Which safari is right for you?

Going to Africa to meet the big animals is one of those “bucket list” trips that everyone dreams of doing at least once. But you still need to know where to go. Rather gambler or tight budget? With couple or children? Every wish, its safari.

Safari is one of those travel experiences that you must have. Travel to Africa, which never stopped during captivity, has experienced a real resurgence of interest in recent years. Searching for wide open spaces, awareness of species conservation, the desire to return to the source or essentials … is a permanent part of the trend of safari travel.

Yes, but here it is: where to go? The choice is predominant in Africa, from the most popular countries (South Africa, Kenya and Tanzania) to the side roads of Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe or Zambia. Eventually, coming to more thematic destinations in the vicinity of great apes like Rwanda or Uganda, but more secretive, such as Congo. In this galaxy of so many different countries, you have to be careful about fashion, what people will say and choose according to your expectations and your dreams – because a safari goes from a dream trip. So here are some ways to do it.

View file – Safari: Travel guide, information and advice from Le Figaro

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Tanzania is the best romantic safari destination. (A tent at Namri Plain Camp, east of Serengeti Park.) Stanislas Foutre / Le Figaro Magazine

It’s one of the honeymoon classics. I have to accept the book African farms The film is by Karen Blixen and inspired by it Outside of Africa Helped make African safari the most romantic. If we are stuck in the mythical scenes of this film, the perfect romantic safari will more or less match the following recipe: the possibility of feeling out of time, hints of British colonial-inspired comfort and the least possible world in landscape. With this, if we add the desire to end the trip to the dream beach, the destination slowly begins to take shape. It will Tanzania.

There are unique animal sanctuaries on the continent north of the country, two of which are classified as World Heritage Sites, Engorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park. The landscape expected from the safari, such as the plains as far as the eye can see, is followed by breathtaking landscapes, punctuated by only a few umbrella acacias. The largest closed hole in the world, Engorongoro, is one of the smallest and most breathtaking desert regions on the continent. Pictures of the couple, the earth and this monster of stone must be ignored.

But it is in the Serengeti, the vast arid savanna we arrive at in mythology: canvas camps, such as migration camps or pioneers, lean towards rocky outcrops (coppages) and overlook the plains where most lions are sheltered. The world or those who see the famous great migration pass every year. Like all places of safari, it takes its full dimension at night, in the silence of the wild night. Candle light dinner, mild dry heat, a clear sky and just you, or almost. Northern Tanzania is unique in that it is sparsely populated. With the exception of the famous Masai or Hadzab, most of the land here is protected from human activity… out of time, out of the world.

The most romantic activities: Whether traveling on a small plane or in a hot air balloon, the dream of flying over northern Tanzania. There are solutions in different parts of Serengeti, but also in Tarangi Park to fly over the savanna at sunrise. The balloon inflates at dawn, when the sky falls off the horizon before taking off. When the balloon lands, breakfast is waiting for you in the middle of the savannah. There is nothing but silver cutlery, a glass of champagne and the wildlife around you.

With family

A scene from the Lion King? No, any other morning in Kenya, Masai kills. Stanislas Foutre / Le Figaro Magazine

With kids, we forget romantic references and we get close to cartoons and the most familiar of them, The Lion King. Of course children can’t escape this classic and neither can their parents. Moreover, it is not uncommon for “romantic” expectations to blend in with the memories of childhood marked by the famous animated film. If Tanzania can do the job, then Kenya The most suitable remains. Firstly because the landscapes of this country inspired the film: the expansive plains at the foothills of Kilimanjaro (Amboseli Park), the Savannah and the Endless Plains (Masai Mara Reserve) and the north of the ‘You Can Even Go’ country, in this region that inspired the creators The Lion King : Samburu Park.

Such a trip will give children (and parents) many experiences: meeting the Masai (avoiding tourist villages like the circus), exploring the vast open spaces and the highest point of the African continent (Kilimanjaro), crossing cities and villages, making big discoveries. Lake covered by flamingos. Then we will follow the great Mount Kenya, we will cross the equator and we will go to Samburu. Semi-desert, this region offers landscapes that are both dry, arid and some frontal areas. Puritans know that the story of the Lion King takes place in this harsh region, made of stone and sand, crossing huge turbulent rivers populated by huge crocodiles.

We will sleep in the tree lodge, where the safari just waits for the animals to come and drink. We will meet great populations of elephants, rhinos (lake area) and of course cats, lions, cheetahs and other leopards. But we will also meet all the symbolic “characters” of the film: the famous Pumba, Worthug, Hyena, a few monkeys. Only Mirkat, Timon, is missing. Logically, it is found only in the southern part of the continent, mainly in Kalahari – a few thousand kilometers away. Led by a guide, on a 4X4 with a sunroof and panoramic view, Kenya will provide a dreamy and humane version of Africa.

Activities for children: Go to the animal report and meet with scientists who have worked with lions and share the results of their research in a popular way. It’s happening at Alex Walker’s Syrian camp. In the middle of a wild and protected area, north of Masai Mara is an intimate conservation camp. Here, safaris are done on foot and rangers are sometimes scientists. There are names of lions and have been checked and selected year after year. We know their ancestors and their descendants, their habits and their character. These are wild but this immersion allows you to get closer to the animal king.

For small budgets

Did you know It is possible to organize a low cost safari in the famous Kruger Park in South Africa. Even after the luckiest darkness … Adobe Stock / Chr. Offenberg

LawSouth AfricaBy far, the most accessible safari destination because of all the adversity because the richest, the most diverse, the largest and probably the oldest. The country had long been on its own. It was open to tourism until the end of apartheid in the early 1990’s. As a result of this history, South Africa has a unique set of national parks with simple but comfortable accommodation that makes it possible to go on safari at low cost.

This country with advanced infrastructure, with great roads and numerous air links, allows travelers to drive on their own (admittedly on the left), freely and safely through protected wildlife such as Kruger Park, which is the Huluhui Umphologi, the giant mountains. Castle, the coastal area of ​​Santa Lucia in Zululand or further south Sitsikamma. You can even try Karu National Park, near Damar lovers, the Kalahari Jamesbok Desert Park (now Kegalagadi Transfrontier Park) or near Cape Town. A galaxy in the national park, consisting of many “rest camps.” At a modest price (থেকে 50 to 150 150 per night), they allow you to live in the heart of the unique wilderness free time: bathroom (recognized simple), proper and clean bedding and always the necessary Braaï (barbecue) price.

If South Africa has some of the most beautiful lodges (even the most expensive), the ease of travel allows you to experience the country without having to spend all your savings there. Add to that the cost of living 30 to 40% cheaper than in Europe and an accessible industry of living (a quality table, very good wine and living industry very close to our benchmark overall). Not to mention a multitude of wonderful affordable guesthouses and landscapes with a kaleidoscope.

Most Profitable: In the famous Kruger National Park, as big as Belgium and which gathers almost all the animals of Africa, safaris can also be done at low cost. Alone in your rental car (ideally an SUV), you travel to the center of one of the largest desert areas on the continent, on well-tanned tracks or tarred roads. And if you want to enjoy a night safari at a low price: choose Camp de Satara in the middle of the park for a guided night safari. Discover what inaccessible areas are to others at night. The expedition must be done in a 4X4 truck, but at a cost of থেকে 25 to 30 per person …

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