The African safari is one holiday that all travelers aspire to. It is on the wish list of most people and those who have gone on safari find themselves being drawn back time and time again.
Go back in time…
Africa is a vast continent of infinite variety and is has some of the most unspoiled wilderness left on the planet. If you have every fancied time travel then this could be the place where you can imagine yourself going back in time and standing on land that has remained virtually unchanged since time began. In South Africa, from the Drakensberg Mountains and their verdant slopes of tea growing terraces to the wild coast of the cape and the towering Table Mountain this is a holiday that truly has something for everyone. The cafe culture of Cape Town and the history of Pretoria make this country as varied as it is lovely. The sultry climate of tropical Durban has won over many a heart. South Africa has many wonderful beaches and everything you could want to enhance your safari holiday.
Mount Kenya rising high
The cheerful welcoming Kenyan guide who is with you when you see your first pride of lions devouring their kill or points out a rare bird at Lake Naivasha will be a firm friend by the time that your safari ends. The animals and the sights and sounds of Kenya will captivate you. Mount Kenya rises high above the earth and the Masai Mara plains stretch as far as the eye can see. Come at the time of the annual migration and you will be captivated by the sheer numbers of animals thundering across the plains.
Awe inspiring Tanzania
In Tanzania, the safari is King and no visit to the country is complete without seeing the towering Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain. See hippos and crocs in the river of the Okavango Delta of Botswana and savour the experiences you have as a family that will stay with you forever. After a dusty day on safari you can relax in the most luxurious of environments, maybe take a dip in the plunge pool before you eat a sumptuous evening meal. And then tomorrow it will all be there for you to explore again!
Geologically, the Taita Hills are the northern most outposts of the mountains of Tanzania and Malawi that are more great safari destinations. Arid Bushland flanks the hills, and then near the top you will see cultivated strips and remnant patches of ancient forest. This area is ideal for bird watchers.
Hit the beach
A safari followed by a beach holiday is probably one of the most popular combinations and a week at a stunning beach resort is a great way to relax after a safari trip. One of the best combinations is probably a three week safari and then a week at the beach but one week at each will also be perfect. It is hard to say how long a safari should be, some say it can never be long enough, but much as most of us will hate to drag ourselves away, we will have to. But once you have been to Africa it will be hard to resist the call to return.
Whether it is Kenya, South Africa, Namibia or Botswana, the Victoria falls in Zimbabwe or Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, the memories you make on your African holidays will be with you for a life time. A safari is the kind of holiday that truly can cater for everyone from the very young to the older traveler. The usual length of a safari is two weeks but the longer you can take the better, more time to see those unforgettable sights and to immerse yourself in the culture and the fascination of the ancient continent of Africa and her people.