Safari Destinations Overview
Fortunately there are quite a number of excellent countries to safari in, and an incredible safari can be put together in any of them. The key is to find the right location at the right time for what you most want to experience. Typically your budget and preferred time of travel will help narrow down to the best destination areas. Our summary is to give you some ideas on the typical styles and safari character of each destination country, however, keep in mind that a general style does not mean all operations in a country are that way and we love finding the exceptions. See Safari Planning for more explanations on style factors. This is meant to be a brief introduction to each country and far from comprehensive. Stimulating some picture of the countries we can then fully delve into the best choices in our discussion of your safari.
Game drives in Southern Africa are usually conducted in open sided vehicles allowing you an intimate connection with the animals. Tourist densities are much lower than in East Africa meaning you see far less other vehicles and have a more exclusive experience. Along with that lodging and food tend to be at a more luxurious standard as well. Travel to reach camps/lodges is usually done by flying so vehicle travel time for transfers between camps and parks is limited, which is excellent since so much time is already spent in vehicles for game drives. There is also a full range of activities as well as lots of options beyond safari such as winelands, beaches, shark & whale viewing, golf, urban exploration in the world class city of Cape Town, and much more.
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