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6 incredible Africa safari tours that will leave you speechless

Recently updated on August 13th, 2023 at 04:16 pm

Lions and tigers and… zebras, oh my! There’s nothing quite like seeing these giant wild creatures up close and our safari tours through Africa bring you up close with these magnificent beasts. From exploring South Africa’s national parks and watching the Great Migration in Kenya to watching herds of elephants drink at the river, these are the best safaris in Africa to keep on your radar.

Spot the Big 5 on this mega safari

You want the grand dame of safari tours? This is it. Over 17 days you’ll journey from incredible Kenya to Tanzania, stopping through game reserves and taking the best safari drives in Africa. Kick off with a half-day game drive through Solio Game Reserve, a privately-owned wildlife conservancy recognised internationally as the most successful rhino breeding reserve in Kenya. From there, the highlights keep rolling, think spotting wildlife like lions, elephants, zebras, impala and giraffe, through to meeting the Maasai people. And to finish? Swap the glamping safari tents and arid landscapes for a few peaceful days on the tropical island paradise of Zanzibar. 

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Explore Namibia’s surreal landscapes

Keep your binoculars handy on this desert safari tour as you’ll spend a whole day exploring one of the world’s greatest wildlife sanctuaries: Etosha National Park. Along with an expert guide you’ll track herds of elephants to nearby waterhole and look for wild cats taking refuge from the midday sun. Spy giraffes poking out above the vegetation and, if you’re lucky, see the endangered black rhino. The shimmering salt pan at the centre of this game reserve in Namibia is so large you can see it from space.

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Experience the best of South Africa up close

South Africa’s oldest and most iconic national park is waiting. Join a Local Specialist on one of the best safaris in Africa, travelling through Kruger National Park. Be on the lookout for the magnificent ‘Big 5’, the Little 5 and everything in between. While spotting the wild African giants will undoubtably be your highlight, its small moments and memories that count. Breathe in the damp scent of acacia trees and admire the glistening yellow Golden-orb spider webs.

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Short and sweet elephant safari in Botswana

The shortest of our safari tours, this four-day bolt through Zimbabwe and Botswana brings you up close with the power and beauty of the African wilderness. See the mighty and majestic Victoria Falls and cruise past basking crocodiles and lazing hippo pods before crossing into Botswana. On a day trip we’ll cross the border and venture into Chobe National Park where huge herds of elephants roam. Unlike other safari drives, we’ll board a boat to meet the gentle giants drinking at the edge of the Chobe River.

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See Africa up close in Kenya

The best safaris in Africa? Many would say visit Kenya. There is no shortage of national parks and private reserves here to get up close with nature’s wild beasts, and that’s just what’s in store starting with a 4×4 journey to Aberdare National Park. Afterwards swap the lush green landscapes for the arid contrasts of Samburu National Reserve. Fingers crossed luck is on your side to tick the ‘Samburu Special 5’ off your list. After all, Grevy’s Zebra and the Reticulated Giraffe are only found in the northern Kenya region. There’s also a black rhino sanctuary, chimpanzee rescue organisation, the bird paradise of Lake Nakuru National Park, and the fascinating Maasai Mara culture and people to meet.

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Explore the bush, beach and cities of South Africa

Becks Safari Lodge is your home in the bush for three whole nights when you swap the city for the wilderness. With the lodge as your base explore one of the best safaris in Africa, kicking off with an early morning game drive through Karongwe Private Reserve. On board will be a Local Specialist game ranger and Shangaan tracker-guide helping us look for signs of the Big 5. That afternoon? Another game drive. And the day after? A full day of game drives through Karongwe Private Reserve, finishing with a sundowner drink with views and more potential wildlife spotting.

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Ready to go? You can explore all our safari tours here.

Have you been on any safari tours in Africa? Tell us your favourite memory in the comments below….

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