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Lions in Chobe National Park, Bostwana

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An African safari opens the mind and soul to an experience unlike any other with diverse locations and experiences on offer, and our 10 best African Safari trips will whet your appetite for adventure and discovery.

Based on your safari preferences, you could find yourself traversing more than one of Africa’s incredible safari destinations. Enhance your safari experiences in Southern and East Africa with city discoveries and beach escapes, immersions into local culture and unique wildlife havens.

Get inspired with travel ideas from some of our sample African safari itineraries and speak to a travel specialist to custom-design your ideal safari experience.

Overview
  1. 1. 10-Day Classic South Africa Safari for First-Timers
  2. 2. Ultimate Tanzania Luxury Safari
  3. 3. Luxury Botswana Classic: Waterways and Landscapes
  4. 4. Best of Kenya Safari
  5. 5. 12-Day South Africa: Rainbow Nation Adventure
  6. 6. Bush and Beach: South Africa and Mozambique
  7. 7. 13-Day East African Safari: Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda
  8. 8. Best of Tanzania Safari & Zanzibar Beach
  9. 9. Enchanting Couples Escape: South Africa, Zimbabwe and Seychelles
  10. 10. Glorious Two-Week Safari: Tanzania, Kenya and Rwanda
  11. Discover How to Plan Your Perfect African Safari Trip

1. 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. With wildlife, urban life, and the unique culture around the Cape, this is a great introduction to the safari experience in South Africa.

Learn more: South Africa SafarisSouth African Travel Guide

2. Ultimate Tanzania Luxury Safari

Mpingo Ridge luxury lodge in Tarangire, Tanzania

Mpingo Ridge Lodge in Tarangire, Tanzania. Photo courtesy of Lemala

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. Wildlife, wilderness, and local communities make this the ultimate in a one-stop Tanzanian safari.

Learn more: Tanzania Safaris & VacationsTanzania Safari Guide

3. Luxury Botswana Classic: Waterways and Landscapes

Pride of lions in Selinda Reserve, Botswana

Selinda Reserve, Botswana

Length of trip: 10 Days

Places visited: Chobe • Selinda Reserve • Duba Plains Private Concession (Okavango Delta)

Why we recommend this sample itinerary:

Luxury Botswana Classic: Waterways and Landscapes itinerary spoils Botswana safari-goers with three diverse locations and experiences that truly enhance their overall adventure. Destinations visited are as diverse as the style safaris are conducted, animals viewed from riverbanks and along vibrant swamps or in 4x4 open vehicles with nothing but open space surrounding you.

Indulge in the thrill of a VIP helicopter ride over the intriguing Okavango Delta as you find yourself lost in a wilderness of waterways and wonder. This luxury adventure highlights the key safari destinations in Botswana with a chance for outstanding game viewing in a blend of perfect settings.

Learn more: Botswana Safari Tours & VacationsBotswana Safari Guide

4. 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, visit remarkable local museums, get up close and personal with local communities and important historical sites, and explore the breathtaking wilderness with woodlands and gentle rapids as your Best of Kenya Safari takes you from one safari adventure to the next.

Learn more: Kenya Safaris & ToursKenya Safari Guide

5. 12-Day South Africa: Rainbow Nation Adventure

Lioness and two cubs in South Africa

Northern South Africa

Length of trip: 12 Days

Places visited: Cape Town • Franschhoek • Kapama Private Game Reserve • Madikwe Game Reserve

Why we recommend this sample itinerary:

Discover the magic of the people, places, and passions that make up South Africa in this 12-Day South Africa: Rainbow Nation Adventure. City and wineland experiences give way to classic safari delights in two prime private safari reserves. Enjoy the charm of cosmopolitan Cape Town and savor delicious Franschhoek wines before embarking on a six-night safari between malaria-free Madikwe and captivating Kapama.

The length of this tour allows time to embrace a few of South Africa’s wonderful treasures such as quality predator encounters in a breathtaking, hilly reserve or embracing the charm of the French Hugenot influence in prime wine country. Discover picturesque Cape Town’s wild side, the “Mother City” presenting itself as more than just a metropolis.

Learn more: South Africa SafarisSouth Africa Travel GuideCape Town Vacations

6. Bush and Beach: South Africa and Mozambique

Dhow beach bar on Benguerra Island in the Bazaruto Archipelago of Mozambique

Benguerra Island, Mozambique. Photo Courtesy andBeyond Benguerra Island

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: African Safari & Beach Vacation Packages7 Amazing African Safari and Beach VacationsSouthern Africa Safaris & ToursSouthern Africa Travel Guide

7. 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 rich culture, traditions and spectacular wildlife of Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. The 13-Day East Africa Safari: Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda takes visitors onto the majestic plains of the famous Masai Mara, Kenya’s flagship game reserve, where one simply marvels at the quantity of wildlife teeming the savannas of Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park.

The majority of the itinerary places safari-goers in unique Uganda with a chance to travel down the waterways of the Kazinga Channel, watch chimpanzees at play in the Kibale Forest and have the honor of witnessing gorillas in the impenetrable rainforests of the Bwindi National Park. Three countries, 13 days, countless memories.

Learn more: East Africa Safaris & ToursEast Africa Travel GuideSerengeti Safaris •  Kenya Safaris & ToursTanzania Safaris & VacationsUganda Safaris and Gorilla Trekking

8. Best of Tanzania Safari & Zanzibar Beach

A Zanzibar beach at sunset.

Zanzibar

Length of trip: 13 Days

Places visited: Zanzibar • Arusha • Lake Manyara National Park • Tarangire National Park •  Olduvai Gorge • Ngorongoro Crater • Serengeti •  Bwejuu-Paje Beach

Why we recommend this sample itinerary:

The Best of Tanzania Safari & Zanzibar Beach takes you around the Northern Circuit, famous for its diverse wildlife havens, and culminates in a beach escape in idyllic Zanzibar. From unique accommodations to unique animal sightings, this itinerary has it all. Experience safari drives in a crater and near a lake colored pink from the hue of its resident flamingos and stare out at a vast landscape in one of East Africa’s most famous national parks. What better way to wrap this adventure up than by relaxing on one of Zanzibar’s sought-after beaches.

Learn more: 7 Amazing African Safari and Beach Vacations Zanzibar Vacation Packages

9. Enchanting Couples Escape: South Africa, Zimbabwe and Seychelles

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

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. During the Enchanting Couples Escape: South Africa, Zimbabwe and Seychelles, your desire for 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

10. Glorious Two-Week Safari: Tanzania, Kenya and Rwanda

Cheetah on a tree in the savannah of the Serengeti

Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

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 three iconic wildlife destinations, bursting with adventure, culture and a classic safari journey.

Kenya's Masai Mara offers more than a spectacular game viewing opportunity with visitors gaining insight into Kenyan culture with a visit to a Maasai village while roaming the hub and markets of Arusha offers a glimpse into daily Tanzanian life.

Safari treasures continue to be uncovered on the golden savannas of the Serengeti and the glistening pink-hued waters of Lake Manyara. A discovery of Kigali’s history and culture, giving way to a gorilla trek in the vibrant Volcanoes National Park, is the opportunity of a lifetime.

Learn more: East Africa Safaris & ToursRwanda Gorilla Trekking and Safaris

Discover How to Plan Your Perfect African Safari Trip

Mother and baby mountain gorilla in Rwanda

Volcanoes National Park, 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 after discovering our top African Safari Tours & Vacations. Find more information on how you can experience your preferred safari with our African Safari Travel Guide.

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