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How to experience the best African safari

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Where is the best safari in Africa? This is a question we receive frequently and the answer depends very much upon you! Kenya and Tanzania offer you the greatest concentrations of wildlife with the wildebeest migration which travels through the Serengeti-Masai Mara eco-system.

To get the most out of any safari, one really needs to have a private guide - the very best that exists in that country - and a private vehicle, of course. This is so important as it buys you exclusivity and most importantly, freedom! Freedom to travel where you want to go, but also to spend as much time with any sighting that really captures your attention. Whether that is looking at a pangolin which so few people see in Africa, or an aardvark, or watch lions mate, or an exchange between hyaena and lion over a kill. Perhaps its simply observing the behavioural patterns of a bat eared fox or trying to identify the bird you are looking at. Chances are, you are quite interested in photography too, so you will want to spend time trying to get that wonderful picture. All of these require time - something you invariably don't get when sharing a vehicle with other people!

And then - perhaps having a private camp erected for you - whether there are just two of you or a group of friends or a family. And we are not talking about giving up your comforts. Depending upon your budget, these camps can range from having smaller tents, or even lightweight fly camps if you are canoeing or walking from place to place. If you have the budget, then you can have silver service, amazing food, candelabra and Persian rugs next to your bed. Its up to you!

Another important point is - you don't want to form part of a crowd. Absolutely not! The best safari in the world will have you experiencing your very own sightings - by yourself! This will invariably be in a private concession or a park that is not frequented by hundreds of people. And, when for example, you are wanting to witness Africa's greatest spectacle - such as the wildebeest migration - we will place you in the only owner managed camp (if you dont have your own), where you are away from the crowds - seeing the migration (and other people at this point), but retreating back to your own exclusive retreat.

So - where is the best safari in Africa? The best places for a safari might include southern Tanzania - the Selous, Ruaha and top favourite being Katavi National Park where the most wonderful camp exists. Fly 3.5 hours to get there - and you know what the word remote means. To then fly camp with a luxurious bedroll that night knowing you are the only people to sleep in the park, watching the birds come to roost as you have your sundowner and chat over the fire - is a very special experience. Have a super meal served to you at a dining table in the middle of the bush, and then sleep in your tent where you can see the stars blinking at you before you shut your eyes, is simply heavenly.

Private concessions in Kenya allow you to keep away from the tourists and you can witness some of the most concentrated game viewing in Africa with infinite savannah plains teeming with wildlife. Perhaps have a professional photographer accompany you and help you to hone your skills along the way. Think of even having a walking safari led by Samburu tribesmen, so you learn about their culture and have a luxury camp set up for you at night. Or walk in the Kafue region in Zambia - with no tourists, but lovely wildlife and being led by one of Zambia's finest guides who happily is married to the most wonderful chef! Take a canoeing safari along the mighty Zambezi River in Zimbabwe - 8kms wide at places. This is another magical way of going on safari - complete without any noise pollution and taking in your surroundings and the excellent wildlife at a gentle pace. Base yourself in Laikipia in Kenya where you can learn about and track wild dog or perhaps spend a day with a lion scientist and then take a helicopter to Lake Turkana and the desert or perhaps go fly fishing on one of the lakes for the day. Explore the majestic Okavango Delta amongst elephant on an elephant back safari where you spend time walking with and riding habituated elephant - the most wondrous experience you can imagine - being part of a herd and observing their behaviour in their natural habitat. Game view in some of the most pristine areas in all of Africa - with their huge private concessions which Botswana is so famous for. Couple that with the Kalahari desert where you can learn about the San or Bushmen people and get up close and personal with habituated meerkat and see desert dwelling species. Ride across the Kalahari desert or in the Okavango delta in Botswana or amongst the wildebeest migration for some of the best riding safaris. And finally, experience the most extraordinary safari along the Skeleton Coast with your private aircraft and guide - the very best way to see Namibia! Call us now to arrange the best safari for you! With 25 years of experience from specialists from Africa, we can make all the difference!