Holidays in Africa offer a startlingly diverse range of things to see and do and African vacation packages make this easily doable. Most famous being visiting captivating game reserves where you can see wild animals in their natural habitat during an African safari.
Furthermore, Africa offers the opportunity to combine exploration and adventure with relaxation, as it is home to breathtaking beaches and world class resorts.
The good thing with Africa safari packages is that you can pick a tour based on your interests such as honeymoon, luxury travel, family safari or an activity you want to embark on such as birding, walking safaris, mountain climbing, cultural safaris or a beach holiday.
Most first-time travellers to Africa often wonder which destination to visit. They might be certain that they want to go on a safari after having read a book, hearing stories from their friends, watched a documentary such as Big Cats Diaries or watched an awards winning movie such as Out of Africa.
To enjoy your African safari holiday it is best to choose one country or two countries at most and have a safari of at least 7 days.
The regions in Africa that are popular with African safaris are East Africa and Southern Africa. The countries in East Africa that are popular with safaris are Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. Countries that are popular with safari holidays in Southern Africa are Botswana, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Namibia.
East Africa Vacation Packages
African Vacation Packages in Kenya
Kenya’s attraction to world-wide holidaymakers stems from its prolific wildlife and stunning natural diversity. Home of the safari tradition and the most magical wildlife arena on earth, the mountainous peaks and legendary plains, cut by swathes of valleys, offer a vision of Africa with eternal appeal.
Yearly between July and October visitors can witness the great wildebeest migration of over 2 million ungulates with the grand finale crossings at the crocodile infested Mara River.
Kenya is recommended especially for first-time safarigoers as it has an efficient tourist infrastructure with a dazzling choice of game lodges and camps to suit all budgets.
Kenya’s coast is a tropical paradise of palm fringed white sandy beaches where the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean meet amazing coral reefs and provide for a perfect place to relax after a magical safari.
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African Vacation Packages in Tanzania
Tanzania offers superb game viewing. It has three safari circuits namely, the Northern circuit, the Southern circuit and the Western circuit.
The popular Northern circuit with the Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area offers one of the best classical safaris in the continent, especially if timed with the annual wildebeest migration.
Off-the-beaten-track game viewing can be had in Selous and Ruaha parks and chimpanzee tracking in Gombe and Mahale Mountains. Mt Kilimanjaro is popular with those seeking to climb Africa’s highest mountain.
Tanzania safaris can be combined with a beach extension in the island of Zanzibar. See the popular vacation packages in Tanzania.
African Vacation Packages in Uganda
Uganda safaris offer the opportunity to experience wildlife viewing in both forest and savanna. Gorilla tracking can be experienced in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. The country hosts more than half of the world’s population of mountain gorillas – about 300 individuals.
Queen Elizabeth National Park and Murchison Falls National Park offer wonderful savanna safaris with good wildlife viewing, but animals are not as abundant compared to the top parks of Kenya and Tanzania.
Chimpanzees can be seen in Kibale Forest. See the popular vacation packages in Uganda.
Southern Africa Vacation Packages
African Vacation Packages in Botswana
Botswana is the leader in low-impact upmarket tourism. This eco-tourism approach promotes a true wilderness experience.
The attractions of Botswana include the evergreen Okavanga delta, which is best discovered by mokoro canoe, saltpans, dry deserts, savanna grasslands and delta waterways.
Abundant wildlife can be seen in Chobe National Park and Moremi National Reserve including large herds of African elephants.
The downside is that safari holidays in Botswana are expensive with few budget options. See the popular vacation packages in Botswana.
African Vacation Packages in South Africa
South Africa is a great destination for a varied holiday in Africa. It offers fantastic game viewing, beautiful beaches and trendy cities.
Kruger National Park is its flagship park with many self-drive and budget options and all of the Big-5 animals of Africa – buffalo, rhino, elephant, lion and leopard are easily seen.
South Africa has a wide variety of habitats and scenery with good infrastructure and shops. However, safari holidays in South Africa have less wilderness appeal and the wildlife parks are fenced.
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African Vacation Packages in Namibia
Namibia offers excellent self-drive safari options and has good infrastructure. The country’s harsh environment forms a magnificent backdrop for a different kind of safari.
Animal populations are smaller, but sightings in this sparse setting tend to be rewarding. The best time for an African safari in here is during the dry season (April thru November) when large numbers of animals migrate towards the waterways.
Namibia safari holidays offer both high-end and budget safaris. See the popular vacation packages in Namibia.
African Vacation Packages in Zambia
A safari holiday in Zambia is not about ticking off the big-5 animals of Africa. High quality guides will share their knowledge on game drives, walking safaris and night game drives.
A canoeing safari on the Zambezi River is not to be missed by the more adventurous. Visitors get to see Victoria Falls, the world’s largest uninterrupted sheet of falling water.
Holidays in Zambia offer good wildlife viewing, true wilderness experience, low-density tourism and small eco-friendly bushcamps. However, there are few other attractions to supplement a safari.
Here are the popular vacation packages in Zambia.
African Vacation Packages in Zimbabwe
Because of the political situation in Zimbabwe, tourists numbers are few and prices are competitive, but the main parks are still cared for and well worth visiting.
Hwange NP is not to be missed and Mana Pools offers great canoeing safaris on the Zambezi River.
Holidaymakers get to see Victoria Falls.
Birding is great especially in Hwange National Park, Gonarezhou National Park and the adjoining Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve. There are some decline of facilities and wildlife numbers.
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