Summer is here and you’re lost for holiday ideas. Remain calm, as you’re not the first – and you certainly won’t be the last. But rather than panic-buying a last minute standard beach holiday, why not take the opportunity to broaden your horizons? Take a walk on the wild side this summer, and let us talk you through the splendour of safari.
Despite being one of the most exciting luxury getaway opportunities available, safaris have become oddly associated with a certain demographic. When conjuring a mental image of a person likely go on safari, we might immediately picture a fifty-something man with an oversized camera hanging around his neck, dressed head-to-toe in beige.
But safaris deserve so much more than this monotonous beige stereotype. The safari experience is one which is wonderfully vibrant; one which should be shared by all ages and walks of life, as it opens people’s eyes to the remarkable world we not only live in, but share. With this in mind, we take a look at exactly why everyone must go at least once in their lifetime.
The “Big 5”
Comprising of buffalo, rhinos, African leopards, elephants and – of course – lions, the so-called “Big 5” provides many African safaris with a wonderful sense of purpose. The chances of seeing all five in a week-long safari are slight, but the possibility of doing so will keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout each day.
But to claim that the “Big 5” are the only animals worth seeing on safari would be foolhardy. The real surprises are delivered by the unexpected; the cackle of hyenas feasting together while vultures circle above them, waiting for their own turn. Safari is unique as it presents these animals in their honest surroundings, opening your eyes to the ferocity of nature.
So pack your binoculars, and prepare to be amazed.
Often just as impressive as the wildlife – if not more so – the stunning scenery on safari tours is often overlooked. Ranging from the intriguing barren landscape of Botswana’s Kalahari Game reserve to the grassy floodplains of Eastern Zambia, the remarkable stillness of your surroundings is something to savour.
Very rarely in your life will you feel as in-touch with Mother Earth as you are likely to during a luxury African safari getaway. And what’s better, many safari companies often re-invest their profits into conserving local landscapes, meaning you can sleep easy in the African heat, knowing your luxury break is also helping benefit the natural environment around you.
If you really want to immerse yourself in a safari experience, there is nothing quite like staying with a local tribe. Kenya’s Maasai People are well-known for their hospitality and willingness to immerse tourists in their culture, meaning your nights on safari can become just as exciting as your days. Be sure to embrace local knowledge too, as many locals will be eager to share their stories of personal encounters with nearby wildlife, making for fascinating listening.
A good local tour guide can also make all the difference between a good experience, and an experience that you will never forget. Choose wisely and take recommendations, as drivers are a dime a dozen in many safari destinations, but choosing the right one can completely change your whole experience.
Don’t let safaris’ adventurous reputation deceive you, whilst they are undoubtedly thrilling and intense, safaris can also be incredibly luxurious.
South Africa’s Kruger National Park is known for its remarkable variety of wildlife species, and is also famous for having local resorts offering an unrivalled luxury experience. Safari-goers can enjoy cuisine prepared by some of the continent’s finest chefs, and spend their evenings sampling the countries fantastic wines.
With all of the above in mind, luxury safaris really should be on your travel bucket-list for sooner rather than later. Presenting a fantastic clash of the world of wildlife and the comforts of luxury, there really is no better time than now to start thinking about your safari destination.
Kariega in South Africa is one of the best places in the world to explore the wonders of safari. How about experiencing it for yourself?