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In Africa, safari is the best type of travel adventure there is.
It's something that you dream about, you read about, you research, and finally, when you think you know what you want, you book.
It’s understandable that you would want to pack as much wildlife tracking, big game viewing, bird watching, river rafting adventure into your trip, I mean, this is once-in-a-lifetime, right? But there are more than a few points to consider before you book to ensure you get the best adventure travel out of your African safari.
Do Your Animal Research
Like the big game hunters of the olden days, you must scout out your trip - Do you know what kind of animals you would like to see, and where those animals can be found?
Well, if you want to see the Big Five: Lions, Leopards, Buffalo, Elephants, and Rhinos, you should go to certain parks in South Africa, Kenya, or Tanzania where these animals live together in abundance. Most popular are the Kruger National Park in South Africa and The Ngorongoro Crater National Park in Tanzania.
If it’s chimpanzees you’re after, you’ll have better luck heading up to Kibale National Park in Uganda.
For Mountain Gorillas there are fewer options, as only 880 individuals were recorded in Nov. 2011. You’ll have to go to the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda or Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda to see these elusive and rare creatures.
Time Your Safari to Perfection
The time of year you go is also critical.
While most of us are used to having a “summer” and “winter” season at home, central Africa is a different story. But don’t make the mistake of thinking this means permanent summer. In reality, there’s a big difference in the seasons, and going at the wrong time of year could either leave you high and dry or down and damp.
Besides affecting your choice of what to pack, the wet/dry seasons have other consequences. Driving times are affected, with some parks inaccessible, and the types of animals you’ll see will vary. For instance, in the South Luangwa National Park in Zambia, the seasonal change is quite dramatic.
The dry season lasts between April and October, and the driest months are when game concentrations are at their highest. The rainy season starts in September when you can see great flocks of birds moving through the region. Many of the lodges close however during the rainy season as large parts of the park become inaccessible.
Despite what National Geographic xaand the tourist brochures lead you to think, Africa is not a zoo. You can’t always count on the animals to stay where they are, but you can plan on where they might be. Take, for instance, the annual migration of animals in the Serengeti. Between July and October, over two million animals, mainly wildebeests and zebras, go in search of greener pastures from the Serengeti National Park to the Masaai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. To do so they must cross thousands of miles of predator infested grasslands and rivers teeming with Nile crocodiles and hippopotamuses. Quite an impressive display.
If flamingos are what tickles your fancy then you may want to consider a trip to Lake Natron in Tanzania. During the wet season, great flocks of Lesser Flamingos literally cover the lake like a flapping pink blanket in order to find suitable breeding grounds.
Don't Try to Fit Too Much in
As excited as you may be to see ALL the animals, this might not be the most enjoyable or practical of strategies. Many of the national parks are spread out across countries, borders, and sometimes on the opposite side of Africa.
If spending eight hours bumping over rutted dirt roads in Tanzania sounds like the ideal vacation, this can easily be arranged. However, it’s far more practical to concentrate your vacation days in one area, to maximize the amount of time you have actually viewing animals, and minimize the time traveling between animals. For example, consider one camping vacation in Kruger National Park, instead of a traveling survey of all the national parks in South Africa. This way you’ll truly get to know an area, the animals that live there, and the conservation challenges they face. You’ll also lower your environmental impact by reducing your travel time; ecotourism at its finest.
Talk to a Destination Expert
Of course, this is a lot to consider. With any adventure vacation it is always advisable to speak with a local expert with years of experience in the area. Eliya in Tanzania, for instance, has been roaming the African savanna in search of Big Game for almost his entire life. He can tell you exactly when to travel, where to go, and what you’ll see at any given time of year. This kind of knowledge is invaluable if you want to get the most out of your time there (not to mention he’s one of the nicest guys we know).
Don’t miss any opportunity to make the best of your time in Africa. Know what you want to see, make a plan, consult an expert, and leave your worries in the dust.
My 17 year old niece and I had an unforgettable African experience and adventure of a lifetime this summer! One that words truly cannot describe. Jonas of Tansafari Tours was so friendly, personable, informative, helpful and patient guiding us through the process of planning a trip that included everything my niece and I wanted to experience. Whenever I contacted him via e-mails or phone calls, he always responded in a timely manner. He was very flexible in making any changes, and he truly shared in our excitement and enthusiasm when planning our itinerary. I could tell that Jonas is passionate about his country and sharing that with others. I have and will continue to highly recommend Jonas and his travel agency to family and friends!
Our trip included two weeks of travel in Tanzania and Zanzibar. We wanted some beach time in Zanzibar after ALL our adventures in Tanzania. It was a perfect way to end a perfect trip!
In Tanzania we traveled with our guide, Bariki, and had so many laughs and so much fun! He was so passionate, knowledgeable, personable, and fun! We were fortunate to experience the beauty of Africa while traveling throughout Tanzania and while on safari in Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, and the Serengeti. The beauty is breathtaking and the close-up encounters with all the amazing animals in their natural habitat is indescribable! In addition to our safari, we were able to interact and engage with the warm and generous people of Africa. We visited the Tengeru Cultural Project where my neice, Bariki, myself and the locals spent time sharing stories, hiking to a coffee farm, and engaging in the grinding and roasting of coffee beans, weaving handmade furniture and canoeing. We visited an orphanage, a Maasai Village, a Maasai childrens' clay hut classroom, the Hadazbe tribe, and Datoga tribe. Withe these tribes we had hands-on experiences in starting fire, using a bow and arrow, playing hand-made instruments, grinding corn with a large stone, and trying to to keep up with their dancing! It was exciting to go off the beaten path and experience and learn more about the culture of these incredible people. We are so grateful for their generosity in allowing us to spend time with them and get a personal glimpse of their lives.
After an unforgettable time in Tanzania, my niece and I flew to Zanzibar. We stayed in Nungwi in a beachfront hotel. Once again, the people were so warm and welcoming. We totally enjoyed some relaxation spending time on the beach and in the ocean. Zanzibar is known as the Spice Island, so we made sure to do a tour of a spice plantation. We also toured the historical town of Stone Town. I recommend doing both. The last night in Zanzibar, we did a sunset boat ride which as amazing. There were only 8 of us on the boat (including the crew of 2), and you could climb a ladder up to a little upper deck. My niece and I along with 2 others opted to do that. The sunset was amazing! It was a great way to say goodbye to Zanzibar!
My niece and I will never forget our African experience! As I said, words cannot come close to describing what an amazing time we had. We will forever hold Jonas and Bariki in our hearts and be grateful to them for making our trip so SPECIAL!!
With love, Kathy & Malia
From when Faizel picked me up at the airport, I felt like I was at home. He went above and beyond to ensure my trip was everything I could ever dream of. Travelling as a solo 28 year old female made me nervous, but Faizel really made sure I was safe & having the best time. From climbing Lions Head Mountain to exploring the coast we had so many laughs & I truly enjoyed myself. I will definitely be back to Cape Town and would 100% recommend doing a trip with this company.Read More Read More Less
Excellent trip, adapted to our requirements, specially Gabriel during our 3 days stay in Cape Town. The rest of the services where punctual and helpful. The hotels supersheded our expectatives. Bianca was always in the back just in case.
Kenya/Tanzania Oct 2019 (from Canada)
We travelled to Kenya/Tanzania in Oct 2019. Planning through Soul of Tanzania was a breeze! Lidia was our contact person and extremely helpful. Her responses were prompt and professional. Very flexible with changes to the itinerary or accommodations. And she kept me informed at every step along the way which was very appreciated. Lidia even called to check on us a couple times along our route to ensure things were going well.
The Kenya portion of our trip was provided by Spirit of Kenya.
The vehicle was a van (vs a safari jeep) with a pop up roof. The van was a bit older, but still got the job done.
Raphael was our guide. There were a lot of times we were unable to hear everything he was telling us – mostly because of the noise in the van.
Our accommodations were as expected, permanent tented sites. Clean and comfortable. Meals provided on the site were good. The lunches provided were not as expected. We anticipated a warm lunch as was described through Soul of Tanzania. However what was received were box lunches with a sandwich, piece of chicken and piece of fruit. Good, but a little disappointing.
Our safari vehicle in Tanzania was clean and comfortable. It was a safari jeep with a pop up roof.
Elinasi was our guide. He was great! So much information was given to us about the animals and birds that we saw. Lots of interesting facts. Elinasi was very clear with any decisions we needed to make along the way and strived to make our tour exactly what we were looking for…. Including trying to beat our record of 20 lions in a day and finding a couple leopards in a tree for me! (that happened twice!)
The lunches provided were good. It was nice to have the table set with a cloth and dishes and to have a warm meal while others around were having boxed sandwich meals.
Accommodations were what was anticipated (some were better). Permanent tented sites, good meals and some wildlife during the night. Perfect!
Overall, I would recommend Soul of Tanzania to anyone looking for ease of planning and a wonderful safari experience. Be sure to ask for Lidia in the office and Elinasi as your guide.
Hannah helped us create an unforgettable honeymoon experience in South Africa. She patiently worked with us to create a trip tailored to exactly what we imagined. She was great at offering suggestions and was quick to respond to emails. She even provided us help in country when we ran into issues. We can't recommend her enough!Read More Read More Less