Nature, red in tooth and claw - a lioness in Selinda Reserve, Botswana
Wildlife safaris in Africa
Spotting a magnificent black-maned lion on a Kalahari dune, relaxing to watch elephants mud-bathing in the midday sun, or following a pack of wild dogs at high speed as they hunt – all have figured amongst our travellers’ best wildlife safaris in Africa.
However, there is such a variety of options – about 90% of our trips are wildlife safaris – that making blanket recommendations for what we think are “the best wildlife safaris" would be foolish. The truth is that choosing the wildlife safari which is best for your trip to Africa depends enormously on you: what you want to see, how you like to travel and what kind of experiences you want. Make your first step towards this: a call to discuss your ideas with one of our experts.
Meanwhile we hope that the ideas below will offer inspiration. We’ve tried to highlight the strengths of the various countries; click below for our recommendations on some of the best camps and lodges for great wildlife experiences. These lists are far from exhaustive; many excellent camps aren’t included here – but you will find the crème de la crème of places which offer outstanding wildlife experiences, as well as some which excel for very specific species or activities.
Whether you want to witness the Serengeti’s Great Migration, track rhino on foot or gently approach some of the world’s last mountain gorillas, you’ll find ideas below. Then use our expertise to find the best wildlife safaris in Africa for you: call us now!
Wildlife safaris in Botswana
Botswana's wildlife safaris are perhaps the best in Africa: the vast reserves are usually un-fenced, so the wildlife runs free between them; many areas are private, guaranteeing truly exclusive wildlife safaris; and at their heart that the Okavango Delta is one of the world's most amazing environments.Ideas for wildlife safaris in Botswana
Wildlife safaris in CongoIdeas for wildlife safaris in Congo
Wildlife safaris in Kenya
Kenya is the country where the word 'Safari' (Swahili for 'journey') actually comes from. Close encounters with a variety of wildlife in breath-taking landscapes, luxurious and unusual camps and lodges and the fascinating culture of Kenyan tribes bring the country top of many lists for the best wildlife safaris in Africa.Ideas for wildlife safaris in Kenya
Wildlife safaris in Malawi
Don't expect spectacular game on a wildlife safari in Malawi, instead come for a relaxed safari - and you may be pleasantly surprised. In combination with a beach holiday at Lake Malawi, or a wildlife safari in Zambia, Malawi's parks are really worth a visit, especially for 'old Africa hands' who have travelled a lot on the continent.Ideas for wildlife safaris in Malawi
Wildlife safaris in Mozambique
Mozambique is best known for its wonderful beaches and marine life, not its 4WD safaris. There is good reason for this: much of its game was slaughtered during its civil war (which ended in 1992), and most of the wildlife is still recovering. So in many ways, the best wildlife in Mozambique is still found under its waves!Ideas for wildlife safaris in Mozambique
Wildlife safaris in Namibia
Wildlife safaris in Namibia can be outstanding. The country has Africa's highest cheetah population, good numbers of leopards, plenty of black rhino and many endemic species. The stunning scenery makes a fantastic backdrop for wildlife safaris and as travel is easy in Namibia, the country is particularly suited for self-drive trips.Ideas for wildlife safaris in Namibia
Wildlife safaris in Rwanda
Having walked since dawn, you're tired but your senses are alive. You hear them grunt before you see them: a group of mountain gorillas, spread through the dense vegetation. The massive silverback isn't far. You look at him - and he stares back, wide-eyed; it's the intense gaze of an intelligent, thinking being.Ideas for wildlife safaris in Rwanda
Wildlife safaris in South Africa
Expert Africa covers only the western side of South Africa, including the Cape and Kgalagadi. Within this, a few wildlife safari areas compete with the wilder parks further north in Africa. However, much of the Cape is malaria-free, and so it includes some of the best safaris in South Africa which are suitable for families with young children.Ideas for wildlife safaris in South Africa
Wildlife safaris in Tanzania
Tanzania offers a winning combination: some of Africa's best wildlife safaris plus stunning tropical beaches. Besides the Serengeti's famous wildebeest migration, there are other world-class safari locations here. For wildlife safaris in Tanzania, consider three areas: the famous 'northern circuit', the wild parks in the south, and the remote parks of western Tanzania:Ideas for wildlife safaris in Tanzania
Wildlife safaris in Zambia
Top-class walking safaris, the outstanding quality of guiding, and many highly individual lodges - all mark out a safari in Zambia for one of the best wildlife experiences in Africa. Especially for travellers who long to get out of the 4WD and explore the bush by foot, a wildlife safari in Zambia might be the right choice.Ideas for wildlife safaris in Zambia
Wildlife safaris in Zimbabwe
If watching wildlife from a 4WD is not close enough for you, then go on a wildlife safari in Zimbabwe! Here, highly-trained and experienced guides can get you really close to game. We think the country's captivating wildlife and superb guides do more than compensate for the rather basic standards at some camps!Ideas for wildlife safaris in Zimbabwe