Safari – just speak the world and your pulse quickens. You almost hear the pulse of drums and the trumpeting of elephants and glimpse the glorious vast plains and mountains of faraway Africa. It’s almost enough to make you head online and book your African safari holiday today. But before you do, it’s a good idea to consider what kind of safari you really want.
The word ‘safari’ entered the English language in the late 19th century as a borrowing from the Swahili word meaning “long journey”. It has since developed into a specific meaning of a tour to view wild animals in Africa. Over the years, many types of safari have been developed to cater for different needs and interests. Here’s a look at the most popular types of an African safari.
Few educational experiences can match meeting big game in the flesh. Your kids can watch as many educational videos as they like but nothing will compare with the awe and wonder of seeing them in the flesh. Imagine the thrill of hearing the leopard’s eerie purr or witnessing firsthand the sight of flocks of gazelle or zebra racing along a vast plain. Such experiences can create enriching memories that will last a lifetime.
Africa is a treasure trove of learning and excitement for the whole family. While safaris with the family are safe, fun and rewarding, they have special needs. This means that family safari holidays need to be specially tailored with special options, itineraries and travel and accommodation arrangements.
Beach and Bush Safaris
One of the great things about East Africa is the marvelous stretch of coast along the Indian Ocean. This coastline is well served with hotels and resorts which makes it perfect to combine a traditional safari to admire the animals and landscapes of the hinterland with a stay at one of the region’s beaches. You get you the chance to witness amazing wildlife and natural scenery and then totally chill out on some of the world’s finest beaches. It’s the perfect combination. Or you could do it the other way round. Head to the each first to charge your batteries and then head off to the bush and game reserves for some active big game watching.
If you’re like one of the great explorers of yesteryear and scoff at the idea of motorized transport, you might like to take a walking safari. Here you can stride through bush and desert and go to places where no car could ever reach. Meanwhile your supplies are being carried by environmentally friendly camels.
It’s a great way to really get back to nature. Or you could combine walking and game driving. This is a great way to explore far flung areas and to get the best of both worlds.
Fly In Safaris
If you’re short of time or wish to visit some of the more distant sites, you could opt for a fly in safari. Fly in safaris by chartered aircraft allow you to visit remote regions inaccessible by land transport. These types of safari are usually custom made.
These are special types of safari led by professional photographers who are well acquainted with the best shooting spots in their area. Life all types of photography you’ll need patience and a little luck to get those images of a lifetime. But having an expert along will certainly help your chances. Wildlife photography requires special skills so if you’re serious about your photography, you should opt for one of these safaris.
Finally, for the ultimate in romance, there’s the honeymoon safari. If you feel jaded by the thought of an ordinary church wedding, why not take your vows in the stunning African bush? You can then combine visits to the glorious Indian Ocean beaches with all the other activities a safari has to offer. You can choose from a wide range of accommodation from stunning beachfront hotels to remote bush camps to desert hideaways for the ultimate honeymoon. What could be more romantic than gazing at Mount Kilimanjaro while being serenaded by birds?
An African safari is an ultimate holiday whatever type you choose. Be sure to book African safari holidays with a reputable firm with a proven track record and a commitment to eco-friendly and socially responsible tourism. Then you can just kick back and enjoy the holiday of a lifetime. And don’t forget that Kenya is the home of the safari.