Africa is the home of safari for a reason. Step into a time warp where animals rule the land and the natural world is at its purest. Many think of safaris as being from a 4X4 watching the passing wildlife… Although this is incredible in itself, many do not realize that there are so many completely different and utterly mesmerizing wildlife experiences in Africa just waiting for you to try out! Here are just a few…
Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda
For many, catching a glimpse of the endangered mountain gorillas is a once in a lifetime dream. Standing in the presence of these unbelievable animals is one thing, but being able to watch them interact for a whole hour is another. No other animal on earth is so interesting and captivating with their humanlike nature.
Go over to the Virunga Mountains and you can be trekking for five minutes or two hours, but the anticipation for such a sight is palpable from every member of your convoy. As Africa’s most grounding and humbling wildlife experience, Rwanda’s mountain gorillas are truly extraordinary.
Witnessing The Great Migration in Tanzania
Described by many as the most spectacular natural event on the planet, the Serengeti’s Great Wildebeest Migration should be on everyone’s hit list. It is not just the sheer size of the spectacle (2 million wildebeest to be exact!) but the bravery of each individual one to embark on such a harrowing journey which makes it so special to witness.
From matching their mother’s pace at a mere 7 minutes old (yes, minutes!), to battling against the croc infested and mighty Mara River at six months, there is no end to the lengths these extraordinary animals will go to for survival. The stuff of many an Attenborough documentary, witnessing The Great Migration on a Tanzania Safari is an incomparable experience.
Diving with Whale Sharks off Mafia Island
If you are a diver then you absolutely have to visit Mafia Island off the coast of Tanzania. Here you have the chance to swim with (quite literally) the biggest fish in the sea – the immense whale sharks. Aside from the beautiful marine life which epitomises this part of the Indian Ocean, there are not many places in the world which offer such a good opportunity to swim with these rare gentle giants. Diving with whale sharks has got to top the list for the greatest underwater wildlife experience in the world.
A Stay at Giraffe Manor in Kenya
A hotel experience quite like no other in the world is what Kenya’s Giraffe Manor offers. Both staff and guests are enthralled by lanky necks poking through breakfast windows. Essentially, you can be sharing your breakfast table with a giraffe – pretty cool right? Being (quite literally) home to the world’s tallest mammal is an easy appeal of this lovely, unique and inviting hotel. A stay here not only gives you a meal to remember but is a place that stays in the hearts of every guest who pass through its doors.
A Walking Safari in Zambia
Zambia offers the rawest and most intimate wildlife viewing experience in Africa with its famous walking safaris. With the help of exceptionally insightful guides, being on your feet can open your eyes to the harsh realities of the African bush and the intricate details which make up this fascinating ecosystem. On two legs, although safe with an expert at your side, you can’t help but feel vulnerable and grounded in such an unknown and primitive climate. Walking in the Zambian wild is up there with the most authentic wildlife experiences on the planet today.
Hot-Air Ballooning Over The Okavango Delta in Botswana
Riding in a hot air balloon over the watery, beautiful and dreamlike Okavango Delta evokes the feeling that you are gliding over a bygone era. Noah’s Arc – eat your heart out because the Okavango Delta is a real life animal oasis. Float serenely above and get a bird’s eye view of some of the most remarkable wildlife scenes in the world. Experiencing this canvas of life any beauty from above is surely one of the most magical and authentic safari experiences out there today.
Sleeping Under the Stars in Zimbabwe
Nothing screams romance more than snoozing under a blanket of stars whilst listening to the natural buzz of the African soundscape all around. The only thing between you and the harsh wild African bush is a single transparent mosquito net. With a guide on the watch all night, you can enjoy this feeling of complete liberation and intimacy with the natural world, all safe in the knowledge that you don’t have to actually become a part of it! The freeing nature of an African sleep out causes many to claim it as the best experience of their entire life.
For more information about making these unbelievable wildlife experiences a reality please do talk with the experts at Africa Odyssey about how to begin planning your dream African Safari. With over 20 years’ experience in planning awe-inspiring wildlife experiences in Africa, the Odyssey team can ensure you have a holiday which meets and exceeds your wildest expectations.