Whenever and wherever you want to travel – we can work out a private tailor made safari package to suit your budget, time frame and expected level of comfort.
Based just outside of Cape Town, African Parks and Safaris is a small company focusing on personal attention and working out the best African National Parks and Game Reserves safari packages for our fellow travellers and friends. We are experts in specialised tailor made safaris throughout Southern and Eastern Africa. We are passionate about travel and have gained extensive knowledge and expertise throughout Africa. Whenever and wherever you want to travel – we can work out a private tailor made safari package to suit your budget, time frame and expected level of comfort.
We are an online tour operator and work only with the best local operators on the ground. Africa’s “bush telegraph” means we are always informed of the latest bush updates, from wildlife, birdlife, bat sightings and migration routes to weather and water level updates. This enables us to work out and plan the most exceptional African safaris for our clients.
Some of our favourite “off the beaten track” safaris and most popular destinations are as follows:
South Africa: 3 day Pilanesberg National Park Safari
Johannesburg – PilanesbergNational Park – Johannesburg (guided mobile safari) From R3 600 / £260 pp sharing The Pilanesberg National Park was established in 1979, and is the fourth largest park in South Africa. It is malaria free, just a two hour drive from Johannesburg and home to the Big Five.
South Africa: 4 day Kruger National Park Safari
Johannesburg – KrugerNational Park – Johannesburg (guided mobile safari) From R6 400 / £460 pp sharing
The world-renowned Kruger National Park offers a wildlife experience that ranks with the best in Africa, and is truly the flagship of the South African National Parks. Five things to seek:
The Big Five: Elephant, Buffalo, Leopard, Lion and Rhino
The Little Five: Elephant Shrew, Buffalo Weaver, Leopard Tortoise, Ant Lion and Rhino Beetle
Birding Big Six: Kori Bustard, Ground Hornbill, Lappet-faced Vulture, Martial Eagle, Pel’s Fishing Owl and Saddle-bill Stork
Five Trees: Fever Tree, Baobab, Knob Thorn, Marula and Mopane
Natural / Cultural Features: Jock of the Bushveld Route, Letaba Elephant Museum, Masorini Ruins, Albasini Ruins, Stevenson Hamilton Memorial Library and Thulamela (a late Iron Age stone-walled site)
South Africa: 6 day Cape to Addo Safari
Cape Town – Addo Elephant National Park – Cape Town (guided mobile safari) From R13 950 / £995 pp sharing
Now the third largest national park in South Africa, the Addo Elephant National Park has expanded to conserve a wide diversity of biodiversity, landscapes, fauna and flora. Today this finely tuned ecosystem is sanctuary to over 550 elephants, buffalo, lion, black rhino, spotted hyena, leopard and a variety of antelope and zebra species, as well as the unique Addo flightless dung beetle, found almost exclusively in the park.
South Africa and Namibia: 4 and 6 day Orange River Rafting Trails, Richtersveld
Cape Town – Vioolsdrift – Orange River – Cape Town (self drive and guided river rafting trail) From R2 950 / £210 pp sharing
Our aim is to explore and discover the Richtersveld desert reserve with all its hidden treasures and trails. Our days are spent with early morning paddling, floating, swimming, bird watching and negotiating some rapids and fast flowing water. Our camps on the trip will be along the river edge, where you will sleep next to the campfire, under the stars each night.
Lesotho: 2 – 6 day Lesotho Pony Trek
Motsekuoa – LesothoMountains – Motsekuoa (self drive and pony trek safari) From R480 / £35 pp per day
Lesotho is a mountainous kingdom in southern Africa and home to the hospitable Basotho people. The Lesotho Pony Treks give you the opportunity to stay in remote and rural Basotho villages, whilst exploring the beautiful Lesotho Mountains on horseback.
Botswana: 3 day, 2 night Chobe Camping Safari
Kasane – Chobe National Park – Kasane (guided mobile safari and Chobe boat cruise) From R3 420 / £245 pp sharing
These Chobe camping safaris offer game drives in specially adapted open 4×4 safari vehicles as well as ChobeRiver boat cruises. This is a unique opportunity to experience some of the best game viewing in Africa close up. You will be camping inside the Chobe National Park in exclusive wilderness sites (HATAB or BOGA sites) with no other campers nearby, taking in the unforgettable sounds of the African night.
Botswana: 3 – 21 day Chobe, Savute, Moremi and Okavango Delta Private Camping Safari
Maun or Kasane – Chobe, Savute, Moremi, Okavango Delta – Kasane or Maun (guided mobile safari) From R2 280 / £165 pp sharing per day
These private tailor made camping safaris can be made up according to your budget, time frame and the specific areas within the Botswana National Parks that you want to explore. We go off the beaten track so you will be able to spot animals, watch them for a long as you want and then tell us when you want to move on. This is the closest you will get to wilderness camping, while being safe. We make use of local guides and camp staff, so you know that your money is going back into the local communities. The registered Botswana guides grew up with the wildlife so they will take you around their backyard, showing you all they have learned growing up.
Tanzania: 5 day Ngorongoro Highland Private Trekking Safari
Arusha – Ngorongoro Highlands – Arusha (guided mobile, walking and trekking with donkeys safari) From R14 915 / £1 065 pp sharing
This 5 day trekking safari takes you to the diverse landscape of the Ngorongoro Crater Highlands. You will hike through wide grass and mountainous countryside, as well as through thick mountain forest and the volcanic stamped savannah landscape of the Rift Valley. Besides the unique nature and animal sightings, this trek allows a deep insight into the daily routine of the Maasai.
Tanzania: 5 day Barefoot Paradise Zanzibar Safari
Dar Es Salaam – Zanzibar – Dar Es Salaam (fly-in, mobile and boat transfer luxury lodge safari) From R32 280 / £2 305 pp sharing
Off the north eastern tip of Zanzibar island lies the private Mnemba island – an island inhabited only by guests and the staff taking care of them. Sink your toes into the exquisite sand beach of Mnemba, which is the nesting area for the endangered green turtle. Scuba dive and snorkel around the waters and coral reefs surrounding MnembaIsland, which have been declared a conservation area. Awash with colourful marine life, guests can view at least 400 different marine species such as reef fish, Spanish dancers, dwarf lion fish and ghost pipefish.
Kenya: 4 day Short and Sweet Masai Mara Luxury Fly-in Safari
Nairobi – Masai Mara National Park – Nairobi (fly-in Masai Mara luxury lodge safari) From R22 610 / £1 615 pp sharing
As Kenya’s most renowned wilderness destination, the Masai Mara National Park offers exceptional game viewing, including the opportunity to witness the Great Migration – one of nature’s greatest wildlife spectacles. Experience classic safari style, where wildlife adventurers by day blend with elegant panache under canvas at night. Commanding sweeping views over some of the premier game viewing regions in the world, this intimate camp reflects the ambiance of the Kenyan explorers of the 20’s and 30’s.
We love Africa and are happy to share our experience and enthusiasm for travel and adventure with you!
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