Africa is a more exciting destination than any other at the moment, yes we know that’s a very bold statement but there is so much happening in this amazing continent that we cannot imagine wanting to go anywhere else. Luxury safaris are leading the way when it comes to luxury travel and this is all thanks to a new breed of luxury safari, which not only has to have the best food, guides and comforts, but also has to take guests into new unknown parts of Africa. Africa is still as wild as ever, all that’s happened is that we’re all getting more intrepid, following in the footsteps of the first great explorers. Here are our top five off the beaten track luxury safari experiences for 2015:
Riding safari on the Makgadikgadi Pans in Botswana
This is no ordinary luxury riding safari – this is across one of the world’s largest salt pans. Here the terrain is perfect for horses, no holes, soft ground and plenty of space – you can gallop to your hearts content and will often see antelope and some rare species of game. Here nights are spent star gazing at the milky way and enjoying dewless nights spent out in the desert.
Fly camping in the Selous, Southern Tanzania
Fly camping is an amazing way of getting out into the bush and really experiencing what Africa is all about. In the Selous you will walk out from the luxury lodge you are staying at and as the sun begins to set you will come across a lantern lit lightweight camp which will be yours for the night – it is exceptionally romantic and a great way to connect with the bush around you – those nightly noises are thrilling!
Para trike safaris in Kenya
Even if you have no experience you can now soar over the Kenyan plains on a luxury para trike safari – these small engined aircraft allow you to feel the warm African wind on your cheeks as you take in small herds of elephant and giraffe below you. These amazing safaris are also run by wounded ex servicemen and women who have found a vocation in running these exciting explorations of the bush.
Elephant safaris in South Africa
Camp Jabulani is not only extremely luxurious but also boasts a herd of rescued and habituated elephants who will carry you through the bush on what can only be described as one of the most magical experiences in Africa. To see these amazing creatures up close and learn about their family ties and connections is just wonderful, and the reserve itself is stunning.
The gorillas in Rwanda or Uganda
The wildlife of Africa is rightly receiving a lot of publicity at the moment, and it cannot come a minute too soon – whilst elephants and rhinos are the current hot topic the endangered mountain gorillas have slightly been pushed into the background. Trek the Virunga Volcanoes to see these amazing creatures in their natural habitat – for a long time this has been one of the ultimate wildlife experiences and we’re not surprised.
Rose Hipwood is Managing Director of The Luxury Safari Company.