of the most acclaimed national parks of Tanzania’s northern safari circuit. Ideal for those with limited time and budget, the adventure starts with a trip to the great savanna of Serengeti and ends at the world’s largest intact volcanic crater, the Ngorongoro Crater. The tour includes full day game drives, 2 nights’ camp accommodation, and all meals and packed lunches. There’s also an optional choice of a stop-off to experience a Maasai cultural interaction in the Ngorongoro.
This exclusive private fly-in safari takes you to the renowned Hwange National Park and the magnificent Victoria Falls. The tour includes outstanding Big 5 wildlife viewing, professional safari guides, comfortable safari lodge accommodation, game drives in open 4×4 safari vehicles, flight transfer directly to the safari camp and a prime location at the sensational Victoria Falls. Highlights include the world famous elephants of Hwange National Park, further wildlife viewing along the mighty and majestic Zambezi River, and the chance to admire the gushing awe-inspiring waters of Victoria Falls. After a last morning game drive and breakfast a light aircraft transfer will bring you to Victoria Falls Airport for your onward arrangements.
Ideal for those keen to explore the safari road less travelled, this 7-day tour invites you to visit lesser explored areas such as Aberdare and Samburu, as well as more famous destinations like Lake Nakuru and Maasai Mara. Guests can look forward to memorable experiences such as a scenic drive via the central Kenya highlands with stops to view tea and coffee plantations and the largest open-air market in East Africa, plus the chance to catch sight of elephants, black rhinos, leopards, spotted hyenas, and more. All tours are customisable in terms of duration and choice of accommodation.
11-Day Cape Town, Garden Route, Big 5 Safari (Self-Drive)
From £1,058/ per person
Enjoy 4 nights in magnificent Cape Town, 3 nights on the Garden Route, and end your journey in the Eastern Cape, spending 3 nights on an exciting Big Five safari on this magical adventure offered by Pembury Tours. Highlights include exploring the sun drenched beaches and verdant vineyards of Cape Town, a scenic drive over the mountains via Sir Lowry’s Pass, and a chance to admire the scenic beauty of the Garden Route National Park. Early morning and sunset game drives in an open vehicle with an experienced game ranger bring you face to face with a multitude of game species, ranging from mighty elephant, lion, rhino and buffalo to tiny blue duiker and rock hyrax. Accommodation and some meals are included in the price.
Another top class offering by Pembury Tours, this safari adventure welcomes guests for a 3-night stay at a safari camp in the heart of the Okavango Delta, followed by 2 nights on safari in Chobe Game Reserve (both located in northern Botswana), before ending your odyssey with 3 nights at the magnificent Victoria Falls waterfall on the Zambezi River. Some of the best bits of the 9-day tour include the chance to see many members of the Big Five and large herds of elephant and buffalo, admire the beautiful Chobe River which forms the Chobe National Park’s northern boundary where elephants and buffalo come to drink during the dry winter months, and culminating at Victoria Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world. After breakfast on your final day you’ll be transferred by road to Victoria Falls Airport for your flight home. The tour is based on 4-star accommodation which can be upgraded to 5-star on request.
Bwindi is located in southwestern Uganda a magnificent verdant swathe across the steep ridges of the Albertine Rift Valley. This ancient rainforest is one of the few in Africa to have flourished and a home to half of the world’s endangered population of mountain gorillas. Looking into the expressive brown eyes of these giants is surely the most exciting and poignant wildlife encounter Uganda has to offer and enjoy comfortable accommodation (including meals) at a safari lodge. There’s also the chance to pick from optional activities such as the Batwa Cultural experience, which was created to share and preserve the fascinating heritage and traditions of the displaced Batwa pygmies with visitors.