An African safari is a memorable, often once-in-a-lifetime experience that offers an exhilarating mix of wildlife adventure, unique cultural encounters, and over-the-top beautiful scenery.
I was able to go on a safari in the Serengeti right after my monumental trek up Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania last July, and loved every minute of my time shooting animals with nothing more than my trusty camera.
If you have even the tiniest bit of desire to go on an African safari, you should put this adventure on your bucket list travel plans right now! Read on to find out eight reasons why an African safari might be the perfect holiday for you and your family.
A Memorable Experience
An African safari gives you the opportunity to see rare and powerful creatures, while immersing you in the wilderness of Africa so your senses burst with the unique beauty of the continent. Animals roam freely across the countryside, so safari visitors often witness the hunting prowess of hungry lions or sight elusive leopards as they lazily rest high up in a tree.
On my safari, our group was thrilled to spy a well-hidden leopard as it slept among the branches of a tall tree. We had to use super zoom on our cameras, but we were able to make out even the tiniest of spots on his luxurious coat.
Budget Friendly Options
Safaris can be designed to fit every budget, with many tour operators offering affordable vacation choices that offer exceptional value for your money. Most safaris are all-inclusive packages, so all accommodations, meals, sightseeing and game viewing options are included.
There are many family friendly packages as well as budget friendly safaris tailored for cost conscious travelers yearning for adventure. Safari companies know Africa very well and how to travel there, so travelers can unwind and relax, knowing they are in expert hands!
When on safari, you will undoubtedly witness jaw-dropping scenery and magnificent natural and historical sights. There are ample numbers of photo opportunities for stunning photographs of the places, people, and the wild animals you will see along your journey.
Safaris are Safe
African safaris are a safe and exciting way to explore this unique part of the world. Guides and game rangers are experts in their field and know where to go so you’ll get the most out of your time in Africa.
Experienced and knowledgeable guides not only show you the way, but also explain the migration and behavior of Africa’s animals, and help you gain a deeper understanding of the varying cultures and sights you visit. It’s almost like traveling with an oral encyclopedia!
Our group had a terrific guide named Benny who was constantly talking to us about what we were seeing, why the animals were doing what they were doing, and how we might get the best photos.
Benny had an eagle-eye when looking out deep into the Serengeti and we were lucky enough to get a glimpse of the rare black rhino hiding in the tall grass. Without Benny, we never would have known the rhino was even there.
Make Lifelong Friends
On safari, you will meet new people from all around the world. Although you can book a safari as a group if you wish to travel with family and friends, you can also share the adventure with travelers from across the globe, making lifelong friends as you go. An Africa safari is a great way to meet the local people living in Africa as well.
I met some of the nicest people on my trip to Africa. Even a year later, we still contact each other and share our day-to-day lives and catch up with each other at least on a weekly basis. I have no doubt that we will all still be friends even decades from now.
Action-packed Itineraries ensure you see as much of Africa as possible while not missing any local highlights along the way. Visiting tried and true destinations, and hidden wildlife gems, make for a more satisfying and easier journey throughout your time in Africa.
My 3-day safari was booked through the same tour company who provided everything for my Kilimanjaro trek. The itinerary was excellent, offered exceptional value, and included daily game drives and unique lodging choices.
A Safari is Easy
And perhaps surprisingly, African safaris are easy! Chill out and relax while someone else takes care of the logistics on your trip. Enjoy the perks of traveling on a safari package with experienced and trusted tour operators and avoid many of the glitches that often surprise visitors in an ever-changing country like Africa.
Travel at a relaxed pace in safe safari vehicles and get in touch with nature to help rejuvenate your soul from the stresses of busy modern life. A safari is an excellent way to recharge your batteries and explore untamed places, all at the same time!
And undoubtedly the best reason of all, taking an African safari aids in supporting wildlife rehabilitation and nature conservation across Africa. Typically, the cost of a safari includes conservation fees for the parks and wildlife centers visited, which helps protect African wilderness areas and the animals that inhabit them.
Many safaris include accommodation options at environmentally responsible lodges and camps who contribute toward the well-being of local communities and African wildlife as well.
Have you been on an African safari? Let me know in the comments below and share your experience!