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6 different ways to go on safari
 
If you’re lucky enough ever to go on safari, chances are you’ll be safely sitting in the back of a game truck with your camera and binoculars at the ready. Nothing wrong with that. There are, however, an increasing number of compelling alternatives for getting out and mingling with the Big Five (and friends). Here are our suggestions.
This elegant camp – owned by Kenyan legend Willie Roberts – is blessed with prolific game; in mere days you might see each of the Big Five, including both kinds of rhino, cheetah and leopard. Sirikoi feels like a home, thanks to the capacious living spaces, polished staff and really...
A small, opulent game lodge in a private game reserve outside the western Kruger National Park, this is for those who want to see the Big Five while staying in extreme luxury. Each of the six grand suites has private dip pools, spacious indoor and outdoor living areas, and beautifully...
This luxurious but simply designed camp is in a 60,000-hectare private concession in the north west of the Okavango, bordering the Moremi Game Reserve. Game is excellent, and water activities are the draw here, with safaris by traditional mokoro and speedboat, as well as on shore at Hunda Island, where...
On the Luangwa River, beautifully rustic Tafika is, unusually, an owner-run camp (their home for 17 years) exuding warmth and intimacy. With all the comforts couples or families need but without overindulgent opulence, Tafika provides a rare connection with the bush. Some of Zambia’s best guides lead walking safaris to...
This, the oldest African elephant camp on the continent, specialises in elephant-backed safaris and allows interactions between guests and the great tuskers – its seven great, tusked creatures are trained to transport guests through the delta, so they can spot game from above. It’s one of the most expensive camps,...
The private, 130,000-hectare Grumeti Reserve borders the world famous Serengeti; game is prolific, including the Big Seven, and the great migration passes by in July and August. Sasakwa is one of only three lodges in the reserve – meaning all the game without the crowds. This grand colonial-style lodge, situated...