Posts Tagged ‘Kenya’

9 of the Most Unusual African Safari Experiences

An African safari is on most people’s bucket list – who doesn’t want to see the great migration of wildebeest in Tanzania or Kenya, come face-to-face with a gigantic mountain gorilla, or traverse the inland wetlands of the Okavango Delta? These are tantalisingly evocative experiences that live with you forever. However, for the safari lodges and camps competition is healthily competitive and keeping guests engaged outside of the typical daily 4×4 game drives and game walks is currently the focus for many safaris operators; appealing to the niche traveller in ever-more detail is the name of the game. Here are some of the more unusual activities you can enjoy alongside traditional safari activities.

The Best African Safari Camps for Exclusive Use

Watching an elephant family cross a river a few yards from the seclusion of your private terrace is unforgettable, but imagine doing so exclusively in the company of family and friends? Hiring a camp or lodge exclusively to mark a special occasion is an epiphanous experience, with dining and activities all designed around your party’s interests. Below is a pick of the best lodges and camps for exclusive rental by Red Savannah’s African safaris expert, Chris Evans.

Half Term Family Holidays

With children back at school it might be time to start thinking about your next adventure together as a family. The October half term can be a lovely time to travel – the summer heat gives way to gentler climes and shoulder season rates make travel all the more affordable.

Whether you are seeking some active adventure to let off steam or somewhere to relax after a hectic first term, see below for a few suggestions or call our experienced team of travel specialists on 01242 787800 for a tailor-made itinerary to suit your family’s holiday wishes.

Kenya Safari Holidays During the Migration

South-western Kenya is currently witnessing one of nature’s most awe-inspiring spectacles as the annual migration of wildebeest and other ungulates continue their circle of life in the Serengeti-Mara eco-system. Late July to early October is the best time to undertake a Kenya safari for those wishing to witness the mass of wildebeest, eland, zebra and Thomson’s gazelles as they arrive at the fresh plains and thirst-quenching waterholes of the Mara after their arduous journey from the Serengeti plains.

Family Holidays – From African Safaris to Mediterranean Resorts

As parents ourselves, we’ve experienced the challenges of travelling with small children. We instinctively understand the importance of knowing whether the villa pool is gated or not, which seats on the plane are most suitable when travelling with babies and which Mediterranean resorts have the best kids clubs. Our destination specialists take the time to understand your family’s interests and needs, whether you have teenagers demanding high-adrenalin activities or a toddler who loves splashing about in a pool.

Rhino Conservation Holidays in Africa

According to the African Wildlife Foundation, since the demand from Chinese medicine for lucrative rhino horn skyrocketed in the 1970s, the world’s rhino population has fallen by more than 90%. Today, only five species remain – all endangered – out of a former 30 which once roamed the planet, with only the white rhinoceros and even rarer black rhinoceros still in existence in Africa.

Flying Safaris in Africa – Africa from the Air

Africa is a land of rich natural beauty: verdant savannah and arid desert, lush wetlands and dramatic salt lakes, awe-inspiring falls and darkly beautiful coastlines. There are many ways of exploring the continent but flying safaris in Africa provide perhaps the most profound of viewpoints, where the vast scale and majesty of this iconic continent can be truly appreciated. See some of our recommended ‘bucket list’ sights and perhaps suggest some of your own.

Riding Safaris in Africa

Think of an African safari and the mind immediately conjures up sepia-infused images of travelling along dusty tracks in a purpose-built 4×4, with mile upon mile of Serengeti plains, the Okavango Delta and the Masai Mara stretching far into the distance, spotting herds of migrating wildebeest, rhino and zebra or catching a glimpse of elephants and lions as they roam their natural habitat. Yet, increasing numbers of intrepid holidaymakers are swapping vehicles for a more authentic type of horse power to experience the diverse and ever-breathtaking landscapes of Africa. Our Africa expert, Albee Yeend, explores some of the best places to experience a riding safari.