Friday, April 27, 2012

Choose the African safari that’s right for you

With so many African safaris to choose from, deciding which experience is most suitable for you can be a daunting process. Here is a summary of the most common types of African safari to help you with your decision.

Guided safari A guided safari is the most common form of safari and is really more of an umbrella term that can be applied to numerous subsets; the vast majority of camps and safari lodges across Africa will offer one type of guided safari or another. They generally take the form of game drives where an experienced guide takes you through the game reserve and points out animal tracks and to popular wildlife spots. Guided safaris primarily take place early in the morning or late in the afternoon, as these times provide the best opportunities for game viewing. The main advantage of this type of safari is that you can rely on the guide’s specialist knowledge and tracking skills to locate the animals. Also, the guides are often from the area so can share knowledge and experiences about the wildlife, fauna and flora. If it is your first safari to Africa or if you’re looking for a hassle free and educational experience, a guided safari is definitely worth considering. 

For a more intimate safari experience, immerse yourself in the African bush with a walking safari. This type of Africa safaris was pioneered in the 1950s in the Zambian bush by the famous environmentalist Norman Carr. Although you cover less distance than you would in a safari vehicle, your experience on a walking safari is often more intense. As soon as you step out of a safari vehicle you feel your senses sharpen and you become alert to every sound as you become one with the nature around you . Walking safaris also give you a chance to see the smaller creatures and the flora which you can often miss on larger safaris focused on big animal viewing. Expert guides accompany you and make you feel at ease as you venture into the bush. Walking safaris are an exhilarating and intimate experience that you can often combine with other types of safari.       

Mobile safaris also offer a more intimate Africa Safaris experience, however you are completely immersed in the bush as you camp out, following the tracks of wildlife as the early explorers would have done on their expeditions. Private luxury camps and rustic walking options are available, both focusing on exclusivity and flexibility. As you wander through the wilderness, the camp moves from location to location transferred by a dedicated team of guides. If you choose a more up market option the camp is already set up in advance of your arrival. This type of African safari is particularly recommended for following seasonal migrations as you can respond to game movements, such as in the Okavango Delta, Kalahari Makgadikgadi and other regions of Botswana, Namibia or Zambia’s Kafue National Park.

Finally, for that extra special encounter choose to incorporate a Balloon safari into your trip. This form of safari provides a brilliant opportunity to view game from a bird’s eye view and take in the dramatic scenery of some of Africa’s most spectacular landscapes. Floating silently over vast plains is a memorable and thrilling experience that is likely to be the highlight of your trip. If you take your safari during the Great Wildebeest Migration you will certainly have some fantastic wildlife viewings. Balloon safaris are morning activities largely offered from camps in the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania and the Masai Mara in Kenya and the Kafue in Zambia.

Travel Guest post by Craig.
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