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What to Expect on a Safari Adventure

  • The Masai Mara tribe of Africa

    Delve into local culture

    Wildlife spotting is one reason to go on a Safari, but culture is another. If you want to learn a little about rural life and some of the rituals and customs of Africa, then make sure you visit a Maasai village during your safari. Discover the heritage of these remarkable tribal communities, from their traditional jewellery and dancing to the history of their warriors.

  • The intricate rock art of the Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania

    Witness geological wonders

    Combine your love of animal spotting with the chance to visit some of the world's most beautiful and photogenic nature destinations. Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania, for example, is one of the few places in the world where you can discover traces of our earliest ancestors. Rocks in shades of orange sit above grassy plains as dust billows around this geological wonder.

  • A safari camp under starry African skies

    Stay under starry skies

    After exploring the open plains and rolling hills, what better way to cement your safari experience than by immersing yourself in the wilderness that surrounds you? After experiencing the extraordinary wildlife, pitch a tent or cosy up in a luxury lodge and fall asleep under the starry African stars. The experience will be something you remember for many years to come!

  • Extreme close up of a lion cub at Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

    Face-to-face encounters

    For an up-close encounter with a majestic beast like a lion, this is the ultimate experience. How many times have you watched a documentary in which mere mortals can observe spectacular species in their natural habitat? Experience it for yourself! A game drive will offer you a chance to venture out into the wild among some of the most exquisite creatures.

Hot Air Balloon Safari above the Great Migration on Kenya's Masai Mara National Park

Come with us on a Masai Mara safari!

A hot air balloon ride over the Masai Mara’s endless plains at sunrise? Check. A champagne breakfast on the African savanna? Yup. Multiple game drives at one of the best safari destinations on the planet? Absolutely. All of these bucket list experiences - plus loads more - await in the Masai Mara.

The Masai Mara is all about wildlife; not only is it one of the best places in Africa to see big cats (hello lions, leopards, and cheetahs!), but it’s also a mecca for black rhino, elephants, wildebeest, and buffalo. If you have your heart set on seeing the Big Five on safari, this reserve certainly won’t disappoint! And, of course, the Masai is home to the Great Migration - so if you plan your visit accordingly, you’ll have a front-row seat to one of the greatest wildlife spectacles on earth. 
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Best Safari Adventures in the World

  • Safaris in Africa


    Africa offers the world's most traditional safari experiences. Watch herds of wildebeest dramatically cross rivers during the Great Migration or spot elegant lions, gigantic elephants and other members of the Big Five on a game drive. It's also home to famous reserves like Kruger National Park and the Serengeti.

    Best time: June - October
    Animals to see: Lion, leopard, rhinos, elephant, buffalo, wildebeest

    Safaris in Africa
  • Safaris in Asia


    Many of the world's most unique and remote species of wildlife reside in Asia. Spot the elusive Bengal tiger in India's Ranthambore National Park or Nepal's Chitwan National Park, explore an elephant sanctuary in the jungles of Thailand or see the world’s largest lizard, the Komodo Dragon, in Indonesia. 

    Best time: February - June
    Animals to see: Bengal tiger, Asian elephant, Komodo Dragon

    Safaris in Asia
  • Safaris in Australia


    Australia is all about embracing nature and wildlife. Stay in remote wilderness lodges, go camping in the rugged Outback and hike around the magnificent Uluru (Ayer's Rock) or watch kangaroos hop around the perfectly-named Kangaroo Island, or visit an animal sanctuary for a chance to cuddle sweet teddy-bear-like koalas.

    Best time: April, May, September, October
    Animals to see: Kangaroo, koala, platypus, dingo, emu

    Safaris in Australia
  • Safaris in South America

    Latin America

    From exploring the jungle habitat of the Amazon Rainforest to spotting sloths dangling from trees in the cloud forests of Costa Rica to swimming amongst sea lions and turtles in the Galapagos Islands, Latin America offers a rich tapestry of safaris in one of the most biodiverse continents on Earth. 

    Best time: December - April
    Animals to see: Howler monkey, sloth, spider monkey, jaguar

    Safaris in Latin America

    Where to Go on Safari

    Animal and nature lovers dream of going on safari, and they're always thrilled with the experience! But before you plan your safari trip, think carefully about what you'd like to see and do: this will help you determine where your next adventure will be! There are safari opportunities outside of Africa, too - try India and Nepal for chances to spot Bengal tigers, Uganda or Rwanda to see elusive gorillas in the wild, or Costa Rica for a jungle safari! Can't decide? We've compiled a list of the best safari destinations to help you plan the right destination for your dream trip.

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    Bucket List Safari Experiences

    • balloon safari

      Take a balloon ride

      If you’ve made your way to explore a continent's wilderness, then you simply must experience it from high above on a hot air balloon ride. As you float through the sky, you’ll be treated to panoramic views of grassy plains and pastures. It’s one of the most incredible ways to see animals in their natural habitat and totally worth the early morning wake-up call! 
    • great migration safari

      Observe the Great Migration

      This annual occurrence in Africa will fill you with wonder and awe. Imagine hundreds of wildebeests charging into a gushing river leaving the ground shaking and clouds of billowing dust in their wake. Bearing witness to the Great Animal Migration with animals moving as one as far as the eye can see, is one of the best ways to experience nature in all her glory!
    • walking safari

      Sneak up on wildlife, safely

      There’s something special about exploring the African bush on a walking safari, it's easier to get up close and remain undisturbed. Not only will you see animals like elephants and giraffes from a completely different perspective, but you’ll also gain a deeper, more intimate connection with your surroundings. 
    • horseback safari

      Blend in on horseback

      Horseback safaris are one of the most exhilarating ways to view Africa’s incredible wildlife and vast, diverse landscapes. Since the wildlife perceives horses as just another animal, you can fly under the radar and experience one-of-a-kind close-up encounters from a horse-eye view. 
    • victoria falls

      Witness thundering waterfalls

      Victoria Falls presents a spectacular sight of awe-inspiring beauty and grandeur on the Zambezi River between Zambia and Zimbabwe. Located between many national parks, you'll find this natural wonder on many African safari itineraries.
    • zanzibar

      Add on a beach escape

      Taking you from iconic game reserves to the serene seashore, this type of once-in-a-lifetime holiday combines the very best of both worlds, all in a single break. Discover the perfect end to your safari adventure with a Zanzibar escape or Elephant Coast getaway!

    Your Safari Questions, Answered

    • How do I know a Safari trip is right for me?

      A Safari tour is a multi-day experience where travellers can observe animals in the wild, most commonly in Africa. You should expect to explore multiple parks and countries in a single itinerary, and aim to set your sights on the Big Five and wildebeest migration, whilst also enjoying immersive cultural activities and excursions that include horse riding, canoeing and even hot air balloon rides!
    • How much does a Safari trip cost?

      It depends - the cost of an African safari largely depends on your budget, length of trip, and the type of accommodation and amenities you choose. For example, the cost of a seven-day safari can vary anywhere between US$600 to US$8,000 and more. TourRadar allows you to save big with the largest selection of the best safari deals around!
    • When is the best time to go on a Safari?

      The best time to go on a safari is during the dry season and around the time of the Great Migration. However, a safari during the wet season might be an attractive alternative as you encounter fewer people and save a lot of money.
    • What should I pack for a Safari?

      When packing for a safari consider luggage allowances on small planes and the size of your vehicle, as going on a safari usually means hopping between national parks. Check our complete Safari Packing List to find out what essentials, clothes, gear and medication to pack. 
    • Which country has the most animals in Africa?

      Botswana ranks first in terms of wildlife diversity. Besides the Big Five (lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants, and buffalo) you will be able to spot a wide range of African wildlife. In Tanzania, you get to witness the Great African Migration which is a thrilling must-see event.
    • How do I book a Safari on TourRadar?

      Find your next Safari adventure by searching through our tours until you find one that stands out. Simply choose your dates and fill out your details to secure your trip. If you have any questions along the way, our Travel Experts are standing by 24/7!

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