Best Safari Experiences in 2019

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Here's a pick of 2019's most mesmerising safari experiences on offer in Africa

Gorilla trekking in Uganda and Rwanda

Why: UNESCO World Heritage Site, Gorilla treks & regular sightings

Set in the heart of Uganda's Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, the Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp is the only accommodation built in the forest and is situated on a steep hillside amongst atmospheric mountain surroundings. Tents are built into the rainforest, almost becoming a part of the landscape, giving you the feeling of being at one with nature without giving up on modern luxuries such as a queen size bed and ensuite bathrooms. Due to its location so deep in the forest, it's not uncommon for gorilla families to enter and wander the camp!

Gorilla treks as well as birding walks are an excellent way to spend time. The area's rich landscapes of rainforest, volcanoes, waterfalls allow for challenging walks with the potential to come across species of all kinds, including a rare breed of forest elephants!

Our recommendation: Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

Rwanda is the ultimate 'off the beaten track' experience guaranteed to bring out the adventurer in you. In November 2018, the mountain gorillas were reclassified from Critically Endangered to Endangered. That welcome news has not influenced the increasing number of people seeking that once-in-a-lifetime experience to personally encounter the gorillas in Rwanda's Volcanoes National Park. Visitors do not have to compromise on luxury for the Gorilla experience with a number of established options including The One and Only, which is due to open in 2019.

Our recommendation: Bisate Lodge in Afro-alpine forests.

Walking Safaris in Zambia

Why: Step into the shoes of Stanley and Livingstone as you explore Africa on foot and get closer to nature than ever before

Set overlooking the Chayumba lagoon frequented by a variety of wildlife including hippos and elephants with the awe inspiring Chindeni Hills as a backdrop, the Chindeni Bush Camp is one of the most stunning camps in South Luangwa, home of the walking safari. The tents, of which there are only four in total, include vaulted canvas ceilings, hot and cold running water, private decks that jut out over the lagoon, hammocks to watch the wildlife wander by, and four poster beds to retire to after a fulfilling day of game drives and walking safaris. Walks are organised in the early morning to avoid the heat, with a return to the camp in time for brunch. Watching big game while on foot is always exhilarating and the South Luangwa doesn't disappoint with huge herds of buffalo and elephant common sights

Our recommendation: Chindeni Bush Camp in South Luangwa National Park.

Migration Safari in Tanzania

Why: Follow the footsteps of the Great Migration, Incredible variety of animals to be seen.

The annual Great Migration of animals across the Serengeti is a magnificent sight to see. As millions of wildebeest and zebra set off on their yearly move to find water and food, a wondrous amount of other species, specifically predators, join in, stalking closely behind to take advantage of weaknesses. It's been described as one of the "Greatest Shows on Earth" due to the sheer magnitude of the event.

Depending on the time of year and due to the nature of a migration, the camp changes its position regularly to offer guests the most spectacular views of the event. Inspired by the original colonial explorers, the camp does its best to spare no luxury, though bucket showers are standard. Ensuite tents are included, though, as well as a private safari vehicle and guide - to get you as up close and personal with the wildlife as possible. Daily game drives and even hot air ballooning over the areas to get a remarkable aerial view of the migration are just a few of the activities you'll have the pleasure of experiencing.

Our recommendation: Legendary Serengeti Camp in the heart of the Serengeti.

Elephant Safari in Botswana

Why: Connect with this famous herd of elephants, from wise matriarch Cathy to the energetic youngster, Naledi.

Abu Camp, set in the Okavango Delta, is one of the most individual and special safari experiences you'll ever have. While staying at the camp, guests are invited to spend time with the elephants and may even have the opportunity to go on safari walking alongside these magnificent gentle giants. Immerse yourself in learning about one of the smartest animals in the animal kingdom and discover the conservation work Abu Camp hold at the heart of their work.

The camp itself comprises six elegantly decorated rooms complete with ensuites. The tents blend effortlessly with their surroundings and offer a luxurious juxtaposition between the plushness inside and the wilderness outdoors. Additional features include an outdoor copper bath, indoor/outdoor shower, and a plunge pool in the elevated viewing deck. The camp also includes a lounge and dining area, a well stocked library for even more wildlife study, gym and community pool. The 'star bed', one of tne of the most special parts of the camp, will let you relax even closer to the elephants as you're suspended under the stars above their enclosure.

Our recommendation: Abu Camp in the Okavango Delta.