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Beyond the Migration - Outstanding Safari Experiences minus the crowds

Added 18 Jul 2012
Beyond the Migration - Outstanding Safari Experiences minus the crowds
 

Although there is no doubt that the migration of thousands of wildebeest through the Masai Mara and Seregeti is a spectacular event, there are many equally rewarding safari experiences to be had.

Tanzania - Serengeti National Park

Featuring an impressive surface of almost 15,000sq km, it’s no surprise that Serengeti means “endless plains”. Arguably one of the most famous ecosystems in the world, its immense grasslands dotted with characteristic acacia trees extend as far as the eye can see, making it an ideal setting in which to observe some exceptional wildlife action. Even the vast plains of the Mara are only one tenth of its size and, particularly if visited outside migration, the large scale of the park gives a real feeling of isolation and remoteness. Often a first timers’ favourite destination because of the huge variety of game, the Serengeti has also a very developed infrastructure, which makes it an ideal destination for those who are looking for a good balance between adventure and comfort. Tanzania’s other delight is the ‘spice islands’ of Zanzibar. You can extend your trip to enjoy time relaxing on extensive white sand beaches and exploring the narrow, winding streets of Stone Town.

Serengeti-National-Park---GiraffesTo visit, take a look at the following tours:

Serengeti Lodge Safari

Tanzania Walking Safari

Serengeti Lodge Safari plus Zanzibar Island 

Tanzania Walking Safari plus Zanzibar Island

 

 

 

Tanzania - Selous and Ruaha

Despite being even bigger than Serengeti National Park, Selous and Ruaha are still largely unknown to the masses, mainly because they are more difficult to access. If anything, this makes the area even more exciting for wildlife enthusiasts. Both parks are situated in Southern Tanzania and because of the limited accommodation available (mostly intimate lodges and tented camps of an excellent standard) this area can still be considered an untouched gem, only visited by a handful of visitors every year. However, the few safari lovers who make it there are in for a treat: huge herds of buffaloes and elephants, countless species of birds and big cats provide just some of the regular encounters. If this wasn’t sufficient, this is also the only area where the Eastern Africa and Southern Africa habitats meet, featuring a unique mix of animal and plant species, found nowhere else.

Selous-and-Ruaha

To visit, take a look at the following tours:

Remote Ruaha & Selous Safari

Remote Ruaha & Selous Safari plus Zanzibar Island

Botswana - Okavango Delta and Moremi

The combination of some of the most extraordinary reserves on earth and the enlightened regulations to protect their precious habitats, make of Botswana an exquisite safari destination. For many it is the ultimate “off the beaten track” untouched wilderness. The park authorities have realised that the only way to preserve this ecosystem is a low impact policy and the numbers of visitors are strictly monitored, which gives a sense of real privilege to those who venture in to this remote territory. Miraculously in the heart of the Kalahari - one of the most inhospitable, vast and arid deserts on the planet - is one of the richest wetland habitats: the Okavango Delta. This sophisticated system of intricate canals, waterways, lagoons, vegetation and grasslands, fed by a river whose journey started 1,600km away in Angola, is home to some outstanding wildlife: elephants, hippos, buffalos, lions, leopards, cheetahs, zebra, just to name a few. There are also some exciting rarities including Pel's Fishing Owl and the Read Lechwe - a species of antelope perfectly adapted to wetland environments. This wildlife wonderland can be explored by vehicle, safari boat, canoe or even better from a house boat!

To visit, take a look at the following tours:Okavango-Delta---Baboons

Botswana Wildlife Safari

Botswana Lodge Safari

Okavango Adventure - A Family Holiday In Botswana, Namibia & Zambia

 

 

Namibia - Etosha National Park

Etosha---Zebras-DrinkingNamibia is an extremely varied country famous for its deserts, canyons, enormous sand dunes and dramatic coastline. It is remarkable that on top of these highlights, the country also features an enormous wildlife sanctuary, with a surface of almost 23,000sq km. Waterholes and huge salt pans are the main landmarks in the park and form an excellent backdrop for its prolific wildlife. Mostly dry, the huge salt pan that covers a large portion of the park’s surface gets occasionally covered with water (sometimes only a few days a year!), attracting spectacular birdlife such as colonies of flamingos and pelicans. The park's waterholes are the ideal place to spot wildlife: from zebra, to various antelopes, giraffe, wildebeest, black rhinoceros and, of course, the big cats. A country of contrasts, Namibia is the ideal destination for those who want to combine a proper safari experience and some thrilling activities in the desert.

To visit, take a look at the following tours:

Namibia Cheetah Safari - A Family Holiday In Namibia

Namib Lodge Safari