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Safaris come in many shapes and sizes. These travel guides, written by our specialists based on their own experiences, are designed to help you make informed choices when it comes to planning your safari. You can find out what to expect from a safari, where and when to go, and the main highlights of each destination.

You can also read about the different types of safaris available, from those that focus on walking and photography to mobile camping safaris and trips that go in search of the Big Five. Explore ideas for a family safari, explore our more luxurious options, or see how you can combine a safari with time on the beach or a city break.

Many of these travel guides detail specific activities and accommodation, any of which we can tailor into your trip.

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Inspiration for your safari

Our safari specialists regularly travel to discover new experiences and explore untried areas. They love nothing more than sharing their ideas and experiences to help you plan your ideal safari holiday. We've written these travel guides based on our own first-hand safari experiences to help inform and inspire your next trip.

  • Male lion, Masai Mara

    Our safari calendar

    With so many destinations and wildlife highlights to choose from, it can be difficult to know where to go on safari and when. Here, our safari specialists share their safari highlights for each month of the year, from heart-wrenching river crossings to spotting big cats.

  • Walking safari in the South Luangwa National Park

    Walking safaris

    A walking safari takes you away from the roads on the trail of big game like elephant and buffalo, safely under the watchful eye of an experienced guide. You get a completely different perspective on foot and catch glimpses of the smaller things you'd easily miss from a vehicle.

  • Photo opportunities, Zambia

    Photographic safaris

    With its dramatic landscapes, exciting wildlife and beautiful sunrises and sunsets, Africa is a photographer’s dream. Find out more about photographic safaris in Africa.

  • Mess tent at Ubuntu Mobile Camp

    Mobile camping safaris

    Ideal for the adventurous, mobile camping safaris are a back-to-basics way of experiencing a traditional safari in Africa.

  • Hot Air Ballooning in the Kafue National Park

    Hot air balloon flights in Africa

    A balloon flight in Africa is one of the best ways to enjoy a safari. Watch out for the giraffe hiding in the trees, antelope and elephant on the plains and birds flying below you.

  • A pride of lions in the Kruger

    Safaris in South Africa’s Greater Kruger Area

    Whether you’re on a self-drive safari in Kruger National Park or enjoying guided activities in a private reserve, South Africa’s Greater Kruger offers some of the densest wildlife populations on the continent. Safari specialist Andrew outlines your options for a Kruger safari.

  • Elephant crossing, Masai Mara

    Africa’s best safari areas

    You’re spoiled for choice when it comes to picking an Africa safari destination, but where do you begin? Our safari specialists round up their best six wildlife areas on the continent to help you decide where to plan your next safari.

  • Nyamatusi Camp, Mana Pools

    Luxury safaris in Zimbabwe

    With the most highly trained guides in Africa, camps and lodges that balance comfort and rusticity, and wildlife areas renowned for big cats and wild dog, Zimbabwe offers safaris of the highest level. Safari specialist Tony shares his ideas for a luxurious stay.

  • Samburu National Reserve

    Kenya safaris: the Masai Mara and beyond

    With its vast open plains scattered with wildebeest, antelope and acacia trees, Kenya is the classic image of a safari. You can safari in well-known areas like the Masai Mara and venture off-grid, as safari specialist Arista explains.

  • Elephant in Samburu

    Where to go on safari: our comparison guide

    Lots of factors come into play when choosing an African safari destination. Your trip might be influenced by the wildlife you want to see, the activities on offer or the choice available for families. Our Africa specialists outline five countries’ safari experiences to help you decide.

  • Elephant family in Tarangire

    Tanzania safaris: north vs south

    With the Great Migration taking place in the north and true wilderness areas stuffed full of animals in the south, you’re spoiled for choice when choosing a safari in Tanzania. Using his first-hand experience, Tanzania specialist Dickie shares his ideas for a memorable safari holiday.

  • Lion cubs

    Kenya honeymoons

    The adventure and romance of a Kenya safari, coupled with the outstanding camps and lodges on offer, appeals to many honeymooners. Africa specialist Mark outlines the best honeymoon experiences in the country, from sunrise hot air balloon rides to secluded beach relaxation.

  • Elephants at a waterhole in Zimbabwe

    Zimbabwe safaris

    With exceptional guides, several national parks and a variety of wildlife, including the Big Five, Zimbabwe offers an authentic safari experience that can easily be coupled with a trip to Victoria Falls. Africa specialist Chloe outlines what makes a Zimbabwe safari special.

  • Seals at Pelican Point

    Family holidays in Namibia

    A family holiday in Namibia can include kayaking with seals, star gazing in the desert, tracking cheetah and heading out on safari to see desert-adapted elephant. Africa specialist Iain discusses his ideas for a trip that appeals to all ages.

  • The Chobe river attracts a variety of game

    Namibia safaris

    Namibia may not immediately spring to mind when you think of a safari, but with four of the Big Five roaming Etosha National Park and the chance to see desert-adapted elephant in Damaraland, it makes a rewarding safari destination, as Africa specialist Iain explains.

  • White Rhino

    Family holidays & safaris in South Africa

    From sunny beaches to remarkable whale watching and child-friendly safaris, South Africa offers a huge variety of experiences for families of all ages. Our South Africa specialist Toby explains how to get the most of your time in the country.

  • Franschhoek, South Africa

    Honeymoons in South Africa

    For intrepid couples with a sense of adventure, South Africa can be an ideal fit for a honeymoon. South Africa specialist, Toby, discusses the country’s best experiences for honeymooners, from Big Five safaris to wine tasting and scaling Table Mountain.

  • Elephant in Tarangire National Park

    Honeymoons in Tanzania

    Tanzania offers a variety of private, secluded experiences, which make it a stand out honeymoon destination. Country specialist, Georgia, explains how you can combine time on safari with relaxation on a palm fringed beach in Zanzibar.

  • The Dog House, Tongabezi, Livingstone & The Victoria Falls

    Luxury safaris in Zambia

    Zambia's spectacular national parks, abundant wildlife and luxury lodges offer both first time and return visitors an unrivalled safari experience. Audley's Southern Africa safari specialist Russell explains how to make the most of your time.

  • Mokoro excursion on the Delta

    Honeymoons in Botswana

    A safari is perhaps the ultimate honeymoon experience and Botswana is one of the top destinations in Africa. Stay in a luxury lodge in the big game rich Okavango Delta, take a boat trip on the Chobe River, or visit the San people of the Kalahari. Complete your trip with a few days on a beach in the Seychelles or Mauritius.

  • Self-driving in the Kruger National Park

    Self-driving in South Africa

    With well-maintained roads and little traffic, a self-drive trip is a flexible way to explore South Africa's southern coast. Country specialist, Toby, selects his favourite drive, taking in the Garden Route, South Africa’s Winelands and finishing with time on safari.

  • Oryx in Sossusvlei

    What to do in Namibia: our highlights guide

    Home to the world’s tallest sand dunes, a wild Atlantic coastline and colonial cities, Namibia is delightfully different to other African countries. Namibia specialist, Steve, details some of the key things to see and do during your time in the country.

  • Table Mountain South Africa

    What to do in South Africa: our highlights

    From the vibrant capital city, Cape Town, to the world-famous Kruger National Park, home of the Big Five, South Africa is a land of exciting contrasts. Our specialists can help plan your ideal first visit to this African giant.

  • White rhino, Eastern Cape

    South Africa safaris: our guide to the parks & reserves

    South Africa offers some of the continent's premier wildlife destinations, such as the private reserves of the famous Greater Kruger Park. The country is also home to the largest number of places where you have an opportunity to see the Big Five (lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and Cape buffalo).

  • Self driving in Namibia

    Self-driving in Namibia

    With very little traffic on well-maintained roads that wind through spectacular scenery, as well as plenty of big-game wildlife to see, Namibia is an ideal destination for a self-drive safari.

  • A herd of elephant in the Selous

    What to do in Tanzania: our highlights guide

    The Great Migration of wildebeest and zebra through the Serengeti is not the only highlight of Tanzania. We have come up with five of our favourites, from climbing Kilimanjaro to relaxing on the beautiful island of Zanzibar.

  • Rhino at Madikwe Game Reserve

    Madikwe and the North

    The swathe of country stretching from the Kruger Park in the east to the Botswana border in the west is known as Madikwe and the North. It is home to some of South Africa's most dramatic scenery, Johannesburg and Pretoria, and the remote Madikwe Game Reserve.

  • Game drive with Shenton Safaris

    A typical day on an African safari

    A typical day on safari essentially revolves around the need to see the wildlife at its most active. It usually follows a similar routine with slight variations between destinations and seasons.

  • Luangwa Safari House, South Luangwa National Park

    Zambia's safari houses

    Unlike a lodge, a safari house is available to hire out on an exclusive basis and is perfect for families and groups. Here are just a few of our favourites from Zambia, which our specialists can include in a tailor-made itinerary for you.

  • Quirimba Archipelago, Mozambique

    Honeymoons in Mozambique

    A tailor-made honeymoon in Mozambique not only allows you the chance to relax on white sand beaches, it also offers you the opportunity to experience the excitement of spotting big game such as lion, leopard and elephant on safari.

  • Walking safari in the South Luangwa

    Walking safaris in Zambia

    A walking safari in Zambia allows you the opportunity to tread the same dusty plains as the animals Africa is so well-known for. Here, you can observe game from a different perspective under the watchful eye of first-class guides, in a variety of different national parks.

  • Flying over the Great Dune Sea on a Skeleton Coast Safari

    Safaris on the Skeleton Coast

    You can experience Namibia's Skeleton Coast with an Audley fly-in safari. You'll have the opportunity to see unique wildlife, such as desert adapted elephant within the setting of an extraordinary landscape.

  • Microlighting over the Zambezi River, Livingstone

    Green Season in Zambia

    The Green Season in Zambia takes place in the Luangwa Valley between November and May. A more cost-effective time to travel, it's during this period you'll see newborn animals in abundance and a landscape awash with colour thanks to the heavy rains that descend.

  • Leopard in South Africa

    Grand tour of South Africa

    South Africa has so many highlights that many people choose to revisit. However, if you would like to experience all of the main attractions in one trip, you can do so as part of a grand tour. Our specialists will help you make the most of your time in South Africa.

  • Zebra kicking up the dust

    Zebra migration

    Each year, up to 25,000 zebra migrate through Botswana's national parks in one of the animal kingdom's most spectacular sights. Our specialists can recommend the places where you're mostly likely to witness the action and the best camps to stay in.

  • Liwonde National Park, Malawi

    Wildlife holidays in Malawi

    A captivating country still off the radar for many tourists, Malawi offers you the opportunity to view Africa's big game away from the crowds. Traditional vehicle as well as walking safaris can be included in your itinerary by our country specialists.

  • Elephant in the Okavango

    Okavango Delta safaris

    The Okavango Delta is safari by water, where you glide in canoes through waterways and twinkling lagoons in search of hippo, elephant, giraffe and iridescent birdlife. Discover the best time to visit this wonderful water world and how we can help you plan your safari there.

  • Northern Shores of Lake Malawi

    Honeymoons in Malawi

    Whether you want fine beaches, luxury accommodation, activities galore or good safari opportunities on your honeymoon, Malawi offers all of this and more. Our country specialists have also hand-picked a number of exquisite properties for you to choose from.

  • Hot Air Balloon Excursion, Masai Mara

    Hot air balloon safari in Kenya

    A hot air balloon safari in Kenya is one of the most memorable ways in which to see the wildlife. Whether you're a honeymooning couple, a family, or a group of friends, Audley's experienced specialists can arrange a balloon flight as part of your tailor-made itinerary.

  • Rhino mother and calf, Laikipia

    The Big Five in Kenya

    Home of the Masai Mara and Lewa Wilderness Conservancy, you'll have countless opportunities to spot the Big Five in Kenya. With a range of first-class lodges, you can embark on traditional game drives and walking safaris in search of these magnificent animals.

  • Footsteps across the Delta. Walking Safari

    Walking safaris in Botswana

    Get away from the road and closer to the wildlife on one of our tailor-made walking safaris in Botswana, with a great chance of spotting the Big Five. Our specialists will design your safari on foot around your preferences, anything from a morning walk to a three-day hike.

  • Half Day Water Photographic Safari - Pangolin Safaris,Chobe National Park

    Photographic safaris in Botswana

    If your camera is top of the packing list, take your passion for photography on safari with you. Our tailor-made photographic safaris in Botswana show you the elephant herds, giraffe and big cats while expert photographers help you capture the memory.

  • Mobile Tented Camp, Chobe National Park

    Mobile camping safaris in Botswana

    The sights and sounds of safari are just the other side of the canvas on one of our tailor-made mobile camping safaris. Get back to basics and immerse yourself in the true spirit of Africa, staying in private campsites where comfort isn't scrimped on.

  • Elephant, South Luangwa National Park

    Family safaris in Zambia

    If you are considering taking your family on safari, Zambia has a lot to offer every member of your tribe. Many camps have private houses with space for little legs to tire themselves out, flexible dining options and child-minding facilities.

  • The Ruaha National Park, Tanzania

    Family safari holidays in Tanzania

    With its family lodges, abundant wildlife and endless opportunities for adventure, Tanzania has much to offer your family. Many safari camps have swimming pools, where you and your tribe can cool down at the end of a day spotting the Big Five.

  • Dune boarding from Anantara Island Resort & Spa, Bazaruto Archipelago

    Family holidays in Mozambique

    If your family enjoy water-based activities, you'll be spoilt for choice in Mozambique. With a wide variety of family-friendly properties right on the beach, you can spend your days splashing around in a desert island setting, before heading inland for more family-friendly fun.

  • Family walk, Acacia House, Masai Mara

    Family safaris in Kenya

    On a tailor-made family safari in Kenya, your children can learn about Maasai culture, the "Little Five" and how to track animals. The country is home to some wonderful family-friendly camps and lodges which our country specialists can include in your family itinerary.

  • Family safari in the Kwando Concession

    Family safaris in Botswana

    Botswana has a great selection of family-friendly camps with activities that will introduce your kids to the wonders of safari. And there’s the water world of the Okavango Delta to explore. Our specialists will help you pick the trip that suits you and your family.

  • Hot air ballooning at Sossusvlei, Namibia

    Activity holidays in Namibia

    A land of vast landscapes and wild seas there are plenty of activities for you to build into your tailor-made trip to Namibia. Quad-biking, hiking and kayaking are all popular activities, and with its exceptional wildlife, game-drives and balloon trips are equally rewarding.

  • Klein's Camp, Serengeti National Park

    Luxury holidays in Tanzania

    Tanzania is home to some of the most luxurious safari lodges in Africa. It is also home of the world-famous Great Migration, so if you are looking to view this spectacle in style, our country specialists can help you plan your perfect trip to Tanzania.

  • Franschhoek, South Africa

    Luxury holidays in South Africa

    South Africa can pull out all the stops for a luxury trip, and a safari’s just the start. Here, country specialist Tom shares ways to elevate your trip to the rainbow nation, from Cape Town comforts to wine tasting.

  • Little Kulala, Sossusvlei

    Luxury holidays in Namibia

    If your ideal trip includes stargazing from your private rooftop after relaxing in your own plunge pool, our Country Specialists can recommend a number of exclusive lodges that add a touch of luxury to your tailor-made holiday in Namibia.

  • Picnic on Pansy Island

    Mozambique luxury holidays

    Known for its beautiful white beaches and wildlife safaris, Mozambique is one of Africa's undiscovered jewels, the perfect destination for a luxury holiday.

  • Both pools facing dining area at Shompole House, Shompole Magadi

    Luxury holidays in Kenya

    If you're planning a luxury holiday in Kenya, we have a wide range of accommodation available, from sumptuous safari camps to exquisite beach retreats. Our country specialists have experienced these properties firsthand and are on hand to help you choose.

  • Little Vumbura, Vumbura Concession

    Luxury holidays in Botswana

    If you're planning a luxury holiday to Botswana, we've a huge choice of exclusive places to stay, from luxurious holiday camps and lodges to luxury hotels. Touches of comfort like king-size beds and plunge pools give you extravagance in the heart of the wildlife.

  • Honeymoon House, Tongabezi, Livingstone & The Victoria Falls

    Honeymoons in Zambia

    Zambia is home to a wonderful selection of lodges that offer fantastic game viewing and relaxation in equal measure. If you would like to plan your honeymoon in Zambia, our specialists can tailor a trip to your preferences and help you build the honeymoon of a lifetime.

  • Rhino in Etosha

    Honeymoons in Namibia

    If you'd like to combine spectacular scenery and fantastic wildlife spotting opportunities with the flexibility of a self-drive on your honeymoon, Namibia is an inspired choice. The country is also home to a wide range of inviting properties for you to choose from.