Safari Holidays

Think safari and most of us will think of journeying to see wild animals in their natural habitat, usually in a national park or reserve. Organising a safari experience can be daunting especially with the vast array of styles and destinations. This is where we come in! One of our expert consultants will be happy to advise you on your best safari option according to your needs and desires. Below are some brief safari profiles to offer a starting point in your planning process. You may also find our blog on things you should know when planning a safari holiday a helpful article which addresses the important aspects to consider about a safari holiday.


Contact an expert at Mahlatini to help you determine which destination and type of safari would best suit you.

Choosing Your Safari

The best place to start. Ask yourself, "What do I want to see?"
Big game hunters referred to their most desired prizes – lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo – as the Big 5. These are also the most desired 'prizes' for most safari visitors. South Africa’s Kruger National Park as well as Lake Nakuru and the Masai Mara in Kenya are ideal 'hunting grounds' for Big 5 enthusiasts as well as for other mammals and birds.

Both the black and the white rhino are endangered, the black rhino more so. The best sightings of white rhino are generally in South Africa and for the black rhino we recommend Namibia's Etosha National Park and Damaraland. Elephants are hugely appealing, some of the largest herds in the world can be found in the Chobe National Park and Linyanti regions of Botswana. Primates, especially gorillas and chimpanzees are charismatic animals and often a focus for the wildlife traveller. If this is your main interest then head for the pristine forests of Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania.

Expect unrivalled big cat predator action during the world famous wildebeest migration in the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania and the Masai Mara in Kenya. Magical sightings of lion and cheetah can be the highlight of any safari. Hoping to 'spot' a leopard? Head out for a night drive in the Kruger Park in South Africa, the Okavango Delta in Botswana and the South Luangwa in Zambia where they are best observed.

Once you've decided on your game viewing priorities it is time to choose how you wish to experience it. Ask yourself, "What type of experience am I after?"

For guidance on the different types of safari experiences see below:

There are a wide variety of styles from luxury tented lodges to simple fly camping. The categories above offer luxury, basic and midrange options. Contact our specialist team to discuss the safari that would suit you best.

Lodges

Lodges

Lodges in most parts of Africa are more extensive and offer much more amenities than options such as tented camps. Just like a large hotel expect swimming pools, shops and restaurants. As one of the most essential considerations is location we are happy to recommend Tanzania's Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge and Chobe Game Lodge in Botswana for boasting an abundance of scenery and game-viewing as well as great value for families and groups. South Africa's Singita lodges in the Kruger Park and Shamwari lodges in the Eastern Cape however cater for those in search of ultra luxurious accommodation.

Tented Camps & Bush Camps

Tented Camps & Bush Camps

Tented Camps and Bush Camps are the perfect way to experience the African bush. This is the most popular choice with Mahlatini's discerning clients! Sleeping under canvas reminds you that after all you are in Africa, but there is no need to compromise on comfort. Indeed most of our luxury options are tented for example Sausage Tree Camp in Zambia, Migration Camp in Tanzania, or Mombo Camp in the heart of the Okavango Delta, Botswana. Most 'tents' consist of large bedrooms and bathrooms including all the modern amenities that you would expect in a luxury hotel. Also popular are semi permanent tented camps which are best used where seasonal migrations are the focus for game viewing for example during the wildebeest migration in the Serengeti. Camps such as Sayari and Olakira remain in place for up to 3 months at a time before moving to a separate area of the park to follow the animal herds.

Luxury is just as much about experience as material extravagance and many of the bush camps we work with are in very remote wilderness areas, for example Zambia's South Luangwa's Mchenja Bushcamp. These camps and lodges are often owner managed rather than being part of a safari camp chain, you are guaranteed personal friendly service from people with a passion for the surrounding wilderness and wildlife.

What to pack

Packing for a safari is a slightly different undertaking to your average beach holiday. Read our comprehensive safari packing guide to learn what you should bring with you on your safari.

Sample Safaris

Below are a set of sample itineraries to give you a flavour of each destinations highlights in terms of properties and attractions. Our travel specialists will listen to your requirements and tailor a bespoke itinerary to match your specific preferences and budget.

Best of Namibia fly in Safari image 1 Best of Namibia fly in Safari image 2

for 6 nightsfrom £2,645 pp sharing

Excludes international flights

countries visited:

  • Namibia

The Best of Namibia Fly-In Safari explores four distinct regions: the famous dunes of Sossusvlei; the life-filled coasts at Swakopmund, the stark plains of Damaraland and the amazing wildlife at Etosha.
 

Nights
Location
Recommended Accommodation
2 nights
Sossusvlei & the Namib Desert
2 nights
Damaraland & Kaokoland
2 nights
Etosha National Park
Ultimate Luxury Botswana Holiday  image 1 Ultimate Luxury Botswana Holiday  image 2

for 6 nightsfrom £4,120 pp sharing

Excludes international flights

countries visited:

  • Botswana

This ultimate luxury fly-in safari includes a stay in the Okavango Delta and the Linyanti / Savute regions with an optional add on to visit the Victoria Falls in Zambia.  

Nights
Location
Recommended Accommodation
3 nights
Linyanti & Savute
3 nights
Okavango Delta
Born Free Kenya Safari  image 1 Born Free Kenya Safari  image 2

for 10 nightsfrom £3,520 pp sharing

Excludes international flights

countries visited:

  • Kenya

This fly-in safari takes in the Meru & Shaba National Parks combined with the Masai Mara. Elsa' Kopje Camp is named after Elsa the lioness, made famous by George & Joy Adamson's book 'Born Free'.

Nights
Location
Recommended Accommodation
1 night
Nairobi
3 nights
Meru
3 nights
Shaba National Reserve
3 nights
Masai Mara
Kenya Family Safari & Beach Holiday  image 1 Kenya Family Safari & Beach Holiday  image 2

for 9 nightsfrom £1,215 pp sharing

Excludes international flights

countries visited:

  • Kenya

This family holiday combines an exciting safari in the famous Masai Mara with a week on the beach at a Mombasa resort. Here the children can partake in a number of organized games and water sports allowing Mum and Dad some well earned rest.

 

 

Nights
Location
Recommended Accommodation
1 night
Nairobi
4 nights
Masai Mara
4 nights
Mombasa
Tanzania Luxury Camping Safari with Zanzibar Extension image 1 Tanzania Luxury Camping Safari with Zanzibar Extension image 2

for 10 nightsfrom £2,750 pp sharing

Excludes international flights

countries visited:

  • Tanzania

This sample holiday takes in a northern circuit safari & a Zanzibar beach stay. In the Serengeti portion you will stay in a mobile tented camp. These move through the regions of the park every couple of months following the famous wildebeest migration.

Nights
Location
Recommended Accommodation
2 nights
Ngorongoro Crater
3 nights
Serengeti National Park
5 nights
Zanzibar
Luxury Kruger and Mozambique Holiday  image 1 Luxury Kruger and Mozambique Holiday  image 2

for 10 nightsfrom £3,775 pp sharing

Excludes international flights

countries visited:

  • South Africa
  • Mozambique

This a twin centre holiday incorporates a luxury safari in the Kruger Park following by a week on the beach on Benguerra Island in Mozambique. The accommodation choices provided are stylish and the trip is designed for guests wanting to minimise travel and maximise the luxury experience.

Nights
Location
Recommended Accommodation
3 nights
Sabi Sand Game Reserve
7 nights
Bazaruto Archipelago
Cape Town, Victoria Falls & Botswana Holiday  image 1 Cape Town, Victoria Falls & Botswana Holiday  image 2

for 12 nightsfrom £2,365 pp sharing

Excludes international flights

countries visited:

  • South Africa
  • Zambia
  • Botswana

This twin centre holiday begins in the Cape region of South Africa. From here it is time to experience Zambia's famous Victoria Falls before venturing into Botswana's Okavango Delta and the Linyanti / Savute regions for your safari.

Nights
Location
Recommended Accommodation
3 nights
Cape Town
2 nights
Winelands
2 nights
Livingstone
2 nights
Linyanti & Savute
3 nights
Okavango Delta
Kruger & Mauritius Holiday  image 1 Kruger & Mauritius Holiday  image 2

for 13 nightsfrom £1,590 pp sharing

Excludes international flights

countries visited:

  • South Africa
  • Mauritius

This sample Kruger and Mauritius twin centre holiday includes a safari in South Africa's most famous reserve, the Kruger Park and a beach holiday in Mauritius.

Nights
Location
Recommended Accommodation
4 nights
Thornybush Nature Reserve
2 nights
Hazyview
7 nights
Grand Baie
10 Day Classic Uganda image 1 10 Day Classic Uganda image 2

for 9 nightsfrom £2,205 per adult

Excludes international flights

countries visited:

  • Uganda

This itinerary takes in the best of Uganda including gorillas at Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, wildlife at Queen Elizabeth National Park and chimps at Kibale Forest. This can easily be tailored and is simply a sample of how you may like to spend your time. 

Nights
Location
Recommended Accommodation
1 night
Lake Mburo
2 nights
Bwindi
2 nights
Queen Elizabeth - Ishasha
2 nights
Queen Elizabeth - Mweya
2 nights
Kibali
10 Night 'All Zimbabwe' Fly-in image 1 10 Night 'All Zimbabwe' Fly-in image 2

for 10 nightsfrom £2,865 per adult

Excludes international flights

countries visited:

  • Zimbabwe

This sample fly in safari combines Victoria Falls with a stay at two of Zimbabwe’s safari regions including Hwange National Park and Mana Pools National Park.  Also included is a stay in the Matobo Hills National Park for the opportunity to track rhino on foot.

Nights
Location
Recommended Accommodation
2 nights
Matobo Hills National Park
3 nights
Hwange
3 nights
Mana Pools
2 nights
Victoria Falls

Customer Review

Holiday to South Africa during September 2014

Customer Review

Its hard to pick specific highlights as the whole holiday was wonderful, but Quartermains camp safari was definitely one of the highlights along with driving to cape point and the cape of good hope. The tour of Robben Island was also very interesting.

Rated... 5stars

Signed:

Ian Theophilus & Hannah Kollwitz

Sample Itineraries

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