An African safari is one of life’s big bucket-list adventures and the planning can be an exciting part of the journey. However, with myriad considerations, it can also be confusing and overwhelming, especially given the specialist nature of wildlife travel. Our travel experts address some of the most common question areas from safari novices, such as where and when to go, what to see and how much will it cost; sharing their personal insights and top tips:
Best place to go on a first-time safari
Deciding where to go on your first safari will be guided by your personal preferences and priorities but we recommend the popular national parks and reserves in South Africa, Kenya or Tanzania. Whilst wildlife sightings are never a guarantee as the animals are wild and free to roam, South Africa’s Kruger offers consistently excellent game viewing and a high probability of ticking off the Big 5. If your vision of safari is vast savannahs, with an iconic ‘Lion King’ feel, then East Africa is the natural choice; with Kenya’s Maasai Mara or Tanzania’s Serengeti ideally suited for first-time visitors. For families with young children, you may prefer a non-malaria area, such as South Africa’ Eastern Cape, or the incredibly family-friendly regions of Laikipia or Lewa in Kenya.