How to Choose the Best Safari Tour?

Do you want to experience the ultimate safari but you don’t know what to look for and how to choose the right trip that ticks all your boxes?

Embarking on a safari adventure is a dream for many travelers. The idea of witnessing majestic wildlife in their natural habitat, experiencing breathtaking landscapes, and immersing yourself in the heart of Africa’s wilderness is undeniably enticing. However, planning the perfect safari can be a daunting task, given the plethora of options available. To help you make the best choice, we’ve compiled a comprehensive guide on how to choose the best safari experience. Or simply pickup the phone and call us. As African experts, we love helping you find the perfect trip!

1. Determine Your Safari Goals

The first step in selecting the ideal safari is to define your goals and expectations. Are you primarily interested in wildlife photography, birdwatching, or simply observing the Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, and rhinoceros)? Your preferences will influence the type of safari you should consider.

2. Choose the Right Destination

Africa offers a wide range of safari destinations, each with its unique charm and wildlife. Popular choices include:

  • Kenya: Known for the Maasai Mara and the Great Migration. Excellent value for money
  • Tanzania: Home to the Serengeti and the iconic Ngorongoro Crater. A little bit more expensive than Kenya
  • South Africa: Offers diverse landscapes and is ideal for foodies and the active traveler
  • Botswana: Known for pristine wilderness and water-based safaris in the Okavango Delta. More expensive than Tanzania and Kenya
  • Namibia: Famous for otherworldly landscapes like the Namib Desert and Etosha National Park. Ideal for self drive travelers and the ones that love road tripping (distances are far)
  • Zambia: Offers walking safaris and excellent wildlife. Distances are far so best for fly in safaris and travelers with a budget
  • Zimbabwe: Home to Hwange National Park and the majestic Victoria Falls. Excellent wildlife and perfect for fly in safaris

Consider factors such as the time of year, weather conditions, and the specific wildlife you want to see when choosing your destination.

3. Safari Type

Safaris come in various forms, catering to different preferences:

  • Game Drives: The most common safari experience, where you explore the wilderness in a 4×4 vehicle with a knowledgeable guide;
  • Walking Safaris: Ideal for those who want a more intimate experience with nature. You’ll explore on foot with a guide;
  • Boat Safaris: Perfect for observing wildlife around water bodies like rivers and lakes;
  • Balloon Safaris: A unique way to view wildlife and landscapes from above;
  • Mobile Camping Safaris: These offer a more rustic, adventurous experience, with camps moving to different locations;
  • Overland Group Safaris: one big adventure truck, many nationalities, most likely a multi country trip where you can experience a little bit of all of the above. The most economic way of experiencing Afria;
  • Self drive safari: drive with your own 4×4 rental car through the parks and most likelt sleep in your rooftop tent

Choose the type of safari that aligns with your interests and comfort level.

4. Accommodation

Safari accommodations range from luxury lodges and tented camps to budget-friendly options. Your choice will affect the overall comfort and ambiance of your trip. Consider what level of comfort and amenities you desire, and check reviews and ratings to ensure the quality meets your expectations.

5. Duration

Safari durations can vary from a single day to several weeks. The length of your safari should align with your interests, budget, and available time. Keep in mind that longer safaris often provide a more immersive experience.

6. Budget

Safaris can be expensive, so it’s essential to establish a budget early in the planning process. Consider all costs, including accommodations, park fees, transportation, and tips for guides and staff. Be prepared to make trade-offs between luxury and budget-conscious options.

7. Research Operators and Guides

Choose a reputable safari operator with a track record of ethical and sustainable practices. Experienced guides can enhance your safari experience by sharing their knowledge and insights about the local flora and fauna. As African Travels, we have chosen our partners carefully based on service, price, knowlegde and sustainability. Many of them have become more family than collegues.

8. Timing

The timing of your safari is crucial, as it can significantly impact your wildlife sightings. Research the best time to visit your chosen destination to maximize your chances of seeing specific animals or witnessing extraordinary natural events.

9. Health and Safety

Ensure you are up to date on vaccinations, have the necessary travel insurance, and are aware of any health precautions for your destination. Also, research the safety situation in the region you plan to visit.

10. Responsible Tourism

We are all about making sure future generations can also experience th beauty of Africa. We choose operators that operate in the most sustainable way, that prioritize responsible tourism practices, such as minimizing environmental impact, supporting local communities, and participating in conservation efforts.


Choosing the best safari experience involves careful planning and consideration of your goals, destination, budget, and personal preferences. By following these steps and conducting thorough research, you can create an unforgettable safari adventure that not only satisfies your wanderlust but also contributes to the preservation of Africa’s remarkable wildlife and ecosystems. Remember, the best safari is the one that aligns with your interests and leaves you with a profound appreciation for the natural world. With our knowlegde and your input we can quickly match you with the best trip that ticks all your boxes. Our aim is that every traveler has the best African experience. Contact us today or call us!