Where to go to see Safari

May 31st, 2019, 05:38 AM
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Where to go to see Safari

We are planning a trip to Africa and we are going for a Safari. Please advise where is the best place to go and what time of year to go. We will do some of the tourist things but are going mostly for a Safari. Any help would be appreciated.
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May 31st, 2019, 08:35 AM
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Before anyone can help you, it would help to know:

1) Your budget (excluding international flights) -- know that this is all inclusive usually, but for the tips. I take very little spending money with me as it's just tipping local staff. Sticker shock usually hits until you realize this is ALL meals, ALL entertainment, ALL room and board for the entire trip.
2) Days on the ground available and time of year (excluding travel time to/from Africa) -- migrations, rainy seasons, high seasons, all factor into overall costs and when it's best to go to certain areas.
3) Your interests -- Big cats? Elephants? Reptiles? Gorillas? Birds? Beach time? Village visits? Some areas/countries are better than others for certain wildlife.
4) Lodging types -- do you need soaker tubs and swimming pools? Do you want to stay in tents in the bush (with beds and full bathrooms)? Do you need electricity/wifi/ solid walls?
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May 31st, 2019, 01:48 PM
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Kruger National Park

We had the most wonderful Safari experience in Kruger National Park. We stayed at the private lodge, Shishangeni Lodge, in the bungalows (they also have a tent camp). We had done four Safari rides in three days, and two of the rides were at night in the dark. Our guide was fabulous, the service was superb as well as the amenities. Managed to see all Big Five😊.

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Jun 3rd, 2019, 03:48 AM
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Your question is something like "I'm hungry, what should I have for dinner"? There are scores of options.

In addition to the points raised by amyb it would help if you told us who exactly is "we"? - Young adults, older adults, family with young kids, family with teenagers, seniors, etc. Please give number, ages and physical limitations, if any.

As the previous poster pointed out, getting to Africa can be very time consuming (Example: One or two connecting flights spanning 24+ hours of flying time just to get to Africa plus another one or two flights to get to your actual safari destination maybe even requiring an additional one night stopover - Same when going home. Airfares are not going to be inexpensive and even more costly if you want to fly Business Class (well worth it when you are spending 24 hours in an airplane.

Budget is going to be your biggest factor. Simply put, Safaris are not "cheap". Your budget will drive how long a safari you take and where you'll go.

We did a 12 day Safari (plus 2 travel days to/from US on each end) to South Africa and visited 4 different Private Game Reserves in the Kruger National Park and in the Sabii Sands area staying 3 nights in each location. We went at the end of August (which was late winter/early spring in South Africa). Saw plenty of the "big five" (Lions, Leopards, Rhinos, Elephants and Cape Buffalo) plus lots of giraffes, zebras, hippos, antelope, wildebeest, kudu, elands, impalas, hyenas, jackals, wart hogs, emus dozens of different birds and plenty more wildlife who's names escape me.

It was a fabulous trip and we would definitely do another safari in the not too distant future and are thinking of either Kenya, Tanzania or Zambia.

Oh, an by the way we used a company Called Essential Africa (https://www.essentialafrica.co.za) - they took care of all the planning and travel in Africa. We didn't have to lift a finger.

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Jun 4th, 2019, 02:45 PM
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Kenya is known as the safari capital of the world because of its amazing wildlife, beaches, birds and weather. Visitors to Kenya are spoiled for choice - you can choose to visit any or all of the twenty three national parks or the thirteen national reserves.

Millions of travelers go to Kenya to witness the Great Migration or chase the Big Five. The ‘Big 5’ – the elephant, rhinoceros, lion, leopard, and cape buffalo – can all be found in Kenya’s parks, with other popular animals such as the giraffe, cheetah, and zebras. Kenya is a great country for a day safari or a multi-park tour. Headlined by the world renowned Masai Mara National Park, some of its parks located mere hours from the city center.

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