Going on your 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th safari

Hot tips:

  • Pay extra for a dedicated Land Rover all to yourself, so you can focus on observing wildlife and birds which interest you, and setting your own pace.
  • These kinds of safaris need a tour operator who really knows what they’re doing – drop me a line if you’d like me to introduce you to the best.

Been on safari before? Now’s the time for real adventure into the remote places of Africa, wilderness areas which few people have the privilege to ever see.

The safari business has grown rapidly over the past 20 years as more people get addicted to the restoring power of trips into the wild. The wonderful impact of this has been an expansion of the reserves supported by safari camps. By visiting them, you’re bringing dollars which help to fund conservation.

Desert experiences will yield less game but give you an extraordinary sense of peace in their dramatic landscapes – check out Tswalu, Namib desert, Etosha and the Kalahari Saltpans.

The Okavango Delta has perhaps Africa’s greatest wildlife amidst the most magnificent scenery, and vast wildlife areas extend to the north, south and east into the surrounding countries, including Chobe & surrounds, Lower Zambezi, Pamushana & surrounds, Zambian plains and Malawi. Many charter flights into these areas operate from Victoria Falls.

If your first safari was in South Africa, then maybe it’s time to head to East Africa – the scale of the migration through the Serengeti & Maasai Mara is mindblowing. Combine with the dramatic Ngorongoro Crater & surrounds or Ambroseli with its views of iconic Mount Kilimanjaro (I can recommend the climb, but that’s a trip on its own). Or go in search of the unusual species of Samburu & Laikipia near Mount Kenya.

There are new areas opening up on the frontiers of safari – Uganda, Rwanda, western Tanzania, south-eastern Angola, Madagascar and Congo. As I get to them, I’ll write more about them.