First Time Safari in Africa

A safari experience could be one of the most extraordinary experiences of a lifetime. So if you are going to go on a safari, you ought to do it right. A safari experience is real, untamed, exhilarating, thrilling, inspiring, phenomenal, and sometimes magical. There are a wide range of lodging and camps that has that African feel. A great safari experience demands meticulous workmanship, a keen attention to details and precisely planned. At Trailblazer Travelz our consultants are all about that. Allow us to help you discover a thrilling and unforgettable safari experience. We are sure it will knock your socks off.



The Wildlife

What makes a truly safari experience fulfilling is the wildlife in the private reserves which are numerous. At Trailblazer Travelz, we have partnered with some great ones that offer some thrilling and timeless experiences. With the Kruger National Park, an unfenced western boundary, Kruger private reserves deliver the best Big 5 (Lion, Leopard, Rhino, Elephant, cape Buffalo) game viewing in Southern Africa. Including the skilled Rangers and trackers who are truly skilled at what they do and are especially good at getting you to the right places at the right time to see the Big 5 and a wide range of other wildlife that make safaris thrilling.


The people and a sense of Community

If you enjoy immersing into cultural experiences and getting to learn about the stories of the people within the area then you should consider that on your trip. The Maasai people of East Africa live in southern Kenya and northern Tanzania along the Great Rift Valley on semi-arid and arid lands. The Maasai are a semi-nomadic people who lived under a communal land management system. While wildlife, game drives, and nature may be the thrilling factor drawing most people to an African safari however, the Maasai people in East Africa provides a distinct cultural flavor to safari travelers in this region. It pays to visit a traditional Maasai village because it could be one of the most memorable experiences you will ever have.


The Best Time to Go

When is the best time to go? Is a very good question to ask concerning the weather and the possibility to see the big 5, the great migration, and also, it makes a difference in pricing and also availabilities in the lodges and camps. Africa is known for long rainy season and East Africa usually have long rains between the months of April and May, and in Southern Africa, the rains fall between the months of December through early March. Those months should by all means be avoided unless you don’t mind the rain.


The Activities to Consider

Activities are numerous and you may not experience a dull moment. Also, determine if you want a trip that is all safari or you would prefer to include other parts of Southern or Eastern Africa depending on the country you choose, if you would want to see the city or other parts of the country and landmarks. Here are some activities:

· Game Drives.

· Walking Safaris and Mountain Trekking.

· Self-Drive Safaris

· Riding Safaris (Horses, Elephants, Camels)

· Species specific interests.

· Cultural Experiences and Community Lodges.

· Water-based safaris.

· Africa from the air.

· Watersports, Fishing, Diving and Snorkeling


Wildebeest Migration

Countries for Eagered First-Timers:

Here are some countries that cater well for eagered first-timers:


Tanzania

Tanzania is home to the tallest mountain in the world, Mt. Kilimanjaro but also offers wonderful big cat viewing (lion, leopard and cheetah), especially in the renowned Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater. The main wildlife highlight in Tanzania is the annual wildebeest and zebra migration which can be seen in the Serengeti year round. Birding in Tanzania is superb, with over 1100 species found through a variety of different habitats. Specialist regions such as the Usambaro and Udzungwa Mountains, Mikumi and Lake Natron can be considered in addition to all the key safari regions.



South Africa

South Africa lives up to its unofficial motto, a World in One Country with diversity of habitat, from harsh desert and high mountains to dense woodland and coastal fynbos, home to an enormous variety of natural wildlife; from the classic big 5. South Africa is also known for offering fantastic big-game viewing and various private reserves.



Kenya

The highlight of Kenya Safaris is the big cat viewing, especially in the renowned Maasai Mara home to the BBC’s Big Cat Diary. Other good areas for the cats include Samburu, Nakuru, Amboseli and the Lewa Conservancy. The Great Migration is the main seasonal wildlife highlight in Kenya. An annual wildebeest migration of more than two million antelopes and zebra crosses the border from Tanzania’s Serengeti into neighboring Kenya. And while the Great Migration is truly staggering, safaris in the reserve are a breathtaking experience year round. The migration usually arrives in the Maasai Mara in late July, and stays until mid-late October.



In conclude, here is a beautiful quote from Elspeth Huxley from her book “The Mottled Lizard.” “To depart on a safari is not only a physical act, it is also a gesture. You leave behind the worries, the strains, the irritations of life among people under pressure, and enter the world of creatures who are pressed into no molds, but have only to be themselves, bonds loosen, anxiety fades, and the mind closes against the world you left behind like a folding sea anemone. Enjoyment of the moment, the true delight in living, in life as it is and not as others in the past have made it, all this returns. Each breath you draw gives pleasure, you wake with a new sense of wonder at the pure light shining on golden grasses and the web on the thorn, and at the cooing of a dove. And the reason for praising the Lord all the days of your life, a reason certainly withheld from men in cities, comes to you: or, at least, you understand that this is not a matter of reason, which destroys all need for praise, but a buried instinct that you are one with all creation and that creation is positive, delightful and good. Only when the chains of civilization were loosened, when you escaped for an instant from the mold, could you understand the meaning of spontaneous happiness. To live this life forever seemed the only desirable form of existence.”


What was it like on your first safari in Africa? Have you been thinking about going on a safari in Africa? Let us know or drop us a comment.



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