An African Safari is not just one of the most thrilling experiences on earth for a tourist, but also a huge revenue source for the countries involved. Some African safaris provide you an opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the world’s rarest wildlife, to encounter majestic mountains and wide skies, and to completely immerse in another world. And the best part is that you can do all these without sacrificing your comfort.
If you are looking to escape the grim realities of 2020, here are the top seven best African safaris to consider:
7) Segera Luxury Retreat, Kenya
Segera Retreat is a 50,000-acre luxury wildlife safari that lies on the grasslands of the Laikipia Plateau. Its accommodations are well-known for its striking and elegant design. Its six timber and thatch villas are raised above a profusion of botanical life looking out to Mount Kenya. Segera is home to the Zeitz Collection, which is considered to be one of the leading collections of art from Africa and the African diaspora. Here, art and an aesthetic experience surround you at every turn.
According to their official website, every room in the retreat is solar-powered, and they also have a water bottling system for distilling still and sparkling water which significantly reduces the carbon footprint on their facility.
6) Uncharted Africa, Botswana
Uncharted Africa operates mobile safaris on the private Mapula concession in the Okavango Delta, it is a bit more rough-and-tumble than other safaris in the region. It operates luxury camps that embody classic 1940s era safari fantasies. When the camp moves, guests can sleep under the stars in a fly-camp on an island in the Delta. Wildlife that is likely to be seen includes zebra, wildebeest, wild dog, cheetah, elephant, lion, hippo, crocodile, buffalo and giraffe, not to mention a myriad of birds. Uncharted Africa’s guides are excellent and will ensure you don’t miss a thing on your journey. Fishing is also possible between March and December.
5) Singita, Boulders Lodge, South Africa
Singita is a South African company founded in 2005, which operates game lodges in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, and Rwanda. It owns game lodges in Sabi Sand Game Reserve, Kruger National Park, Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve, Grumeti Game Reserve, Serengeti National Park, and Volcanoes National Park. It’s South African operation in Sabi Sand is a private game reserve. It is synonymous with environmentally conscious luxury. A standout among the lodges is Boulders Lodge, which offers niceties like glass walls, a swimming pool, a gym, and a spa. With two-bedroom suits and children’s activities, it is more family-friendly than many other safaris in the region.
4) Mahali Mzuri, Kenya
Mahali Mzuri is Sir Richard Branson’s 12-tented luxury safari camp in the Kenyan Bush. Its 12 exclusive safari tents offer you the ultimate luxury safari experience. Its futuristic architecture is defined by steel girders. Mahali Mzuri offers luxuries like refrigerators and claw-foot bathtubs. Shared spaces include a swimming pool and a spa. The camp is situated in the private Olare Motorogi Conservancy in the wider Maasai Mara ecosystem.
3) Explore Inc. Kenya
Explore, Inc. offers personalized luxury tours and intimate wildlife encounters throughout Africa, it was a company founded by Cherri Briggs. It is well-known for its exclusive and adventurous custom safaris. The company has won over its customers by orchestrating experiences, like a flight over Mt. Kenya in the plane used in Out of Africa. Sounds exciting!
2) Micato African Safaris,
Micato is an African safari company with operations across multiple African countries including Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, and Namibia. Their Safaris’ expeditions are luxurious by design. They feature world-class accommodations and legendary game parks. They supply top local drivers and guides. They ship high-end duffels to guests in advance. Guests are usually welcomed with a meal or a drink. No wonder they are popular among many tourists worldwide.
1) Ol Jogi, Kenya
This is arguably the most prestigious private ranch in Africa. The Wildenstein family opened the Ol Jogi to paying guests in 2013, it was established over 60 years ago. Here, for $210,000 a week, they offer you sublimely comfortable sleeping arrangements for 14, doting service from staff members, endless sumptuous details, and private access to one of Africa’s most wildlife-rich areas. The 58,000-acre ranch is home to 15 percent of the world’s Grevy’s zebra. Guests can stay out after dark, but it is advisable to follow their guidelines.