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Safari Guide Training

Safari Guide Training

Safari guide training is gaining popularity as an alternative to a traditional safari. Instead of sitting in the back of a 4X4 and listening to all the information, travellers are now immersing themselves in experience by learning, training and practicing how to become professional safari guides.

African Bicycle Safaris

African Bicycle Safaris

Much of your African safari is enjoyed from a vehicle so why not diversify your experience by swopping four wheels for two. Bicycle safaris are fast becoming a feature of activities offered across Africa and deliver a different perspective to the environment.

image showing a tree at sunset in the Masai Mara in Kenya

Kenya’s Masai Mara & Private Conservancies

Our team travelled to East Africa to explore and learn. To make sure our travel recommendations are as good as we say they are. During October Marleen explored Kenya; starting at the famous Masai Mara and more north to the Lewa and Ol Pejeta conservancies.

Luxury Train Travel in Africa

Luxury Train Travel in Africa

Train travel is truly about the journey. Step aboard and the experience begins: you’ll enjoy top service, fine dining and great South African wine plus all the fineries of luxury travel like air-conditioned suites and room service.

Want to know more about the Shoebill?

Want to know more about the Shoebill?

In serious bird watching circles, the Shoebill Stork (Balaeniceps rex) is known as a ‘Mega Tick’ or even a ‘Lifer’, conveying the magnitude of such a sighting on one’s life list of recorded species. Birds like these are hard to find: they are rare – the Shoebill is listed as Endangered.

Southern Tanzania and Zanzibar

Southern Tanzania and Zanzibar

“Everything in Africa bites, but the safari bug is worst of all” – Brian Jackman. And would only add: “The only antidote is to go back on safari again and again.” So this time Sabrina and her husband ventured to East Africa, specifically to Southern Tanzania and Zanzibar.

Africa Marathons and Safaris

Africa Marathons and Safaris

The timing of the best African marathons, held in iconic destinations from Cape Town to Mount Kilimanjaro, coincides nicely with some safari highlights across both East and Southern Africa, so it makes a lot of sense to combine your African marathon with a safari.

Green Season Safari: Southern vs East Africa

Green Season Safari: Southern vs East Africa

Africa’s Green Seasons are synonymous with some of the year’s most exciting wildlife events – great migrations of antelope and zebra, the mass birthing of animals, the appearance of migrant birds, and the enrichment of the landscape with colour and form.

Adding Whales & Flowers to your Safari

Adding Whales & Flowers to your Safari

As the savannah landscapes dry up across Southern Africa, the opposite is happening in the South Africa’s Western Cape: colourful sunbirds and sugarbirds take advantage of bright flowering winter-aloes and the ocean welcomes the southern right whales, migrating from the Antarctic to the Cape.

Secret Safari: Kalahari Zebra Migration

Secret Safari: Kalahari Zebra Migration

Who would think that Africa’s second biggest zebra migration happens in the Kalahari Desert? In fact, if you want to see zebra herds rivalled only by those of East Africa’s mighty migration – then you need to go to Botswana’s Kalahari Desert.

Our Hidden Gems of Zambia

Our Hidden Gems of Zambia

Where does the traveller look for a more off-the-beaten-path safari experience? Those who want something a bit different, perhaps unique, and definitely without any crowds… Let’s open Zambia’s natural treasure box and find those hidden gems.

Zanzibar Safari & Beach: what you need to know

Zanzibar Safari & Beach: what you need to know

Many African destinations sell themselves as a safari and beach combination but few do it with such scale and authenticity as Tanzania and Zanzibar. Let’s take a closer look at Zanzibar Island. It is actually the biggest island in the Zanzibar Archipelago…

Africa’s Best Canoe Safaris

Africa’s Best Canoe Safaris

So here’s the dilemma: you are planning an African safari and want a bit of adventure and a lot of wildlife. But you’d also like to reduce your impact on the environment you are visiting. And it wouldn’t hurt to have a comfortable bed and good food too…

Changing Conservation: Gonarezhou

Changing Conservation: Gonarezhou

Gonarezhou is the second biggest national park in Zimbabwe but chances are you’ve never heard of it. It’s a wildlife reserve with all the animals you’d expect – elephants, lions, hippo, buffalo – but it’s also the place where a revolution in conservation was born.

The Cape Winelands by Bike

The Cape Winelands by Bike

As sure as wine and cheese go together, the Cape Winelands is a destination that combines naturally with two wheels. After all, if you are there to taste wine then you certainly don’t want to be driving a car and it probably wouldn’t be a bad idea to put in a little exercise too.

Nature Unleashed: Madagascar Masoala Forest

Nature Unleashed: Madagascar Masoala Forest

Lying on Madagascar’s north-eastern coast, Masoala is a World Heritage Site and protects the greatest area of lowland rainforest in the country as well as mangrove swamps and coral reefs. At the heart of it is Masoala Forest Lodge…

Five Star Guiding at Mana Pools

Five Star Guiding at Mana Pools

It may be stating the obvious but your Safari experience depends to a large degree on the quality of your guides. Of course there are great guides all across Africa but if you are looking for the most experienced and the most highly trained, then look no further than the guides of Zimbabwe.

Saddle up: Okavango Delta Horseback Safari

Saddle up: Okavango Delta Horseback Safari

Horseback safaris offer you the chance to ride alongside antelope, zebra and giraffe instead of disturbing them. It’s a great way to see birds and small animals going about their business as well as the African heavyweights – elephant, buffalo and rhino – in a natural, relaxed setting.

Best Photography Hides in Southern Africa

Best Photography Hides in Southern Africa

Photography hides are changing the face of an African safari. Available at a few select lodges, they provide the wildlife photographer – beginner or professional – with the perfect foil to traditional game drives and walks. Photographic hides are all about letting the wildlife come to you…

Back to basics: Safari Sleep-outs & Fly Camping

Back to basics: Safari Sleep-outs & Fly Camping

Sleep under a canopy of stars and wake up to simplicity: a basin of hot water and fresh coffee. The rising African sun floods the landscape with golden light, and your guide and vehicle are ready for the new day’s adventure.

Africa’s fives: the Big, Small & Ugly

Africa’s fives: the Big, Small & Ugly

Africa’s Big Five are easy to find if you go to the right places. Not so the Small Five – creatures that require a slower pace and a keener eye to spot. You will, however, have an easier time ticking off the members of Africa’s Ugly Five, animals that perhaps only their mother could love…

Congo Safari: Understanding the Congo

Congo Safari: Understanding the Congo

The Congo. No other destination in Africa has a greater name-resonance. A land of rainforest, rivers & swamps, thunderstorms & heat. And a place of astonishing wildlife: monkeys, forest elephants & buffalo as well as gorillas & pangolins and the extraordinary bongo antelope.

Photographic Safaris & Camera Rental

Photographic Safaris & Camera Rental

They say everyone is a photographer these days, thanks to hi-tech digital cameras and online editing tools. But good cameras and the lenses suitable for wildlife photography can be ferociously expensive. Make it easy on yourself with one of Africa’s photographic safaris.

Easy Guide to Africa’s Safari Seasons

Easy Guide to Africa’s Safari Seasons

How do you decide in which season to go on safari? There are seasonal events such as wildlife migrations and then there are different climatic periods, typically a dry season and a wet season, but some destinations even have two wet seasons! Our knowledgeable team comes to the rescue!

Rise & Fall: How the Okavango Delta “works”

Rise & Fall: How the Okavango Delta “works”

If you’re planning a safari to Botswana’s Okavango Delta, then it’s a good idea to understand how it works. This way you can safely set your expectations concerning the wildlife you may see or the activities you will be able to do…

Room with a View: Africa’s Top 10 Star beds

Room with a View: Africa’s Top 10 Star beds

We go on safari to see wildlife during the day but Africa’s main show is at night. Elevate your safari experience with a night in a Star bed; they are available only at certain lodges across Africa but we’ve made it easy for you with our choice of Africa’s Top 10 star beds right here.

Accessible Safaris

Accessible Safaris

Many safari travellers visit both East and Southern Africa but not many have done it confined to a wheelchair. But Tineke Dirks from the Netherlands has, and is happy to prove that it is completely possible.

Wild Night: a Salt Pan Sleep-out

Wild Night: a Salt Pan Sleep-out

Sure there are safari lodges in the Kalahari but what about really sleeping out? As in under the stars. And what stars there are. The area is called the Makgadikgadi Pans (try Ma-ghadi-ghadi as the pronunciation). There are two salt pans, and they are surrounded by classic Kalahari savannah…

Top 5 Luxurious Beach Holidays in Mozambique

Top 5 Luxurious Beach Holidays in Mozambique

Safari Online’s Top 5 luxurious beach holidays in Mozambique: we’ve seen them for ourselves and rate them as much for their comfort and cuisine as the range of activities that they offer. Pop on a sun hat and have a look for yourself.

From Desert to Delta: Tsodilo Hills & Okavango

From Desert to Delta: Tsodilo Hills & Okavango

Botswana’s Tsodilo Hills are more than just a geological oddity. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001, this is a place of deep spiritual and cultural significance for the indigenous San (Bushman) people and they have left behind a great treasure. Not gold or silver, but art…

Botswana multi-generational Family Safari

Botswana multi-generational Family Safari

A Botswana multi-generational family safari is one long remembered. Big cats at dawn; elephants at the waterhole; sunset drinks on the river – your family will be talking about this holiday for years to come.

Exclusive Use Safari Camps in Southern Africa

Exclusive Use Safari Camps in Southern Africa

One of the fastest growing travel trends in Southern Africa is for exclusive use safari camps, for an unbeatable safari experience for families with children & groups of friends. Fully serviced and very comfortable, these camps are found across Botswana, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Best South Africa Malaria-free Safari Reserves

Best South Africa Malaria-free Safari Reserves

Whether it’s the Kruger or Kenya, an African safari usually carries a risk of malaria. And while the risk of contracting malaria on safari is generally very low, a South Africa malaria-free safari is your chance to visit genuine Big 5 reserves with no risk of malaria at all.

Counting the Giants: an Aerial Whale Survey

Counting the Giants: an Aerial Whale Survey

Southern Right whales visiting the coastline of South Africa’s Western Cape have been recorded in a recent aerial survey & the results not only give us an idea about how many there are but also where they are most easily seen. And it’s all pointing to one place.

Karina’s Fly-in Botswana Safari

Karina’s Fly-in Botswana Safari

From 21st to 29th August 2021, our travel-specialist Karina traveled to Botswana and its top safari regions: Central Kalahari, Magkadigkadi, Okavango Delta, Moremi and Chobe’s Savuti and River. We do regular site inspections to ensure our travel recommendations are as good as we say they are.

Shinde: Diamond in the Delta

Shinde: Diamond in the Delta

Deciding which safari camp to visit in Botswana’s Okavango Delta is not always easy: do you go to a water camp or a land camp? At Shinde you get both: year-round water activities plus day & night game drives in wildlife-rich private reserve.

Rhino Conservation Safari & Conservation Week

Rhino Conservation Safari & Conservation Week

A unique rhino experience gives you the chance to play your part in their continued survival. Malaria-free Marataba is offering a unique Rhino Conservation Week, split into two experiences of three nights each. See when…

Under a Sky of Stars: Kubu Island

Under a Sky of Stars: Kubu Island

Kubu Island is simply one of those amazing places for landscape and astrophotography. I have quite an obsession with astrophotography and “shooting” the stars at Kubu has long been on my bucket list. Due to the remote location of Kubu, there is hardly any light pollution.

Exclusive Use Safari Camps in East Africa

Exclusive Use Safari Camps in East Africa

Planning a safari to East Africa as a group of friends or intergenerational family? What about a safari that runs to your own schedule? You’ll get private guides and vehicles plus an entire safari camp to yourselves, complete with chef, housekeeping staff and child minders if you need them.

Top 10 Garden Route family activities

Top 10 Garden Route family activities

You’d expect such a well-loved family holiday destination to have plenty of things to see and do, and you’d be right. Set in a malaria-free landscape of sandy beaches and rolling mountain ranges, Garden Route family activities range from whale watching and interactions with friendly elephants.

Top 10 Cape Town activities for families

Top 10 Cape Town activities for families

South Africa’s leading holiday destination, Cape Town’s unique location means a truly amazing range of activities for families. It’s a city where you can walk on mountains, play on beaches and enjoy wildlife, adventure and cultural tours.

Bucket List Africa – 15 Incredible Experiences

Bucket List Africa – 15 Incredible Experiences

Table Mountain, Victoria Falls, gorilla trekking and the Serengeti Migration – if Africa doesn’t hold the record for most bucket-list destinations in one continent then it surely lays claim to the most spectacular and unique ones. Check your Africa bucket list with ours and see if you agree!

South Africa Safari & Malaria

South Africa Safari & Malaria

First the good news: malaria in South Africa is restricted to a very small area of the country and is seasonally driven. In fact, you can enjoy a South Africa safari and avoid malaria entirely: there are many malaria-free reserves across the country which offer excellent Big 5 game viewing.

Madikwe Family Safari

Madikwe Family Safari

The Kohrs family share their thoughts on their safari experience at the Madikwe Game Reserve in South Africa. Travelling with their two children aged 2 and 4, they had a fantastic time: find out about the lodges they visited, what made their stay excellent and what to consider when travelling on safari with kids.

Children’s Activities in Victoria Falls

Children’s Activities in Victoria Falls

Whether you’re bringing toddlers or teenagers, the range of children’s activities in Victoria Falls makes it the perfect destination for a family safari. These activities are professionally run, age-appropriate and create life-long memories.

Okavango Delta with Children

Okavango Delta with Children

A safari to Botswana’s Okavango Delta with children promises to be a memorable family holiday. An unspoilt landscape of lazy lagoons and grazing grasslands, the Okavango Delta is home to abundant wildlife ranging from elephants and big cats to monkeys and mongooses.

Botswana malaria risk for children

Botswana malaria risk for children

Planning a Botswana family safari & need to know about malaria? Read about reducing the malaria risk for children here. Botswana is a country mostly free of nasty diseases and natural disasters but there is a malaria risk for children and adults.

Travelling to Botswana with children (Ages 6+)

Travelling to Botswana with children (Ages 6+)

Families travelling to Botswana with children aged six plus will find it easier than those with very young children: there are more destinations to choose from, more accommodation options and more time in the year in which to travel.

Travelling to Botswana with toddlers & babies

Travelling to Botswana with toddlers & babies

Travelling to Botswana with toddlers and babies on safari may seem a daunting prospect but with a bit of planning it is much easier than you think. For a safe and rewarding Botswana safari with activities for the whole family, it’s simply a question of when you go and where you go.

Is Botswana Safe for Children?

Is Botswana Safe for Children?

Botswana is a country full of big wild animals and remote destinations; the first question I was asked as a guide by concerned parents was – naturally – is Botswana safe for children? Yet it is a country that has been safely delivering family safaris for decades.

Why book an African Safari (Especially Now)?

Why book an African Safari (Especially Now)?

What was the thing you craved most while under the recent Covid-induced lockdown? Open, sunny skies is my guess, and although it seems impossible when contemplating the four walls of your current position, there’s nothing much sunnier or more open than the African sky.

Kids Activities in Botswana

Kids Activities in Botswana

One of the major attractions of a Botswana family safari is the range of activities on offer, especially in private concessions. These are exclusive-use, privately managed reserves where guests have access to a wider range of activities than in the national parks. You’ll enjoy day and night game drives as well as fishing trips, guided walks, motor-boating, and adventures by mokoro.

Safari Vehicles in East Africa

Safari Vehicles in East Africa

Since you’ll be spending much of your time sitting in one, it pays to know what kind of vehicle you can expect on your East Africa safari. Rugged and with four-wheel drive obviously, but what about ease of viewing and comfort?

Tanzania and Kenya honeymoon safari

Tanzania and Kenya honeymoon safari

Thrills beyond those you could imagine, luxurious accommodation out in the wild, and experiences that cannot rivalled… those are the ingredients for the perfect honeymoon. And you will undoubtedly find all of that with a Tanzania and Kenya honeymoon safari.

Where to Honeymoon in Africa?

Where to Honeymoon in Africa?

In this blog, we’ll be highlighting some of the most exciting and gorgeous destinations for honeymooners. And the best part is that you’ll find that there are many honeymoon specials reserved for newlyweds. So, if you’re wanting to know where to honeymoon in Africa, read on.

Chobe Ballooning from May 2020

Chobe Ballooning from May 2020

Experience Chobe Ballooning, in one of Africa’s great wilderness destinations, epitomises the very best of game viewing, flying over a vast concession known as the Seloko Plains in the Chobe Region of Botswana. It’s the ideal opportunity for us to share with our guests the wonders of the Chobe Region from a completely different perspective.

Okavango Delta Activities

Okavango Delta Activities

Okavango Delta activities are a range of motorised and non-motorised excursions, all of which are led by professional guides. A lodge’s location will dictate what activities it offers. Camps based on permanent water focus on water activities while those in drier areas specialise in game drives.

Kenya Safari Tour

Kenya Safari Tour

I traveled to Kenya from the 20th June to the 30th June 2019 and explored the three top safari regions in Kenya. The regions that where included on my Kenya Safari tour were the Amboseli NP, Laikipia region and the Masai Mara Reserve.

Cape Town Hiking

Cape Town Hiking

Hiking trails criss-cross the peninsula and include the most iconic destinations: Table Mountain of course, but also Lion’s Head, Cape Point and – beyond Cape Town – the Cape Winelands and Whale Route. Different kinds of hikes too: half-day and full-day hiking; easy, moderate or challenging hikes; and walks focussed on wildlife or bird watching.

Okavango Delta Ballooning

Okavango Delta Ballooning

Experience Okavango Delta Ballooning, in one of Africa’s great wilderness destinations, epitomises the very best of game viewing, flying over a landscape flooded with water and winding channels, dotted with islands, and combined with large expanses of woodland forests. This age old ballooning adventure explores the Okavango Delta in a completely unique way offering a […]

African Travel Calendar

African Travel Calendar

If you’re planning to travel to Africa, then it pays to know what happens where and when. A continent of dazzling diversity, Africa is a destination where each month delivers something special; the trick is to match your month of travel with the best experience at that time. Use our African Travel Calendar – a month by month guide.

Livingstone Island Tour

Livingstone Island Tour

The Livingstone Island tour is offered 5 times on a daily basis. A twin-engine boat will take you on a thrilling journey through the fast-moving channels of the Zambezi River. On the island you will be given a guided tour, learning about its history from ancient times when it served as a sacrificial site to the present day and its World Heritage status.

Botswana Houseboat Safari

Botswana Houseboat Safari

Providing a unique river-based experience, a Botswana houseboat safari is ideal for discerning safari travellers and those in search of a more intimate and unusual approach to a safari. Usually a chef, guide and housekeeper ensure guests want for nothing, and the focus in on a personalised stay. Guests aboard a Botswana Houseboat can look forward to plenty of rest and relaxation.

Mahale Chimp Trekking

Mahale Chimp Trekking

Mahale Chimp Trekking in Tanzania is a lifetime experience. The Mahale Mountains which are home to the world’s largest known population of chimpanzees, with approximately 1000 individuals inhabiting the national park. Once you’ve found the Mahale Chimps you’ll have 1 hour to hang out with them and watch as they play, groom and forage on the floor around you.

Rubondo Island Chimpanzees

Rubondo Island Chimpanzees

The group of 16 Rubondo Island chimpanzees who were originally rescued and introduced onto the island were raised in European zoos. Many of the safari guests wonder how the chimps arrived on the island in the first place.

Ngorongoro Crater Rim or Karatu

Ngorongoro Crater Rim or Karatu

Magnificently panoramic and packed with wildlife, the Ngorongoro Crater is one of Tanzania’s most iconic safari destinations and perhaps the easiest place in Africa to see the Big Five – lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo. But you need to make a decision about where to stay. Ngorongoro accommodation is neatly divided into two groups: […]

Serengeti Calving Season

Serengeti Calving Season

If you’ve ever wondered why nearly two million wildebeest put themselves through the ordeal of the migration every year, then the Serengeti calving season will show you why. The southern plains of the Serengeti turn green after the November rains and fresh grazing is just what the wildebeest need for their energy-demanding calving season: several hundred […]

Great Migration River Crossings

Great Migration River Crossings

It is early July in the northern Serengeti and the first few wildebeest are arriving at the banks of the Mara and Grumeti Rivers. More wildebeest quickly pile up behind them, shuffling nervously and peering closely at the murky brown water. None of them enters the river yet. Having eaten their way across the Serengeti […]

Lower Zambezi Fly Camping

Lower Zambezi Fly Camping

These are the only camps in the Lower Zambezi Valley to offer a location quite like that of these Islands. Set up on two private islands in the Lower Zambezi the Fly Camping Safari experience is a back to nature wilderness adventure. Game viewing is totally flexible but is primarily on foot or on the canoes; Game Drives, Boat Cruises, […]

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Best trip I have ever been on. Highly recommend.

Would highly recommend. Safari online asked questions when booking and were efficient and knew exactly what we were looking for in terms of accommodation and animals were wanted to see. Gave advice on a few little extras with no pressure, which we did and am very grateful which make trip even more exciting. Would definitely recommend booking with them.

It was a safari of a lifetime and exceeded all of our expectations!

Our mom grew up in Central and South Africa so we had visited the continent many times. My sister and I wanted to take our teens and husbands to Africa to experience the magic. We had a limited budget but big and specific expectations and by some miracle Walter was able to manage both.

Heather (USA)
An incredibly well organised tour with no hassles whatsoever.

Safari Online understood our needs and was able to present us with sensible options to choose from. It was evident that this tour operator has knowledgable and experienced agents who can arrange a seemless tour. We were provided with a professional online itinary which was comprehensive and easy to use, knew exactely what to expect, and encountered no stumble blocks along the way.

Gwen (AU)
Professional, quick and top of the edge service!!!

From the very first contact we’re very happy about the respond time and quality of information from safari-online.com. Based on the received first tailor-made quote, which is a weblink with all the details about the flights, photos of the lodges etc. we knew that this is “our” partner for this trip. Our expectations were excelled!!!

Lukas (Germany)
Safari Online were extremely efficient and absolutely charming to work with.

Our 28-day itinerary took us to South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Botswana. A magnificent and unforgettable adventure. Everything ran smoothly and efficiently from the flights, transfers, rides, connections, etc. Absolutely wonderful! Can’t thank them enough!

Ann and Mario (Canada)
Professional, patient, efficient and responsive. Met all our travel needs and requirements spot on

Communication was excellent – I asked A LOT of questions and did a ton of research myself and Walter was extremely patient with me and very responsive. he was straight forward and extremely professional. Tour itself was excellent – an incredible experience and one never to be forgotten. Everything was spot on.

Neena
Walter has always been an excellent communicator and has supported us fully

We have been to Africa for 24 of the last 27 years so know a bit about what is involved. Walter has arranged the details for the last couple of years, and has done a superb job. He is always quick to respond and comes up with answers immediately……..no evasive tactics, always head-on!

Roger (UK)
Safari Online made our fantastic family holiday dream come true!!

Safari Online have been nothing but professional and incredible from the time we made our first enquiry to the last day of our stunning holiday. Nothing was too much trouble for Walter. We are now starting to plan our next family Safari for 2019. Guess who we will be booking with??? Safari Online we hope you are ready!!!!!

Penni (AU)
Karina was absolutely instrumental to our safari success.

Our experience with Safari Online was excellent. After becoming very frustrated trying to search for a safari destination on our own, we turned to Karina for help and she was a lifesaver.  We had an amazing safari adventure at the lodge–the experience of a lifetime–and are so grateful for her help. We literally couldn’t have done it without her!

Chris (USA)
Very helpful good suggestions for holiday ideas always available for questions good organising

Excellent service and they supplied good suggestions for our holiday they also organised all internal flights and arranged check in for us so we had no worries while on holiday. We have had a most memorable holiday staying at wonderful places thanks to Sabrina and Safari Online. Would recommend Safari Online to organise your holiday.

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