Which Safari is Best for You?
Our African travel specialists live and breathe everything there is to know about safaris. Whether it be the latest conservation effort, a new luxury opening, a long-standing favourite, where to head with young children or knowing which of the illustrious plains are rich in native wildlife.
19 October 2023
Our safari masterminds are here to help. Using their deep knowledge of Africa’s top safari regions, they can match the safari that is best for you, combining your longed-for experiences, desires and your group size, ensuring you receive the best safari experience possible.
Get ready to be inspired by some of our favourite safari camp and lodge experiences highlighted below.
Best for younger children: Madikwe Safari Lodge, SA
Created for families by families
Madikwe Safari Lodge is a family-owned lodge, where creating bespoke safari adventures is at the heart of everything they do. They strongly believe in quality family time, where unforgettable memories can be made. Home to the big five in a malaria-free area, the lodge boasts a sensational kids club and eco house for kids, elevating their safari experience to the next level, whilst parents get all the safari luxuries and highlights you would expect.
Best for teens: Lewa House, Kenya
Next level experiences
Safari isn’t just the main draw at Lewa House (although they do have the big five here) it’s more about the diversity of activities. Lodges in the Laikipia district are privately owned, meaning they have more freedom in their game drives compared to that of the conservancies. Lewa House has an incredibly diverse number of experiences in addition to traditional game viewing activities – such as scenic helicopter trips, riding, culture trips, conservation experiences, canopy walks, walking safaris, and quad biking, meaning there is no end of fun to occupy those hard to entertain teens!
Best for the big five: Dulini River Lodge, SA
Binoculars at the ready
Tucked away in a quiet corner of the game rich Sabi Sand Game Reserve's western sector, Dulini River Lodge is renowned for having some of the best game-viewing in South Africa. Without restrictive fences, animals can roam freely leading to some epic and authentic wildlife sightings. Nestled on the Sabi River, the main water source for the diverse wildlife, you’ll be able to sit and watch the animals drinking from the river right in front of the lodge. For more inspiration check out the amazing sightings on their Instagram page: Dulini (@dulinilodge)
Best for luxury: Zarafa Camp, Botswana
Next level luxury
Zarafa Camp, a Relais & Chateaux property, has thought about every detail, raising your luxury experience over and above many of the other lodges nearby. With Swarovski binoculars, a fully equipped gym, and a wine cellar, with French champagne, premium spirits and wines included in your stay, you’ll be revelling in pure luxury. Each of the four 100m2 intimate guest suites has a professional Canon camera set for you to use, along with a private plunge pool and an indoor fireplace for the chilly evenings during winter. Start your day with incredible wildlife viewing and end it off with a next-level private sundowner experience at the lagoon, enjoying bespoke luxury throughout.
Best for honeymoons: Marataba Mountain Lodge, SA
Reach for the stars
Sink into honeymoon bliss at the Marataba Mountain Lodge, surrounded by breathtaking landscapes of the Marataba reserve, making it the perfect spot for an incredible honeymoon safari experience. Get completely back to nature in a remote and authentic wilderness world of your own and spend a night under the stars in the Thambametsi treehouse. Solar-powered and built on two levels, with a bedroom, full shower room, and dining and lounge area, its large wooden deck is the perfect place for a sundowner whilst taking in the stunning mountain views.
Best for conservation: Tembo Plains Camp, Zimbabwe
Pioneering sustainable tourism
Part of the amazing Great Plains Conservation, who in 2016 put a stop to hunting in the area and carried out one of the largest ever wildlife relocations – relocating over 3,000 animals to the Sapi Reserve. The owners of Tembo Plains Camp have pioneered sustainable tourism throughout Africa for years, on a mission to protect this diverse continent’s last pockets of untouched wilderness and in turn protect the local ecosystem. Conservation is at the heart of everything they do here, whilst offering a luxury safari experience.