First Time on Safari | African Safari Guide

Ballooning over Sossusvlei near Kalula Camp. NamibiaBallooning over Sossusvlei near Kalula Camp. Namibia

An African safari is a lifelong dream for many people around the world, a dream born from childhood stories of wildlife and mysterious places - or it may simply be because the great plains of the dark continent are the birthplace of our species and we have an ancient longing for Africa.

So you have decided to make your African safari dream come true but the big question is: where do I go for the first time on safari to experience the Africa of these dreams?Whatever the reason for the obsession with Africa, an African safari is the best way to fulfill the dream of big game, vast plains and interesting cultures. But where do you start? There are many travel companies around that market their expertise in providing the ultimate African experience, but what is best for you for that first time dream-fulfilling experience?

Choosing a safari destination for a first time visit can be very intimidating with all the glossy marketing jargon out there, especially if you are not sure where to go. The amount of information available on African safaris today is mind-numbing, with brochures and websites all claiming to have the best options available and the expert opinion to go with it.

The Best Places in Africa for a First-Time Safari:

Abundant Wildlife: Masai Mara and Amboseli in Kenya, Serengeti and Ngorongoro in Tanzania and Chobe and Moremi in Botswana

Best places to see the Big 5: Sabi Sands in South Africa and Ngorongoro in Tanzania

Best cultural interactions: Kenya and Tanzania

Best walking safaris: Luangwa Valley in Zambia

Primate safaris: Gorillas in Uganda and chimpanzees at Mahale Mountains in Tanzania

Best adventure activities: Victoria Falls

Best self drive safari:Kruger Park

Africa - a Lasting Impression

It is true to say that most safaris to Africa will leave a lasting impression but where is the best possible place to experience this Africa of lifelong dreams? The first aspect to take into account is to determine your expectations. Are you looking only a big game experience or are you thinking of a combination of game and culture? Is there a particular place you want to visit or do you just want to experience the vibe of the continent?

There are two main regions for safaris in Africa: East and southern Africa. East Africa includes Kenya and Tanzania and boasts the iconic safari destinations of Serengeti, Masai Mara and Ngorongoro. Wildlife is plentiful and the cultures are fascinating. It is here where the legendary Maasai people still continue a traditional way of life. The southern Africa region includes South Africa, Botswana, Namibia and Zambia.

Get Specialist Assitance

There are a number of other aspects to travel in Africa which may be added to your first time safari. These include adventure activities, beautiful beaches and dramatic landscapes - and these can all be included in an African safari itinerary.

If you have a special interest or are still unsure of where to go to live your African dream then please contact one of our Siyabona consultants who will assist in planning the ultimate African safari holiday.

So where is the best place to visit on a first time African safari? The question is not where the best place is but rather how soon can you get to Africa. The dream is so close.

Contact us now so that we can help you fulfill that dream.
African Safaris Guide to South and East Africa
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