Lioness and her cub rubbing heads at an African Safari

African Safaris

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An African Safari offers the opportunity to unveil a world unknown. The curtains draw and a world previously reserved to tales becomes very real. Witness incredible landscapes and rare animals in their most immaculate form as Zicasso will meticulously design your safari experience for the optimal nature vacation. Your adventure starts today.

Sample Itineraries

Get inspired with our sample trips below. You can have any trip tailor made for your private travel. Any number of days.
Any departure date. Any experience you want.

A male lion is sitting on the top of the rock in Serengeti nation park, Tanzania.

Unparalleled East Africa Safari Experience

Unparalleled East Africa Safari Experience

16 Day Custom Tour

Find yourself immersed in the drama and prestige of the wilderness during your 16-day luxury African safari through Kenya, Tanzania, and Rwanda. Discover the expansive splendor of the Serengeti as you search for golden lions and scour the jungle terrain of Volcanoes National Park to find lounging gorillas. Witness the rolling thunder of the Great Wildebeest Migration and embrace the elegance of giraffes towering above the trees. From opulent lodges to exclusive activities, you will experience the true depth and exceptional personalized service of a custom-tailored African safari during your trip of a lifetime.


Elephant spraying water with his trunk in Botswana's Okavango Delta.

Premier Botswana Safari: Exclusive Paradise

Premier Botswana Safari: Exclusive Paradise

9 Day Custom Tour

From $9,895

Visit the untamed wilderness of Botswana with this 9-day luxury safari experience. This itinerary leads you from the vast salt pans of the Makgadikgadi to the lush forests, plains, and waterways of the Okavango Delta. The wildlife is abundant, and other humans are rare in these private concessions. Here, hospitality, comfort, and barefoot luxury are promised by each boutique safari camp.


A pair of giraffes bonding in the Kruger National Park, South Africa.

African Safari for First Timers

African Safari for First Timers

10 Day Custom Tour

From $3,995

Indulge in the intimate sparkle of wildlife and wilderness during this 10-day South Africa tour. Atmospheric Cape Town will dazzle and charm you before offering a journey through penguin covered peninsulas and indulgent Winelands. Kruger National Park will provide breathtaking safari experiences before allowing you to discover how Victoria Falls epitomizes the natural wonder of the continent.


River snaking through the Okavango Delta in Botswana

Exclusive Okavango Land & Water Safari: Jewel of Botswana

Exclusive Okavango Land & Water Safari: Jewel of...

9 Day Custom Tour

From $11,245

You will find the true jewel of a Botswana safari on your 9-day Okavango Delta tour over the land and water. Your exclusive luxury safari will take you on guided excursions through the canals lined with towering reeds and over captivating emerald grasslands. You can discover wildlife grazing by the waterside and bask in luxury accommodations set beneath the stars for an unparalleled experience on your Botswana safari.


Great migration of wildebeests and zebras in Tanzania

Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania Primate & Wildlife Safari in 2 Weeks

Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania Primate & Wildlife Safari...

14 Day Custom Tour

From $7,135

Define your understanding of the wilderness and wildlife during your 2-week East Africa safari in Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, and a day in Rwanda. Search for gorillas nestled in dense jungle terrain and travel alongside wildebeest during the Great Migration. Scour the forest for chimpanzees and experience the excitement of big-game safaris. Your Africa safari highlights will open your eyes to the unlimited perspectives of East Africa’s majestic landscapes and wildlife.


A wildebeest walking among a group of zebra on the edge of a waterhole with flock of flamingos standing in the background

Kenya & Tanzania Safari: Wildebeest Migration Plus Zanzibar

Kenya & Tanzania Safari: Wildebeest Migration Plus...

14 Day Custom Tour

From $12,595

You will witness herds of wildebeest and zebras storming the savannah and relax on sun-soaked beaches during your 14-day Kenya and Tanzania safari. Follow more than 2 million mammals as they journey across borders to reveal the intimate secrets of wildlife on your African safari. Connect with Masai warriors, trail leopards, engage in a search for cheetahs, explore the Ngorongoro Crater, and lounge on the pristine shores of Zanzibar.


Two elephants crossing the Chobe River with tour boat in the background | Botswana, Africa

Classic Southern African Safari

Classic Southern African Safari

12 Day Custom Tour

From $5,791

Experience the diversity and grandeur of South Africa, Botswana, and Zambia during your  12-day classic southern African safari. You will lounge in luxury accommodations and indulge in majestic moments found in intimate safari excursions. From exhilarating guided walks to canoeing down lush canals, viewing the power of Victoria Falls to sipping wine with captivating views, you can enjoy searching for the Big Five amid the colorful wilderness and wildlife.


Dramatic sunset over the famous beach Anse Lazio, Praslin island, Seychelles.

Romantic Adventure Tour in Seychelles & South Africa

Romantic Adventure Tour in Seychelles & South Africa...

12 Day Custom Tour

From $10,195

Blend romance and adventure during your perfect 12-day South African and Seychelles adventure. Indulge in the pristine white sands of your private villa overlooking the Indian Ocean and discover the grandeur of wildlife on immersive safari excursions. Snorkel in search of tropical fish and peer into tall grass to find lounging lions. From champagne dinners beneath the stars to sailing crystal-clear waters, you will bask in romance, wilderness, and wildlife.


Baby mountain gorilla on the back of his mother in Rwanda

Icons of Rwanda and Tanzania Safari: Gorillas, Serengeti, Ngorongoro

Icons of Rwanda and Tanzania Safari: Gorillas, Serengeti,...

9 Day Custom Tour

From $5,575

The icons of Rwanda and Tanzania will be revealed during your 9-day African safari. Your immersive excursion will unveil the majestic wildlife of East Africa as you search for big cats like leopards and trek through the trees to find mountain gorillas. Follow wildebeest across the plains and marvel at rhinoceroses at the waterhole to delight in luxury, excitement, and unparalleled experiences during your tailored African safari.


Gorgeous view of Le Morne Brabant coastline | Mauritius, Africa

Family Friendly South Africa Safari & Mauritius Vacation

Family Friendly South Africa Safari & Mauritius...

15 Day Custom Tour

From $11,695

Your stunning fusion of city, safari, and beach will take you on a 15-day family-friendly adventure to South Africa and Mauritius. Your custom-tailored excursions will connect you to three distinctive landscapes, taking you from Cape Town to the African Savanna and Mauritius. Enjoy guided bush walks, luxury spas, pristine beaches, and big five safaris as you experience two weeks of adventure and relaxation perfect for children of all ages.


A regal African leopard with a safari tour in the background | Kenya, Africa

African Safari in Kenya: 7 Day Custom Tour

African Safari in Kenya: 7 Day Custom Tour

7 Day Custom Tour

From $3,215

Discover the unique glow of the savannah on your 7-day Kenya African safari. Your tour is custom-tailored to your goals for the ultimate safari experience that reveals Kenya’s vibrant soul. Find flamingos relaxing in a glassy lake, ad view the cliffs of the Great Rift Valley, and explore the vast fields of the famous Maasai Mara. You will revel in the diversity of Kenya’s culture, wildlife, and wilderness.



Gems of South Africa & Botswana: Luxury Safari to Beautiful Winelands

Gems of South Africa & Botswana: Luxury Safari...

12 Day Custom Tour

From $10,915

Revel in the endless thrill of elegant lions, graceful zebras, and the roar of Victoria Falls as you experience Southern Africa on a 12-day luxury safari. From the culture of the Kalahari Bushmen to elephants roaming the plain at dusk, the white sands of the Cape Peninsula to the delicate wines of the Cape Winelands, you will embark on a custom-tailored adventure through South Africa, Zambia, and Botswana.


Mountain gorilla in Africa

Tanzania Safari & Gorilla Trekking Adventure

Tanzania Safari & Gorilla Trekking Adventure

13 Day Custom Tour

From $6,820

East Africa is filled with legends, luxury, and majesty during your 13-day Tanzania and Rwanda adventure. You will scour the Serengeti grasslands for lions and find the Big Five in the Ngorongoro Crater on Africa safaris. You will wander through dense volcanic forests in search of mountain gorillas hidden in the mist. Your Africa adventure takes you inside five celebrated national parks revealing the marvels of Tanzania and Rwanda.


Pond of water, vineyards and mountains in Stellenbosch, South Africa

Cape to Kruger: Classic Winelands, Cape Town & Sabi Sands Safari

Cape to Kruger: Classic Winelands, Cape Town &...

13 Day Custom Tour

From $5,195

Travel from Cape Town to Kruger on your 13-day customized South Africa highlights tour. You will indulge in the beauty of the Cape Winelands and experience the legendary luxuries of Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve. Your immersive Africa safaris will reveal the famous Big Five while your exploration of the Cape Peninsula will unveil the region's unique wonders of penguins, wines, fine-dining, and untamed landscapes.


Sunset in the Okavango Delta, Botswana

Highlights of Botswana Safari: Okavango, Moremi, Selinda, Chobe

Highlights of Botswana Safari: Okavango, Moremi, Selinda,...

11 Day Custom Tour

From $6,815

Join the wildlife wandering around a delta oasis on your 11-day highlights Botswana safari. You will enjoy the intimate and expressive nature as you visit the four distinctive sides of Botswana. From herds of elephants taking cover in the woodlands to wild dogs competing with leopards for a hunt along the water’s edge, you will find an untamed world absent of roads and fences.


A Zanzibar beach at sunset.

Best of Tanzania Safari & Zanzibar Beach

Best of Tanzania Safari & Zanzibar Beach

13 Day Custom Tour

From $12,735

Combine the marvels of an African safari with treasured beaches for a 13-day best of Tanzania and Zanzibar tour. You will have immersive safaris in famous national parks from the Serengeti to Ngorongoro Crater and Tarangire. Bask in the beauty of private villas with views of clear waters and pristine white sand. You will have a mix of relaxation and adventure while enjoying the very best of Tanzania.


Herd of Burchell's zebras in Botswana

Botswana Family Safari: Okavango Delta & Makgadikgadi Salt Pans

Botswana Family Safari: Okavango Delta & Makgadikgadi...

10 Day Custom Tour

From $6,895

Surreal landscapes and endless excitement await you on your 10-day Botswana family safari. You can cross immense salt pans on quad bikes and explore the savanna with local Bushmen, cruise along waterways searching for elephants and wind beneath the forest canopy to find sleeping leopards. Your tailored family adventure will take you deep into the wilderness to unveil the depth and wonder of Botswana.


Couple on mokoro boat safari at sunset in the Okavango Delta, Bostwana

An Adventurous Mobile Camping Safari in Okavango Delta

An Adventurous Mobile Camping Safari in Okavango Delta...

11 Day Custom Tour

From $10,885

Experience the adventure of the ultimate mobile safari during your 11-day Botswana adventure on the Okavango Delta. The thrill of exploration will take you by foot and canoe through the natural oasis miles away from civilization. You will combine luxury and discovery as you witness wonderful diversity, from birdlife to lions, elephants to crocodiles. You will be immersed in gorgeous landscapes to view rare images of the wilderness and wildlife.


Wildebeests crossing the Mara River during the Great Migration

Rwanda Gorillas & Masai Mara Great Migration Itinerary

Rwanda Gorillas & Masai Mara Great Migration Itinerary...

8 Day Custom Tour

From $8,155

Combine two of East Africa’s most iconic experiences during your one week tour of Kenya and Rwanda. Follow wildebeest during the Great Migration as they travel through the Maasai Mara accentuated by the surrounding theater of wildlife. Trek through volcanic forests to discover the beauty of active gorilla troops. Your immersive luxury safari will be tailored to your goals to uncover the marvels of East Africa’s untouched wilderness.


Giraffe Manor. Photo by TheSafariCollection on Flickr

Best of East African Safari: Gorilla Trekking, Maasai Mara, Ngorongoro, Serengeti

Best of East African Safari: Gorilla Trekking, Maasai...

14 Day Custom Tour

From $15,395

On your 14-day best of East Africa safari, you will experience the legends of wild mountain gorillas, migrating wildebeest, evocative grasslands, and utopian volcanic terrain. Local myths shared for generations will become real as you scour the jungle for silverbacks or witness a leopard hunting unsuspecting zebra. Your luxury tour will immerse you in celebrated national parks and highlight the natural splendor in Kenya, Rwanda, and Tanzania.


Close up of giraffes grooming each other

Classic Highlights of Uganda and Kenya Private Safari

Classic Highlights of Uganda and Kenya Private Safari...

12 Day Custom Tour

From $11,755

Bask in East Africa’s timeless beauty on your 12-day Uganda and Kenya highlights safari. Enjoy encounters with wild chimpanzees and grazing zebra herds. Trek the misty mountains for gorilla sightings. Witness elephants wandering beneath the silhouette of Mount Kilimanjaro. Whether finding the famous Big Five or lounging in a luxury lodge, you will discover the wilderness with a mix of game drives, guided bush walks, boat tours, and aerial views.


Lion cub climbing on the head of his father

Lion King Inspired Family Safari: Pride of Africa

Lion King Inspired Family Safari: Pride of Africa

13 Day Custom Tour

From $5,624

Your 13-day luxury family safari of Kenya and Tanzania will embody the wonders of East Africa and immerse you in the circle of life. You will journey into the wilderness that inspired The Lion King movie where warthogs ramble through the underbrush and lions laze on the savannah. From recognizable landscapes to captivating ancient legends, your family safari will bring the dream of East Africa’s majestic wildlife into reality.Note: Zicasso and “Lion King Inspired Safari: Pride of Africa” are not affiliated with, or sponsored or endorsed by Walt Disney Pictures, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, or Fairview Entertainment.


Lights of Cape Town below Table Mountain in South Africa at dusk

Wonders of Southern Africa: Cape Town, Kruger, and Vic Falls Luxury Safari

Wonders of Southern Africa: Cape Town, Kruger, and...

13 Day Custom Tour

From $11,695

Your 13-day Southern Africa highlights tour is perfect for a first-time Africa vacation. You can indulge in luxurious game lodges inside fabled national parks and witness the mysterious mist rising from Victoria Falls. As you travel through Southern Africa, your customizable tour will take you from Table Mountain to Kruger National Park, Sabi Sands to Livingstone for an exceptional introduction to local culture, wilderness, and wildlife with unforgettable safari programs.


Family of African elephants walking in a line together through the Kenya, Africa plains

Immersive African Safari & More: Kenya, Victoria Falls, Kruger

Immersive African Safari & More: Kenya, Victoria...

14 Day Custom Tour

From $5,945

Witness five of Africa’s most iconic destinations on your 14-day African safari for first-time visitors. You will have guided game drives through the Maasai Mara and panoramic views of Victoria Falls. Table Mountain will act as a backdrop to Cape Town’s history and culture while the Laikipia Plateau reveals diversity in the semi-arid plains. Your adventure in Kenya, South Africa, and Zambia will combine luxury, beauty, and wonder.


African Safaris

How to Book an African Safari

When Zicasso travelers write their trip reviews, the African safaris consistently get the honor of being called “the best trip in our lifetime”.  When Zicasso founders, Brian Tan and Yuchun Ku, are asked what their favorite trips were, they readily say, “All our African safaris!”

Yet, a journey to Africa is undoubtedly one of the most complex trips to plan. The range of choices can be bewildering, from the countries, game reserves and parks, camps and lodges, seasons, transportation logistics, etc.

There are three ways to plan and book your trip:

  1. Get a customized safari tour planned and booked by a travel professional. Travel independently on your own schedule.
  2. Book a group safari tour. Join an escorted group tour with a fixed departure date.
  3. Plan and book a safari yourself.

Custom African Safari Tours

To achieve an excellent experience, we recommend booking a customized tour with the help of true safari specialists such as the ones we recommend on Zicasso.

The best safari specialists should have the following credentials:

  1. Traveled extensively to the safari destinations.
  2. Personally vetted the camps and lodges.
  3. Possess deep knowledge of the best times to visit as well as transportation logistics, including flights.
  4. Passionate about the wildlife.

Your entire Africa trip, down to the smallest details, would be planned by the safari travel specialist, taking into account your specific interests, preferences, and schedule. Each of the accommodations, activities, and destinations is tailored to your preferences. You get a stress-free trip with seamless logistics. And maximum wildlife viewing.

As we prepare to travel again in the post-Covid era of 2021 and 2022, we encourage you to plan early to get the best choices of safari lodges and camps. Zicasso is committed to working with partners to provide more flexibility in payment terms and in making changes to travel dates, so you can book with peace of mind.

Zicasso has spent thousands of hours vetting the best safari travel specialists. We act as a referral service, matching you with the right specialists. Because African safaris is our biggest passion, the reviews from past Zicasso travelers have been consistently excellent for over 10 years -- we invite you to check out what they say about their trips to key safari countries such as South Africa, Botswana, Tanzania, Kenya, and Zimbabwe.

If you don't know anything about African safaris yet and don't even know where you want to go, don't worry about doing lots of research. Simply submit a Zicasso trip request, pick "Africa" as the destination, and we'll match you with safari specialists who will give you the best advice and help you plan everything.

Best Safari Destinations in Africa

Africa is a continent, not a country. You can fit the United States into Africa more than three times. Some of the national parks are larger than the state of New Jersey. You can enjoy fabulous safaris in Eastern and Southern Africa. Countries within these regions have specialties, and each suits a different style of safari and visitor.

Most first-timers want to see the Big Five animals: lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos, and buffalos. You should try not to be too preoccupied with these five animals because some safari destinations have more than 100 different mammal species that you can encounter Often, it’s the intimacy of the encounters that is more impressive than checking off five animals from a list.

What is Each Key Safari Country Known For?

East African Safari

Kenya is the grand dame of East African safari. This country has more safari destinations than any other. It’s a great choice for a private and exclusive safari, and we recommend that you explore beyond the famous Masai Mara. Kenya also has many divine Indian Ocean beaches.

Tanzania is home to more wild mammals than anywhere else in Africa. You can visit for the biggest herds and natural wonders, such as the Serengeti, Kilimanjaro, and Ngorongoro. The north is easier to get around, but you should not overlook wild parks in the south.

Rwanda and Uganda are the only two countries in the world that are home to mountain gorillas. Although Uganda and Rwanda also offer traditional big-game safari as well, neighboring Tanzania and Kenya are better. A trip here is usually just for the gorillas.

Southern Africa

Botswana is a pure luxury safari. It has the largest private concessions, many of Africa’s finest camps, and an incredible sense of wilderness. There’s not much here except for the animals though. You can experience the Okavango Delta oasis, ancient Kalahari desert, elephants in Chobe, and concessions like Savute and Linyanti.

Namibia is purely desert and is home to majestic sand dunes like those around Sossusvlei. Etosha National Park is one of Africa’s best safari destinations. Most Namibia itineraries combine wildlife safaris with desert camps and open plains.

South Africa offers the most diverse African vacation experience. The best South African safari can be found in the Greater Kruger, notably the Sabi Sands concessions. Most itineraries combine multi-day safaris with Cape Town and other stunning destinations.

Zimbabwe and Zambia are not well connected, and their tourism infrastructure is underdeveloped. Both countries offer exceptional safaris, but they are mostly recommended for visitors who are returning to Africa for a second or third safari.

How Long Do You Need for an African Safari?

Two weeks is a great amount of time to enjoy an in-depth African safari. When traveling to Africa from the US, you should remember that two to three days will be spent traveling and adjusting to time zone changes. With a total of two weeks, you can fully explore different ecosystems and animals.

Most itineraries have around two-thirds safari and one-third other experiences, such as cultural encounters, hiking, or beach time. Safaris involve a lot of moving and many intense experiences, so a few days at the beach can make your entire vacation more relaxing.

At Zicasso, we have seen Africa trips as short as five days and as long as 45 days. With two weeks, it’s recommended that you focus on one country or possibly two neighboring countries.

Essential Safari Experiences

Different safari activities provide unique perspectives of the animals and their home. On a safari itinerary, you will have the opportunity to combine different activities.

How Will I Experience Wildlife?

You will cover the most distance and see most animals in a vehicle. These are known as game drives. Vehicles have open sides or an open roof so that you can enjoy an unrestricted view of the landscape. Vehicles are great for getting close to the Big Five and the largest animals. Most species are more active after dark, so there’s plenty to see on these drives.

On walking safaris, you will focus on smaller animals. You can experience animal tracking and pick up more of the sounds and smells. Rangers and guides will ensure that you avoid big cats and other dangerous animals. Even so, it’s a thrilling experience, whether a short 30-minute game walk or a multi-day walking safari.

Motorboat safaris follow rivers and waterways, and they provide a perspective of animals as they head to the riverbank for a drink. These safaris can be excellent for photography because you can view the wildlife from relatively close proximity.

In a hot air balloon, you can see the herds from the sky. Scenic flights are another possibility. These provide you with the best views and are the perfect complement to all the on-the-ground encounters. Soaring over the landscape will also showcase the scale of the African savannah.

How Can I Ensure I See My Favorite Animal?

Wildlife encounters are never guaranteed. You will see lots of animals on any safari, and it’s not considered an unsuccessful safari if you miss one from your list. It’s best to discuss your animal passions or special interests with your travel planner because the different parks are known for different animals. For example, the Sabi Sands or Mara North are incredible for leopards, Okavango is hippo central, and it seems like there are lions everywhere in the Serengeti.

What Is a Day on Safari Like?

Most days on safari revolve around the best times to see wildlife. These are in the early morning and late afternoon. Usually, you will have a pre-dawn alarm call and a light breakfast before a morning activity. Wildlife rests in the middle of the day and so do you, including lunch annd downtime. You will have afternoon activities that last until sunset and sometimes even later.

On days when you move between camps, the actual travel tends to take place during the middle of the day, so you don’t lose too much valuable safari time. The exact program will depend on where you are. Some destinations only allow daytime game drives, while others offer a wide variety of other activities for a customizable itinerary.

What Choice Do I Have With Accommodation on a African Safari?

The accommodation rating system for each country is different. As you will expect, the quality of accommodation increases from three to four to five star properties.

You should also consider that higher rated camps will have better guides. The higher-rated camps are also in the most premium locations. The biggest difference between a three-star and five-star camp is the wildlife experience. You’ll see more animals from the camp and, perhaps, have nighttime visitors like elephants (yes it’s safe).

What is the Difference Between a Safari Camp and Safari Lodge?

It’s a misconception that three stars equals a camp and five stars is a fancy lodge. There are three, four and five- star options for both camps and lodges.

A lodge is a more permanent structure than a camp. Most camps have hybrid tents with some sort of additional structure like a wooden deck or frame. Tents can be as luxurious as any hotel room. Some have air conditioning. The key difference is that the walls are canvas.

It’s highly recommended to try at least one, if not more, tented camps. It provides a superior experience as you’re closer to nature. You can also hear all the sounds, and it always feels like you’re in the moment and the scene. Camps are typically smaller than lodges, so there will be fewer other guests.

How Many Days Should I Stay at Each Location?

As a general rule of thumb, it’s recommended to spend three nights at each safari location. This will provide ample time to experience the different animals and activities. With three nights, you can really settle into the environment and indulge all your senses.

In some smaller parks, you may only spend two nights. Some destinations can be fully explored in only a day, such as Ngorongoro Crater.

Usually it’s only recommended to spend one night if it’s upon arrival. Most domestic safari flights depart early in the morning, so on most itineraries you will need to sleep in a city for a night before starting the safari.

How Can I Travel Responsibly

As you move up the three-star to five-star ladder, you will have a greater positive impact on the local environment and community. Five-star accommodations tend to be very ecologically friendly and are actively involved in anti-poaching and community development.

An African safari is a very responsible vacation choice. Much of the money you pay is used for conservation fees. This generates the money that’s required to keep the wilderness wild and pristine. Without people going on safaris, some of these species probably wouldn’t still be alive in the wild.

Best Time to Go on an African Safari

The best time for a safari tends to be in Africa’s winter, from June to October. Think blue skies, sunshine, and an endless variety of animals. The safari experience changes throughout the year, and such a large continent is home to lots of subtleties.

How Does the Safari Experience Change During Different Seasons of the Year?

All of the key safari destinations show remarkable seasonal diversity. Vegetation becomes sparse and scarce during the dry season. You can see for miles, and the animals have nowhere to hide, which is perfect for spotting normally elusive creatures. Animals congregate around the few remaining water sources, so they’re easier to find.

The rains typically last for three to four months. Landscapes flourish, and the grass grows. This is known as the green season and it’s beautiful. However, high grass and thick foliage makes it more challenging to see animals. Animals spread out to explore fresh pastures, rather than hanging around a few watering holes. Most species have their young during the abundant green season, so you may see lots of cute youngsters, as well as lots of predators as they hunt the easy prey.

Months between the dry and green seasons are known as the shoulder season. During this time, the landscape is under transition and the experience is halfway between the dry and green seasons.

Dry season in East Africa runs from June to October. The short rains then replenish the grasslands from November to January, coinciding with the wildebeest calving season. A short dry season follows from February to March, followed by the long rains from April to May. Many camps close during the long rains as trails become inaccessible.

Southern Africa’s dry season is during the winter, when it is cooler and more comfortable to be out on safari. This is from May to September. October and November can be very hot and humid before the rains start in earnest from December onwards.

Cost of a Safari vs the Season

Dry season is also the high tourist season in every safari destination, and it is the most expensive time to go on safari. The green season is a less popular time of year, and the prices of camps can be less than half of what they are during the dry season. You can enjoy excellent safari deals during the shoulder months.

How long in advance do you need to book for the best accommodations and safari?

For a complete choice of accommodation and guides, we recommend booking a safari 12 months in advance, especially for the more popular dry season months. 12 - 18 months in advance is ideal if you want complete choice over the best camps and wildlife locations.

The size of your group is a key factor. Most camps are very small with space for less than 20 guests. It’s more straightforward to find space for a couple than for an extended family of ten. Bigger groups require more planning time.

Modes of Transportation in Africa

How you get around Africa will depend on the destinations you wish to visit. There are very few roads and most safari areas are not located along any major road.

What are the Best Airports to Fly In and Out of Africa?

The largest and best airport in Southern Africa is O.R. Tambo International in Johannesburg. It has connections to safari locations across Southern Africa, including the Sabi Sands and Maun for the Okavango Delta. A safari anywhere in Southern Africa is likely to pass through here. You may wish to leave or enter the region from Cape Town, which is another well connected international airport.

Nairobi in Kenya is the best connected East African airport. There is an increasing number of flights to Kilimanjaro Airport in Tanzania.

Domestic Flights

On most safari itineraries, you will fly between different destinations. Wilderness areas are very remote, and traveling by road is both time-consuming and uncomfortable. Some camps are only accessible by air. Most concessions have their own airstrips, and large national parks have multiple airstrips. Sometimes, these airstrips must be cleared of passing elephants!

Each country has its own safari flight operators. Flight schedules are very flexible, and aircraft travels in a set direction rather than on a specific route. Different passengers will get off and on along the way. Exact routes are decided on the day and based on who is traveling. This is brilliant because you can catch a glimpse of a new destination on an aerial flyover before continuing to your destination.

Planes are small and rarely take more than 20 passengers. They also have strict 33lb luggage restrictions. Contrary to American practices, you don’t need to show up two hours before a flight. You’ll take a game drive to the airstrip, drive directly up to the plane, and soar off to another destination.

The exception is in South Africa, where larger aircraft run scheduled routes between the Sabi Sands, Johannesburg, and Cape Town. South Africa has other domestic air routes that are useful for longer itineraries.

Flights Via Zicasso

Zicasso Air Desk is an international air ticketing service that eliminates the stress of finding and booking the right flights for your upcoming vacation by employing the same personalized service you can expect from planning a trip with Zicasso. Our competitive flight pricing, 24x7 Service & Support, and Complimentary Consultation of Routing vs. Pricing with an Expert Flight Specialist make finding the perfect flight for your trip effortless.

Overland Travel

Overland travel in Africa takes time. Even the best roads are rough and bumpy. Dust is high, and it’s not always comfortable. Google’s estimation of travel time tends to be very ambitious, and overland travel will take longer than anticipated (it’s just a part of traveling in Africa).

What to Consider When Traveling in Africa

The following information covers important travel considerations so that you can have a stress-free travel experience.

Is Africa Safe for Travel?

Africa is very safe for tourists. There are some unsafe areas, but you won’t visit such areas when you travel with Zicasso. It’s important to be aware of your surroundings and not to visit places with which you’re not familiar. Guides will provide you with up to date information on no-go areas, as will your accommodation. Throughout Eastern and Southern Africa, you will find the locals to be very friendly and keen to help visitors stay safe.

On every safari, you will be provided with a detailed safety briefing. This covers any dangers relative to where you are, such as what to do when an elephant is in the camp. The basics of staying safe on safari include never running, never walking anywhere alone, not going anywhere at night without a guide, and not doing anything to annoy the animals. Rangers and guides will always be on hand to help you stay safe.

Health Questions

Camps and lodges have great standards of hygiene. Most visitors find that Africa is far cleaner than their experiences in parts of Europe and Asia, especially the accommodation.

All of East Africa is a malaria zone, and you will need to take malaria medication. South Africa is malaria-free, and this is a major consideration for families and senior travelers. Most other areas in Southern Africa have only a nominal malaria risk during the dry season.

One challenge is the number of bugs. There are many that you may not be used to, and the green season sees more insects and mosquitos. It’s important to take mosquito repellent and cover your skin around dusk, which is when bugs typically emerge.

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Safari flights have 33lb luggage restrictions so you will need to pack light. The best clothes are the most practical. Lightweight and breathable fabric that covers your skin tends to work best in addition to any neutral colors. Unfortunately, bright colors don’t stay bright for long due to the dust and can be an annoyance to some animals. Most camps have a laundry service included for their guests. Blue is best avoided in East Africa during the green season because it attracts tsetse flies.

Don’t bring walking boots unless you’re actually doing a walking safari, otherwise it’s a lot of weight when lighter footwear will do.

Specific Travel Considerations For Your Group

For Families

Taking children on safari is okay! Pretty much every child who goes on a safari says that it was their favorite vacation. Most families declare that a safari is their best ever family vacation because it’s fun for all ages and so unique to everything else.

Private vehicles are a great option for your game drives, especially in the case that your children get tired and need to go back to the camp. You should also place a premium on camps with pools and other facilities because these are places where there is more space to play and explore. There are some camps, especially in South Africa, that are designed specifically for families with interlinked rooms and other amenities.

Many camps have family-focused guides who are great with kids. Some even have children’s clubs, so your kids can learn ranger skills, bush survival tactics, or how to track wildlife. These activities often take place in the middle of the day and then you all go out on a game drive together.

South Africa is great because it’s malaria free, and there is a superb diversity of things to do. Botswana is more high-end, and there are less children-friendly areas. Both Tanzania and Kenya can be ideal with older children.

For Seniors

Heat and humidity can be unbearable during the hot summer months, and this is often an issue for senior travelers. It’s also worth remembering that things take time in Africa. The roads are rough and bumpy plus the dust is high. A travel specialist will often recommend a specific time to travel or destination based on camps and activities that are most suited to senior travelers. Safaris are definitely possible whatever your age. There are even camps that can accommodate travelers who need a dialysis machine.

For Couples

A travel specialist understands the best camps and experiences for couples who are seeking something extra special. Usually, these are not the most famous camps or the camps that are the most visible online. There are some very unique places and activities for couples, and it’s the travel specialists who know where.

Mobility and Accessibility

Some African camps and lodges are well adapted for visitors with mobility challenges. It’s also important to remember that the vast majority of every safari takes place in a vehicle. Visitors rarely go walking anywhere, so you won’t be missing out if you can’t walk very far.

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