What are you expecting to see and do on next year's holiday menu? With our delectable servings of safari tours for 2023, you'll easily escape a mundane routine and dive straight into your very own David Attenborough documentary. Whether you're looking for exciting Big 5 sightings, waves of wildebeest, graceful mokoro rides, rare gorilla encounters or tropical island barefoot bliss – tell us what's on your wish list, and we'll tailor-make your dream vacation! Here are our top African safari tours to get you inspired.
1. Highlights of Southern Africa
The first delightful dish on our 2023 safari tour list features all of Southern Africa's most famous destinations. We begin in vibrant Cape Town, South Africa, to take in all the sights and sounds of one of the best cities in the world. Filled with breathtaking scenery, pristine beaches and colourful city vibes, the Mother City is the ideal intro for a memorable trip to Africa.
After a few nights at the foot of Table Mountain, continue to the land of fiery sunsets and ruby-red dunes, Tswalu Kalahari Reserve. Enjoy this wondrous world of desert-adapted wildlife and curious creatures. The reserve provides fantastic opportunities for viewing black rhinos, black-maned lions, cheetahs, meerkats, aardvarks, and even pangolins.
From this arid terrain, we head toward the lush leopard lands of the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve in the Greater Kruger National Park. Live in the lap of luxury of some of the country's swankiest lodges – all while enjoying Big 5 safari sightings for days. With a high calibre game viewing and an even higher standard of hospitality, Sabi Sand has established a legendary reputation in the world of safari.
The final leg of your journey takes you north to gawk at the Victoria Falls grandeur. Although we're often at a loss for words to describe Victoria Falls, the Kololo moniker "Mosi-oa-Tunya," which means "The Smoke That Thunders," is certainly the most fitting one. Its epic proportions and the sheer amount of water plummeting over its crags every minute makes this UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site arguably the greatest waterfall in the world.
2. Luxury Botswana Safari
Providing a generous portion of Botswana's magical wilderness and second on our African safari tours for 2023 list is the Luxury Botswana Safari. From colossal elephant herds to a vast array of bird species, there's no shortage of animals on this trip! Start your journey at Chobe National Park, famed for having the highest concentration of elephants in the world. Chobe's dynamic landscape lends itself to a variety of fauna and flora, with superb lodges to choose from.
Your next stop offers an entirely contrasting ecosystem within the Savuti Marsh. The marsh – once sourced by an inland lake until tectonic movements cut off the water supply – has since been filled by the Savuti Channel. This sprawling wetland attracts thousands of animals to the region and is known for its high concentrations of lions and hyenas.
Conclude your African adventure on a high note in one of the most iconic safari destinations. Look forward to a varied and fascinating terrain in the Okavango Delta and Moremi Game Reserve. What's more, the regions boast an enclave of biodiversity that is home to a variety of wildlife and offers a watery web bursting with remarkable wildlife opportunities.
3. Unforgettable East Africa Safari
One of our top African safari tours for 2023 features the greatest wildlife show on earth, the Great Wildebeest Migration. This Unforgettable East Africa Safari begins in Nairobi – the gateway to Kenya. Next, branching out of the capital, you'll venture to the country's most notable and revered reserve, the Maasai Mara. It's here where the Great Migration begins each year. Watch as millions of wildebeest, zebras and antelopes traverse vast plains, formidable rivers and terrain in search of greener pastures.
Before crossing the border into Tanzania, you'll stop at Lake Nakuru and travel across the huge plains of the Great Rift Valley. Lake Nakuru, one of the Rift Valley soda lakes, is frequently painted pink as tens of thousands of flamingos flock to its shallow waters, making it a real sight to behold.
From here, we cross over into Tanzania under the watchful eye of Mount Kilimanjaro. You'll spend a night near the shores of bustling Lake Manyara before venturing to the ever-so-famous Serengeti National Park. Along with the Great Migration, the Serengeti is also home to the Big 5, a wealth of other wildlife, as well as ultra-luxurious lodges. There's always something to see here, often near the rivers and watering holes where the herbivores congregate, and predators wait.
This East Africa extravaganza ends with a natural beauty bang in the Ngorongoro Crater and Tarangire National Park. Ngorongoro, known for its leopard sightings, is surrounded by a variety of vegetation, including woodland on one slope and grassland on the other. Again, animals, including lions, black rhinos and elephants, come in abundance in both regions.
4. Gorilla Trekking Adventure
Something to tick off (or definitely add to) your travel bucket list is spending time with mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. Number four on our top African safari tours for 2023 is our Gorilla Trekking Adventure. This tour does not only give you the opportunity to track these magnificent mountain primates but also allows you to explore other Uganda and Rwanda gems. As a starter, you can look forward to laid-back living on Lake Victoria in Entebbe – before the real adventure begins!
Enjoy the lavish Eden that is Uganda's largest wildlife reserve. Murchison Falls National Park covers an astonishing 350,000 acres and promises a plethora of wildlife as well as striking water vistas from whichever vantage point. Following this, you'll move on to Kibale Forest National Park, one of Uganda's few regions with lowland and montane forest. While the national park's plethora of primates is undoubtedly its main drawcard, Kibale is also home to other (more elusive) animals such as leopard, buffalo, duiker, and bush pig.
Raw African wilderness, sublime scenery and the chance to see the tree-climbing lions await in Queen Elizabeth National Park. After a couple of comfortable nights surrounded by acacia woodland, savannah, and swamps dotted by crater lakes, you'll head to the headlines of this trip, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Volcanoes National Park.
Explore dense leafy canopies and uncover Biwindi's and Volcanoes' wildlife mysteries. The verdant forest paths frequently have patches of mist drifting through – creating a magical ambience straight out of a storybook. Here, in this jungle wonderland, you will find critically-endangered mountain gorillas. Spend hours exploring and spending time with these precious primates.
5. Safari and Beach Dream Holiday
With Cape Town, the Kruger's Sabi Sand, and Victoria Falls, Southern Africa's most beloved destinations once again take centre stage on this tour – but with an added beach bonus! In addition to vibrant city living, Big 5 safari luxury and spectacular natural wonders help yourself to a big helping of tropical island bliss in marvellous Mauritius.
Mauritius is a heavenly location all year round and will make your dreams of crystal blue sea lapping up on infinite stretches of white-sandy beaches come true. And the picture is completed by coral reefs, tropical forests, and exquisite hotels. The island's extreme diversity can be perplexing. The northern and western coastlines hum with activity and provide a variety of stores and eateries. On the other hand, the southern coast continues to be an unspoilt hideaway of rugged and rocky beaches, untamed forests, and towering cliffs. And then there's the eastern coast, that's more tranquil and home to some of the island's most opulent resorts.
Your Dream African Adventure Awaits!
When it comes to best bucket-list experiences in Africa, these African safari tours for 2023 are certainly all-encompassing. Whether it's your first trip to Africa or you're returning for more, our best-sellers are sure to leave you wanting more.
We like to think of ourselves as dream sculptors and strive to create a travel story that goes above and beyond. So, without further ado, get in touch with our Travel Experts and let's begin tailor-making your ideal trip to Africa!
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