Safaris are offered in many countries with varying standards of accommodation and facilities. How does one begin to choose where to experience this adventure of a lifetime?
Celafrica Tours is a specialist safari and tour operator offering tailor-made programs for individuals and groups of all sizes in South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe. We will ensure you get the best options available at competitive prices, using only well managed properties with professional and knowledgeable game rangers and guides in reserves where game and birdlife are prolific.
There are different types of safaris available, and
a combination of locations and type is possible. The
traditional safari includes game drives into the bush
usually in an open 4 wheel drive
vehicle in the early morning and late afternoon, which
are the best times to find game. We also offer walking safaris,
elephant back safaris, cycling, horse-back and specialist
Celafrica Tours can combine a safari with tours or visits to attractions and places of interest in the countries listed below.
For sheer variety of species, no other African park can compare to South Africa’s Kruger Park and the adjacent private reserves. Because of its size, it has several different ecosystems that one would traverse in search of game and birdlife.
There are other areas that offer superb game viewing including Madikwe Game reserve that borders on Botswana, Hluhluwe/Umfolozi Reserve in KwaZulu Natal and areas in the Eastern Cape.
The Big 5 (lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard) is a well-known feature of South African safaris. Whale watching has become the 6th with Southern Right Whales to be found along its eastern and southern coasts between June-November each year.
Chobe National Park, The Okavango Delta and the Kalahari Game reserve are the most well-known safari destinations in Botswana. Chobe is famous for its huge elephant herds; the Okavango Delta for its winding waterways and excellent mokoro (like a dug out canoe) and land based game viewing, and the Kalahari for
migrating game, animals that have been compelled to adapt to desert conditions to survive, as well as the San people who still lead a traditional life in the desert as nomads, hunting for meat and collecting desert plants for food and liquids.
The Tuli Block in northern Botswana is a remote and undiscovered region where apart from game drives, one can also do horse and cycling safaris.
Zambia’s national parks cover about one fifth of the country, with massive lakes, rivers, and spectacular waterfalls including the world famous Victoria Falls. There is an abundance of big game and the country’s rich variation of rolling hills and flood plains supports both this game and a myriad of birdlife. South Luangwa National Park, one of the world’s top game reserves, is where the “walking safari” originated and this remains one of the finest ways to experience this untamed wilderness.
The northern parts of Namibia are a wildlife haven, with Etosha National Park being the most famous. From the rainy season when life blooms on the plains to the dry season when the animals converge on the waterholes, Etosha is a spectacle not to be missed. Etosha owes its unique landscape to the Etosha Pan, a shallow depression of about 5000 square kilometres that fills with water in the rainy season after which thousands of waterfowl flock here, including up to approximately one million pink flamingos. Apart from over 340 species of birds, visitors to the Park may see a host of game including wild dog, elephant, black rhino and other endangered species. In winter, the pan dries out becoming a huge expanse of white cracked mud, shimmering with mirages and spiralling dust. Waterholes along its southern perimeter guarantee rewarding and often spectacular game viewing when the animals come to drink here.
Hwange National Park, covering more than 14000 square kilometres, is Zimbabwe’s best-known game reserve, boasting over a hundred different species of animals and four hundred species of birds. The dry months between July to October, especially, offer fantastic game viewing opportunities.
Lake Kariba, an inland sea two hundred kilometres long and forty wide at its widest, is another wonderful game viewing area. The wildlife on the banks, which may include elephant, buffalo, rhino and a host of smaller game, is abundant while the lake supports fish as well as hippo and crocodiles.
Accommodation on safari
Game lodges, although situated in the bush, offer amenities that are commonly found in hotels. There are lodges with chalets or bungalows, others that offer luxury tents, all en suite. The most luxurious lodges offer suites with their own plunge pools and valets. The less expensive will all have private facilities with a swimming pool for all in-house guests.
It is essential to take anti-malaria medication in most of the safari areas. There are, however, reserves that are malaria free. Contact us for further information.
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