Where to go on your first safari in Africa

Everything you need to know before booking your first African safari

With plenty of African safari packages, you only want to choose the best of the best. We both know planning is everything and we want to ensure that we set you on the right path of your much anticipated African trip. We know you are asking yourself the big question – Where Are The 10 best Africa safari destinations for first-timers?

Lucky for you we’ve rounded up some of the best African tour destinations that offer excellent game viewing and wilderness exploring all year round.

For first-time safari-goers, popular destinations like Kenya’s Masai Mara and Tanzania’s Serengeti offer iconic wildlife experiences with abundant wildlife and stunning landscapes, for an unforgettable bucket list adventure.


Where to go on your first safari in Africa

Choosing the right safari destination involves considering personal preferences, desired wildlife experiences, and the type of activities you wish to experience. Popular safari heavyweights like Kenya’s Masai Mara, Tanzania’s Serengeti, and South Africa’s Kruger National Park are renowned for world-class safaris.

​ An African tour represents the best travel dream one could ever wish of. If you’re going to do this, there are some things worth considering. We recommend for a first safari goer to choose a safari destination that offers fantastic sightings for the Big Five (lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant and buffalo). Masai Mara, Serengeti and South Africa’s Sabi Sands will be those special places with each safari destination delivering unique experiences.

For first-timers, these safari destinations offer exceptional safari experiences with abundant wildlife and stunning landscapes.

  1. The Masai Mara, Kenya
  2. The Serengeti, Tanzania
  3. Laikipia, Kenya
  4. Akagera National Park, Rwanda
  5. South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
  6. Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia
  7. Chobe, Botswana
  8. Hwange, Zimbabwe
  9. Eastern Cape, South Africa
  10. The Sabi Sands, South Africa

Choosing where to stay on safari depends on your preferences and the destination. Our options range from Economy, Midrange and luxury accommodation options for lodges and tented camps are sufficiently comfortable and adequate for relaxation, overnights and meals. However standard of facilities, style and location are varied.

Luxury safari Lodges and Tented Camps

In almost all instances, luxury lodges & Tented camps are located at strategic viewpoint locations within the national parks and game reserves. They are unique in architecture and design. They also provide easy access to the game viewing areas. The facilities and comfort levels are of higher standard. Rooms/, tents are private and en -suite. There shall most likely be a swimming pool in most of the luxury facilities.

Midrange safari Lodges and Tented Camps

Midrange safari lodges and camps may be located inside or just at the boundaries of the national parks and game reserves. Others may be slightly further. In all instances, they are less than 30 minutes from the park entry gate. The facilities’ comfort levels are sufficiently adequate although slightly lower than for luxury accommodation level. The rooms and tents in this comfort level category are also private and en suite. Most comfort lodges / tented camps shall have a swimming pool.

Economy safari Lodges and Tented Camps

Almost all economy lodges and tented camps (except a few) are located outside of the National park boundaries and just next to the park. They are easy, comfortable and sufficiently adequate for relaxation, overnight and meals although relatively basic compared to the luxury and comfort options. Rooms and tents are private and have en -suite bathroom facilities. Most of the economy options may also have a swimming pool.

African safari game drives are led by experienced guides in open rooftop land cruiser 4×4 vehicles, giving you close-up wildlife encounters while following safety guidelines and respecting animal behavior.

Game drives during an African tour happen twice (2) in the morning hours and then again in the evening hours when the animals are most likely to be active and visible. You’ll find it that during the hot days it is challenging to spot wildlife because they are avoiding the sun, but during cool morning and afternoon hours they tend to come out, especially during the rainy season.

Kindly note; “Not every game drive will be action-packed, enjoy the quiet safari moments. It’s important not to rush a safari just be patient with your guide as they will do their best to put you in great wildlife spots, and keeping an open mind about sightings, making the experience more rewarding.”

The Beginner’s Guide to Planning Your First Safari in Africa

At times we tend to think that we know what we want to do or where to go but in real sense our ideas may not work in practice. Perhaps due to a number of things, e.g the date of travel, activities offered among others.

It’s always advisable to do your own research and establish what you’re really after even after talking with one of us, and if you find a sample of alternatives, we can give authentic opinions and help you revise the itinerary.

Whether you’re a family person, with a group of friends, couples, solo adventurer among others, we highly suggest looking at these crafted tours and find that match that you’re after.

Yes it can. We’ve made sure of that by compiling a full range of special-interest safaris just for you. We’re committed to making each and every aspect of your trip count. Explore this options and get to know the category in which you fall.

With plenty of breathtaking scenic sites check out our tour calendar, a month-by-month guide based on our listed destinations. Not yet sure where you want to go but know the month in which you want to travel, we can assist you with that by making sure you’re matched with a destination that best suits your travel time.

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