Our Africa safari holidays are all about wide open spaces, secluded camps and private game drives, so the holiday experience you’ll have on a post-COVID-19 safari will feel reassuringly natural. That leaves you free to focus on the unforgettable experiences – like spotting a pride of lions with their tiny cubs, hearing the thunder of the great wildebeest migration and soaring above the herds on a hot-air balloon safari. Here’s why Africa should be top of your travel list.
On a Kuoni safari, wildlife comes first. We value responsible wildlife watching and a big part of this is making sure that we hand-pick the right camps to partner with, in uncrowded places where the animals have plenty of space to roam. We have great relationships with local guides and many of our camps and lodges are located in quieter private conservancies just outside the national parks, so you get the same incredible wildlife viewing away from the crowds. Our off-the-beaten-track safaris dig deeper and go beyond the most popular destinations. Book an adventure in Botswana, where you can watch elephants on the river banks as you glide silently through a maze of shallow waterways, travel to Zimbabwe to take a walk on the wild side at one of the world’s last wild-walking parks, or seek out the rare Special Five in Kenya’s Samburu National Reserve.
Explore wide open wilderness, far from built-up cities and packed attractions. South Africa’s Kruger National Park is about the size of Wales, while Selous Game Reserve in southern Tanzania is a whopping 22,000 square miles – that’s bigger than Switzerland. Apart from some meals and sleeping, almost all your time on safari will be spent outside, on open-air game drives and other outdoor adventures. In fact, in South Africa (which is one of Condé Nast Traveller’s top destinations for 2021) you don’t even have to sleep inside – Garonga offers an exclusive ‘Sleep Out’ bush experience and at Lion Sands you can sleep under the stars in a luxury treehouse-for-two.
Now more than ever, it’s important to make your holiday count. Perhaps you’re searching for a life-affirming wildlife encounter like seeing gorillas in Rwanda’s rainforest, or want to make family memories on a trip to Tanzania with game drives inside a crater, lantern-lit dinners out in the wild and sightings of the Big Five. On our safaris, you can also take 4x4 journeys deep into the wilderness and fly above the herds in a hot-air balloon at sunrise.
We choose small safari lodges and intimate tented camps where your neighbours are more likely to be animals than people. You’ll get plenty of privacy and space, enjoy most of your meals outdoors in scenic settings, have drinks around crackling campfires and be lulled to sleep by the sounds of the wild. Some of our most exclusive camps have fewer than 12 luxury tents, including the world-class Serengeti Bushtops in Tanzania, beautiful Settlers Drift in South Africa and eco-friendly Governors’ Il Moran in Kenya.
The Covid-19 pandemic has made us think even harder about how our travels can support local communities and conservation. Safari tourism safeguards and benefits communities, wildlife conservation and local education. We work with camps that give something back – like Governors’, whose 40-year-long commitment to local people benefiting from tourism has included building a health centre and funding classrooms – and Shamwari Private Game Reserve, where food is donated to a local orphanage and guests can support the on-site Born Free sanctuaries. In Kenya, choosing to stay at a Maasai-owned private conservancy like Porini Lion Camp means that part of your holiday cost goes directly to the Maasai landowners.
Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Namibia and Rwanda all have the World Travel and Tourism Council’s (WTTC) Global Safety Stamp of Approval. These globally recognised protocols provide consistency to destinations, plus guidance and reassurance for local agents, hotels and travellers about the increased measures in hygiene and social distancing.
If you’re itching to explore Africa but aren’t ready to travel with strangers, you can create your own safari holiday bubble. Governors’ Camp Collection has camps in three different locations in Kenya, including a private camp in the Maasai Mara that you can exclusively take over with your family or friends. Governors’ also has its own private aircraft and safari vehicles, so you and your bubble can treat yourself to a journey around Kenya on a private version of our Governors’ Grand Safari. You can also choose to upgrade to a private vehicle that’s just for you and your group on any of our escorted safaris.
Take a look at our Africa brochure and our online safari guide. We've spent more than 40 years hand-picking the best safari experiences and trusted places to stay. Tell us when you want to go and we’ll find the perfect place, or let us know where you want to go and we’ll share the best time to travel..