Thursday , February 25 2021

The best African wildlife vacation in 2019 for any budget



WAnyway, your budget, situation or skill level, there is a wait for holidays, and for animal magic you can not do much better than Africa …

1. Meet the great game of Zambia on foot

The Luangwa Valley is where the concept of walking safaris has been reinvented, and in Tafika, an idyllic camp on the banks of the Luangwa River, has been perfected to perfection by John Coppinger, one of Zambia's most respected guides. Accompanied by a guide, an armed batter and a tea bearer, you follow elephant trails and hunting trails through South Luangwa National Park, staying in exclusive fields of small shrubs (maximum of six people).

Seven nights, including three in Tafika and four in Chikoko Trails Camps, cost from £ 4,525 per person with Aardvark Safaris (01980 849160; aardvarksafaris.com).

2. Chad Zakouma National Park

Welcome to the last wild secret of unknown Africa, a wilderness filled with hunting and large flocks of birds. French-speaking Chad is the fifth largest country in Africa – five times the size of the United Kingdom. Just to fly to Zakouma from N'Djamena, the capital, takes three hours. But you will have everything for yourself, as well as Ennedi in the northeast corner of the country, a desert region of stone towers and nomadic people.

Nine days cost £ 4,800 per person with Steppes Travel (01285 601050; steppestravel.com).

Buffalo moving in the Zakouma National Park

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3. Elephant magic in northern Kenya

Nowhere else in Africa can you approach wild elephants or learn more about them than in this exotic eco-camp at Samburu National Reserve. Little surprising when you discover that its creator is Oria Douglas-Hamilton, whose husband Iain is the world's greatest authority on elephant behavior. It is now run by Saba, Iain's eldest daughter.

A seven-night safari, including four nights at Elephant Watch Camp and three nights at Samburu Intrepids, costs from £ 5,000 per person with Audley Travel (01993 838510; audleytravel.com).

4. Exclusive Okavango

A tailor-made mobile camping safari with Barclay Stenner recalls the Hemingway Africa gold era with a generous collection of 21st century comforts. Living under the canvas, chatting with elephants, leopards, lions and wild dogs, there is no best way to explore the incomparable Okavango Delta in Botswana.

The Okavango Delta – There is nowhere in the world

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Kelly Cheng

Seven nights cost from £ 7,000 per person for two shares, including London roundtrip flights with Cazenove + Loyd (020 7384 2332; cazloyd.com).

5. Take Great Migration

This tailor made trip is perfect for beginner safaris looking for an unrivaled viewing experience and all the action of the Great Migration along with a bit of R & R in Zanzibar at the end. Includes two nights in Ngorongoro and four nights in the northern Serengeti in Lemala Mara, a large mobile camp ideally positioned to observe the wildebeest crossings.

Eleven nights from £ 4,503 per person including return flights from the UK via Yellow Zebra Safaris (020 8547 2305; yellowzebrasafaris.com).

6. Meet the Lion King in Kenya

Kenya is where the safaris were born and the lions still dominate the savannah. Fly from Nairobi to Elsa's Kopje, a five star lodge in Meru, the park where George and Joy Adamson lived the legend of Elsa, the Born Free lioness. Then go to Laikipia and see the Big Five before a grand finale in the Maasai Mara in the migration season (July to October).

The most powerful beast in the world?

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A 10-night safari costs £ 6,600 per person including three nights at Elsa's Kopje, two nights at Lewa Wilderness Camp and three nights at the Elephant Pepper Camp in Mara, plus flights. Safari Consultants (01787 888590; safari-consultants.com).

7. Quintessential Kenya

From the large Maasai Mara cats to the flamingos lakes of the Great Rift Valley, this handy four wheel drive safari includes return flights from London Heathrow to Kenya Airways.

Seven days from £ 2,279 per person with Hayes & Jarvis (01293 762456; hayesandjarvis.co.uk).

8. Rent a house in the Zambian bush

Not just any old house! The Chongwe River House is a straw and wood architectural fantasy overlooking the Lower Zambezi National Park. It comes fully self-contained and has a team of hosts and hosts, guide, chef and cleaner, allowing you complete freedom to plan your days. Children need to be 12 years or older to do canoe trips or walking safaris, but the staff likes to organize alternative activities for the young.

Chongwe River House

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Burrad Lucas

Six nights for a family of four costs from £ 17,600 (£ 4,400 per person) excluding international flights, with Expert Africa (020 3405 6666; expertafrica.com).

9. Bush and beach in Tanzania

Watch the children's eyes brighten as they see elephants, big cats and zebras in the Serengeti and Ngorongoro. Then wash the dust in the Indian Ocean on the coral sand beaches of Zanzibar and take part in a turtle conservation project.

From £ 3,099 per adult, £ 2,199 per child, including half-board accommodation of 10 nights, six lunches and transfers, but no flights. Families around the world (01962 302062; familiesworldwide.co.uk).

10. Meerkats of the Kalahari

Tswalu is South Africa's largest private wildlife reserve. Owned by the Oppenheimer family, it is a desert twice as large as Norfolk, with only two luxury inns and a wealth of rare species. Explore him in a private vehicle with his personal guide and tracker, looking for desert rhinos, black lions, meerkats and sable antelopes.

Well hello a friend

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Seven nights from £ 9,352, excluding flights, with Journeys by Design (01273 623790; journeysbydesign.com).

11. Gorillas in their midst

Capture your own encounters of David Attenborough with the mountain gorillas of Rwanda. The Bisate is a luxury accommodation situated in the amphitheater of an extinct volcano, with breathtaking views of the Virunga Massif, home to half of the world's mountain gorillas. From here you can set to accompany one of the 10 groups that live in the Volcanoes National Park.

Three nights at Bisate combined with three nights at the Ol Seki cost from £ 15,950 with Scott Dunn (020 8682 5070; scottdunn.com).

12. See the Big Five in style

Plunging into the colonial splendor of Royal Malewane is experiencing life in the bush at its most outrageously luxurious. The Thornybush Private Game Reserve, adjacent to the Kruger National Park, provides the environment with Africa's most qualified guide team available.

Royal Malewane raises the level

An eight-day trip costs £ 8,100 per person, including four nights at Royal Malewane and three nights at Silo, the sophisticated Cape Town hotel, booked through Bailey Robinson (01488 689700; baileyrobinson.com).

13. The best flying safari of all time

Take off from Kilimanjaro Airport on your own private jet for the trip of a lifetime. First stop, the Serengeti with the wildebeest season in full swing. Spend three nights here and continue to Brazzaville, Congo, for a three-night hike in search of gorillas from the western plains. Then to Namibia for three nights in the desert and three nights in the Okavango Delta before returning from Nairobi home. Try not to back down with the price of jaw dropping …

Thirteen nights on the ground cost from £ 45,220pp, based on six people traveling. The price includes private charter flight with pilot guide, guides and private vehicles and exclusive camps. The Explorations Company (01367 850566; explorationscompany.com).

14. Madagascar Magic

Having separated from the African continent 65 million years ago, Madagascar is a world apart, isolated in the Indian Ocean, with unique wildlife. On this 15-day guided tour, you will explore tropical forests, nature reserves and national parks in search of the lemurs and the exquisite chameleons for which the island is famous.

From £ 2,899 (add £ 365 for single room) including flights with Explore (01252 883055; explore.co.uk).


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