Fulfill Your Wanderlust with an African Safari

By Kristen Malaby  ·  December 2021

There is no denying our wanderlust is stronger than ever. We are hungry to discover the world’s top destinations and perhaps try something new while making a difference.

For award-winning, luxury safari operator African Travel, Inc., there’s no better place than Africa to have an extraordinary and rewarding journey. Read on for their safari experts’ top picks for the continent’s most meaningful experiences.

Bucket List Safari

For those looking to tick off as many African experiences as possible, you’ll find a diversity of city, wildlife and UNESCO sights across South Africa and Victoria Falls. Each of African Travel’s safaris features MAKE TRAVEL MATTER Experiences, and there are plenty here from transformational cultural encounters in Cape Town to Big 5 safaris in private reserves where you are actively immersed in helping protect the wildlife.

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Magical Kenya

Hailed as the home of the classical safari, Kenya’s diversity of ecosystems, sustainable experiences and wildlife species makes the destination so appealing. Fulfill your dream of seeing the Great Migration in the Maasai Mara and consider other unique experiences. Meet the last two living white rhinos in the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, go behind the scenes at elephant orphanages and with anti-poaching teams, and spot the Samburu Special 5.

Image Credit: African Travel, Governors’ Il Moran Camp

Family Safaris

Africa brings textbooks to life. Wildlife sightings will please every family member while future global citizens gain new insights from experiencing diverse cultures. For families traveling with younger children, South Africa is a great option with malaria free game reserves. For those with older children, consider a family safari in Botswana or East Africa which offers more adventurous and Instagram-worthy experiences. You can even rewild the kids at The Bush School in Kenya.

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Flying Solo

Tired of waiting for others to join you on your dream safari? Don’t wait any longer. Africa is a very rewarding experience for solo travelers, but it does take some careful planning to choose the right safari and avoid costly single supplements.

Consider staying in camps with a more communal experience often found in South or East Africa or join a small group safari. African Travel’s Tanzania Explorer visiting the plains of the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater has limited no single supplements and small intimate groups of no more than 12 guests.

Image Credit: African Travel, Serena Safari Lodge

Enchanted Rwanda Encounters

In Rwanda, the numerous encounters will touch your heart. “The land of a thousand hills” promises a magical encounter with the highly endangered mountain gorilla, a Big 5 experience in Akagera National Park, and interesting local tours seeing how a united Rwanda stands as an extraordinary example of the best of humanity.

Image Credit: African Travel, Bisate Lodge

Heritage Travel

Looking to retrace your roots and explore Africa’s exciting future? Consider customizing a journey through South Africa. Follow in the footsteps of Nelson Mandela through a collection of soulful encounters in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg, then meet the artists and makers crafting Africa’s future. African Travel loves arranging high tea with the artists at Ardmore who create colorful home decor, jewelry and ceramics that demonstrate Zulu traditions.

Image Credit: Cape Town Tourism

Land and Water Safari in Botswana

Botswana awaits if you want to immerse yourself in nature. Home to thriving waterways and rich wildlife sanctuaries, visit the famous Okavango Delta, meet the meerkats of the Kalahari region, and see where elephants rule in Chobe National Park. Open vehicle game drives, walking, mokoro (canoe), and boating safaris offer unique perspectives on this wild kingdom.

Image Credit: African Travel, Xigera Safari Lodge

Safari, Your Way

Every trip to Africa is hand crafted by African Travel experts who have lived and traveled extensively in Africa, and they include a 24/7 concierge service and local Africa hosts available to assist with changes. Together with Ensemble advisors, they customize safaris in 16 African destinations as well as offer rail journeys, a Platinum Collection of villas and private safaris, and group getaways. Every journey includes a donation made to wildlife conservation or a child’s participation in the Land & Life Foundation Wildlife Warrior program.

Image Credit: African Travel, Sundowner Cruise on Zambezi Explorer

Contact your Ensemble travel advisor to customize a safari with African Travel.

Main Image Credit: African Travel, Royal Malewane Game Drive


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