About safaris

Safaris means journeys. Safari is a combination of safar, meaning a journey in Arabic, and kusafiri, meaning to travel in Swahili. Today safaris are synonymous with travelers enjoying amazing journeys throughout Africa.

Planning your safari

Travel Africa arranges safaris to suit all needs. This includes family safaris, self-drive safaris, guided safaris, honeymoon safaris and walking safaris. These safaris range from luxury safaris in private game reserves with all your needs catered, to self-drive safaris in off-the-beaten track locations where you sleep in roof top tents without any fences.

Many of Travel Africa’s clients choose to mix safari styles, combining more affordable options with luxury options at various points. This adds variety to your safaris and let’s you spend much more time with Africa’s amazing wildlife.

As there are a huge variety of African safaris for the traveller to choose from, deciding which one is for you can be a minefield. Budget, level of independence, comfort and activities and special touches are four key considerations to take into account.


Cost is usually one of the key considerations for safari choice. African safaris can range from well over $1000 per person per day at top end, luxury destinations down to $120 per person per day in self-drive safaris staying at national parks self-catering bungalows. And of course, there are a range of options in between including self-drive roof top tent safarisparticipatory mobile camping safarisglamping safaris, and walking safaris.

Okavango safaris, Botswana


You need to consider how you like to travel when choosing your safari. Do you prefer to always have a guide with or do you prefer more independent travel? Escorted and guided safaris are perfect for the traveller who wants constant care and attention. If you are more independent and self-directed (or perhaps you have children who don’t always like to follow a set plan) then more independent self-drive safaris may be for you.

Again, you could consider combining styles. Add some ranger guided activities to your self-drive travel or add a few days of more independent travel to your escorted tour.

Self drive Safaris


Carefully consider the level of comfort you want from your safari. Often people enjoy more comfortable safaris in easy to access locations for their first trip to Africa. But once they go back they are more adventurous and prepared to forego a few comforts to reach some incredible destinations. You may want to think about whether you want your camp and lodge fenced or not, whether you are happy to go in a small charter plane with limited luggage, whether you are happy to share ablutions, whether you will be comfortable in an open safari vehicle and whether you prefer to share a safari vehicle with other tourists or not.

Wildlife safaris

Activities and special touches

Holidays are special times and when doing an African safari you want to make sure you get absolutely everything you can out of the trip. So make sure you consider the huge range of activities and special touches on offer and work them into your safari. These could include ethical, fairtrade safaris; horse riding safaris; walking safaris; sleep outs under the stars; hot-air balloon flights over the savanna.

Family safaris

Everyone can enjoy their dream journey through Africa as our extensive experience and contacts means we can custom build the perfect itinerary for you. We specialise in tailor-making the safaris to our clients needs – from budget family safaris in the fenced safety of Kruger National Park to walking safaris with your own guides in the magical Okavango Delta to affordable guided mobile tented safaris in Botswana’s wildlife meccas.

Browse through the destinations pages itinerariesblog and information pages on our site, and of course please contact us should you need further advice or assistance to book your trip.