Safari holiday – All you need to know
A safari holiday is a once in a lifetime experience that will have you interacting on a raw and authentic level with wildlife and nature. This enriching journey will be a fulfilling one for the whole family and this guide will give you all you need to know about a safari holiday, in just six minutes reading time.
Why is a safari holiday different from other holidays?
A safari holiday is different from other holidays because it involves the planning and coordination of people to physically go out into the wilderness to experience nature on a personal level. You get to hear the sound of the bush; the crickets chirping, the birds singing, the baboons barking, the distant sound of a leopard coughing or an elephant trumpeting, all while being guided by trained professionals who will educate you on the surrounding wildlife.
The guides will take you to the best spots and will show you rare occurrences such as a lioness and her cubs in the savannah or a leopard with its kill high up in a canopy of trees, protecting the kill from land predators. A safari holiday is also an experience that can be enjoyed by whole families, which means that children will get the significant and rare chance to see these animals in their natural habitat, many of these animals being endangered.
A safari holiday gives you the opportunity to appreciate the finer details in life such as a breath-taking African bush sunset, which you can enjoy with a beautifully cooked authentic African meal followed by a night under the open stars. Your mornings will be filled with glorious sunrises and early game drives that will have you tracking and spotting the surrounding wildlife while documenting and photographing the scenery and animals.
Where can you go for a safari holiday?
A safari holiday takes place on the majestic African continent where there is a vast array of activities and locations that safari adventurists can choose from including Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Botswana, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe and many many more. Journeys Intent focuses on safari holidays in Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda:
Tanzania is an east African country that is rich and bountiful in opportunities and experiences and is also home to Mt Kilimanjaro, an attraction that only few people get to experience. Tanzania is also home to the Serengeti which is known for its population of the African ‘big five’ and more specifically, the great migration.
The great migration is an annual migration of nearly one and half million wildebeest accompanied by other animals such as zebra and gazelle. The wildebeest migrate in massive herds across the savannah in search of fresh water and fresh grazing grounds. Because the herds travel in a clockwise motion, visitors and tourists are able to witness this great migration throughout the year, making it the perfect safari holiday activity.
Tanzania is not only an attraction because of the great wildebeest migration, this beautiful country also stretches all the way to the Zanzibar’s Stone Town, Kitavi National Park and the Ngorongoro crater. The expert knowledge that your guides have will lead you to the monumental findings such as the endangered black rhino, but also the finer findings and the small give which you will have the opportunity to appreciate and absorb.
Kenya is widely regarded as the home of the east African safari, encapsulating the magic of east Africa. Kenya is rich and overflowing with diverse cultures, majestic wildlife and hundreds of miles of coral reef lined coasts that are all waiting to be explored. Kenya is also home to Mount Kenya and the Great Rift Valley.
Kenya’s inclusive territory makes it the perfect safari destination, offering wildlife safaris, volcanic springs, huge escarpments and mountain ranges, flamingos, soda encrusted lake shores, arid landscapes and unique people to match the unique wildlife. Kenya is also home to the Masai Mara which includes lions, hippos, cheetahs, elephants, zebras and of course wildebeest.
Kenya’s parks and reserves are ranked amongst the very best in the world and culturally Kenya is the most diverse in Africa with over 40 different tribes living within its borders and there are 68 different languages spoken. We strive to take you away from the crowds and immerse you within the destination. In Kenya you can do this by journeying to the north of the country.
Here you can experience Kenya’s endemic special 5 that include the Grevy ‘s zebra, long-necked gerenuk, reticulated giraffe, beisa oryx and the Somali ostrich. These rugged northern uplands have become leading examples in the fight for conservation. Laikipia for example has one of the fastest growing and most diverse wildlife populations in East Africa and it is one of the best places to see wild dog and black rhino anywhere in Africa.
Kenya will offer you the opportunity to experience the thrill of tracking on foot some of the last remaining black rhino in Sera Community conservancy. With stunning views and breath-taking endemic flora and fauna try your hand at fly fishing on the slopes of Mount Kenya, the lesser known sister peak to Mount Kilimanjaro. Overall Kenya is a bountiful country that is one of the best destinations for a safari holiday.
Uganda is a landlocked country close to the equator and is called “The Pearl of Africa” for its rich and diverse landscapes. It is a country of amazing topographical contrasts – from open savannah and dense virgin forest through to tall, misty mountains. It is an ideal wildlife destination offering exceptional opportunities to witness varying species most famously its primates – chimps and mountain gorillas.
With over 1000 species of birds and 338 recorded mammals, Uganda is a naturalist’s mecca. For birders, few African destinations can compete with Uganda – the species list exceeds 1,000, at the top of which is surely the exceedingly rare, monstrous, swamp-dependent Shoebill.
Uganda is also home, along with Rwanda, to half the world’s remaining population of critically endangered mountain gorillas which are carefully protected in Uganda’s dense forests found in Bwindi National Park and Mgahinga National Park in south-west Uganda. In these parks you will have the opportunity to track and observe the mountain gorillas while sitting peacefully alongside these great apes.
Rwanda is another location for a gorilla experience and this country is evidence of true African spirit, overcoming their tragic past to become a booming destination rich in wildlife, opportunity and culture. The most common activity to do in Rwanda is to see the majestic mountain gorillas in their natural habitat, which you will see at the Volcanoes National Park.
Volcanoes National Park was the first national park in Africa in 1925, hence today animal and environmental conservation continues to be a big priority in Rwanda. In 2008, Rwanda became known around the world for banning plastic bags in an effort to go green. Coupled with the country’s conservation work for the endangered mountain gorillas in the Virunga mountain range, Rwanda is as sustainable as it gets.
Rwanda has an incredible array of wildlife and natural wonders to explore. Primates are perhaps first on the list from gentle black and white colobus monkeys to golden monkeys and of course the awe-inspiring mountain gorillas. Trekking into their habitats on foot through pristine forests is a magical experience.
A safari holiday with children:
The African wilderness changes kids forever. It gives kids grounding and a love and understanding for nature that is hard to grasp over a simple television program, children need to see, hear and feel nature to truly appreciate it and many safari holiday destinations offer you just that. Tanzania specifically offers you a fantastic destination filled with fun family activities that will keep the kids busy and captivated throughout the entire safari holiday journey.
Tanzania lends itself to family safaris with a huge variety of interesting things to do besides sitting in a vehicle. Itineraries can be designed around any family’s needs. If you would like to be active then there are an array of activities that you can do including game drives and rafting, but if you would prefer a more laid back and quiet experience, then Tanzania offers you the luxury to do so and Journeys Intent can design the perfect safari for you that meets all of your requirements.
Itinerary family safari 12-days (December – March)
Day 1: Arusha
Arrive in Tanzania and overnight in the lovely Rivertrees Country Inn outside of Arusha.
Day 2: Arusha National Park
Enjoy a full day game drive inside Arusha National Park with a morning’s easy walking, lunch in the forest and an afternoon canoeing safari. This will get you and the family right in the mood for what is to follow. Return to Rivertrees for overnight.
Day 3. Lake Manyara
Depart early in the morning for a transfer to Lake Manyara National Park. Enjoy a morning stroll or bike-ride through the local farming village of Mto Wa Mbu and have lunch at a banana plantation. Go into Lake Manyara National Park in the afternoon and game drive to the remote south of the park to your campsite on the banks of the Endabash River.
Here you will camp in our stylish and comfortable camp, the perfect way to spend your first night in the bush.
Day 4: Lake Manyara
Enjoy a full day exploring the secret nooks of Lake Manyara and the forest. Spend the evening back in the same camp.
Day 5: Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Enjoy a morning game drive out of the park and continue to Plantation Lodge. With its big gardens and pool this is the perfect place to enjoy a lazy afternoon or go for a hike to elephant caves or a bike ride in the crater highlands.
Day 6: Ngorongoro Crater
Full day game drive inside the Ngorongoro Crater. Return to Plantation Lodge for overnight.
Day 7: Ngorongoro, Serengeti
Morning transfer and game drive over the Ngorongoro Crater and into the Serengeti short grass plains. Spend the next few days in complete solitude in an area known as the Gol Mountains. Your camp will be next to an enormous boulder called Nasera Rock (great for climbing) and your tents will be lightweight camps. During this time of year this area will be filled with the migrating herds.
Day 8: Serengeti
Spend the next two days walking and game viewing in the area around camp. This is also Masaai homeland and Masaai tribes men will join you on walks, this is a great time for some authentic cultural interactions.
Day 9: Serengeti
Spend the next two days walking and game viewing in the area around camp.
Day 10: Serengeti
Game drive to the Ndutu area where the bulk of the migration will be and enjoy this spectacle. Overnight in a small luxury camp called Olakira Camp.
Day 11: Serengeti
Enjoy a full day game viewing in the Ndutu area and spend the evening back at Olakira Camp.
Day 12: Departure Serengeti
Board a morning scheduled flight from Ndutu either back to Arusha or to Zanzibar to enjoy a few days on the beach.