What are the Different Types of Safari Available in Africa?
As Africa has developed as a travel destination, so has the range of different safari types. As you browse this website, you will notice us making reference to different ‘types’ of safari. As a broad classification, below is an overview of each:
The Fly-In Safaris
This is the easiest way to get from A to B quickly, maximizing time spent in the wilderness for your African safari experience. You will make use of charter or scheduled aircraft to fly directly to your safari lodge of choice, where your safari ranger will be waiting for you for the start of your safari. Game drives are conducted using vehicles and guides located at the lodge. Fly-In safaris are available in every destination we specialise in, and in some areas, they are the only option available.
Private Guided Safaris
Safari365 makes use of guides to accompany you for the duration of your safari, where you can enjoy freedom on safari with your own vehicle and private guide. Guides have immense knowledge of the intricacies of the African bush which they impart on your safari, bringing the destination to life. Safari365 will pre-plan your itinerary and your guide will accompany you for the duration of your safari. The range of caliber of guides is immense, and some of the most sought after of Africa's guides cost in excess of US$ 500 per day they accompany you. In other instances (especially our East Africa safari departures), the guides are local Tanzanian drivers and guides, costing far less for the use of their services but still offering outstanding knowledge and skill.
Scheduled Departure Safaris
Designed to get the most value out of your safari for the best possible price, these safaris visit prime wildlife areas but generally travel on group basis (where a number of strangers may travel together with the same interest or goal in mind) These safaris depart on pre-determined dates with a set itinerary routing.
Most common in South Africa and Namibia, these safaris make use of excellent road networks and game reserves well suited to independent travel. On a self-drive safari you explore at your own speed on your own steam. This is a well priced alternative (and a great way to explore South Africa’s Garden Route), but you will miss wildlife viewing opportunities in the wilderness areas that you will experience in the company of a qualified guide.
Any number of sub-set of safaris have become available. As the names suggest, these may be Birding Safaris, Horse-riding Safaris, Photographic Safaris, Canoe Safaris etc. Speak to us for specialist itineraries for each.
Fly Camping Safaris
Often used in conjunction to walking safaris, fly camping is a minimalist camping experience in total contact with nature. By day you walk with qualified guides, by night you sleep out under the stars with a lightweight and mobile tent erected for the evening.