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6 Best Safari Destinations for 2021

While the year 2020 was an unprecedented and the future of travel remains uncertain for now, we’ve picked out some promising trends in planning for future safari in Africa.

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Tanzania

Tanzania

The Ultimate Bush-to-Beach Destination
Safari happens almost everywhere you look in Tanzania. It’s been a way of life here for decades. Few destinations in Africa can rival Tanzania's sheer diversity of wildlife and landscapes.

From the never-ending savannah of the Serengeti to the beaches and coral reefs of tropical Zanzibar, a luxury Tanzania safari delivers one fascinating experience after another.

The country was one of the first on the continent to reopen for international travelers and offers some of the most visitor-friendly COVID-19 entry requirements for African safari tours in 2021.

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Kenya

Kenya

The Safari Original Country

​Kenya is very likely to deliver some of the best African safaris in 2021. The country offers visitor-friendly COVID-19 entry requirements and a trip for every type of traveller.

From unforgettable family safaris with child-friendly activities to exclusive hideaways for couples and honeymooners, there’s not much that beats a Kenya safari.

The standards of service are high and Kenya’s top destinations offer luxury African safari accommodation ranging from lavish, colonial-style lodges to contemporary boutique hotels and authentic tented camps.

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Uganda

Uganda

There are only about 900 mountain gorillas left on Earth and trekking into their native forests is the only way to see these critically endangered primates, as they cannot survive in captivity.

No other wildlife encounter can rival sitting with endangered gorillas in their natural habitat and observing the fascinating family dynamics of our ancient relatives.

The emerald rainforests of Uganda are incredible destinations for gorilla trekking – the continent’s most powerful wildlife experience – and the country’s trekking permits are among the most affordable in Africa.

Plus, Uganda offers the chance to augment your gorilla trekking experience with one-of-a-kind chimpanzee trekking in Kibale Forest National Park as well as fantastic game viewing in Queen Elizabeth National Park.

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Zambia

Zambia

Although a visit to the world-renowned grandeur of Victoria Falls should be on everyone’s Zambia safari itinerary, it’s the country’s hidden gem locations that are among some of Africa’s most underrated safari destinations.

Zambia is home to an alluring network of national parks that are often less visited than their counterparts in South Africa, Botswana, Kenya and Tanzania. The country boasts some of Africa's wildest and most remote corners, but you'll be far from roughing it on a Zambia safari. You can enjoy sensational big game viewing accompanied by some of the best safari guides in the business, while staying at luxury African safari lodges and camps.

A long-time favourite among safari connoisseurs, Zambia doesn’t attract the crowds that cluster around sightings in the better-known parks of Africa.

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Botswana

Botswana

Choose a Botswana vacation package and experience a traditional big game wildlife safari in one of Africa’s top destinations. The evergreen jewel of the Okavango Delta is at the heart of Botswana’s safari attractions, flanked in the east by the rolling savannah of the Savuti and the teeming elephant paradise of the Chobe.

​South of the delta lie the far-flung stretches of the Makgadikgadi saltpans and the semi-desert grasslands of the Kalahari. Go on guided game drives, nature walks, river cruises, canoe trips or explore on horseback to make the most of Botswana's legendary wildlife.

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South Africa

South Africa

When it comes to complete holiday destinations in Africa, South Africa is seriously tough to beat. The country offers its visitors a plethora of unique experiences and arguably the best tourism infrastructure network on the continent.

Daily commercial flights link all its major cities, while chartered airplanes can easily get you to safari lodges that have their own private airstrips. From Big 5 safaris at luxurious lodges and the world’s best land-based whale watching to gastronomic delights amid magnificent rolling vineyards, South Africa has it all and then some.

Plus, you can crown your South Africa safari with some well-deserved R&R along the country’s stunning coastline.