Picture yourself on a sunny afternoon, in a comfortable open safari vehicle, surrounded by vast open grasslands or beautiful African bush. You are travelling through spectacular landscapes, hearing the sounds of the birds and animals and smelling the scent of the bush. All around are hundreds of different species of bird, some of them unbelievably beautiful. And you are in a state of constant excitement at what you may see around the next bend. Will it be a pride of lions rousing themselves for the evening's hunt, a breeding herd of elephants with the mothers watchful over the playing babies, a leopard dragging its prey up into a tree.....?
You don't want the drive to end, except that you are looking forward to a cool drink beside the swimming pool overlooking the waterhole, a superb dinner cooked by an expert chef using local ingredients and a night of peaceful sleep in a gorgeously comfortable bed, under a mosquito net, with the sounds of jackals, hippos, lions and nightjars lulling you into deep sleep.
There has never been a better time to get away into a wild place, with lots of fresh air, very few people, and nothing but the sounds, smells and sights of pristine natural bush and wild animals. And there is no-one better to help plan your stunning safari than Wagtail Travel. With a lifetime in Africa, a deep knowledge of, and passionate commitment to the African bush, combined with ABTA and ATOL protection and access to the worlds best safari companies, tour operators, and travel providers we will tailor-make your perfect safari!
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Get The Most Out Of Your Stunning Safari Holiday
Perhaps you want to see
- the Big Five (lions, leopards, elephants, buffalos and rhinos)
- other predators like cheetahs, African wild dogs (also known as painted wolves), hyenas, jackals, and lots of different smaller cats
- beautiful plains creatures, like zebra, giraffe and any number of antelope (our favourites are roan and sable antelope)
- gorillas, chimpanzees, any one of a dozen types of monkey or lemurs
- hippos and crocodiles
- hundreds and hundreds of types of birds
They are to be found amongst beautiful vegetation in stunning landscapes. We love these places and know many of them well. We would like nothing better than to introduce you to them so that they can become your refuges too, or to send you back there if they are favourites already.
Safaris can be chosen or tailored to your specific needs whether you are looking for:
- a honeymoon or romantic getaway (or even a bush wedding)
- a family holiday or multi-generational adventure
- a small group tour where you can meet like-minded people.
We know what makes a great safari holiday. And we have access to all the resources to put together, for you, a safe, healthy, exciting and relaxing holiday, all with flexible bookings and ABTA and ATOL protection.
Read on below or browse through the pages to get some ideas about where to go.
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To put into perspective the pressures and frustrations of our daily lives, there is nothing better than to spend time with wild creatures in their natural habitat, where they go on living as they have lived for thousands of years.
These places and their exquisite creatures are seriously threatened, and by going there and paying fairly for the experiences offered, we can help to support the communities that protect them and help to ensure that the wilderness is still there for our grandchildren.
Some of our favourite safari options are:
South Africa has an extraordinary range of safari options. It has many wonderful game reserves run by the national parks authority, SANParks and by provincial authorities. The best known is the Kruger National Park, but there are many others offering a huge range of experiences.
There are also many top quality private game reserves that offer superb luxury and outstanding game viewing experiences, as well as playing an important conservation role.
Botswana offers some of the best safari options in the world. The Okavango Delta, an amazing inland delta, where the Okavango River drains the water from the Angolan highlands into the desert, is a stunning safari destination. So, too, is the Kalahari Desert with with its beautiful, arid landscapes and desert adapted animals. By contrast Chobe is full of beautiful Ironwoods and teaming with elephants.
Zambia is another extraordinary and wonderful place for a safari, with a wide range of options. It has the well known South Luangwa Valley, with superb top quality lodges, and the easily accessible and tremendously varied Kafue National Park. But also, for seasoned safari enthusiasts, it has more specialised destinations, such as the remote and inaccessible Liuwa Plains, the North Luangwa Valley and, for birding enthusiasts, Kasanka.
For anyone looking for a safari, Kenya is a natural choice, as one of the oldest and best established safari destinations. It has a range of options in the South, including the Maasai Mara, known as one end of the great wildebeest migration, and for highly sought after holiday experiences like hot air balloon safaris, as well as Amboseli, close to the airport and the capital, Nairobi, and the huge and much less well known Tsavo National Park, divided in two by the Nairobi to Mombasa road and railway. Further north Kenya also has less well known and more remote options, including Samburu and the Laikipia Plateau.
Home to the famous and magnificent Serengeti, the other end of the great wildebeest migration, the Ngorogoro Crater, Lake Manyara and Tarangire, collectively known as the 'northern circuit', Tanzania has a well deserved reputation as one of the world's top safari destinations. It also has much more specialist options where there are far fewer tourists to be found, inclusing Katavi, Ruaha and Selous in the south and west. These are more difficult to get to but hugely rewarding, especially for people who have already seen the better known parks. Also on the far west are the wonderful chimpanzee refuges of Gombe and Mahale.
Uganda's Biwindi National Park is exceptionally beautiful, and it is the places to see gorillas. But that is by no means all that Uganda offers for people wanting safari experiences. The Queen Elizabeth National park, and the Murchison Falls National Park are outstanding game reserves that offer a full wildlife viewing exerience with many primates and some of the best bird watching in the world as well as all the plains animals and superb predators. there are also several smaller, more specialised parks, including the remote and exquisite Kidepo National Park in the far north.
Rwanda's Volcanoes National park is also a top rated place to see gorillas. Rwanda has the great advantage that its main parks, as well as being great places in themselves are all close together and easily accessible. the Akagera National Park is a gem, specially for birders, and the Nyumgwe National park is also well worth a visit.
Namibia is special because of its extraordinary desert and semi-desert landscapes, but it is also an wonderful safari destination, especially if landscapes are as important to you as animals, and you like to see animals in extraordinary surroundings.
Zimbabwe is one of the best safari destinations at the moment. It is a traditional safari destination, with wonderful places for safaris and extraordinarily diverse wildlife. Its people are extremely friendly and its guides are some of the most knowledgeable. Consequently its service is outstanding.
Because of the economic difficulties that the country has suffered over some years the prices there are very reasonable and the contribution made by tourists and dedicated conservationists has resulted in the conservation or restoration of the game reserves to provide top quality protection to the wildlife and outstanding experiences for visitors.
Malawi has some beautiful game reserves which can be beautifully combined with a great holiday on Lake Malawi.
For something completely different, Madagascar offers the opportunities to see creatures that you will see nowhere else in the world. With an extraordinary list of endemic birds, Madagascar also has endemic animals, mainly, but not only lemurs, and hundreds of endemic plant species. This is definitely different from a Big Five safari, but still a wonderful opportunity to get close to extraordinary creatures in the natural habitats.
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