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Best Safari Activities To Do In Your Travel


An African safari is full of fun things to do, lots of chances to see wild animals, and beautiful places to see. The habitat, the presence of rivers, the weather, the wildlife, and the experience level of the guides all play a role in the safari activities that are conducted.

Learn about the different places animals live and how they act before you go on a trip. If you want to focus on a certain area or certain animals or birds, make sure you're ready and choose your destination based on the safari activities that interest you.

Safaris On Game Drives

On game drives in open or closed 44 vehicles, the majority of Africa's big animals can be seen.

Open vehicles might or might not have a shade roof, and closed vehicles will always have roof hatches and regular windows.

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We don't use minibuses to see animals on safaris we set up unless someone specifically asks us to.

Game drives usually happen early in the morning or late in the afternoon to avoid the heat of the day, when animals are the least active. But in some places, you can or need to drive for a half day or a whole day. Game drives let you see a lot of land and get close to big animals.

Off-road driving is allowed in some game conservancies and private concessions, but it is usually not allowed in National Parks and Reserves.

Almost always, your guide will drive the vehicle. Sometimes, a "tracker" or "spotter" will sit up front and help find the animals.

Most game drive vehicles can hold between 4 and 10 people, but the best operators will try to keep the number to no more than 6 people per vehicle.

At many properties, you can pay extra to book your own private vehicle, which gives you full freedom and privacy when you're looking for wildlife.

Night drives are often possible and fun because you are looking for animals that only come out at night and are hard to see during the day. Your guide, or his "spotter," will use a strong flashlight to find the animals.

The animals are found by looking at the reflections in their eyes. It may be harder to see and photograph animals at night, but the search can be exciting, and night drives can lead to some very rare and unusual sightings.

Night drives are not always possible because many national parks and game reserves do not allow them.

Walking Safaris

Walking is easy to do all over Africa, and it gives you a completely different way to see the bush than a game drive. Without the sound of an engine, your senses come alive, and you hear, smell, and see things that you miss when you're in a car.

Walking safaris are a good way to get some exercise and learn about the smaller parts of the bush, like plants, tracks, insects, birds, dung, etc. Seeing big game on foot can be a very rewarding and exciting experience.

Many safari properties offer nature walks as separate activities that last only a few hours. There are also a small number of more serious walking trails in Africa, which can involve walking for several days and staying in fairly basic "fly camps" in the wild.

There are also some permanent camps that offer nice places to stay but focus on walking. The guide is one of the most important parts of any walking safari, both in terms of fun and safety.

There are different rules about carrying guns, but usually when you go hiking, either your guide will carry a gun or you will be with an armed ranger. In some places, walking can be done without a gun. On a walking safari, one guide usually takes no more than six guests at a time.

Mountain Hiking

Mount Kilimanjaro (in Tanzania) and Mount Kenya (in Kenya) are the two highest mountains in Africa, and both are very difficult to climb. The Ruwenzori "Mountains of the Moon" in Uganda are mysterious, far away, and not for the faint of heart. The Drakensberg Mountains in South Africa, on the other hand, are beautiful but easier for people of all abilities to reach.

But there are good places to "hike" all over Africa, such as the Virunga Volcanoes in Rwanda, the Ngorongoro Highlands in Tanzania, the Mathews Range and Laikipia Plateau in Kenya, the Nyika and Zomba Plateaus in Malawi, Namibia's Damaraland, and many places in South Africa, such as coastal hikes.

Kilimanjaro View From the Road
Kilimanjaro View From the Road

Safaris Riding

In a few places in Africa, you can go on a riding safari. Most countries have some kind of riding to offer, but Kenya, Botswana, and South Africa are known for having a wide range of options.

Exploring the bush on horseback is a real treat, and when you get close to plains game, you can have some very special moments.

Some camps or lodges with stables will let you ride horses as a separate activity (as an alternative to nature walks or game drives).

This gives you the freedom to choose how much riding you want to do, but keep in mind that these riding safaris are usually for riders of different skill levels, so they are less likely to please very experienced riders.

There are a few companies that offer multi-day riding safaris for more experienced and committed riders. On these longer safaris, you'll usually spend up to 7 hours a day riding, and you'll spend the nights out in the bush in more adventurous "fly camps" or "mobile tented camps," which adds to the safari experience.

Many of these dedicated riding trails go through big game country, where dangerous animals can be found. We suggest you talk to us about your level of riding so you don't try a trail that isn't right for you.

Some operators take care of people who don't want to ride, giving them the chance to do other safari activities while the riders do their thing and meeting up at certain points during the day.

The breeds of horses used range from Boerperd, a South African breed, to Thoroughbred and many crossbreeds bred for their stamina and sure-footedness. The equipment used ranges from traditional English saddles to Australian stock saddles.

You should tell us what kind of riding you like to do at home so that we can find the best ride for you in Africa.

In very few places in Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, and South Africa, you can ride elephants through the African bush. Most of the time, you can learn all about elephants, watch them act naturally, and even ride them in the wild.

While riding elephants, you might see other animals, but the main focus is usually on the unique elephant experience.

In Kenya, camels are sometimes used to carry equipment and food along hiking trails, and visitors can ride the camels. It was an interesting experience, but most people would rather just walk.

Brown safari jeep
Brown safari jeep

Wildlife Watching

Africa has a lot of different animals to see, but the big cats (lion, cheetah, and leopard), black and white rhinos, wild dogs, gorillas, chimpanzees, and elephants are some of the best.

On a safari, you can often focus on a certain type of bird, but there are also many types of mammals that may really catch your attention.

Rare species are obviously much harder (or even impossible) to guarantee, but we have the knowledge to tell you where to go to see more unusual or rare species.

Not all animals and birds can be seen on every safari, so it's important to let us know if there are any species you're especially interested in or just want to see.

Even though elephants can be seen all over East and Southern Africa, there are some places and properties that are especially good for seeing elephants, doing research on elephants, or interacting with elephants. Anyone who is really interested in elephants will have a great time on one of these safaris.

Mountain gorillas are amazing to see and can only be found in south-west Uganda and northern Rwanda, which are two of the countries we focus on.

Gorilla tracking is a unique and often moving experience, but it can be hard work, and you need to be in good shape to do it.

Rwanda usually has better conditions and is the best place to go for a short fly-in trip just to see the gorillas. Uganda, or a combination of Rwanda and Uganda, is better for a longer trip to the area that includes primate viewing, game viewing, and birding.

All gorilla families that tourists visit are used to people, and it costs US$500 per person to get a permit to see them in either country. They are usually booked up far in advance.

East Africa has less than ten places where you can see chimpanzees (Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania, and Kenya).

This includes a few "orphanages" for chimps that don't offer "chimp tracking" in the wild. But seeing chimps in the wild is a great experience when it's possible. Chimpanzees are smaller than gorillas, but they live in bigger groups and are often louder and more active.

But, like gorillas, they need to be used to people before tourists can see them (otherwise, you would barely glimpse them). To find chimps in the best places, you need to be fairly fit and able to walk "up and down" slopes for several hours.

Grey elephant playing in a field
Grey elephant playing in a field

People Also Ask

What Is A Safari Activity?

The main goal of a traditional African safari is still to see African wildlife, but safaris are not just about seeing animals.

In modern times, African safaris are about more than just seeing animals and tracking them. They are also about the experience of being out in the bush (wilderness) and exploring beautiful places and natural wonders.

What Are The Big 5 In Safari?

They are the lion, the elephant, the Cape buffalo, the leopard, and the rhinoceros. Many people who go on safari in Africa hope to see all five of the big cats in one trip.

What Is Safari And Examples?

A safari is a trip to East Africa to see wild animals or hunt them. He wants to go on safari so he can take pictures of snakes and tigers.


Other fun things to do include horseback and elephantback safaris, ballooning, quad bike drives, mountain biking, scenic flights, capturing game, helping with field research, sports (some professional athletes come to safaris to train; for more information, check out LigaDeportiva), tracking gorillas, and anti-poaching exercises. Let us know if you want to go on a safari.

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