Visiting Africa and journeying out on safari is a unique experience. Getting up close and personal with some of the world's most impressive and endangered animals, relaxing in luxury lodges deep in the African bush and learning more about the fascinating African culture is what a safari holiday is all about.
A safari is not the same as a tour of a wildlife sanctuary or animal rescue centre. Even in Africa, visits to wildlife havens or shelters are not safaris.
Safari now refers to an adventure or expedition into the wilds of Africa - with no hunting involved. African safari travel typically provides revenue for local conservation projects and game parks, helping to protect habitats and wildlife, rather than taking them out.
African safaris also play an important role in creating awareness about wildlife conservation, as well as benefiting local communities.
Self drive Safaris
What is a self-drive safari? As the name suggests, a self-drive safari means that you are very much in the driver's seat. You take the wheel of a vehicle and drive out into the wild on what is typically a no-frills camping safari.
In many ways, self-drive safaris are the ultimate type of safari to explore a country or national park. Taking a self-drive safari puts you behind the wheel of your own vehicle, dispensing with guide, driver,
and crowds to discover the African wilderness for yourself.
Combining safaris and beach
Going to sleep to the sound of jackals and waking before the sun to track elephant and buffalo, and maybe even witness a lion kill, is an experience like no other. However, early mornings and intense concentration can take their toll. What better way to relax than on a tropical African beach with a well-earned, umbrella-decorated drink.
We've put together the best combinations we can think of, taking in classic safari destinations like the Kruger National Park and Botswana's Okavango Delta and Chobe National Park together with sparkling Indian Ocean destinations such as the Quirimbas and Bazaruto archipelagos not to mention that ultimate beach destination, the Seychelles.
Combining these destinations is easier than you might think: modern air travel and slick logistics will have you on the beach the same day that you leave the bush - wake up to the sound of hippos and elephants, go to sleep to the sound of lapping waves and rustling palms.
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