African Safari holidays offer the thrill of a lifetime for nature and wildlife enthusiasts. A safari is usually synonymous with the African trip and traditionally with a big-game hunt. However, the term now-a-days refers to the African trip intended to observe, enjoy and photograph wildlife. Many tourist agencies can arrange well-planned safaris that suit the interests and purpose of holiday activity.
The most popular destinations for African safari holidays include Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana, Zambia and Namibia. Safaris may include small-tented camps to large resort accommodations. Tourists can view the Big Five on foot or horseback, in vehicles, elephant backs or boats, depending on the type of terrain and interests. The Big Five refers to the Elephant, Buffalo, Leopard, Lion and Rhino.
Kenya, the most popular holiday destination provides a variety of opportunities. It features incredible wildlife, unspoiled wilderness, world-class lodges and excellent internal flight network that connect it to all parts of the country. Kenya safari holidays popularly include the Masai Mara Reserve that hosts the annual migration of wildebeast and zebra, the Amboseli National park that allows one to view the snow capped Mount Kilimanjaro, Lake Nukuru and many more. The less explored include Lewa Conservancy, Meru National Park, Chyulu hills, Laikipia, and many more.
Choosing the right African safari holidays is a daunting task because of the innumerable safaris at wildly different packages. It depends on the objectives of the tour, climate of the destination, and type of safari intended – luxurious or low budget.
Masai Mara in Kenya, Kruger National Park in South Africa and Serengeti National Park in Tanzania are good choices to view the Big Five. Rwanda and Uganda provide an opportunity to observe Gorillas, while Gombe Stream National Park in Tanzania is popular for Chimpanzees. Okavango Delta in Botswana is abundant with elephants, and the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Conservation Area in East Africa host Lions. The probability of catching a glimpse of the Black Rhino is more in Etosha, Kruger and Chobe National Parks. Canoeing Safari in the Zambezi River, the Selous Game Reserve in Tanzania and Liwonde National Park in Malawi are the perfect picks for watching Hippos and Crocodiles.
Apart from jeeps, tourists can enjoy African safari holidays by watching wildlife on a camel or a horse. An elephant back safari at Abu Camp in the Okavango Delta, Botswana offers a different experience. A walking safari with highly knowledgeable guides or a canoeing safari along the Zambezi River can be a lot more exciting. The Balloon safari at Serengeti Plains provides unforgettable moments of watching the annual migration of wild beasts.
With so many options available, it is advisable and convenient to use the services of any trusted tourist agency. The agencies offer tailor-made African safari holidays. However, the tourist has to make sure that his chosen holidays are protected with ABTA and ATOL. The personal experience of the travel consultants helps the visitor to choose an ideal safari package.