What is the best safari destination in Africa?

When people begin to plan their perfect safari, it often leads them to the age old question - "What is the best safari in Africa?"

Now, the answer isn't always as easy as The Wild Eye Mara Camp but there are a few things that people should consider when deciding on where to go.

Some of the most important factors people should consider when deciding on where to go for a safari, is what you are hoping to see (and where it's likely you'd see it), what you'd like to experience, for how long, with how many people, and at what budget.

This goes for photographers as well. We often base our decision on where we are going to travel to depending on what it is we want to photograph.

In this blog, I am going to give you a few ideas on some of the best Safari destinations in Africa - depending on what it is you want to see or experience!

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If none of the above tickles your fancy then perhaps it's time for you to broaden your horizons and search for a new experience within Africa or perhaps outside of Africa. If that is the case, we've still got you covered!

Our team of experienced tour planners will work with you to build a travel plan tailored to the destinations you would like to visit, the species you would like to see, the amount of time you'd like to travel for, your group size and of course, your budget.

The Big Five

If you want to see The Big Five on a well-rounded safari experience, take a look at these safari's...

The Masai Mara offers incredible photographic opportunity outside of the typical migration period. In fact, many an award winning image have been captured during the shoulder seasons either sides of the migratory movements due to the vast diversity of wildlife found within the Mara eco-system including the famous Big Five. The Mara remains a quintessential safari experience in the Mara Experience Season and is still one of the bucket list items that any wildlife and nature enthusiast should tick off.

Teeming with wildlife biodiversity and with grasslands as far as the eye can see, The Masai Mara is one of the most iconic wildlife destinations in the world.

The Masai Mara Experience Safari - Kenya

What I can tell you, is that this is truly a once in a lifetime experience that encapsulates the pure magnificence of the Masai Mara as well as The Wild Eye Mara Camp. A journey with like-minded people in one of the best locations within the entire Mara system, hospitality from Dickson and the rest of our East African family and incredible wildlife - a recipe for an unforgettable trip. The focus is on photography and making sure that all of our guests leave the area with an amazing portfolio of images that encompasses the entire experience. However, one does not have to be a photographer to enjoy every second of the week. It really is open to any and all who have a love and passion for nature and wildlife.

Sabi Sabi & Mala Mala Photographic Seminar - South Africa

This ever popular wildlife photography seminar is designed for anyone who loves wildlife, safari and photography. Over the duration of the seminar, the aim is to cover all facets of wildlife photography to establish a deeper connection not only with your photographic ability but with wildlife and nature as a whole. The seminar has been created in such a way, that each individual will receive equal personal attention throughout the safari by having three Wild Eye Guides on site for the safari, allowing for ample opportunity to learn from and be inspired by the experts.

Madikwe Safari - South Africa

Towering rocky outcrops, red sands, open grasslands and large waterholes drawing animals for a drink during the intense Madikwe heat, all form part of the exciting experience on offer at this malaria-free Big 5 safari destination

It’s often thought that it is simply not possible for one safari destination to “have it all” and perhaps this statement is indeed true. That said, the diverse and wildly dynamic fauna and flora of Madikwe Game Reserve is about as close as it gets.

Great Apes

If you want to see the Great Apes, this is the best safari in Africa for you...

Exploring what is known as the Pearl of Africa, is about more than just the wildlife experience, it is about the wonderful memories one makes, the friendly people wherever you go, as well as the sounds and smells that are around when trekking through the forests.

In their natural habitats of the tropical rain forests in Uganda, Rwanda, and Congo, the total mountain gorilla population is estimated to be 1,063 individuals. This is the highest population of mountain gorillas ever since their conservation started.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is situated in southwestern Uganda and is home to the single largest gorilla habitat as well as a healthy population of chimpanzees.

Best of Uganda - Uganda

Time spent in the company of Uganda's great apes has been described by many as a life-changing experience and is certainly one of Africa's bucket-list encounters with nature. When you look into those big eyes, you connect with more than just an animal, you discover a new part of yourself.

Join Wild Eye for this incredible adventure which includes not only the experience of getting close to and photographing the critically endangered Mountain Gorilla, but also two full days of trekkingChimpanzees in Uganda's Kibale National Forest, and a two day visit to the famous Queen Elizabeth National Park, known for its tree climbing lions.

Lions

If you want to see lions, Southern and Eastern Africa has you covered!

To see a lion in its natural habitat is one of the most humbling, impressive sights an African safari can offer.

Enjoying the enviable position at the top of the food chain with no predators, the lion rules the wide-open African plains. The largest and grandest of all cats, they live in small prides led by a single male or a coalition of males.

The Masai Mara, situated in Kenya is home to some of the most diverse lion dynamics on the planet. With endless acres of space for these animals to venture into between Kenya and Tanzania, there are multiple prides that have settled in their territories along with nomadic lions on the journey to start their own pride.

The open spaces and abundance of prey in The Masai Mara make for some of the best lion sightings out there.

Exclusive Amboseli & Mara Kicheche Safari - KENYA

The mere mention of Kenya's name conjures up emotions strongly tied to safari, adventure and classic Hollywood movies. There's great reason for this - Kenya offers some of the continent's very best safari experiences and is synonymous with the quintessential safari experience. This exciting adventure will take you through 3 of the country's best known regions in search of fantastic encounters with wildlife.

Wild Eye has been operating in Kenya since 2011 and identified the need for a safari that captures the essence of Kenya, the very best that Kenya has to offer. Experience the magic of the Masai Mara during the off peak season, explore two iconic lakes in the form of Lakes Nakuru and Naivasha and witness sight to remember in the shadows of Africa's greatest landmark -Mount Kilimanjaro

The Masai Mara Experience Safari - Kenya

What I can tell you, is that this is truly a once in a lifetime experience that encapsulates the pure magnificence of the Masai Mara as well as The Wild Eye Mara Camp. A journey with like-minded people in one of the best locations within the entire Mara system, hospitality from Dickson and the rest of our East African family and incredible wildlife - a recipe for an unforgettable trip. The focus is on photography and making sure that all of our guests leave the area with an amazing portfolio of images that encompasses the entire experience. However, one does not have to be a photographer to enjoy every second of the week. It really is open to any and all who have a love and passion for nature and wildlife.

Sabi Sabi & Mala Mala Photographic Seminar - South Africa

This ever popular wildlife photography seminar is designed for anyone who loves wildlife, safari and photography. Over the duration of the seminar, the aim is to cover all facets of wildlife photography to establish a deeper connection not only with your photographic ability but with wildlife and nature as a whole. The seminar has been created in such a way, that each individual will receive equal personal attention throughout the safari by having three Wild Eye Guides on site for the safari, allowing for ample opportunity to learn from and be inspired by the experts.

Serengeti & Masai Mara Migration Safari - Kenya

The mighty Mara River moving through Kenya's Masai Mara and Tanzania's Northern Serengeti, flows right through the herds feedings grounds, making multiple river crossings of various sizes, a necessary evil for both Zebra and Wildebeest throughout the season. Not only do the river's resident crocodiles pose imminent threat, lion, leopard, cheetah and hyena all stake their claim to the abundance of prey. It’s an action packed experience!

This tour promises to deliver the very best of the annual wildebeest migration, offering unique views from both the Tanzanian and Kenyan sides of the Mara River. Intense game viewing and action packed moments are the order of the day on this incredible safari experience. Stay in wonderful camps, including our very own Wild Eye Mara Camp, and go home with memories to last a lifetime!

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Leopards

If you want to see leopards, leopards, and more leopards, look no further than South Africa's Sabi Sand...

A lot of individuals favour photographing and viewing the big cats, particularly the very elusive leopard.

If you are one of these people who can never see or photograph enough leopard

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you are one of the unfortunate individuals who has never been able to view a leopard in the flesh because it kept hiding in the thickets or it eluded you, then the following safari destination is the best Safari for YOU!

The Sabi Sands located in South Africa and particularly Mala Mala Game Reserve is renowned for some of the most prolific leopard viewing! As some of our previous guests have so eloquently put it, if you visit this area, you will see leopards falling out of the trees!

This is no lie…

The chances of not seeing a leopard is there, but HIGHLY unlikely.

MalaMala & Mashatu Safari - South Africa

Do you want to see a leopard? This is the perfect tour for you!

It's rare that you come across a safari experience that meets all of the requirements for a seasoned wildlife photographer and safari go'er. Well, look no further than the MalaMala & Mashatu photo tour. MalaMala arguably offers Africa's most consistent big game safari  experience including unimaginable leopard sightings. Mashatu is a scenic splendour and allows you to photograph wildlife at eye-level from within their renowned photo hide.

Sabi Sabi & Mala Mala Photographic Seminar - South Africa

This ever popular wildlife photography seminar is designed for anyone who loves wildlife, safari and photography. Over the duration of the seminar, the aim is to cover all facets of wildlife photography to establish a deeper connection not only with your photographic ability but with wildlife and nature as a whole. The seminar has been created in such a way, that each individual will receive equal personal attention throughout the safari by having three Wild Eye Guides on site for the safari, allowing for ample opportunity to learn from and be inspired by the experts.

Cheetahs

If you want to see cheetahs, the plains of East Africa is where you'd be headed...

On the top of my list of places to see cheetah would be the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. Undoubtedly this is perfect cheetah habitat with its open grassy plains and abundance of prey species. Cheetah can be found here all year round, however, I would suggest from December – March for the highest chance of sightings.

A close second on my list would be Kenya, and in particular the Masai Mara National Park which is home to one of the highest densities of cheetah in Africa. The Mara understandably has one of the highest visitor numbers resulting in many of the animals, including the cheetah being less wary of vehicles.

Best of The Serengeti

What's not to love about the Serengeti. It's iconic in every way, cemented in our minds thanks to countless films and documentaries, novels and adventures. This Best of the Serengeti tour will showcase the beauty, excitement and action of the region to you across a diverse 14 day experience. You’ll visit the less known Tarangire at the foothills of the Ngorongoro Crater.

The Masai Mara Experience Safari - Kenya

What I can tell you, is that this is truly a once in a lifetime experience that encapsulates the pure magnificence of the Masai Mara as well as The Wild Eye Mara Camp. A journey with like-minded people in one of the best locations within the entire Mara system, hospitality from Dickson and the rest of our East African family and incredible wildlife - a recipe for an unforgettable trip. The focus is on photography and making sure that all of our guests leave the area with an amazing portfolio of images that encompasses the entire experience. However, one does not have to be a photographer to enjoy every second of the week. It really is open to any and all who have a love and passion for nature and wildlife.

Serengeti & Masai Mara Migration Safari - Kenya

The mighty Mara River moving through Kenya's Masai Mara and Tanzania's Northern Serengeti, flows right through the herds feedings grounds, making multiple river crossings of various sizes, a necessary evil for both Zebra and Wildebeest throughout the season. Not only do the river's resident crocodiles pose imminent threat, lion, leopard, cheetah and hyena all stake their claim to the abundance of prey. It’s an action packed experience!

This tour promises to deliver the very best of the annual wildebeest migration, offering unique views from both the Tanzanian and Kenyan sides of the Mara River. Intense game viewing and action packed moments are the order of the day on this incredible safari experience. Stay in wonderful camps, including our very own Wild Eye Mara Camp, and go home with memories to last a lifetime!

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Elephants

If you want to see elephants, a number of our safari's will get you up close and personal with 'Ellies'...

Elephants are a keystone species in terms of Africa's ecosystems and, without these majestic mega-herbivores, we may not enjoy the diversity of mammals that we currently have on the continent. Apart from their ecological importance, they are also a highly sought after photographic subject!

Elephants are perhaps the most fascinating African mammals to watch on safari. They are so intelligent, sociable, dextrous and communicative – you can watch them all day, and never get bored.  In general the best time to travel to Africa to see elephants is the dry season, which tends to be June to September.

Amboseli National Park is considered one of the best places to go in Africa to see an elephant. If you are looking for those iconic images of elephants in front of the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro, then this is the destination for you.

Secondly, Mana Pools is one of Africa’s most scenic parks, with the mighty Zambezi River frontage and the beautifully photogenic glades of large riverine trees. Now, add to this stunning scene groups of elephant moving through the sunlit forest. This is a recipe for the perfect elephant sighting!

If you’re really lucky, you might also see one of the old bulls standing on his hind legs to reach the branches of the trees to eat. It is thought there are just a handful of bulls who have learnt this trick – and this has to be one of the highlights of wild elephant watching.

Amboseli & Lake Nakuru Photo Tour - Kenya

This safari affords guests the opportunity to spend a bit more time in two of Kenya’s most popular photographic destinations. Amboseli finds itself at the foothills of the iconic Mount Kilimanjaro. It's one of the most scenic national parks in Africa and when the mountain is in full view will leave you with memories like no other. There is an abundance of wildlife that call the park home and you also stand a good chance of seeing a few of the iconic tuskers, some of the largest elephants in Africa today.

Best of Mana Pools - Zimbabwe

Set up camp on the only water source in the southern parts of the Mana. Walk the scenic floodplain and sit at the feet of giants. Wait in absolute stillness at a waterhole deep in to the Mopani woodlands. Mana Pools is incredibly diverse and has so much to offer.

The ultimate elephant tour - Zimbabwe & Botswana

Considered to be one of the most iconic animals in Africa, this exciting tour gives you the best opportunity to view and photograph elephants in arguably the most stunning and di=verse locations anywhere in Africa.

This tour provides an amazing opportunity to spend time with Africa’s giants in some of the most breathtaking landscapes. The combination of Mana Pools, Hwange and the Chobe not only allows you to view Elephants in different environments, but also to observe vastly different behaviour.

Wild dogs

If you want to see African wild dogs, these safari's provide you with the best chance...

With population numbers increasing, the exhilarating experience of seeing wild dogs is becoming a staple of South Luangwa game drives. Although traditionally only seen in the rainy season, the park is now seeing wild dog more regularly and in larger numbers throughout the year

In Zimbabwe, every year wild dogs den in and around Mana Pools and provide visitors with regular and exciting sightings through the safari season. At Kanga Camp, you can let the game come to you while you look over the camp’s waterhole.  It is particularly productive in the dry season as it is the only source of water for miles around.

In South Africa, the African wild dog is the flagship specie of Madikwe, which is famous for its packs of the small, feisty predator. The reserve is also malaria-free, which makes it great for families. It is home to many other game species, including Africa’s famous Big 5.

Treasures of The Lower Zambezi - Zambia

The Lower Zambezi is a destination where you simply get lost in its beauty. It offers a great variety of activities from exploring the breathtaking forests, to canoeing down the mighty Zambezi River. It's perhaps one of the most underrated parks in Africa!

The Lower Zambezi valley is a huge rift in the earth's crust, through which a mighty river flows. Over millennia, mineral-rich volcanic soils deposited by the Zambezi have nurtured lush vegetation, while old meanders and oxbow lakes add to the attraction for wildlife.

Best of Mana Pools - Zimbabwe

Set up camp on the only water source in the southern parts of the Mana. Walk the scenic floodplain and sit at the feet of wild dogs. Wait in absolute stillness at a waterhole deep in to the Mopani woodlands. Mana Pools is incredibly diverse and has so much to offer.

Madikwe Safari - South Africa

Towering rocky outcrops, red sands, open grasslands and large waterholes drawing animals for a drink during the intense Madikwe heat, all form part of the exciting experience on offer at this malaria-free Big 5 safari destination

It’s often thought that it is simply not possible for one safari destination to “have it all” and perhaps this statement is indeed true. That said, the diverse and wildly dynamic fauna and flora of Madikwe Game Reserve is about as close as it gets.

Malaria Free

If you want a Malaria-free area, this is the best safari in Africa for you...

One of the big advantages of traveling to South Africa compared to other African safari destinations, is that there are a number of game reserves where you can see the Big Five in malaria free areas. This is fantastic if you’re traveling with small children or want to avoid taking anti-malarials.

In my opinion, Madikwe Game Reserve offers the most consistent game viewing of the malaria free game reserves, and with its classic bushveld terrain, it really feels like you’re on safari. Madikwe is a 4-hour drive from Johannesburg or alternatively, you can fly in on a charter flight.

Family Friendly Marataba & Madikwe Safari - South Africa

A first of a kind safari which combines incredible game viewing in Madikwe Game Reserve in South Africa’s North West province, home to the Big 5 and many other species of game and birdlife. Tuningi Safari Lodge provides 5-star accommodation in an exclusive and private setting. The second part of this itinerary provides guests incredible opportunity contribute directly to the conservation activities in Marataba situated in the Marakele National Park to the West of South Africa’s Limpopo province.

Wilderness

If you want wild adventures, Botswana is the place to be!

Undoubtedly one of the most beautiful countries in Africa, Botswana has a landscape like no other. It is home to the Kalahari Desert and the Okavango Delta. That coupled with its majestic wildlife, natural wonders and warm locals makes it a place to visit.

The Okavango Delta, the Jewel of Africa. Can there be any place more unique than an oasis in the Kalahari Desert filled to the brim with wildlife? The Okavango Delta is a wildlife haven and combines incredible Big 5 game viewing with photogenic scenery and some of the best safari camps on the continent. This safari destination is about as good as it gets and should not be missed.

Botswana Wilderness Photo Tour - Botswana

The Botswana Wilderness Safari combines 3 of Wilderness Safaris’ camps in various parts of the Okavango Delta with the aim of exposing our small group of only 4 guests to the full range of habitats and environments that the Okavango Delta has to offer. In terms of the timing, we are right on the shoulder of high season in the delta and have been able to take advantage of the significantly discounted rates without compromising on our game viewing and photographic safari experience

The Best of Botswana - Botswana

Combining four unique parks, this tour will expose guests to some of the most diverse game viewing and scenery that Botswana has to offer. From crystal clear waters found in the Okavango Delta, to the dry and harsh conditions of Savute and finally ending off on the Chobe River, this adventure is one for all wildlife enthusiasts.

Great Migration

If you want to experience The Great Migration, this is the best safari in Africa for you...

The two words ‘Great Migration’ give rise to a common thought. Millions of wildebeest alongside hundreds of thousands of zebra amongst a few other species crossing the formidable water of the Mara River.

This thought is not wrong but there is so much more to it. The continual milling chaos of the year round great migration is rightfully known as the greatest wildlife spectacle on earth. Showcasing scenes of millions of wildebeest and zebra moving across the open plains of the Masai Mara and the Serengeti and of course crossing the mighty Mara River are synonymous with the wildebeest migration.

For many people around the world the Great Migration epitomizes the ultimate African safari experience and is still one of the quintessential bucket list items that any wildlife and nature enthusiast should tick off of their list at least once.

The thrill and excitement of watching one of nature’s most incredible wildlife spectacles unfold before your eyes is something that you will cherish for years to come and can be experienced in Kenya and Tanzania.

The Great Migration Safari in Kenya - Kenya

During the Great Migration season, over 2 million animals gather on the plains of The Masai Mara. This sets the scene for one of nature's most incredible spectacles and undoubtedly one of the best wildlife and photographic experiences.

By combining the exclusivity of The Wild Eye Mara Camp and the passion, knowledge and experience of our team, we have taken the Great Migrations Safari in Kenya to a whole new level, providing what we believe to be the very best Migration Safari in Kenya available in The Masai Mara

Serengeti & Masai Mara Migration Safari - Tanzania

Every year from June to September the great migration moves northwards to the Mara River. This dangerous river flows right through their feedings grounds and in addition to the resident crocodiles, lions, leopards, cheetahs and hyenas all stake their claim to the abundance of prey. It’s an action packed experience, never a dull moment. Although the second half of the promises intense action, the tour kicks off in Tarangire, a short drive from Kilimanjaro itself. We’ll visit this part during the height of the dry season for a game viewing bonanza, and see one of Africa's greatest gathering of elephants.

Diversity

If you want to experience diversity, we've got you covered...

The Lower Zambezi is a destination where you simply get lost in its beauty. It offers a great variety of activities from exploring the breathtaking forests, to canoeing down the mighty Zambezi River. It is perhaps one of the most underrated parks in Africa!

The Lower Zambezi valley is a huge rift in the earth's crust, through which a mighty river flows. Over millennia, mineral-rich volcanic soils deposited by the Zambezi have nurtured lush vegetation, while old meanders and oxbow lakes add to the attraction for wildlife.

Treasures of The Lower Zambezi - Zambia

The Lower Zambezi National Park, by virtue of the Zambezi River and its parallel escarpment, is definitely one of Africa's most scenic wilderness areas. Home to an impressive quantity and variety of wildlife which can be viewed by land based safari activities, from a variety of water based activities and from the camps themselves, all of which makes for a unique and exciting Safari adventure.

The Best of Botswana - Botswana

Combining four unique parks, this tour will expose guests to some of the most diverse game viewing and scenery that Botswana has to offer. From crystal clear waters found in the Okavango Delta, to the dry and harsh conditions of Savute and finally ending off on the Chobe River, this adventure is one for all wildlife enthusiasts.

Sabi Sabi & Mala Mala Photographic Seminar - South Africa

This ever popular wildlife photography seminar is designed for anyone who loves wildlife, safari and photography. Over the duration of the seminar, the aim is to cover all facets of wildlife photography to establish a deeper connection not only with your photographic ability but with wildlife and nature as a whole. The seminar has been created in such a way, that each individual will receive equal personal attention throughout the safari by having three Wild Eye Guides on site for the safari, allowing for ample opportunity to learn from and be inspired by the experts.

Conservation

If you want to experience conservation, this is the best safari in Africa for you...

An exciting opportunity to combine two Malaria Free destinations into a family safari experience which makes a tangible difference to conservation. This Madikwe and Marataba safari is the ideal combination of wildlife, relaxation, fun, education and gives families the opportunity to leave their mark on conservation efforts in South Africa.

Family Friendly Marataba & Madikwe Safari - South Africa

A first of a kind safari which combines incredible game viewing in Madikwe Game Reserve in South Africa’s North West province, home to the Big 5 and many other species of game and birdlife. Tuningi Safari Lodge provides 5-star accommodation in an exclusive and private setting. The second part of this itinerary provides guests incredible opportunity contribute directly to the conservation activities in Marataba situated in the Marakele National Park to the West of South Africa’s Limpopo province.

Landscapes

If you want to experience landscapes, consider these safari's...

Located in the Namibian Desert, one of the world's oldest and driest deserts, Sossusvlei is renowned for its lofty sand dunes that boast vibrant hues of pink, orange and red. In Naimbia, you will undoubtedly get an abundant amount of beautiful landscapes and get a totally different portfolio of images!

This sprawling Delta in Northern Botswana offers a dense and vividly green grassy landscape that looks like it's come directly out of a storybook. Joining these beautiful landscapes with a scenic aerial flight creates moments one can only dream of seeing.

Desert Wildlife of Namibia - Namibia

Namibia is home to an incredible array of desert adapted wildlife over and above its famous landscapes. This itinerary combines three of the most wild and remote wilderness regions exposing our guests to the best possible chances of encountering these unique species. Over and above this, presentations and interaction with wildlife researchers are planned when researchers are in camp, or nearby.

The Best of Botswana - Botswana

Combining four unique parks, this tour will expose guests to some of the most diverse game viewing and scenery that Botswana has to offer. From crystal clear waters found in the Okavango Delta, to the dry and harsh conditions of Savute and finally ending off on the Chobe River, this adventure is one for all wildlife enthusiasts.

The Masai Mara Experience Safari - Kenya

What I can tell you, is that this is truly a once in a lifetime experience that encapsulates the pure magnificence of the Masai Mara as well as The Wild Eye Mara Camp. A journey with like-minded people in one of the best locations within the entire Mara system, hospitality from Dickson and the rest of our East African family and incredible wildlife - a recipe for an unforgettable trip. The focus is on photography and making sure that all of our guests leave the area with an amazing portfolio of images that encompasses the entire experience. However, one does not have to be a photographer to enjoy every second of the week. It really is open to any and all who have a love and passion for nature and wildlife.

Family trips

If you want to experience family trips, this is the best safari in Africa for you...

There is nothing better than sharing the experiences of an African safari with your friends or family.

A family safari has game drives as its star turn, but with a supporting cast of activities and accommodation that perfectly suits young travelers. It’s a holiday that hops with wildlife, but also offers time to relax, to learn and to meet the people, as well as the animals, that call Africa home.

Madikwe Safari - South Africa

Towering rocky outcrops, red sands, open grasslands and large waterholes drawing animals for a drink during the intense Madikwe heat, all form part of the exciting experience on offer at this malaria-free Big 5 safari destination, and this is perfect for your family getaway!

It’s often thought that it is simply not possible for one safari destination to “have it all” and perhaps this statement is indeed true. That said, the diverse and wildly dynamic fauna and flora of Madikwe Game Reserve is about as close as it gets.

Perhaps you have been to Africa, explored many of its natural wonders and you'd like to explore further afield?

Start venturing beyond Africa to see some of the species that aren't on offer on the African Continent!

Well...

Jaguars

If you want to see Jaguars, this is the best adventure for you...

None of the Pantanal’s inhabitants are as sought after as the elusive Jaguar. Although finding & photographing Jaguars requires time & patience, you’ll be surprised by the typical regularity of sightings. There is nothing more exciting than finding this striking cat and not only seeing them, but to stand a chance of watching them on the move as they explore their territories and go out on the hunt, fascinating first-hand behaviour.

Jaguars of The Pantanal - Brazil

None of the Pantanal’s inhabitants are as sought after as the elusive Jaguar. This exciting Wild Eye Safari is designed to take you into the heart of the spotted cat’s territory as we dedicate nearly 9 days entirely to time with Jaguars. Although finding & photographing Jaguars requires time & patience, you’ll be surprised by the typical regularity of sightings. We will spend entire days (apart from lunch breaks) in search of this striking cat and stand a good chance of not only seeing them, but also of watching them on the move as they explore their territories and go out on the hunt, fascinating first-hand behaviour as well as learn more about this fascinating wilderness & the striking creatures that inhabit it.

Lemurs

If you want to see lemurs, this is the best adventure for you...

The Magnificent island of Madagascar has signature animals ranging from lemurs and chameleons; to fossa and the amazing array of birds. There are incredible landscapes which include everything from the baobabs to orchids and so much more. Madagascar is a one-of-a-kind destination and the world's fourth largest island should be explored by immersing yourself in the various destinations that you can visit.

Best of Madagascar - Madagascar

Madagascar is the fourth largest island in the world and an incredibly unique destination where you can view and photograph species not found anywhere on the planet.

Madagascar is a dream destination for outdoor enthusiasts and nature photographers with half the fun being getting to all the diverse attractions. Lemurs, baobabs, rainforests and deserts – few places on Earth offer such an intense and uniquely diverse kaleidoscope of nature

Tigers

If you want to see tigers, this is the best adventure for you...

In central India lies 4 safari regions known for producing some of the best tiger sightings in India. In addition to this the wealth of wildlife that occur there such as leopard, sloth bear & wild dogs will fulfill all your needs and the diverse & scenic landscapes steeped in beauty & history will provide a fantastic backdrop to it all. Bandhavgarh, Pench, Tadoba and Kanha National Parks are all located in close proximity to one another. They offer a diverse & exciting safari experience.

Incredible India - India

India is incredible in size and diversity. We have a series of safaris covering India and this exciting one focuses on 3 National Parks right in the middle of the country. Explore these diverse parks and immerse yourself within a very special wildlife experience.

Polar Bears

If you want to see polar bears, these are the best adventures for you...

Svalbard has fascinated travelers for a long time. Rich wildlife (including the majestic polar bear) arctic nature and old mining towns are all found on the islands which have a stark and eerie beauty that's all their own.

Svalbard Arctic Expedition

Halfway between mainland Norway and the North Pile lies Svalbard - one of the world's most spectacular wilderness and wildlife areas. For this incredible adventure, we will be using the M/S Stockholm, a small expedition ship built specifically for Arctic waters. Nimble and flexible, they allow us to make regular landfalls with sturdy Zodiacs and explorer the polar wilderness and it's spectacular wildlife.

As a member of our Svalbard Expedition you will be on standby for photographic action at all times. At times you may be woken in the early hours of the morning because a polar bear has been spotted, truly exciting. May/June is characterised by a lot of snow and a wonderful purity. From Polar Bears and Walruses to Arctic Foxes and innumerable flocks of birds, this photo expedition promises not only unbelievable photo opportunities but memories that will last you a lifetime.

Arctic Voyage

The Spitsbergen and Greenland cruise sails the Arctic waters filled with breath-taking scenery, passing through areas that are home to seals, seabirds, whales, and hopefully polar bears.

Greenland or “Kalaallit Nunaat” (“Land of the People") in the Greenlandic language is a place of extremes. Located between the Arctic and Atlantic oceans, east of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago, it is dominated by the second largest ice-sheet in the world. Despite the restricted access to land due to the ice sheet, Greenland sports a diverse array of wildlife.

Many land mammals enjoy the northern and eastern shores of Greenland where human populations are few and far between. The waters around Greenland are alive with belugas, blues, fins, Greenland whales, minkes, narwhals, and sperm whales. This Arctic Voyage is an expedition-style adventure like none other, and promises to be a memorable experience.

Landscapes

If you want to see Landscapes, this is the best adventure for you...

In Iceland you can explore everything from volcanoes to geysers, glaciers and natural hot springs, black sand beaches and impressive lava fields to waterfalls and sculptural mountains. Just like all Icelanders, I have my personal favorite nature sites. Many of them are in remote and isolated areas of the country.

Northern Lights & Ice Caves of Iceland

Across eight memorable days we will take in the landscapes and light conditions that have made Iceland one of the world’s premier photography destinations. We’ve got professional photographic guides, access to an amazing amount of local knowledge and a welcoming country ready to explore.

This brand new Wild Eye photography adventure is like no other, exposing you and your camera to the very best sights that Iceland has to offer. We will chase the northern lights, explore spectacular ice caves, capture the magical glacier lagoon at Jokulsarlon and witness so much more. This photographic expedition has it all. Across eight memorable days we will take in the landscapes and light conditions that have made Iceland one of the world’s premier photography destinations.

We’ve got professional photographic guides, access to an amazing amount of local knowledge and a welcoming country ready to explore. An Arctic Paradise awaits

Now, if I happened to miss out on "that" specific thing that you are longing to see on your African safari or international adventure, do not fear as Wild Eye is near!

Our team of experienced tour planners will work with you to build a custom travel plan tailored to the destinations you would like to visit, the amount of time you'd like to travel for, your group size and of course, your budget.

Perhaps you don’t mind spending time in the company of others, but when it comes to your safari you want to be looked after, and perhaps even taught a new skill by a seasoned, professional safari guide. This is the Wild Eye private guided safari experience.

Feel free to read more about our custom and private safaris below!

 

Custom Tour

Whilst there are many great examples of travel itineraries which generally combine the most popular attractions in a region, there will never be a package which has the ideal duration, combination of destinations or price that suits everyone. We will work with you to customise everything from the price and level of accommodation, to the destination and areas to visit in order to maximise the potential to see and experience as much as possible.

Private Guided Tours

A private guided experience is centered around you & your enjoyment. You’ll travel in the company of a professionally qualified Wild Eye guide for the entire duration of the tour. It’s private and exclusive and therefore offers you the opportunity to enjoy the thrill of being on safari to the fullest, all whilst being in the company of a guide and host whose sole purpose is to ensure that you are taken care of beyond your expectation, from start to finish.

In episode # 394 of The Wild Eye Podcast, myself and Gerry van der Walt share a few thoughts on the question, "What is the best safari in Africa?"

You can listen to the podcast below or by using your favorite podcasting app!

Hopefully you now have the answer to the age old question of "What is the Best Safari in Africa?"

If you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comments below or you can contact me via email: michaela@wild-eye.co.za

Until next time,

Michael

Different Seasons on Safari

Now that you know what the Best Safari in Africa is, you may be interested to know when the best season is to go on Safari.

Different Safari seasons can give you totally different experiences, many of which a lot of people are not aware of. In short, there is no bad time to be on safari, but certain areas tend to peak at different times of the year.

In this blog you can find a breakdown on which places might be best to visit during different times of the year..

What does a Safari Cost?

In this blog post, I’ll go a little deeper into the components of a typical safari cost, and provide a breakdown of the costs associated with a safari to Africa with Wild Eye.

"Well, its not that simple unfortunately. There is indeed a correlation between guided and non-guided safari's, overall tour exclusivity and associated price. The more exclusive the guided safari, the more destinations visited and the more complex the itinerary, the higher the price, right? In theory, the answer is yes, but, not always."

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