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The Ultimate African Safari Guide

Your guide to wildest Africa

What is an African safari all about?

“Africa – You can see a sunset and believe you have witnessed the Hand of God. You watch the slope lope of a lioness and forget to breathe. You marvel at the tripod of a giraffe bent to water. In Africa, there are iridescent blues on the wings of birds that you do not see anywhere else in nature. In Africa, in the midday heart, you can see blisters in the atmosphere. When you are in Africa, you feel primordial, rocked in the cradle of the world.”

Jodi Picoult (American author)

For us, a safari is more than an expedition or a trip to observe animals in their natural habitat. For us at Moriti, it’s about encapsulating that quote by Jodi Picoult and creating an individual experience that will make you understand why this place will never leave you once you get here. If we can make you love Africa, then our job of protecting her environment and animals is done. Yes, you buy a plane ticket, purchase insurance and plan another vacation… However, as our owner, Shaun Taylor says, “Nothing about an African safari is vacation-like, it is more a soulful sojourn to discover your freedom once again.”

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Reconnect with family & friends
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Best African Countries To Visit on Safari

South Africa

Africa's adventure capital

Welcome to the Rainbow Nation, where safari dreams come true amidst a kaleidoscope of wildlife, landscapes, and unforgettable experiences! If you’re ready for an adventure that combines the best of the wild with a touch of luxury, then hit us up and get ready to explore the magic of safaris in South Africa.

While You Are There: The two destinations that are a must are Kruger National Park and Cape Town. We also recommend Phinda Private Game Reserve and Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park, the former being one of the best reserves in Africa!

Next Stop: It is so easy to just pop over the border to any of the other Southern African countries so, the sky is the limit on this one!

Luxury safaris in Africa
Value For Money
Family safaris
Perfect for families
Private chef
Food & wine

Botswana

Africa's garden of Eden

Picture this: vast stretches of pristine wilderness, teeming with a breathtaking array of wildlife that roams freely in their natural habitat. Elephants ambling gracefully through the savannah, lions surveying their kingdom from sun-kissed ridges, and giraffes, with their elegant necks reaching for the sky like skyscrapers. But that’s just the tip of the safari iceberg in Botswana!

While You Are There: The two destinations that complement each other would be the indomitable Okavango Delta and The Linyanti/Savuti Marshes, part of Chobe National Park. To get an idea of how varied Botswana really is, teeming these destinations up with The Central Kalahari Game Reserve will certainly deliver.

Next Stop: Zimbabwe, Zambia or South Africa are just a hop, skip and jump with a valid passport over the river. Namibia is possible, with a relatively short drive from Kasane to the famous Caprivi Strip.

Open vehicle game drive safari
Amazing Sightings
Family safaris
Perfect for families
Mokoro safari
Unique Experiences

Zimbabwe & Zambia

Africa's wild backyard

Both countries offer a front-row seat to the drama of the African wilderness, where each day is a new chapter in a thrilling story of survival and beauty. So, whether you’re chasing waterfalls, searching for the Big Five, or simply soaking in the vibrant culture, Zimbabwe and Zambia have all the ingredients for an unforgettable safari experience that will leave you craving more.

While You Are There: Shoo, where do we start? Zimbabwe and Zambia have so much to offer and, from Victoria Falls, you can visit destinations such as Hwange National Park, Kariba Dam, Mana Pools National Park and, Zambia’s largest national park, Kafue. You could spend months out here!

Next Stop: South Africa and Botswana are so close, you could almost see them. Transfer and/or drives to and from daily make traversing very easy.

Private safaris
Varied Activities
Friends safari
Perfect for couples and friends
Adventure safaris
A serious adventure

Namibia

Africa's lonely island

As you traverse this enchanting country, you’ll discover that Namibia is not just a safari, it’s a dazzling odyssey into the heart of nature’s grand design. So, pack your sense of wonder, your spirit of adventure, and your camera, because Namibia’s safari experience is about to leave you awestruck and craving more!

While You Are There: Namibia has so many tricks up its sleeve, but few can argue that you cannot miss out on visiting Sossusvlei, The Skeleton Coast and of course, Etosha Game Reserve. All of these destinations offer something unique.

Next Stop: Namibia teams up well with South Africa as daily flights make it easy to move between the two. Once you are there, you need time to explore so make sure you come back again to visit our other destinations.

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Unique Sightings
Friends safari
Perfect for couples and friends
Open vehicle game drive safari
Varied excursions
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Best Time To Visit Africa on a safari

May to October
  • Vegetation is thin and wildlife viewing is easier
  • Virtually no rain, clear blue skies and lots of sunshine
  • Fewer mosquitoes
  • Although it is high season, the parks won’t be crowded, except for tourist attractions like Victoria Falls & Table Mountain
  • Victoria Falls is most spectacular from May through September
  • Early morning and evenings are cold
  • October is very hot
  • Rates are higher
  • From March to May massive clouds of spray will block the view of Victoria Falls
November to April
  • The rainy season turns everything green
  • Best time for birding safaris
  • Rains are mostly short afternoon showers and seldom ruin activities
  • Lodges and hotels are quieter
  • Rates are lower
  • Wildlife viewing can be quite slow as animals spread out
  • It gets very hot in December, January and February
  • Most parks and camps close down in Zambia
  • From October to December, the flow of the Zambezi river is at its lowest and Victoria Falls isn’t at its best

Our top tip, as you head further to Central Africa, the best times differ depending on where you are going. Please always check with us via email or WhatsApp and we would be happy to assist you

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Common Animals on a Safari in Africa

Young Male Lion
African Elephant
Cape Buffalo
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Hippo On The Lower Zambezi
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Frequently Asked Questions About safaris in Africa

From a general safety point of view, safaris are safe for tourists, and millions of visitors enjoy them each year without incident. Engaging with us will heighten the safety aspect as Moriti knows the best places to visit and the safest way to get there.

During activities, adhere to all instructions by your safari guides and hosts whether you are in the camp or on a game drive as their primary concern is your safety, and they have the experience to support it. The best advice we can give you … only food runs in Africa.

Concerning wild animals, many people believe that the most dangerous animals are predators (such as lions, leopards and hyenas). This is incorrect as they much prefer to munch on their natural prey, like a juicy zebra or a tantalizing wildebeest. Utilising the services of a private guide or host on safari will mean that all your animal interactions will be safe.

Ah, the age-old question: to malaria medication or not to malaria medication on safari? The answer is, it depends on your destination, the season, and your travel health advice.

So, channel your inner safari detective and do some research! Find out if your chosen safari destination is a mosquito hotspot. Check the season too; mosquitoes love to party during the rainy season.

Consult with a travel medicine expert who’s like the Yoda of safari health. They’ll guide you on whether you need to pop those malaria pills or not. But whatever you choose, let your safari be a malaria-free adventure of a lifetime!

These are the essential clothing items to make any safari more comfortable for you and your family:

  • Neutral-coloured clothing such as khaki, olive, and beige are recommended.
  • Lightweight, breathable fabrics like cotton or moisture-wicking materials to stay comfortable.
  • Long-sleeved shirts and pants provide protection from the sun, insects, and thorny vegetation.
  • Layered clothing as mornings and evenings in some safari regions can be cooler, so layering is essential.
  • A wide-brimmed hat provides shade for your face and neck, helping to protect you from the sun.
  • Swimsuit as some safari lodges and camps have swimming pools.

Remember, packing for a safari is about blending practicality and style. You’re not just packing bags, you’re preparing for a journey filled with incredible wildlife encounters, stunning landscapes, and unforgettable moments. Here are a few tips:

  • A soft-sided duffel bag is your go-to for bush flights and game drives. It’s flexible, fits in tight spots, and can carry all your essentials.
  • A camera bag or backpack as your gear deserves its own special home. A padded camera bag or backpack ensures your lenses, equipment and valuables stay safe during your photographic safari. It’s like a VIP suite for your camera gear.
  • A reusable water bottle to keep you hydrated like a true safari pro. It’s your eco-friendly companion for staying refreshed on hot African days.

Most safari flights restrict your check-in luggage to 20 kg (44 lbs) per person and 8 kg (18 lbs) for hand luggage per person.

If you want to bring your children on a safari, your choices will be more restricted due to two main reasons. First, some camps have a minimum age restriction to ensure their safety as some camps. The second barrier is that even if a camp does allow children, some will have a policy that children under a certain age must have a dedicated vehicle for game drives. For example, mum, dad and the 2 children have their own vehicle. This sounds ideal because you have a vehicle to yourself, but you will pay a surcharge per day. The reason for this policy is that children can be noisy, and one of the critical rules of game drives is that noise must be kept to a minimum. However, Moriti loves having kids on safari and we can fit around most families needs. We can thoroughly recommend a private safari though, it will include all of the above and make your safari 10 times more enjoyable.

Remember that safari accommodation is geared to adults wanting an escape from the pressures of modern, city living. Most safari rooms do not have televisions and some, have wifi only in the main areas which for modern kids, could mean more danger than the local wildlife.

Absolutely! Safaris can be an epic adventure for solo travellers, and they’re as safe as a lion in its favourite shady spot. You will get the chance to make a few new BFFs you’ll find your inner adventurer and reconnect with nature. It’s your chance to be the solo star of the safari show!

Accommodations on a safari are like the icing on the adventure cake… They come in various flavours, each with its unique charm and style.

  • Luxurious safari lodges are the dazzling gems of the savannah. Imagine opulent suites, private plunge pools, and gourmet meals served under the stars.
  • Safari chic glamping… Glamorous camping, anyone? These are luxurious canvas havens with cozy beds, en-suite bathrooms, and stunning views. It’s like camping in the lap of luxury.
  • Treehouses! Yes, you read that right, treehouses! Picture yourself sleeping high among the branches, with wildlife sounds as your lullaby. It’s like a grown-up, wild version of a childhood dream.
  • Mobile camps which move with the wildlife. It’s like having a front-row seat to nature’s epic theatre.
  • Rustic bush camps are for adventurous souls. These camps offer basic comforts in remote locations. It’s like going back to basics while still being one with nature. You would expect accommodation like this in all the national parks.

Please ensure you have fully comprehensive travel insurance covering you in the event of trip cancellation, trip delay or any serious illness or injury. Due to the remoteness of some of the locations, your travel insurance should cover you in the event of an emergency airlift/evacuation being required. Please also note that travel insurance should be purchased within 21 days of the initial trip deposit to cover any pre-existing conditions.

Absolutely! On safari, you can keep your gadgets charged and ready to capture every breathtaking moment. All safari accommodations will have charges of some kind, either electrical or solar. Some game vehicles will also have charging points as well because we are cool like that.

But wait, there’s more! While you’re out there in the wild, you’ll be so mesmerized by the stunning landscapes and incredible wildlife that you may find yourself needing to recharge your own sense of wonder too. So, go ahead, charge those devices and get ready to capture the adventure of a lifetime on your ‘electrifying’ safari!

Booking a safari is like securing a golden ticket to the wildest show on Earth! So, when’s the perfect time to snatch up that ticket and start counting down the days?

If you’re flexible with your travel dates and safari preferences, and you’re visiting during the low season or less busy times, you might be able to find last-minute availability. However, keep in mind that popular and sought-after accommodations tend to get booked well in advance.

Our advice is to secure your preferred safari experience and accommodations and to make the most of your trip, it’s advisable to book your safari at least 6 months or even 1 year in advance whenever possible.

A typical day on safari is like waking up to a symphony of the wild, with adventure around every corner.

  • Game drives are a sunrise and sunset serenade and this is because it is the best time of the day to spot the majority of the animals as it is cool and that’s when most are feeding or hunting. Sunrise, noooooooooo! It is worth it, trust us.
  • Enjoy a bush breakfast bonanza after an exhilarating morning game drive. Picture a delicious breakfast served in the bush, surrounded by nature’s beauty.
  • It’s siesta time as the sun climbs higher. Head back to your room for a rest, just like the big cats do. It’s like a midday safari catnap.
  • It’s then lunchtime laughter as you enjoy a hearty lunch while sharing stories of your morning adventures with fellow travellers or your family.
  • Evening entertainment begins back at camp after your game drive, it’s time for dinner under the stars. You’ll share your safari tales around the campfire. It’s like a nightly storytelling ritual, with the Milky Way as your backdrop.

And so, each day on safari is a captivating journey filled with wildlife wonders, culinary delights, and the magic of the African wilderness. It’s a symphony of experiences that leaves you longing for the next day’s encore.

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The Best African Safaris

Territorial Male Rhino

4 Day Kruger Park Safari

Enjoy open vehicle game drives out in the African bush with expert guides and trackers. Perfect for people wanting a less commercial experience. Rates start from ZAR 7,500 per person per night.
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Male Lions Phinda

Beach & Bush Heritage Safari

We turn the cultural tone up a few notches with a tailored vacation around Africa's big game and the warm Indian Ocean. Rates start from ZAR 8,800 per person per night.
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Family Safari Coffee Stop

Best Of Zimbabwe Safari

This 10-day safari explores Hwange National Park, Mana Pools National Park and Victoria Falls. Rates start from USD 1,050 per person per day.
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