Luxury African Safari Vacations
When you think of Africa, no doubt a vivid picture springs to mind. Endless plains teeming with wildlife, vast landscapes with a never-ending horizon, white sandy beaches with crystal clear waters, and romantic nights under star-studded skies? Our African safari experts know this incredible continent inside out which makes them the perfect people to help you plan an unforgettable trip.
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 baby elephants cooling themselves at the watering hole. Whether your dream safari includes going birding along the Zambezi or tracking gorillas in Rwanda, we’ll customize a luxury African safari just for you.
At Scott Dunn, we have connections with some of the best safari guides and rangers across Africa, allowing us to craft an exceptional vacation that’s fully 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’re planning your honeymoon and want to experience a walking safari in Botswana, learning to read the tracks of a lion on the hunt while interpreting the sounds of the savannah. Whatever it is, we can help you create a truly unforgettable experience.
Your first safari is a truly unforgettable experience; spending the day watching the wildlife and taking in vast landscapes, then arriving back at camp and falling asleep under the stars, Whether your dream safari vacation includes soaking up stunning vistas or catching a glimpse of your favorite animal in its natural habitat, we’ll help you craft your ideal first African safari.
Soar above Africa's open plains and experience the wilderness from a whole new perspective on an unforgettable flying safari. From gazing down at Rwanda’s rainforests to catching a glimpse of the buffalo roaming Botswana’s Okavango Delta, an aerial safari is truly the best way to see Africa’s varied landscapes. Take it all in from the comfort of your own private plane as your guide highlights the wonders beneath.
Always dreamt of an African safari adventure, but also keen to incorporate some relaxation into your vacation? Then a luxury safari and beach vacation might just be the perfect getaway for you. Ideal for honeymooners, they combine the perfect balance of exploration, wildlife wonders and blissful downtime on powder-soft beaches, allowing you and your other half the opportunity to make once in a lifetime memories.
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 the 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.
The most famous spot to witness the migration is in Tanzania's Serengeti National Park when the animals swarm up north to the Maasai Mara. With the weather directing the herds in their never-ending search for grass, you can enjoy this spectacle year-round.
If wanting to spot the iconic river crossing, head to Kenya's Maasai Mara in mid-July - October. You'll have the best chance of seeing masses of frenzied animals plunging down riverbanks into crocodile-filled waters. It's an incredible sight.
Though we can customize any trip to East Africa around seeing the Great Migration, below are our top five ways to experience it.
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.
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 with Africa’s fantastic wildlife, a walking safari is a unique way to see these animals at their best. In the company of an expert guide, you’ll experience an intimate, customized safari where you can thoroughly soak up the scenery, listen to the call of rare birds, and spot smaller animals that you could miss on a game drive.
The Best Destinations for African Safaris
At Scott Dunn, our travel consultants have all the insider knowledge, including when to go and where to stay. Whether you dream of a classic South African safari in Tanzania or gazing out across the Serengeti on a flying safari, we’ll help you discover the best safari in Africa for you.
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.
No matter where your dream Africa safari trip takes you, we’ll customize the perfect accommodation and itinerary to suit. From remote, yet modern safari camps complete with stunning scenery, to stylish lodges with views of passing wildlife, furnished with all the luxury amenities you could possibly want. Immerse yourself in the safari experience with our collection of luxury accommodation.
One&Only Gorilla's Nest
Volcanoes National Park, Virungas and northern Rwanda, Rwanda
One&Only Gorilla's Nest is the new addition to One&Only's impressive luxurious portfolio. This wellness retreat is cushioned in the volcanic range of the Virunga Massive in Rwanda, home to half the population of the worlds mountain gorillas
Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge
Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park, KwaZulu Natal and the north coast, South Africa
Perched along the peaks of Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park, Rhino Ridge commands sweeping views of the wilderness, where lions call at night and rhinos roam among the trees. Luxury and nature blend, for an inspiring safari that awakens the senses.
Laikipia, Northern Kenya, Kenya
Borana Lodge is not just a game reserve, but also a working ranch. Overlooking a large dam with fantastic views of Mount Kenya, Borana Lodge, with its eight uniquely positioned cottages, is a perfect choice for couples, families and groups of friends.
&Beyond Tengile River Lodge
Sabi Sands Game Reserve, Greater Kruger, South Africa
Nestled in the prestigious Sabi Sands Game reserve &Beyond's newest property, Tengile River Lodge, is a warm and contemporary take on the traditional safari lodge. Nine luxury suites follow the length of the river offering fabulous wildlife sightings.
Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge
Chobe National Park, Botswana
In the heart of the Chobe National Park, sometimes referred to as the elephant capital of the world, is the Savute - an area that personifies the eternal contrast of Africa. Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge has just 12 luxury tented rooms.
Bumi Hills Safari Lodge
Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe
Bumi Hills Safari Lodge is nestled amongst hills on the edge of iconic Lake Kariba looking out over the endless waters. With only ten lake view rooms and two suites the property is the perfect intimate retreat for those looking to explore the area.
Sabi Sands Game Reserve, Greater Kruger, South Africa
Located on the world-famous Sabi Sand Game Reserve, the newly renovated Cheetah Plains lodge offers ultimate 5-star luxury in the middle of the bush. Guests staying can expect unrivalled game viewing opportunities and exceptional service and amenities.
Eco-Omo Safari Lodge
Eco-Omo Safari Lodge is located just outside Jinka in the Omo Valley. The lodge blends harmoniously with its surroundings and provides a traditional home for guests in southern Ethiopia, including home-grown vegetables and freshly-ground coffee.
Karibu Guest House
Entebbe, Kampala and Entebbe, Uganda
Karibu Guest House is a boutique hotel with just seven rooms, located 10 minutes from Entebbe Airport. Guest rooms are simple yet comfortable, and the pool makes for the perfect place to relax after a long flight or to recharge before your Ugandan safari.
Laikipia, Northern Kenya, Kenya
Located in the center of the Borana Conservancy in Laikipia, Lengishu is a brand new exclusive-use property sleeping twelve guests in six rooms. The property boasts breathtaking views of the Lengishu Hills and surrounding Lewa Wildlife Conservancy.
African safari vacation guides and inspiration
After more inspiration for your African safari trip? From advice about planning an epic family safari to taking the trip of a lifetime with your other half, browse our expertly written guides and begin your adventure today.