You can enjoy an Africa safari at any age and with any level of mobility. Game drives by open vehicle are the main way of getting to see the wildlife. In fact animals completely ignore a safari vehicle, so you can follow a pride of lions as they track a buffalo herd without distracting them. We can arrange for you to have a private vehicle and guide if you prefer. This may be appropriate for a family group, or if you have a special interest.
Many safari lodges also offer a variety of other expertly guided activities, each one allowing you to enjoy the wildlife from a new perspective. A short walk down an elephant track is an unforgettable experience. Immediately your senses are alert and you can reach out and touch plants, photograph a dragonfly, examine a six foot high termite mound. On a walk your guide’s deep understanding of the ecology of the bush quickly becomes apparent, with something fascinating to discover every few steps.
Rivers are always good places for spotting animals and birds. Chiawa camp has a motorized pontoon where you can enjoy a champagne breakfast puttering down the wide Zambezi river. In the afternoon you can take a lazy canoe ride watching elephants cavorting at the water’s edge as you drift past. You’ll be picked up downstream and after enjoying a sundowner can be driven back to camp on a night drive with a spotlight.
On a Botswana safari you can get an elephant’s eye view of the Okavango Delta on an elephant back safari. Or, if you are an experienced rider, canter across the plains on thoroughbred horses with the wind in your hair. If you prefer two wheels to four legs, some camps offer mountain bike safaris. We also specialize in long range cycling safaris around the spectacular deserts of Namibia – a great idea for a big family vacation.
You’ll admire those big eagles soaring freely above the savannah Join them in John Coppinger’s microlight as he buzzes over herds of buffalo and antelope in the South Luangwa National Park. Or let Richard Roberts take you up in his Cessna watching a million wildebeest migrate across the Masai Mara.
If you’ve an ambition to come face to face with a mountain gorilla you’ll need to get your trekking gear for a slippery slow ascent up the side of a volcano through rain forest. The reward is a once in a lifetime encounter with a huge silverback and his family – one of only 350 left in the world.
Call us and tell us the kinds of activity that you’d like on your African safari. We’ll arrange a set of amazing experiences that allow you to enjoy Africa at its best.
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