My Personal Top 5 Safari Adventures

January 11, 2023
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Besides my love for photography, my day job is an African Expert which entails selling bespoke holiday & honeymoons or family vacations to sensational Africa. 

I have produced my personal Top 5 Safari Adventures.   tralalalalala…. (Music fills the room)

Our country has so much extraordinary wildlife and adventures; from slithering through the waterways of the Okavango Delta, to photographing the dramatic red dunes of Sossusvlei.

1. Walking Safaris, South Africa 

A walking safari in the untamed wilderness must be, my personal top adventure.  You don’t have to be super fit, you just need to be able to amble through the bushveld, ever changing landscapes: from veld to forests, mountains to floodplains, and pans that attract spectacular variety of animals and birds.  Instead of driving around in a Land rovers, you walk through the bush with a professional guide and tracker. Learn about spoor, how to track animals and experience nature up close and personal.  Its intimate and you learn so much about the weird and wonderful wild.   

Impala on safari

2. Mokoro Safari – Okavango Delta, Botswana

A wife’s tale, where there is water there is life. This is 100% true, as not many of us living can survive without water, that’s why my number 2 is the Okavango Delta. A mokoro excursion is an experience unique to the Delta. This traditional, dug-out canoe used by your guide (poler) to transport you through the water channels, offers a new perspective of the landscapes. Spot elephants, hippo, and antelope, as well as brightly coloured frogs and kingfishers catching their meal for the day.

3. Red Sand Dunes – Sossusvlei, Namibia 

Climb the 300 metres high red dunes of Sossusvlei and gaze upon oceans of red sand. Explore the canyon carved by water over millions of years and float in a hot air balloon over the world’s oldest desert.

Spot well-known desert wildlife such as ostriches, springbok, gemsbok, brown hyenas, bat-eared foxes, an aardwolf, or even the endemic dune lark. As the sun sets, listen to the barking geckos; at night go on a guided infrared scorpion safari. And of course, stargaze in one of the darkest places on Earth where there is no light pollution, and experience some of the most spectacular night skies in Africa.

Namibia dunes

4. Horse riding Desert Safari – Tswalu, Kalahari 

Experience the beautiful expanse of the Kalahari on a horseback safari through the desert. Tswalu Kalahari Private Reserve is situated in South Africa’s Northern Cape and is one of our most highly recommended destinations for an adventure safari.  

A guided horse safari allows you to get up-close and personal with wildlife. Horse riding is a unique way of experiencing nature, regardless of your level of experience. Tswalu has exceptionally well-schooled horses to suit everyone, from beginner level to proficient rider. Follow the game trails through the grasslands, enjoy the dunes and Kalahari wilderness.

horse riding in the kalahari

5. The Wildebeest Migration – Serengeti, Tanzania 

Known as one of the most sought-after experiences for wildlife and nature enthusiasts, the annual Great Migration sees the moving of hundreds of thousands of wildebeest across the Serengeti and into the Masai Mara. This constant movement of so many animals is outstanding to watch and be a part of.  

As you track the herd, you will be in the presence of many predator sightings. It’s a high paced safari and makes my personal top 5 safari adventures purely because of the thrill. The landscapes are sensational for photography and the end of day eliminates the sky with bright orange colours! They leave you speechless, every time.  

They say that once you feel Africa, you will return many times. It has its own heartbeat.

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