However, there are many ways that you can combine the best of both worlds – relaxation and adventure – on a safari holiday in Africa.
Africa has a multitude of different but equally wonderful countries, each offering a combination of unique pleasures for the ultimate trip. Why worry about missing out on a beach holiday, when you can combine one with an exciting safari adventure? Kenya is just the destination if you want to chill out as well as see spectacular wildlife. With its three hundred miles of palm-fringed shoreline, Kenya does a booming trade in beach holidays as well as safaris. The national parks are as good as any in Africa, and you are likely to see all the desirable animals on your safari drives, such as lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino – commonly known in the safari industry as the 'Big Five'.
If you are the kind of person who enjoys culture and city breaks, you can easily combine this sort of trip with a safari holiday in South Africa. Safari aside, South Africa is becoming a top destination for holidaymakers, and for good reason. The cities are world-class, with the cultural Cape Town located near to the major winemaking district and with attractions such as markets and galleries. Johannesburg is the gold capital of the world, and has top class shopping as part of its appeal. All this is set in a country that has Kruger National Park, a renowned reserve that serves as home to all the wildlife you could hope to see.
You needn’t break the bank to make sure that you are dressed appropriately – but there are a few key items that you won’t want to leave home without. Remember that you may need a mixture of different things if you are combining two different types of holiday. Cost is always a concern when it comes to safari holidays, and most people worry that the expense will be prohibitive. However, there are so many fantastic deals to be had if you research thoroughly before you book. Some destinations are naturally cheaper than others. Zimbabwe has had a lot of bad press politically, but can make for a superb safari destination at a fraction of the cost of other countries. Bargains can still be had by being flexible with your dates and traveling during off-peak seasons. The rain may be of concern, but the over-flowing waterholes can yield wildlife treats that travelers in high-season can only dream about.