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10 Best African Safari Itineraries for 2021-2022

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Lions in Chobe National Park, Bostwana

Chobe National Park, Bostwana

An African safari opens the mind and soul to an experience unlike any other. With diverse locations and experiences on offer, no matter what style of safari, no matter where or how long, there is an incredible adventure awaiting you.

Based on your preferred destinations or experiences, you could find yourself traversing not one, not two, but possibly three countries within southern and eastern Africa. Safaris, cities, beaches, and more, a travel specialist can help custom-design your ideal safari for the kind of adventure you are looking for.

Explore amazing itineraries and travel ideas from which you can mold your own creation. Find the essence and overall highlights of what an African safari should encompass as you get ready for the safari seasons.

10 Day Classic South Africa Safari for First-Timers

Herd of Springbok Antelopes, South Africa

Herd of Springbok Antelopes, South Africa

Length of trip: 10 days

Places Visited: Cape Town | Franschhoek | Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve

Why we recommend this sample itinerary:

The 10-Day Classic South Africa Safari for First-Timers is a fantastic introduction to the world of all things African safari. With a mix of bustling city vibes and an escape to the Cape’s famous Winelands to round off your experience, this itinerary is also perfect for those with limited time on the ground without compromising a truly incredible African adventure.

Learn more: South Africa Safaris | South African Travel Guide

Botswana and Zimbabwe: 11-Day Diverse Habitats

Elephants wading in water in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe

Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe

Length of trip: 11 days

Places Visited: Hwange National Park | Victoria Falls | Chobe National Park | Moremi Game Reserve

Why we recommend this sample itinerary:

Discover two incredible southern African countries, both breathtaking in design and captivating in their wildlife and ecology, when you embark on the Botswana and Zimbabwe: 11-Day Diverse Habitat Safari. Three distinct parks and one magnificent waterfall, diverse landscapes, and safari experiences await, giving you the chance to see animals from open vehicles, tender boats, and mokoro, a dugout canoe. This itinerary encompasses it all.

Learn more: Botswana Safaris

Best of Kenya Safari

Hot air balloons drifting over the Maasai Mara savannah at dawn

Maasai Mara, Kenya

Length of trip: 12 Days

Places Visited:  Nairobi | Amboseli National Park | Laikipia | Masai Mara

Why we recommend this sample itinerary:

This itinerary offers an exciting combination of essential safari parks in Kenya while discovering the treasures of a lesser-known region of this classic east African country. Spend time in Nairobi and get up close and personal with local communities and important historical sites as your Best of Kenya Safari takes you from one safari adventure to the next.

Learn more: Kenya Safaris & Vacations | Kenya Safari Guide 

Ultimate Tanzania Luxury Safari

Length of trip: 9 Days

Places Visited:  Arusha | Tarangire National Park | Ngorongoro Conservation Area | Northern Serengeti

Why we recommend this sample itinerary:

This itinerary truly stands up to its name, offering all you would expect from an Ultimate Tanzania Luxury Safari, bringing class, comfort, and a quality private safari experience that takes you from the town of Arusha to three outstanding game parks. Each park has a unique feature that calls to safari-goers, making it perfect to combine these prime safari destinations into one unforgettable adventure. The ultimate in a one-stop Tanzanian safari.

Learn more: Tanzania Safaris & Vacations | Tanzania Travel Guide

Bush and Beach: South Africa and Mozambique

The Dhow Bar on the beach at andBeyond Benguerra Island. Photo © DookPhoto, courtesy of andBeyond

The Dhow Bar on the beach at andBeyond Benguerra Island. Photo © DookPhoto, courtesy of andBeyond

Length of trip: 10 Days

Places Visited:  Sabi Sands Game Reserve | Benguerra Island

Why we recommend this sample itinerary:

The ideal combination with four nights on safari and six nights on an idyllic island, the Bush and Beach: South Africa and Mozambique offers adventure in the African wild, followed by downtime on a sandy white beach. Luxurious from start to finish, savor the wonders of a game reserve and captivating wildlife before you travel to paradise to enjoy the refreshing Indian Ocean Island and African sun.

Learn more: South Africa Safaris | South Africa Safaris with Mozambique

13-Day East African Safari: Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda

Lake Mutanda in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda

Length of trip: 13 Days

Places Visited:  Nairobi | Masai Mara | Serengeti National Park | Entebbe | Bwindi Impenetrable Forest | Queen Elizabeth National Park | Kibale Forest National Park

Why we recommend this sample itinerary:

This two-week itinerary gives visitors a glimpse into the lives of the proud people of Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. The 13-Day East Africa Safari: Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda comprises top-quality safaris in two of the world’s most popular safari parks before you are whisked away to forests where gorillas and monkeys intrigue anyone privileged enough to witness their glory. Three countries, 13 days, and countless memories.

Learn more: African Safari Vacations | East Africa Safaris & Tours

South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe: 21-Day Journey

Franschhoek winelands in Western Cape, South Africa

Franschhoek, South Africa

Length of trip: 21 Days

Places Visited:  Cape Town | Franschhoek | Sabi Sands Game Reserve | Victoria Falls | Chobe National Park | Moremi Game Reserve

Why we recommend this sample itinerary:

This itinerary can be called the ultimate southern African experience. City, Winelands, Big Five safaris, a magical waterfall, and adrenalin experiences are rounded off with spectacular wildlife. Spending almost a month in Africa is pure bliss, with nearly every must-see item on your travel list easily checked off. For the ultimate adventure, consider the South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe: 21-Day Journey.

Learn more: African Safari Vacations

Kenya with Kids: 7-Day Family Safari

Elephants in Amboseli National Park, Kenya

Amboseli National Park, Kenya

Length of trip: 7 Days

Places Visited:  Amboseli National Park | Samburu National Reserve | Maasai Mara National Reserve

Why we recommend this sample itinerary:

A family safari offers adventure, discovery, and indescribable memories.  Kenya with Kids: 7-Day Family Safari takes you and your family to three different safari parks filled with wildlife, cultural encounters, with safari lodges that cater specifically to family travel. Your entire family will leave Africa with amazing stories to remember for a lifetime.

Learn more: Kenya Safaris | Kenya Family Safari Holidays

Glorious Two-Week Safari: Tanzania, Kenya and Rwanda

Cheetah on a tree in the savannah of the Serengeti

Serengeti National Park

Length of trip: 14 Days

Places Visited:  Arusha | Lake Manyara National Park | Ngorongoro Conservation Area | Serengeti National Park | Masai Mara | Kigali | Volcanoes National Park

Why we recommend this sample itinerary:

Glorious Two-Week Safari: Tanzania, Kenya and Rwanda is an opportunity to experience outstanding safaris in three captivating African countries. Wildlife, culture, and cuisine experiences will leave you wanting to return, while history, beauty, and game viewing will take your breath away. Once-in-a-lifetime encounters all under the glorious African sun are reason enough to embark on this two-week journey.

Learn more: Rwanda Safaris | East Africa Safaris & Tours

Enchanting Couples Escape: South Africa, Zimbabwe and Seychelles

Silhouette of Table Mountain against sunset sky and ocean waves in Cape Town, South Africa

Silhouette of Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa

Length of trip: 14 Days

Places Visited:  Victoria Falls | Cape Town | Lion Sands Game Reserve | Mahe

Why we recommend this sample itinerary:

An unforgettable romantic getaway is an exciting dream and a yearned-for adventure. Enchanting Couples Escape: South Africa, Zimbabwe and Seychelles, the desires of the perfect passionate getaway can become a reality. Bask in the beauty of three magical destinations where wildlife, wine, white sandy beaches, and majestic waterfalls all come together to create an incredible journey of romance and discovery.

Learn more: South Africa Safaris with Seychelles Tours & Vacations

Discover How to Plan Your Perfect Safari

Mother and baby mountain gorilla in Rwanda

There are many options to consider when it comes to creating your ideal adventure, whether it be a single safari destination or a combination of city, beach, and bush. Multi-country highlights can piece together a variety of experiences that culminate in one incredible journey while a single country can demonstrate the grandeur of the local wildlife, wilderness, and culture. Speak to a Zicasso safari travel expert today to start your journey-planning. Fill out a Trip Request or call our team for free at 1-888-265-9707 to bring your dream safari to life.

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