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INSPIRATIONAL SAFARI HOLIDAYS

The word safari is a Masai word meaning “to journey” and there are many forms of safari available. Below we highlight some of the main safaris that we offer and highlight by country where it is best to undertake these safari options. Of course the time of the year that you travel can also determine what safaris are available across different countries and therefore we suggest that you contact us to discuss your requirements.

SAFARI OPTIONS BY TYPE

The most common method of undertaking a safari is by safari vehicle on what is typically classed as a game drive. Vehicles used for game drives vary by region and terrain but we generally uses camps and lodges that use 4×4 Land Rovers or Land Cruisers to ensure a great viewing experience and safety etc. Most game drives are undertaken early morning and late afternoon / evening as this is the time of the day that most animals are active – either predators seeking prey or the prey being alert for the predators! In certain areas game drives can be an all-day adventure, whilst night game drives are also offered from certain camps and lodges – generally found in private concession areas.
Many camps and lodges offer the opportunity to undertake a game walk escorted by expert guides and these can vary from an hour to a few hours and allow you to get close to nature and appreciate the smaller things found in the bush plus the sounds and smells of Africa. However, a real walking safari is one that takes you from camp to camp, spending the day with your knowledgeable guides as you trek across the plains seeking game and exploring the bush. In general you would walk approximately 20km’s per day and stay each night in comfortable but rustic bushcamps. Walking safaris can vary from an overnight stop at one camp to 6 or 7 nights across a number of camps.
Whatever your ability or experience, horse-riding safaris are an exceptional way to explore the magnificent natural world, by riding amongst the game and being part of many unique herds of animals. Riding safaris are offered in Botswana, Namibia, Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia, all of which embrace magnificent game and landscapes, as well as promising to give you the most exhilarating experience of your life. Many, if not most of the horses have been brought up in the bush, allowing you to get extremely close to all game in confidence. With so many safaris on offer, all with different elements and opportunities there truly is something for everyone. From novice, to experienced riders, you will find a riding safari to suit you and your dreams, creating a lasting memory and an unforgettable holiday!
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OUR TOP RECOMMENDED SAFARI DESTINATIONS

 

SOUTH AFRICA

South Africa is frequently and aptly described as a “world in one country” or the “Rainbow Nation”. It is a land of enormous diversity worthy of exploration and discovery.
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BOTSWANA

Botswana is a vast land of contrasts and is landlocked between South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Zambia. This is a top class safari destination and a true wilderness area, untrammelled and essentially unchanged since time immemorial.
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ZAMBIA

To explore Zambia is to step back into Africa as it was meant to be. Often described as the ‘real’ Africa, Zambia has been relatively untouched by humans and is famed for its huge protected wilderness areas, its natural landscapes and, arguably, the most diverse range of animals and birds in Africa.
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NAMIBIA

Namibia is a land of extraordinary and unique landscapes - it is rugged yet fragile, barren yet beautiful, harsh but compelling, with clear and unpolluted skies. Namibia is astoundingly different from typical ‘bush’ Africa, but without doubt it is a gem waiting to be discovered.
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MALAWI

Malawi is a country of striking scenery and great beauty with rolling plateaus, towering mountains, rugged escarpments, valleys and thick forests combining with beautiful lakes with wonderful sandy beaches.
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KENYA

Kenya is the birthplace of the Safari and is how we all probably imagine Africa - rolling plains dotted with spreading acacia trees stretching into the shimmering distance and merging with the cobalt sky at the edge of the horizon.
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TANZANIA

Tanzania is wild Africa with wilderness which has remained unchanged for aeons and a safari here is enriching and game viewing is regarded as some of the best, and least contrived, in Africa.
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UGANDA & RWANDA

Uganda and Rwanda are no ordinary safari destinations. Ecologically, Uganda and Rwanda are where the East African savannah meets the West African jungle. With their unique blend of savannah and forest creatures and their rare wealth of mountain and lake habitats they are simply dazzling.
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INDIA

With astonishing diversity, India is an exotic, extravagant and elegant destination full of discovery for every type of discerning traveller. This is a land of great monuments, over 1.3 Billion people, 22+ languages and is truly a one-of-a-kind destination, that is not only enjoyable but immensely educational.
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OUR TOP RECOMMENDED SAFARI CAMPS & LODGES

 

JONGOMERO CAMP – TANZANIA

Jongomero Camp stands under large acacias on the banks of the Jongomero Sand River in the remote south-west corner of the Ruaha National Park and is surrounded by a wilderness of 'terminalia' woodland.
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SINGITA SABI SAND

Singita Sabi Sand is a privately owned game reserve in the Sabi Sand Reserve, renowned for its high concentrations of big game. A member of Relais & Chateaux, Singita boasts three resplendent lodges, each completely distinctive in style yet, sharing the same superlative standards.
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DUBA PLAINS CAMPS – BOTSWANA

Duba Plains Camp is one of the most remote camps in the Okavango Delta and is located on a tree-covered island in a private 30,000 hectare concession known as the Kwedi Reserve in the northern Okavango Delta.
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LEOPARD HILLS – KRUGER

Leopard Hills is built on a hill overlooking a natural waterhole, close to the perennial Sand River and traverses over 10,000 hectares of the world-renowned Sabi Sand Game Reserve, which forms part of the greater Kruger National Park ecosystem.
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MARA PLAINS CAMP – KENYA

Mara Plains is a small, personalised camp located within the private 30,000 acre Olare Orok Conservancy, and within meters of the northern boundary of the Masai Mara National Reserve.
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TSWALU KALAHARI – NORTHERN CAPE

Tswalu Kalahari Reserve is an exclusive private game reserve in the heart of South Africa’s malaria-free Northern Cape Province. The combination of the Kalahari’s lure and the exquisite lodge style make this a truly spectacular safari destination.
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Contact one of the team at Inspirational Travel should you want to discuss a safari to Africa. Call us on 01778 382764.