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.
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.
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.
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.
Okavango Delta, Linyanti & Makgadikgadi Pans
Botswana has long been known to offer the ultimate safari experience. This stunning itinerary does just that, showcasing some of Botswana’s most luxurious lodges in incredible game viewing areas whilst offering top-notch service along the way. This, along with the beautiful scenery of the Linyanti, the unique eco-system of the Moremi and the...
Laikipia, Masai Mara & Nairobi
Astonishing wildlife, limitless landscapes and once in a life-time experiences. This adventure in Kenya is a sensational combination for travelers who enjoy the finer things in life. We’ve hand selected some of the very best luxury camps to make sure every aspect of the trip promises an unparalleled experience, coupled with seamless service. Top...
Ultimate Kenya and Madagascar
Maasai Mara & Madagascar
This wildlife focused itinerary combines a traditional and authentic Kenyan safari which allows you the opportunity to spot big game, and at the right time of year, the Great Migration in the Maasai Mara before you go in search of the rarer lemurs which can only be found in the wilds of Madagascar. Mixing authentic accommodations in the best...
Mandrare River & Manafiafy
Be amazed by this adventurous and immersive trip that takes you off the tourist trail to some of Madagascar's most beautiful areas. Journey from the capital to the intimate river camp and the stunning luxury beach lodge where you will fall in love with everything Madagascar has to offer. Explore the wildlife rich Mandrare river before flying over...
Majete & Lake Malawi
Delve into the paramount of Malawi by combining the reviving safari experiences of Majete Game Reserve and Liwonde National Park with the crystal-clear waters and relaxed atmosphere of Lake Malawi. Soak up a variety of unique and individually curated experiences whilst taking some time to explore on your own and find gems that will take you off the...
Ultimate Rwanda and Tanzania
Virunga Volcanoes, Serengeti and Zanzibar
Combine the wildlife thrills of tracking gorillas in Rwanda and watching big game in the Serengeti with the sandy beaches of vibrant Zanzibar. An ideal honeymoon or special celebration trip for true wildlife enthusiasts.
Ultimate South Africa
Kalahari Reserve, Cape Town & Winelands
Savor the finer things on this exclusive tour of South Africa’s most select properties. Traverse the vast wilds of the Kalahari with a private guide, seeking the famed black maned lions that rule this kingdom. Slip into sophistication in Cape Town, where culture and history blend with African spice for an intoxicating stay. We’ve peppered this...
Ultimate South Africa and Mozambique
Cape Town, The Winelands, Madikwe & Benguerra Island
World-class dining, stirring safaris and paradise shores, this two-week tour of South Africa and Mozambique is the perfect concoction for travelers who relish exclusive experiences with dose of relaxation. We’ve hand-picked the very best hotels and lodges to make sure every stop on the trip promises peerless style complimented by seamless service.
Manyara, Ngorongoro, Serengeti & Zanzibar
A luxurious and iconic trip taking in some of Tanzania's true highlights and staying at some of the best properties in East Africa. Explore the Rift Valley's wildlife-rich national parks, Masai culture and dramatic scenery, before flying to a pristine beach on the east coast of Zanzibar.
Victoria Falls, Hwange National Park & Mana Pools
This week long itinerary combines two of Zimbabwe’s major highlights, the raging waters of UNESCO world heritage site Victoria Falls and the wildlife rich Hwange National Park. Explore the Zambezi river by canoe or motorboat, visit the awe-inspiring falls, go in search of wildlife on 4x4 game drives and jump aboard the elephant express on a unique...
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.