Do you want to get away into a wild place, with nothing but the sounds, smells and sights of pristine natural bush and wild animals?
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.
Through the Hays Independence Travel Group we have access to all the best tour operators, all the game reserves and lodges at highly competitive prices. We will organise 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.
Or enquire now and we will give you independent no-obligation advice on where to go and how to get there!
Experiencing something of the company of wild creatures in their natural habitat, living as they have lived for thousands of years, puts everything in perspective.
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.
Rwanda and Uganda
Specially wonderful for gorilla trekking and for birding, but both also having great game reserves to see plains animals and predators are Rwanda and Uganda. Uganda's Biwindi National Park and Rwanda's Volcanoes National park are exceptionally beautiful places and the places to see gorillas. Uganda also has the Queen Elizabeth National park, the Murchison Falls National park and several smaller, more specialised parks, including the remote and exquisite Kidepo National Park in the far north.
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, Zimbabwe, Malawi & Mozambique
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 a traditional safari destination which was severely set back by years of war and economic difficulty, but the game reserves are recovering and it offers some truly superb safari options.
Malawi has some beautiful game reserves which can be beautifully combined with a great holiday on Lake Malawi.
For very remote and inaccessible specialist safari options Mozambique rewards the determined with spectacular results.
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.
If you are still wondering where to go contact us for a no obligation chat and we will help with some suggestions!