Luxury African Safari Holidays
Nothing compares to the experience of going on an African safari; the excitement of spotting leopards weaving in and out of the tall grass or the joy of observing elephants cooling themselves at the watering hole. Whether your dream safari includes going birding along the Zambezi or tracking rhinos in Zimbabwe, we’ll help create your perfect luxury African safari.
At Scott Dunn, we have connections with some of the best safari guides and rangers across Africa, allowing us to craft a bespoke holiday, tailored to your interests. If you want to take the family on a game drive in the Maasai Mara and get up close and personal with the ‘big five’, we’ll make it happen. Or perhaps you and your partner would like to experience a walking safari in Botswana and learn to read the tracks of a lion on the hunt while interpreting the sounds of the savannah. Whatever it is, we can create a truly unforgettable experience that’s unique to you.
Your first safari is a truly unforgettable experience; spending the day watching elegant gazelles prancing along the veld or spotting prowling lions in the grass, then arriving back at camp and falling asleep under the stars, listening to the sounds of the bush. Whether your dream safari includes soaking up stunning vistas or catching a glimpse of your favourite animal in its natural habitat, we’ll help you craft your perfect first safari.
Here at Scott Dunn we send families of all ages to Africa – the thrill of seeing animals in the wild is every child’s dream! But where and what to choose for the different age groups can be confusing, so we hope to give you some help and guidance below.
Africa's supreme wildlife spectacle, the wildebeest migration is the story of three million animals’ relentless journey across the Maasai Mara and the Serengeti. A constantly evolving drama between predator and prey, this is nature at its visceral best.
As sensory overloads go, there’s little to match Africa's wildebeest migrations. The constant noise, the dust in the air, the smell of hundreds of thousands of animals on the move. You can quite literally feel the earth vibrating through the soles of your feet, see water trembling in your glass. Periods of calm erupt without warning into extreme tension as the wildebeest travel in search of life-giving water and fresh green grass.
There are many things to consider when planning a safari. Whether this is your first time, or you've been several times before, the choice of destinations, styles of safari and accommodations can seem mind-boggling. But there are plenty of ways to help narrow down the choices and find a safari that's perfect for you.
Pick up your paddles and get ready to discover all the wonders Africa has to offer on an unforgettable canoe safari. Gliding along vast rivers and waterways, you’ll explore beautifully remote and secluded areas that you wouldn’t see on any other safari.
Soar above the wilderness and experience Africa’s open plains from a whole new perspective on a memorable flying safari. From gazing down at Namibia's striking red dunes to catching a glimpse of the buffalo roaming Botswana’s Okavango Delta, a flying safari is truly the best way to see Africa’s varied landscapes. Glide over savannas and rainforests alike aboard your own private plane as your guide highlights the wonders beneath.
From the Eastern Cape reserves in South Africa to beautiful Etosha National Park in Namibia, you have plenty of choices for a wildlife-packed malaria-free safari with plenty of activities for all ages.
Chase down the horizon on horseback cheek to jowl with a dazzle of zebra. Keep pace with the great wildebeest migration as it surges across the Serengeti or watch unnoticed as a cheetah hunt unfolds. Africa’s sweeping landscapes are an open invitation if you seek the thrill of viewing wildlife from your saddle. Whatever your ability, a riding safari will get you deeper into the wilderness than any game drive.
Few wildlife encounters are as humbling and thrilling as a primate safari. The chance to watch a family of wild mountain gorillas go about their business in a forest clearing in Rwanda or Uganda as males vie for status, mothers fuss over youngsters, and babies rough and tumble in much the same way as our own infants. Or spend time with our boisterous cousins: chimpanzees, lemurs and monkeys, often in areas so remote that you'll witness unique behaviours like the 'Mahale handshake'. Perfect for families, couples and singles, a primate safari is a profound reminder of the deep bond we share with these beautiful beasts.
If you’re looking to get up close and personal to Africa’s fantastic wildlife, a walking safari is the holiday for you. In the company of an expert guide, you’ll experience an intimate safari where you can thoroughly soak up the scenery, listen to the call of rare birds, and spot small mammals that you may otherwise miss on a game drive.
The Best Destinations for African Safari Holidays
Ready to start planning your African safari but not sure where to start? At Scott Dunn, our travel consultants have all the insider knowledge, including when to go and where to stay. Whether you dream of gazing out across the Serengeti on a flying safari or exploring Namibia’s open plains on one of our private African safari tours we’ll help you discover the best destination for your luxury African safari.
Botswana is a brilliant destination to view wildlife as Makgadikgadi Pans is a sanctuary for many bird species and enormous herds of migratory zebra.
The evocative country is the home and iconic heartland of 'safari', and holds a special place in the hearts of Africa-lovers.
South Africa, Africa
South Africa is one of the most beautiful and varied countries on the planet; there truly is something for everyone here.
This beautiful country with a wide range of diverse environments ripe for exploring.
The Best Hotels and Itineraries for Luxury African Safaris
No matter where your ideal safari takes you, we’ve hand-picked a wide range of accommodation across Africa. From remote safari camps, where stunning scenery and modern comforts meet, to stylish lodges surrounded by wilderness and furnished with all the luxury amenities you could possibly want. Immerse yourself in the safari experience with our selection of luxury accommodation.
Mahale Mountains, Lake Tanganyika, Tanzania
Greystoke Mahale enjoys a breathtaking position on a golden beach along the shores of Lake Tanganyika, sheltered by the lush forest of the Mahale Mountains. This isolated setting is home to the world's largest known population of chimpanzees.
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Lamai Serengeti sits tucked amongst the rocks of Kogakuria Kopje with panoramic views in a remote corner of the northern Serengeti, just a few miles from where the wildebeest cross the Mara River, usually between late July and October.
Ikuka Safari Camp
Ruaha National Park, Tanzania
High on the Mwagusi escarpment in Ruaha National Park, Ikuka Safari Camp is an intimate, secluded camp with just six tents under thatched roofs. With uninterrupted views across the savannah, Ikuka offers the quintessential African wilderness experience.
Tarangire National Park, Northern Tanzania
Kuro Tarangire is an eco-friendly dry seasonal camp, set in a grove of acacia trees, in the central part of Tarangire National Park, Tanzania, within easy reach of the main river and Silale and Gursi Swamps.
Sand Rivers Selous
Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania
Sand Rivers is situated in the northern part of the Selous Game Reserve which is one of the largest protected wildlife areas in Africa. Sand Rivers offers stylish, luxurious safari accommodation on the banks of the Rufiji River.
Serengeti Safari Camp
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Serengeti Safari Camp offers a unique opportunity to view the Serengeti wildebeest migration and the substantial herds of resident game. The camp is “semi nomadic” and shadows the migration, enabling guests to get as close to the migration as possible.
&Beyond Lake Manyara Tree Lodge
Lake Manyara National Park, Northern Tanzania
Lake Manyara Tree Lodge is tree house luxury in the heart of Lake Manyara and the only lodge in this small yet diverse national park. The ten tree houses are crafted from local materials and set in the boughs of ancient mahogany trees.
&Beyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge
Ngorongoro Crater, Northern Tanzania
Occupying the prime position on the crater rim, Ngorongoro Crater Lodge offers simply magnificent views of the crater floor and some of the most opulent and unique accommodation in Africa. The Crater Lodge has 30 suites split between three camps.
Tarangire National Park, Northern Tanzania
Chem Chem is a chic and contemporary lodge offering guests an incredible relaxing slow safari experience. With a unique surrounding ecosystem and strong cultural elements, Chem Chem provides a unique departure from the standard safari experience.
Tarangire National Park, Tanzania
Oliver's Camp and Little Oliver's found in a wild corner of Tarangire National Park and with ten and five tented rooms they offer a wonderful bush experience. The Tarangire has fantastic game viewing in particular chances to see herds of elephant.
Murchison Falls, Kibale Forest, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest & Jinja
Let us take you on a journey through Uganda. This trip presents some truly spectacular wildlife encounters. Float down the Nile River observing crocodiles and hippos in Murchison Falls. Admire the energetic behaviour of chimpanzees in Kibale Forest. Join lion researchers in Queen Elizabeth National Park. Trek through Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and...
GBP £11,500 pp
Nairobi, Maasai Mara & Kenya Coast
Delve into the wilderness of a private conservancy in the world famous Masai Mara, getting up close to spectacular wildlife and chasing those famous African sunsets. You’ll be staying in one of the most stylish safari camps around where you can spend your nights relishing on fine cuisine. Top this off with an indulgent stay on Kenya’s radiant...
GBP £6,600 pp
Ruaha National Park & Pemba Island
Fall into the romance of the African bush on this stylish Tanzanian journey that steps away from the crowds. Expect the extraordinary at these handpicked and owner-run luxury boutique lodges that break with convention. Venture through towering baobab trees in the golden evening light while elephants graze lazily in the distance. Dive into the...
GBP £7,700 pp
Nairobi, Laikipia, Maasai Mara & Zanzibar
Get ready to delve into the wilds of Kenya, guided by some of east Africa’s most highly trained safari experts. We’ve selected two of Kenya’s renowned camps within private conservancies, in the adventure playground of Laikipia and the vast plains of the Masai Mara, with some extraordinary wildlife experiences along the way. Top this off with a stay...
GBP £9,300 pp
Okavango Delta, Victoria Falls, Lower Zambezi, Kigali, Volcanoes National Park
This grand tour of Africa takes you to some of the most game rich regions in the south where you can enjoy a range of safari activities, from game drives to walking and boat safaris before you head east to the lush rainforests of Rwanda to find the mountain gorilla.
GBP £20,300 pp
Okavango Delta & Victoria Falls
Let us take you on a journey through the Okavango Delta to explore two different wilderness areas that promise phenomenal wildlife encounters and immersive activities. We’ll then fly you to Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, for exhilarating experiences and an indulgent stay on the Zambezi River. We’ve handpicked some of...
GBP £7,600 pp
Epic South Africa
Cape Town, Victoria Falls & Greater Kruger
Capture the best of the Rainbow Nation on this stylish introduction to South Africa. We’ve handpicked luxury boutique hotels and extraordinary experiences for a trip that will make your friends green with envy. Sample delectable fusion cuisine while gazing over the rugged peaks of Table Mountain in Cape Town before soaring over the thundering...
GBP £4,900 pp
Epic Southern Tanzania
Selous, Ruaha & Fanjove Island
Get ready to dive into the wilderness of southern Tanzania on an off-grid safari and beach getaway. We’ve handpicked the most stylish camps and lodges so you can immerse yourself in this barely touched land in luxury, with some extraordinary experiences along the way. Explore the Selous by river and wander through the baobab dotted landscapes of...
GBP £9,300 pp
Kibale Forest, Queen Elizabeth National Park & Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Located on the equator, surrounded by the Great Rift Valley, Uganda is home to a wide variety of landscapes and habitats. Ranging from the open savannah to verdant rainforest, Uganda's rich assortment of wildlife thrives due to the diverse terrain of the country. Explore this rugged wilderness, trekking through the unspoilt forests of Kibale and...
GBP £8,000 pp
Epic Zambia and Malawi
South Luangwa & Lake Malawi
Get ready to dive into the wilderness of the South Luangwa in Zambia, for some phenomenal wildlife encounters and expert guiding. After your safari exploration, we’ll fly you over to Lake Malawi on a light aircraft for an off-grid beach escape. We’ve handpicked some of the most stylish lodges so you can enjoy these wild places with touches of...
GBP £9,100 pp
African Safari Holiday Guides and Inspiration
Seeking inspiration for your African safari holiday? From planning a family safari, to sharing the trip of a lifetime with your significant other, take a look at our expertly written guides below and begin your adventure today.