As I traveled through Africa’s heart, I realized that there is a safari for everyone. It’s about determining what type of traveler you are and what your budget for your African adventure.
The tented-camp option is the most common type of safari that you will hear at the mention of it. The classic bush camp safari is a throwback back to when explorers would spend weeks camping in remote areas.
Tent camps come in a variety of styles, from simple to luxurious. Some of the most comfortable spots have been my home and I had wonderful experiences.
Wolwedons, Namibia; Sable Alley Botswana; Mahali Mzuri Kenya; Jack’s Camp Botswana; Cottar’s 1920s Safari Camp Kenya. Each one has its own unique perks and is a prime spot to experience the natural beauty of Africa.
Bush camps are usually temporary structures with low-tech construction, but game lodges are more resort-like and have solid wall construction.
You can see my experience at the Lion Sands Ivory Lodge, South Africa; Royal Malewane, South Africa; and Tongabezi Lodge close to Victoria Falls.
Both game-lodge safaris as well as tented camp safaris are very appealing. However, if you have only one night to spare, I recommend a tented camp safari. A game lodge is a better option if you only have a few days.
You will usually travel between lodges when you are staying at a lodge. You should plan to spend at least one night exploring each lodge, especially if you visit Lion Sands Ivory Lodge where you can stay in a treehouse.
I have had the chance to sleep under the stars at several properties. Although an open-air treehouse may not be for everyone, it is a wonderful way to count sheep under the constellations.
Skybeds and treehouses can be rented for one night at tented camps and game-lodge Safaris. Most people will be dropped off at sunset and picked up in the morning to go on a game drive. I saw elephants at sunset while staying at Lion Sands Ivory Lodge in South Africa and Treehouses in South Africa. Sable Alley, Botswana has also skybeds but it was rainy season so we didn’t have the chance to use them.
Except for taking my mom on a wine safari with me, I have not yet been on a family safari so I cannot make any recommendations. However, I recommend looking for child-friendly options.
Many game reserves won’t allow children below the age of 6. According to me, this is because predators love the sound of crying children. It’s a good reason, although I’m not sure. You should also keep in mind that game drives can last between 3-4 hours.
In Kenya and South Africa, family safaris are extremely popular. These countries offer options for families with young children. You can customize your experience to make sure everyone has a wonderful time. Look for properties with family-friendly activities or animal encounters. Giraffe Manor, Kenya is a wonderful option for families. It is also very kid-friendly.
Learning about the lives of local people in Africa was one of my favorite moments. Safaris that include a cultural component are a far cry from the urban Cape Town experience.
A wonderful bush walk I took with the local Khoisan tribe at Jack’s Camp, Botswana was a highlight of my trip. It is definitely a place I would recommend. My stay at Cottar’s 1920s Safari Camp, Kenya allowed me to visit a Maasai village with a Maasai guide. It really enhanced my experience.
Walking safaris are offered by many game lodges and can offer a unique opportunity to see the wildlife up close. However, I must admit that I am still not able to get up the courage to go on a walking safari.
Although I’ve gotten out of my safari car to see giraffes closer, that’s not as exciting as it used to be.
For solo travelers, small-group safaris
My experience has shown that the smaller the group, I believe, the more enjoyable the exploration. This is why I have designed safari experiences for small groups.
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My TBA Escapes South Africa Photography Tour features a small group consisting of incredible women and me exploring the most beautiful places the country has. Check out our highlights from the last TBA Escapes tour.
Self-drive is a popular option in Botswana, South Africa’s Kruger National Park. You have privacy and the freedom to travel at your own pace.
A self-drive safari is very easy to arrange!
A tour company can arrange for you to rent a car. You will be fine as long as your driver’s licence is with you.
Although I haven’t yet done a self-drive safari, it was an incredible experience driving through Namibia. A self-drive safari is on my bucket list.