Best of Africa safaris
Africa is a fascinating place if you are looking for raw wildlife feeling. Some lodges don’t allow children under six on game drives, others have a “no children under 12” policy. But there are plenty of family-friendly safari operators, many lodges have swimming pools and babysitting services, and going on safari as a family is one of the most rewarding experiences for children and their parents, an educational adventure that can instil in travellers of all ages a deeper respect for the natural world and our place in it. There’s a reason it’s called “wildlife”. The animals you’ll see on safari, even in reserves and national parks, are wild and many of them are dangerous predators.
That said, safari operators take every precaution to keep you safe by giving you a few rules for game drives (such as: don’t stand up in the vehicle) and providing guards who patrol camps and lodges and can even escort you back to your room after dark in case of an unexpected close encounter with a leopard or baboon. Self-drive safaris occasionally make the news, but are safe if you obey a few simple but essential guidelines such as: keep the windows up and the doors locked, never leave your vehicle and don’t harass the animals.
The Okavango Delta is the world’s largest inland delta – created by crystal-clear filtered waters from the Okavango River flowing into the arid Kalahari Desert – and offers an unparalleled water-based safari adventure.
Botswana is an attractively-stable country that is determined to preserve this stunning area, and since being added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 2014 the delta area has grown in strength. It offers incredible wildlife and game spotting in and around the lagoons and grasslands of the region, with large populations of lions, cheetah, leopards, antelope, African wild dogs, hippos plus the biggest concentration of elephant and buffalo in this part of Africa.
Botswana has a high-end, low-impact tourism policy. As a result there are relatively few lodges within the conservation areas that offer an exclusive wildlife experience that is unparalleled throughout Africa. More details on african safari package.
Classic Tanzania Tour, Jacada Travel
Take a tailor-made, opulent safari tour to uncover some of Tanzania’s best wildlife in style. Jacada Travel offer packages to the epic Ngorongoro Crater and North Serengeti plains, allowing travellers to choose from a selection of the most atmospheric luxury lodge accommodation along the way. A sample itinerary involves starting things off at Kilimanjaro and staying at one of Tanzania’s largest coffee plantations, which is equipped with luxury a pool. Days 2-4 would be spent at the mesmerising Ngorongoro Crater – one of Africa’s best and most beautiful places to spot the Big Five, which is the permanent home to roughly 25,000 animals. Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, nestled high up in the edges of the Crater with a private butler service on-site, is the most exclusive accommodation from which to relax, unwind and keep watch of the animal activity below. Days 4-8 can be enjoyed in North Serengeti in the luxurious tented camps, Serengeti Bushtops, which are built on raised wooden platforms on the hillside, ensuring fantastic view of the landscape.
Chobe National Park lies adjacent to the Okavango Delta in the northwest corner of Botswana. It includes four distinct ecosystems, allowing for an incredibly diverse array of animal and bird life. In particular, the park’s Savuti Marsh offers one of Africa’s highest year-round concentrations of wildlife. Chobe is especially famous for its elephants, with an estimated 120,000 of the great grey animals living within the park’s borders. The best time to visit is during the dry season (April to October), when vast herds of elephant and other animals gather to drink along the banks of the Chobe River. The river also allows for unique boat-based game-viewing and rewarding birding
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