First-time Safaris

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.

First time safaris

At Scott Dunn, our travel experts have connections with the best local guides and rangers, allowing us to create a perfect first-time safari that’s tailored to you. Whether you’re planning an adventure for the whole family or a romantic honeymoon with your significant other, we’ll take the time to get to know you and help you plan your first-time safari. Dedicate your day to following a herd of elephants across the savanna in Tanzania, or combine your South African safari vacation with a visit to Cape Town - the choice is yours.

The Best First-time African Safari Destinations

Planning your first African safari but in need of a little help? Luckily, our travel experts have all the insider knowledge about the best first-time African safari destinations. Whether you want to see the ‘Big Five’ in Zimbabwe or travel to one of Kenya’s vast national parks, we’ll help you choose the best location for your adventure.

When it comes to planning your first African safari, choosing the right accommodation is a crucial step. Treat yourself to a stay at a five-star luxury hotel or get back to nature at an authentic safari lodge. Whether your dream safari takes place in Namibia or Botswana, we’ll find you the perfect place to stay.

13 nights
Family Fun in Namibia

Family Fun in Namibia

Sossusvlei, Swakopmund, Damaraland, Etosha, Okonjima

Dive into adventure on an activity filled journey across the sweeping landscapes of Namibia. Set your own pace as you drive to Namibia’s iconic highlights, where intrepid families can find time to step away from the ordinary on this epic road trip. From summiting the world’s highest dunes to sleeping out under the vast African skies, we’ve packed...

Adventure Wildlife

$6,300pp

9 nights
Epic South Africa

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...

Wildlife Adventure Couples Culture

$5,600pp

12 nights
Epic Zambia and Malawi

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...

Wildlife Couples Diving Fishing

$10,200pp

11 nights
Epic Zimbabwe

Epic Zimbabwe

Mana Pools, Lake Kariba, & Hwange National Park

Make the most of Zimbabwe's diversity, from big game safaris in Mana Pool and Hwange National Park, fishing on Lake Kariba and enjoying the spectacle of the Victoria Falls on this luxury safari. A perfect blend of dramatic landscapes, wildlife and genuine Zimbabwe hospitality.

Couples Adventure Wildlife

$9,300pp

9 nights
Kenya with Kids

Kenya with Kids

Masai Mara & Diani Beach

The perfect family adventure combining a safari in the Maasai Mara at a private safari house with private guide, enjoying superb game-viewing, followed by time relaxing on an idyllic beach on the southern coast, enjoying watersports and other activities.

Wildlife Adventure Beach Villa

$8,400pp

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Eager to arrange your first-time safari vacation but unsure where to start? Our experts have put together a series of guides with all the best first-time safari tips, from exciting extras to more practical advice, such as when to travel and where to go.

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