The word ‘safari’ is synonymous with Africa. The continent’s pristine wilderness areas are incredibly diverse and shelter a remarkable array of wildlife. Most conventional safaris are built around two game drives per day with an experienced, professional guide at the wheel and often a tracker. But there are many different ways to experience Africa’s wildlife, from bush walks in Zambia and riding safaris in the Okavango Delta, to hot air balloon safaris over the rolling plains of the Maasai Mara.
If you want to experience raw, unmediated Africa – then a camping safari may be just the holiday for you. For those who love the freedom of a self-drive, South Africa’s Kruger National Park has a network of high quality roads and rest camps which make it the perfect choice for getting behind the wheel. For many, the prime attraction of a safari is seeing Africa’s ‘Big Five’ – lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo – but seasoned safari-goers may want to trek through the Ugandan rainforest in search of the last remaining mountain gorillas, or go chimpanzee trekking in Tanzania’s Mahale Mountains.