Big Five Alternative Safaris
Whilst game drives continue to be the original way to see Africa’s wildlife, there are an increasing number of ways to see the bush, allowing you to get closer than ever to Africa's flora and fauna. Safari experiences vary greatly between destinations, so our specialists can recommend the best way to navigate the terrain.
So whether you're celebrating a special occasion, or simply looking to see the plains from a new perspective, we’ve compiled our favourite ways to see wildlife from the ground, water and air.
Walking safaris are an exciting way to spot game whilst familiarising yourself with the nuances of the bush. Zambia is considered the best country for walking safaris thanks to its fantastic guiding and incredible array of wildlife. Whilst increasing your awareness of the surrounding wilderness, you will learn from the expertise of your guide on how to follow tracks and how to approach the wildlife as carefully as possible.
At Tena Tena Camp in South Luangwa National Park, take a walk among the ebony groves for the chance to see wildlife such as the elusive leopard or, watch as elephants come to drink at the lagoon in front of the camp.
Set on the banks of the Zambezi River in Mana Pools National Park, Zambezi Expeditions tented camp is an ideal place from which to embark on a canoe safari. A short paddle out to a mid-stream sandbank to watch the sunset is a perfect way to end a day on safari. The park is known for its game rich flood plains and a canoe safari is an incredible way to spot wildlife, getting up close to Zimbabwe's impressive array of flora and fauna.
The exhilaration of cantering across an open plain is incomparable. Explore the Okavango Delta on horseback and get closer to Botswana’s game than ever imaginable on foot or even in a vehicle. Long days in the saddle will be rewarded with unique experiences such as galloping alongside a giraffe or walking alongside a herd of zebra.
From African Horseback Safari's camp, Matacoo, you will ride into the bush accompanied by an expert guide who will take you on a safari adventure like no other.
See the iconic Skeleton Coast from a totally unique perspective, witnessing the mammoth sand dunes from above. Marvel as the incredible coastline stretches out as far as the eye can see as you glide across the dunes in a light aircraft. The sheer scale of Namibia’s wild coastline is a true sight to behold and your pilot will show you the highlights of the region during the flight by flying low over the region’s iconic shipwrecks, getting close to the haunting landscapes of Namibia's coastline.
Watching the sunrise over the Maasai Mara as you float across the region’s plains makes for an unforgettable adventure. Spot game as you soar across Kenya’s spectacular landscapes and seize the moment for amazing photo opportunities. This is a truly unique experience designed to be spent with a loved one or your family, and perfect for celebrating special occasions. Soaring across the plains is the perfect way to experience the magic of the savannah.