Many people dream of African safari holidays. They are holidays that we can spend plenty of years saving up for and then even more years talking about. There are more than fifteen countries in which it is possible to take an African safari, all with something different to offer and at prices that are as varied as the wildlife.
Planning and deciding on which safari holidays to take can be a very confusing prospect. There is the big game on the seemingly endless savannah of the Serengeti and the Mountain Gorillas of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda. If you want something more luxurious then you can book a trip to a deluxe bush resort or lodge and be wined and dined with immaculate service. But there are also options to go camping in the bush with just a fire and a few friendly locals for company.
There is so much to consider. What season is best, what equipment is needed, is the trip all inclusive, how will you travel, can you alter the itinerary, and how to dress. The list can seem overwhelming.
Today planning a safari is very easy as compared to a hundred years ago. Back then it took huge groups of staff, tons of supplies, rifles, and military style planning. You'll be glad to know that the modern safari experience has changed unrecognisably, in fact the only thing that is the same is the abundant wildlife. Today the only shooting will be done with a digital camera; you will be armed with your senses and not a shotgun.
Wherever you choose to visit, your trip will create memories that last a lifetime. The sights and sounds will give you stories to tell for the rest of your life. Imagine how it must feel to talk about staring into the eyes of a lion or hearing the call of a cheetah late at night. The smells of safari will also last long in your nose.
Safari holidays are now available that suit almost all tastes no matter how old you are. Both young and old alike will feel the same amazing feeling when watching a herd of African elephants cross their path or watching giraffes gracefully graze from the tops of trees.
Before you book your trip you should make sure that you do full research. Don't book a trip to the deserts of Namibia if you want to spot the classic big five animals (elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion and leopard), but do book a trip to the Kruger National Park or a Kenya safari to be certain of ticking these beasts off your list.
If there is specific animal that you want to get snaps of then do your homework. The black rhino is only found in a few places such as the Chobe National Park in Botswana or the Ngorongoro Crater. The Gombe Stream National Park in Tanzania is the best place to go if you want to see chimpanzees, while for a guarantee of seeing elephants you should head to Okavango delta in Botswana or Mwalangajie in Kenya.