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.
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.
The home and iconic heartland of 'safari', encounter the 'big 5' in the Maasai Mara, flamingo covered lakes in Great Rift Valley and much more.
South Africa, Africa
South Africa is one of the most beautiful and varied countries on the planet; there truly is something for everyone here.
With unrivalled quantities of game and some of the most beautiful national parks on the continent, a Tanzania vacation is a safari dream come true.
This beautiful country with a wide range of diverse environments ripe for exploring.
Botswana is a brilliant destination to view wildlife as Makgadikgadi Pans is a sanctuary for many bird species and enormous herds of migratory zebra.
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.
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...
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...
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...
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.
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.
First-time safari guides and inspiration
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.