Book a Safari for less
From catching sight of the Big Five in the Kruger National Park to exploring the lush green landscape of the Okavango Delta, a Safari features high on most people’s dream holiday list. But they are often seen as an expensive option. By cutting out the middleman and booking directly with a trusted local operator you can have your dream safari holiday for less than you think.
Read our Insider tips for the best Safari holidays and browse our suggested itineraries below:
#IPtips Namibia is one of the least densely populated countries in the world, yet its road network is well maintained, making it a great option for people who like to self-drive.
Etosha National Park
Etosha is Namibia’s number one safari destination. Catch sightings of big cats, elephants, black rhinos and plains game in abundance. A varied landscape of grass plains, woodland and water holes attract lion, leopard, cheetah, giraffe, rhino and many antelope species.
Stand in awe of the spectacular, mountainous red dunes, best seen during sunrise or sunset when they turn a deep red colour.
Search for free-roaming desert elephants and lions. See the geography change dramatically with endless sandy wastes, that incredibly are able to sustain small, but wide-ranging, populations of desert-adapted elephant, black rhino, giraffe, ostrich and springbok.
A wilderness of harsh, unyielding red sand dunes, where you can see a variety of wildlife such as gemsbok, kudu, eland, blue wildebeest and springbok.
Our suggested safari holidays in Namibia:
Sample the diversity of Namibia from the haunting Skeleton coast to the Etosha National Park, taking some time out to learn about the Bushman culture from a local tribe. Read more >
Start your adventure in Windhoek, before searching for game in the Kalahari Desert, then exploring the largest canyon in Africa – Fish River Canyon, and much more.
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All the must-see sights including the Namib Naukluft National Park, the dunes at Sossusvlei, the vibrant streets of Swakopmund, Etosha National Park and more besides. Read more >
#IPtips South Africa is a popular Safari destination, because it can easily be combined with other attractions. Many people plan a trip which includes a few days safari in the Kruger National Park with a tour of The Garden Route, Cape Town or the Drakensberg Mountains.
Kruger National Park
Catch sightings of the Big 5 in the pristine wilderness of South Africa’s premier game reserve.
Klaserie Private Nature Reserve
A wildlife area rich in game including lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, buffalo as well as hyena, hippo, giraffe, zebra and a whole host of other wildlife.
iSimangaliso Wetland Park
The park is a huge protected area that is home to large numbers of hippos, crocodiles, pelicans, flamingos, elephants and leopards. Its centrepiece is the vast St Lucia lake, one of the world’s largest estuaries with five separate ecosystems. The margins of the lake are studded with mangroves in which mud skippers, fiddler crabs and mangrove whelks can be seen.
Our suggested safari holidays in South Africa:
Start your adventure in Cape Town, then drive the beautifully Garden Route, stopping over in Hermanus, Knysna, Oudtshoorn & Stellenbosch before heading to Kruger for a 3 night Safari. Read more >
Sample the diversity of South Africa, starting with a Safari in the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve, then take a few days to explore the Panorama Route before sampling the culture of Swaziland. Read more >
See all the must-see sights, including Cape Town, Cape point, Kruger National Park then hop on a flight to Zambia to take in the breathtaking Victoria Falls. Read more >
The ultimate wildlife adventure, catch sight of the Big Five in Kruger National Park before making your way to your beach lodge in Mozambique where you can explore mangrove swamps and swim with Dolphins. Read more >
#IPtips In Botswana, park visitor numbers are restricted and the exceptional local guides often rely on traditional tacking techniques rather than radios to follow the animals, resulting in a more authentic safari experience than many destinations.
Chobe National Park
Renowned for its large elephant population, which grows to tens of thousands during the dry season, the sweeping grasslands also attract grazing animals such as wildebeest, impala and kudu, closely followed by leopards, cheetahs, lions and wild dogs.
Pass silently through the shallow waters of the Okavango Delta on a mokoro canoe safari, as wildlife roam on land and in the surrounding waters. Search for hippo, crocodiles and a variety of birdlife, from carmine bee-eaters to Pel’s fishing owls. Watch your guide skillfully navigate the waterways using only a long pole as he tells you about the local fauna and flora.
Moremi Game Reserve
Discover the Moremi Game Reserve, home to spectacular wildlife sightings such as the endangered wild dog.
Kalahari Game Reserve
Search for the elusive black maned Kalahari lions and the other abundant wildlife including elephants, lions, leopards, cape buffalo, giraffe, zebra, and hippo.
Our suggested safari holidays in Botswana:
Start your adventure in the Chobe National Park before travelling to the spectacular Victoria Falls. Then journey to the wilderness beach camp in Mozambique travelling through the Maputo Special Elephant Reserve. Read more >
Explore the heart of the African bush, begin your adventure by the Thamalakane River, then on to Central Kalahari Game Reserve, before taking a boat cruise on the Okavango Delta waterways to Xaxaba Island. Then, it’s time to explore the amazing Moremi Game Reserve and Chobe National Park. Read more >
Start your adventure on the northern tip of the Botswana Kalahari, visit the Moremi Game Reserve, Savuti in the heart of the world famous Chobe National Park before finishing your stay whale watching in Mozambique. Read more >
#IPtips Big cat lovers should head to Sri lanka as it’s the best place to spot the normally elusive leopard. As the alpha predator, they don’t climb trees like they do in many destinations so they are easier to spot.
Yala National Park
As well as leopards, you can see elephants, spotted deer, sambar deer, wild boar, wild buffaloes, sloth bears and jackals, as well as a wonderful array of birdlife.
Wilpattu National Park
The largest in the country covering 131,694 hectares. The landscape is varied, with thick jungle changing to open scrubland then windswept dunes along the coastal belt. You’ll also see its ‘villus’ (lakes) where you can watch the wildlife congregating. Look out for leopards and herds of wild elephants, as well as spotted deer, sambhur, barking deer, wild boar, buffaloes, sloth bears, crocodiles and peacocks.
Our suggested safari holidays in Sri Lanka:
An exciting journey around Sri Lanka’s unmissable sights. Featuring: Negombo, Sigiriya, the ancient cities of Anuradhapura & Polonnaruwa, the atmospheric Dambulla cave temples, Nuwara Eliya hill station, Yala National Park for a leopard-spotting safari, the colonial city of Galle and Wadduwa. Read more >
A combination of the big sights and the quieter paths. Start your adventure in Colombo, then on to Wilpattu National Park, the Sigiriya rock fortress, the Dambulla cave temples and the palaces of Kandy. Slow the pace a little with a scenic train journey to Hatton, then explore the palm-fringed bay of Tangle before ending your tour in the colonial city of Galle. Read more >