The immense scale of the African bush is a sight to behold in itself, with natural wonders such as the mighty Victoria Falls, or the Great Rift Valley. Little compares to the thrill of watching a pride of lions at close range, or a lone leopard hiding in the treetops above you. However, if you are an adventurer hoping to maximise your safari experience, we have a few options that can help elevate your safari holiday to new heights.
If you class yourself as the ultimate animal-lover, an Eco-safari will be the most unforgettable experience. Specialist companies arrange trips such as the ‘vet’ safari where you accompany the vets and biologists around the reserve as they dart big game to enable tracking. This is a rare opportunity to touch sedated animals such as lion, leopard and cheetah. There is also a safari that involves you with the relocation of herds of elephants. Joining the Game Capture School in South Africa allows you to help move elephants to areas of less density by helping the vets and animal handlers with capture and handling of these magnificent creatures.
For the adventurer who wants to cram as much activity in to the safari trip as possible, there are lots of fantastic adrenaline-charged opportunities. The two which stand out as particularly memorable are white water rafting on the Zambezi River, and climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. The Zambezi is considered a ‘Grade 5’ river for rafting, which makes it among the most challenging in the world. You don’t have to be an expert to join an excursion, but you must be prepared for a tough ride! Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania is not for the novice, but you can join various expeditions and train with them prior to your vacation if this is something you would like to achieve.
Your safari trip could alternatively be made memorable by combining the bush safari with the ultimate beach experience. Kenya has miles of palm-fringed beaches, resplendent with white sand and blue ocean. Few destinations can really provide such a contrast, and having the opportunity to both laze on the beach and spot lions in the wild is a rare opportunity. For this reason, it is no surprise that many couples choose to make an African Safari their honeymoon. There are plenty of romantic lodges who do a good trade in making newlyweds’ stay particularly memorable, and there is also the opportunity to have your actual wedding whilst on your safari holiday. Now nothing would be as memorable as that!