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How to pick your safari destination

Whether you're a safari virgin or veteran, you'll have plenty to ponder when planning your African safari. From what you want to see and do to where to go to beat the crowds, the options may seem mind-boggling. Never fear, we're here to help you find the perfect safari for you.

Safari first timer?

One of the first things we'll ask you is if this is your first time on safari. If it is, congratulations! Your Africa expert will be only too delighted to share their passion for this beautiful, diverse continent. A safari is a bucket list experience so our focus is firmly on quality, authenticity and balance. We want to show you the real Africa at a pace you'll enjoy. The temptation to cram a lot in is strong but non-stop game drives and too little time in one place will leave you feeling drained. Three or four days on safari is plenty of time to explore and check a few beasties off of your list.

Read our first time on safari page which addresses a few frequently asked questions.

Where to go

Kenya and Tanzania are perfect for newbies as they're easy to blend with a few post-safari days on a beautiful beach. South Africa is also a great choice for its sheer diversity of landscapes and activities. There's a reason it's described as 'a world in one country'.

What's your budget? What time of year do you want to travel? These will help dictate where you go. For example, some fascinating parts of Africa are in some seriously hard to reach places. Camps and lodges there have to fly in food and water and generally maintain the properties in harsh environments, which can be reflected in the price. That said, a great safari isn't all about the accommodation; it's important to choose the best location to fit with your wish list and the hand pick the finest safari guides who have the skills and experience to bring the bush to life.

What to do

Are you an out-and-out wildlife nut? A culture vulture? Or perhaps you have a niche interest such as photography or bird watching? Either way, one of your first decisions will be to pin point what you want to see and do. When you're able to travel will help isolate what you'll be able to do and see in various destinations. For example, if you want to visit Victoria Falls you need to know that water levels fluctuate with the seasons.

If seeing the wildebeest migration is top of your list, you should travel between June and October. If you're a keen birder then you'll love the green season (typically November through March) where migratory and resident species fill the skies with color and life. And if you have the flexibility, why not make your Kilimanjaro climb extra special and time it so that you summit with the full moon?

Questions?

It pays to speak to someone who's been there not once but multiple times. Sure, do your online research and read the guidebooks, but nothing beats that first hand knowledge. It's the difference between staying in a good camp or hands down amazing camp. Seeing a pride of lion shoulder to shoulder with 50 other people or seeing them in solitude with a lion researcher. Whatever you decide, going on safari is one of the best things you'll ever do. The wide open space, star-studded night skies, delicious food cooked in the humblest of kitchens, warm, friendly hosts, and fabulous, iconic wildlife. We're here to make sure that it all adds up to an unforgettable experience.

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