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Which African safari is right for you?

Jul 03, 2017 by Jamie Gallerani

Whether you’re looking to soak up culture in South Africa or immerse yourself in nature in Botswana, we have the safari experience for you. Read on to find out which breathtaking country you’d love to visit while visiting Africa.

First-timers, visit Kenya

If you’re embarking on your first safari, Kenya is the place for you. You’ll admire pink flamingos in the Great Rift Valley and zip across Amboseli National Park’s sprawling savannah on a game drive (when you’re more than likely to catch a glimpse of Africa’s Big Five game animals. Countless moments of discovery are yours to savor during a day on tour in Kenya, and standing in awe of local life and astounding natural landscapes are just the beginning.

National animal of Kenya: Lion

See it on tour: Kenya Wildlife Safari: Mount Kenya, Maasai Mara & Amboseli with Tanzania extention

Adventurous animal-lovers, visit Tanzania

The thought of an adventure in Africa may call to mind herds of animals gathered around a watering hole on the sun-baked Serengeti—and that isn’t too far off the mark in Tanzania. From the staggering concentration of wildlife in the UNESCO-listed Ngorongoro Crater to soaring Mount Kilimanjaro anchoring the skyline, it’s a classic safari experience for those serious about animal sightings. Want to ensure an up-close look at all the animals that dot the landscape as you cruise through renowned national parks and beyond? Remember to carry a pair of binoculars and a camera with a good zoom lens, two of our many tips for traveling in Tanzania.

National animal of Tanzania: Giraffe

See it on tour: Tanzania Wildlife Safari with Kenya extention

Off-the-beaten-path explorers, visit Botswana & Zimbabwe

Botswana and Zimbabwe offer up some of Africa's most impressive landscapes. This unforgettable journey starts on the rim of Victoria Falls, one of the world’s most powerful waterfalls, and just gets better. Enjoy elephant sightings at sunset in Chobe National Park, get a whole new take on nature as you set off on a bushwalk, and boat through the lush Okavango Delta in a traditional canoe—keeping an eye out for Africa’s amazing animal life, of course. If the road less traveled is calling, Botswana and Zimbabwe shine.

National animals: Zebra & sable antelope

See it on: Botswana & Zimbabwe Wildlife Safari with Cape Town extension

Culture-loving foodies, visit South Africa

If you’re wondering what to expect on a tour of South Africa, the answer is a little bit of everything. With its cosmopolitan cities and world-renowned Winelands, a tour in this multifaceted locale is an ideal experience for those aiming to start the day on a game drive and end it with a crisp glass of chenin blanc. It’s here that the animal-dotted savanna sits in stark contrast to miles of dramatic coastline and deep-rooted culture shines through in colorful Cape Town and Johannesburg. Go from city to safari on an unforgettable journey through this awe-inspiring country of contrasts.

National animal: Springbok antelope

See it on: South Africa: A Journey of Discovery with Victoria Falls extension or, for a shorter adventure, South Africa: Cape Town to Kruger National Park with Victoria Falls extension

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About the author | Jamie Gallerani
It was Jamie’s homestay in Germany that made her fall in love with travel (and her studies in Florence that really sealed the deal). When she’s not writing and sharing the magic of seeing the world with others, she’s usually on the lookout for her new favorite memoir, testing out recipes at home, or visiting her family on Cape Cod.

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a four by four vehicle surrounded by wildebeest on a game drive in the african savanna
a four by four vehicle surrounded by wildebeest on a game drive in the african savannaa four by four vehicle surrounded by wildebeest on a game drive in the african savanna
Kenya Wildlife Safari: Mount Kenya, Maasai Mara & Amboseli
13 days | 18 days with Tanzania extension

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