Game Drives: Available in almost all areas, with specially adapted 4 x 4 safari vehicles and excellent guides. Game drives give you the best opportunity to cover the most ground and get the closest to animals and to watch them in their natural habitat.
Night game drives are possible in some areas, particularly outside of national parks to view nocturnal animals using a spotlight; many predators tend to be more active after dark.
Walking Safaris: Escorted game walks are possible in certain areas especially concession areas on the edge of national parks. Walks are at a slow pace and are not strenuous, to view game and to see, hear and smell Africa. Whilst you will not get as close to game on foot as on a vehicle, walking in ‘big game country’ gives a very different feel to a safari and is a truly authentic safari experience and can be combined with game drives in many areas. Great countries for walking safaris are Botswana, Tanzania and Zambia.
Boat and canoe safaris: The major rivers of Africa such as the Zambezi, Chobe and Rufiji give fantastic opportunities to take boat trips to view hippos, crocodiles and a host of animals coming down to the water to drink. The bird-life along the rivers is also superb. Southern Tanzania, Botswana and Zambia offer great boat safaris, whilst Botswana’s Okavango Delta allows you to sit in the local dug-out canoe, the mokoro, and be poled around the incredibly beautiful lily-covered lagoons and waterways of the Delta.
Culture: Africa has literally hundreds of fascinating tribes and many areas along the Indian Ocean coast have much history of the interlinked African and Arab past. See the Masai, Hadza and Datoga people of Tanzania or watch the Kalahari San people as they find water in the desert, or wander the maze of alleyways that make up the World Heritage site of Stone Town, Zanzibar Island. School, village and local market visits can be included in most safaris between and on the edge of national parks.
Bird-watching : Bird-watching in Africa is one of the pleasures of being on safari – for some, an unexpected pleasure! If you’ve ever tried to bird-watch in forests or in many other parts of the world, you’re in for a treat, as Africa’s birding is in the main, easy and straightforward, with the most fantastic array of colourful birds of all shapes and sizes easily seen, often in astounding numbers. From eagles to storks, parrots to kingfishers, birding complements a wildlife safari, with excellent knowledgeable local guides. Specialist birding safaris can be arranged on request.
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