When visiting or going on safari in Africa or just visiting a certain part of Africa itself chances are you will be wanting to do some tours and see the amazing wildlife and nature this magical place has to offer. After all, that is probably the main reason you are there in the first place, right?
Below I have added the 5 best extra’s I did from my safari trip in Africa from Cape Town to Victoria Falls. It wasn’t an easy list to come up with, but they all made my time that little bit extra special.
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Okavango Delta Scenic Flight
This was one of those experiences I don’t think I will ever forget. We had spent the night before camping in the Okavango Delta region with local guides as part of my safari. It was an amazing place but to fly over it and see it from the air was something else altogether.
The flight itself lasts an hour but it’s worth every penny. You see the vast settlement of water throughout the region and the sheer size of the delta area. The pilots are fantastic and ensure you see all the sights at a distance very comfortable from the ground but not far enough away that everything is small. On our flight, we saw herds of buffalo, wildebeest, elephants, hippos, zebra and giraffe.
It was also very cool to see exactly where we had spent the previous night sleeping and can’t recommend this experience enough. Less than half the people on our trip did the flight and it’s not one to miss so be sure not to make the same mistake.
Etosha Game Drive
When you come to Africa you usually have game drives and lots of animals on your itinerary right? Well, this is a great one to do and the first one on offer if you do the Cape to Falls safari route. The excitement of finally getting into the African bush helps make this memorable for sure but as with all game drives you can sometimes be lucky and other times not so much, the guides definitely stress this to you during the briefing as well but trust me it’s worth the risk.
We were on the lucky side when it came to be doing this drive, we had barely entered the gates at security before we had zebra standing on the road refusing to move. They were literally a few feet away, it was incredible. A few hundred meters further down the road there was a group of giraffes having a drink at a local watering hole, this all before we had even technically started the game drive.
Throughout the course of the day, we saw an incredible number of wild elephants (and babies), giraffe, wildebeest, lions (and cubs), zebra, antelope, various birdlife and deer. We saw them playing, fighting and flirting all across the park, in watering holes and hiding under trees in the shade.
Let’s just say the Nikon got a fair workout on this trip and as always, I was left with some great images to remember the trip by. Some of these can be found on my Instagram.
The whole group did this option and I can honestly say we never left afterwards disappointed at all. Look at doing your own tour in Etosha National Park.
Guided bush walks in Okavango Delta
This walk was done while we were staying overnight in the Okavango Delta. You had the chance to do an evening walk, morning walk or both. I decided to do both as the evening one was a lot of fun and a little nerve-racking.
The guides split people up into small groups of 4 or so and they guide you along tracks looking for wildlife. They explain things they see along the way like footprints, plants or stories from previous trips they still find memorable.
Along the journey, you can come close to wildebeest, elephant, zebra, water buffalo and hippos. There is also the small and terrifying chance of encountering a lion (hence why I said nerve-racking). We were lucky enough to see them all, apart from the lion and it was a completely different experience seeing these animals on the ground rather than in the safety of the safari cars.
Not everyone on the tour did both walks and some didn’t do either, but I really found these to be great. You could tell how much knowledge and passion the local guides have for their backyards and I highly suggest doing at least one of these. Personally, I would recommend the evening over the morning as we saw far more wildlife but as they explain every time nothing is a certainty, and this would change every trip.
Maun River cruise
This was operated by the gentleman that ran the camping grounds that we called home for one night on the safari. He was a super friendly bloke who invites you to head out on the river behind the camping grounds with him to watch the sunset and try to spot some of the local birds and hippos. You can grab some beers or other drinks from his bar beforehand as well, so can’t complain.
When out on the water it was so relaxing. You cruise up the river one way on the lookout for anything that might pop up (apparently you will know if a hippo does very quickly) or fly past. We saw eagles and other birds along the way as well as the local hippo. They are a very unpredictable animal and the guide demonstrates just how careful you need to be when on their waterways.
Just before we made our way back in, we were advised that we would be able to watch the sunset. OMG was this a sunset and a half or what, it was unbelievable. It sets right down the middle of the river and the sky goes an amazing range of reds, oranges and yellows. It was up there with the best sunsets I had ever witnessed and such an amazing way to enjoy the end to a great day in Africa.
White water rafting on Zambezi River
Having the title of “wildest one-day whitewater run in the world” had me convinced that this was a must once I got to Victoria Falls. It gives you the chance to say you have swum in the water under Victoria Falls as well, so there is another reason if the first wasn’t good enough.
This day was a great time, they follow all the correct safety procedures that you would expect anywhere else in the world. The guides are absolute experts at going down this river and we had some amazing fun on the way.
The first rapid we come to was by nowhere near the biggest but straight away we got an idea of what sort of day we were in for. One bloke on our raft hit the rapid wrong and got tossed to one side, dislocating his shoulder. This might put a few off but it seriously shouldn’t, he had issues with the shoulder previously, but it did show how much power these rapids can generate.
Word of warning, if you manage to get through the whole day without flipping the raft then you’re in for a treat on the last rapid. We achieved this and we
Once you have climbed up from the river (fair warning the climb out is hard work) you get rewarded with a beautifully cooked barbeque, accompanied with sides of salads and vegetables. After the days’ workout, you have endured you will be very grateful for lunch.
I really enjoyed this trip and we were talking about our crash on the river for the remainder of our time as a group. That evening they also call by to where we were staying and put a slideshow up of the days’ adventure. It is well put together and provides plenty of laughs as you find out the exact moments it all goes wrong and the raft flips.
Overall, if you’re in for a bit of fun and don’t mind knowing you’re going to end up wet then certainly jump at the chance of doing this trip. You won’t regret it at all. I have a more detailed blog of this trip here or other African related blogs can be found by following this link. Let me know in the comments section before if you end up doing this tour, I would love to hear your thoughts.
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Book Your Flight
Heading to either Skyscanner or Momondo are my methods of choice for this. They are my favourite as they search for flights from different companies all over the world. You can filter the results to suit your needs and ensure you land the best price every-time.
Book Your Accommodation
This is an important part of any holiday you’re going on. Read all the reviews and get the right accommodation via TripAdvisor. They even show you the best prices available at the time for that room from suppliers like Booking.com.For booking a hostel your best bet is to start with HostelWorld or possible even use CouchSurfing if you’re on a real budget.
Don’t Forget Travel Insurance
Travel Insurance is a must these days so you have a piece of mind you’re covered for anything that could go wrong while on your trip. I now never go on a trip away without travel insurance. I’ve been using World Nomads for the past few years.
My favourite companies that offer the best service and value are:
- World Nomads (little more expensive but covers everything)
- SafetyWing (cheaper option to just cover you for health issues)
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They offer the best tours, have money-back offers in case your trip is cancelled and ensure the price of each tour is the lowest possible.
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