Top 10 safari bucket list experiences

 

Africa is the home of adventure, the wide open spaces, lakes, rivers and mountains lend themselves exceptionally well to those who want to add that bit extra to a trip. Of course many of the luxury safari properties themselves offer little excursions into the wilderness, which will absolutely blow your mind. Every year new and exciting things pop up in Africa which we feel are a must for those wanting to experience the feeling of being in one of the most remote parts of the world. Here are the top ten luxury safari bucket list experiences:

1.  Helicopter to Lake Turkana, Kenya

From many of the luxury safari properties in Northern Kenya a very popular idea is to take a private helicopter and delicious picnic and do a day trip up to Lake Turkana. This lake is so remote, so stark and so beautiful that it is certainly something you’ll never forget. Enasoit offer particularly good helicopter excursions.

Helicopter tour

2. The Elewana road safari, Tanzania

Elewana operate several luxury safari camps and lodges in Northern Tanzania and their brand new safari sees guests take brand new Land Rover Discoverys and drive themselves (with the guide on a radio at the front) through some of the most remote and wild parts of Northern Tanzania, seeing a vast abundance of game on route.

Land Rover safari

3. The Malori sleep-out, South Africa

Many luxury safari properties have fantastic options for those wishing to sleep out under the stars but this sleep-out, located on the famous Tswalu Kalahari Reserve in South Africa is one of the best. Here you will find no expense has been spared in making this sleep out the stuff of dreams, and to wake up to a Kalahari sunrise is truly inspirational.

Malori sleep-out

4. Quad biking across the Makgadikgadi Pans, Botswana

The Makgadikgadi Salt Pans in Botswana are so lunar in landscape that one really does imagine you’re Neil Armstrong – this amazing area comes complete with baobab oases, meerkats, ancient San bushmen and riding safaris – and of course the famous quad biking. Head out onto the pans for a dewless night spent under the stars on antique camp beds set up just for you. Camp Kalahari and San Camp offer the best and only quad biking.

Quad biking

5. Canoeing the Zambezi, Botswana

There are several canoeing trips in Africa; the Selinda Spillway in Botswana is one of the best and is a four night trip into the most remote part of the Okavango Delta, but if you’re not sure you want to canoe all the time head to the Lower Zambezi where you will see elephants and hippos up close on a morning or afternoon canoe safari. Sausage Tree in the Lower Zambezi is magical for canoeing.

Canoe safari

6. Visit Liuwa Plains, Zambia

Liuwa Plains is the only other place (apart from the Mara and Serengeti) in Africa where you get wide open plains, and a wildebeest migration – yet it is hardly known of, and certainly never visited. Norman Carr are now offering set departures to this amazing place for four or five nights next year – this means you will experience amazing cheetah, hyena and wild dog sightings, and will truly know what it means to be ‘off the beaten track’.

Liuwa Plains

7. Track chimpanzees in Tanzania

Not only can you track chimpanzees in the wild at Greystoke Mahale, Western Tanzania, but you can also enjoy staying in one of the most unique and quirky lodges in all of Africa – this really is a once in a lifetime destination with lazy days split between mobile camping on the beach, lunch on the lake and tracking the chimpanzees.

Chimpanzee

8. Para trike across Kenya

Team up with ex wounded servicemen who will guide your para trike safari across Northern Kenya – to fly at the same level as birds of prey and see the land from this perspective is nothing short of miraculous. Flying for Heroes took place this year and the wounded servicemen who took part so loved it that they are now guiding para trike trips around Kenya – no previous experience necessary.

Para triking

9 .  The Ibo dhow safari

What better way to experience the white sandy deserted islands of the Quirimbas Archipelago in Northern Mozambique, than on a private dhow, fully staffed, eating delicious fresh seafood every day. The beauty of this archipelago of islands is un-tangible and you will spend your days exploring deserted coves and enjoying complete privacy.

Ibo dhow safari

10. Mobile camping

Mobile camping is the most glorious way of getting out into the bush – no matter what level of camp you have from rustic to luxury you will always have a private camp, private guide and vehicle so it really is a very exclusive way of seeing Africa, and often means you get into the most remote parts possible. Uncharted Africa in Botswana run one of the most luxurious mobile safari options in the world.

Uncharted mobile safaris

Rose Hipwood is Managing Director of The Luxury Safari Company.

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  1. Hi Rose,

    The Malori sleep out looks absolutely awesome!

    The sunrises must be amazing and the overall beauty of the spot looks unparalleled.

    Thanks so much for sharing :)

    Tweeting now.

    Ryan

  2. Vijay says:

    Amazing I am also a Safari Destination Lover and always through curiosity read your blog each post and i want to share here about one of my favorite destination South Luangwa National Park (Zambia) i love this place because the animals really concentrate around the remaining waterholes, which makes for a great safari.

    Thanks a lot for sharing such a nice post about safari destination

  3. Kathryn says:

    These all sound fabulous with the para trike across Kenya being at the top of my list. What a thrill that would be!

  4. noel says:

    There are so many different options to safari around Africa, almost too many to choose from. I think I would definitely be up for the helicopter, kayak or the small plane experience from those amazing choices.

  5. I agree with all those bucket lists, but if you’re looking in South Africa in particular, do a search on the net for Lion Sands River Lodge, and Lion Sands Narina Lodge, they’re part of Kruger National park, but allows you to sleep outdoors tucked in by the mountainsides, makes you an equal part of the wildlife and surrounds. Bucketlist worthy for certain. There’s also some places in a small town along the Garden Route there (known for the great wines) called Wilderness that has open markets, white beaches, tons of nearly unexplored wildlife sanctuaries, and the kinds of peace that every bucket list shouldn’t be without.

    *I love bucket list posts, it’s so much fun to see what other people list!*

  6. Ken says:

    Wow, the para trike version sounds amazing. I imagine it would be way better than the hot air ballooning.

  7. solomon says:

    Uganda, we still need to do more tourism marketing. Surely with better product packaging and promotion we hope to make it to the list next time given our unique safari products

  8. I strongly believe that a gorilla tracking experience and chimpanzee habituation experience in Bwindi and Kibale forest should be on this list

  9. Very inspiring your experiences are. Thanks your for sharing. I am sure this would also your inspiration in doing some more activities.

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