The word “safari” comes from the Arabic word: Safara, which, in English, roughly translates to Journey – and as is expected with all journeys: strange sights, new realizations, and greater perspectives are all guaranteed. The person you are after the safari isn’t the same person you were before it, and it’s in this way that safaris seem to have an almost magical appeal; to go into nature, to observe it, and to be swept away by its simplicity and beauty – there really is nothing quite like it. Unfortunately, there are many travelers who think this journey is meant to be difficult or uncomfortable. This simply isn’t true, and there are many incredible safaris eager to show you why luxury and style deserve to be a part of your journey.
Etosha National Park, Namibia
Situated in Northwestern Namibia, The Etosha National Park is home to a massive variety of wildlife. The Park also features uniquely floodlit waterholes at each of its main camps so you won’t ever have to worry about it being too dark to see any of the animals. Inside the park itself are a variety of different camps ranging from simplistic self-catering all the way to state of the art luxury. Walk out onto your private pool deck and admire the African sunset, cascading over and across the Namibian expanse.
Kwande Private Game Reserve, South Africa
Nature and Luxury meet at this incredible South African game reserve. Located in the country’s Eastern Cape region, the reserve itself has only twenty-six rooms which are split amongst five award-winning safari villas and lodges. Kwande is also home to “The Big 5” (Elephant, Rhino, Lion, Leopard, and Cape Buffalo) which means that the safari itself will have you on the edge of your seat, focused, excited, and looking to spot the animals all around you.
Okavango Delta, Botswana
Described as “Africa’s Last Eden”, the Okavango Delta was actually created by the Okavango River, which flows from the Angolan Highlands, across Namibia’s Caprivi Strip, and through to the Kalahari Desert. This river has allowed for the flourishing of an incredible ecosystem with more than a few sights to see. Boasting some of the most desired accommodation in the safari circuit, sit back on your private porch in style while African Buffalo run across the fields, and Nile Crocodiles lurk in the waters.
Thanda Island, Tanzania
Thanda Island is situated in the Indian Ocean, just off the East Coast of Tanzania. This uniquely private and fervently stylish lodge, which actually happens to be both a private island and a luxury big 5 game reserve experience, promises an authentic and truly South African wildlife showing. With a passion for environmental conservation, luxury, adventure, and close-up encounters, Thanda Island reminds us why they’re considered one of the world’s top safari destinations.
Angama Mara, Kenya
Since it seems we’re partly on the theme of explaining words, it’s appropriate that we mention that Angama Mara, when translated from the original Swahili, means to be “suspended in mid-air”. Located high above Africa’s stunning Rift Valley, Angama Mara hovers above the nature. This gives you, the guest, an opportunity quite unlike anything else — two intimate camps, hot air ballooning, close-up walking safaris, and an experience both wholly African and uniquely Kenyan.
Sabi Sands Game Reserve, South Africa
Boasting some of the best Big Five game-viewing on the continent, Sabi Sands Game Reserve offers both diversity of wildlife (thanks, in large part, to the Sand and Sabi rivers which supply enough water for all the varied animals), as well as the feeling of true immersion amongst the animals. Due to years of safari exposure, most of the animals feel comfortable around vehicles; needless to say, this leads to some interesting situations, ones in which you’ll be getting right up close to nature like never before. Trying to spot the Big Five? At Sabi Sands they come to you.
And so our safara ends. There is something inherently magical about waking up before the sun rises, climbing aboard a vehicle, and driving across the plains of Africa to see the amazing creatures which roam its lands. When you’re deep in the Safari, you realize that the animals aren’t concerned with all your stresses and worries, you realize that there’s more to life than the emails in your inbox, or that text on your cellphone; you realize that life itself is a journey, and that this is one safari you don’t want to miss out on — and that’s a reminder we all need from time to time!