For most people visiting Africa on Safari, (especially for the first time) would like to see a wide and diverse range of animals, arguably Kenya and Tanzania will be top of most people’s list for doing just this. However for those who wish to witness a particular species it pays to consult your local travel specialists such as ourselves at Amity World Travel, who will be able to offer advice and help you plan an itinerary, in order to get the most from your big game adventure. Here are just a few of the many options available:
Sabis Sands in South Africa, this is a great place to see all of the big 5 on safari in short space of time, even a 2 or 3 night stay is usually good enough. It is perfect for witnessing Leopard as it has ideal habitat with lots of shady trees running along the banks of two rivers. Leopard’s are extremely shy creatures and for that reason they are mainly nocturnal creatures, so you need a good guide and a little bit of luck.
Whilst Elephant can be found in Kenya, South Africa, Namibia and Botswana, Zambia is definitely up there as the place to see them, the South Luangwa National Park where the Luangwa River offers a year round source of water and Sausage tree flowers, which is an elephant delicacy by all accounts. You will also see plenty of Crocodile and Hippo on the banks of the river as well as the possibility of spotted Hyena and even leopards, plus you can take in Victoria Falls in the same holiday.
The Linyanti Concession in Botswana is where you need to go if you want to see Wild Dog, they live and hunt in packs, this nomadic creature rarely stays in one place for any length of time, travelling vast distances, making it very difficult to sight. Your best chance of witnessing them in the wild is through the months of June and July when they are raising their pups and settle down to den. The Linyanti Concession is made up of 120 000 hectares of swamp, forest and grasslands, such diverse habitat makes for varied and prolific game, including Buffalo, Elephant, Baboon, warthogs as well as predators such as Lion, cheetah and Hyena.
One of the iconic animals of the Okavango Delta in Botswana has to be the Hippo, and there are many of these rotund creatures that call the Delta home. They can often be found by their deep honking booming across the lagoons. They spend most of the day submerged in water, with just their heads sticking out. Hippo’s are wide spread across the delta and their daily routine makes it relatively easy to see find them.
As well as hippo, whilst on safari you will find thousands of elephant, mighty herds of buffalo and a dozen different antelope species that thrive in this rich Delta. The birdlife is astonishingly diverse, with many eagles, large heronries included in over 400 species.
Probably the most unique and pound for pound the most expensive of the safari options, you will need to travel to Uganda and Rwanda to come eye to eye with these magnificent creatures. Whilst the forests of Uganda are the gorilla’s main refuge, you do need to be incredibly fit in order take on the challenge and Rwanda offers a less strenuous option, whilst still requiring a good level of fitness. Having trekked for an hour or two through the dense forest, you get an hour in the company of the Gorilla’s, it is said to be one of life’s defining experiences. For despite the sheer power of a silverback, there is an extraordinary gentleness and compassion about them that is both humbling and a little bit scary at the same time.
With such a huge choice of safari options to choose from, call Amity World Leisure Travel to discuss your holiday ideas, where our experienced staff will help you to get the most from your time and budget.