Africa safari holidays: your guide to booking on the web

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For many people, safari holidays are the epitome of colonial-era glamour.

Once only afforded by the rich and famous, today’s safaris are much more accessible and responsible than their predecessors.

So if you’re a wildlife lover and you’re keen to experience the amazing landscapes of Africa, there’s no reason to put off safari holidays any longer – we’ve found some of the best sites on the web for planning, booking and comparing safari excursions.

Where should you go on safari in Africa?

Africa is an enormous continent and home to several major destinations for safari holidays. Kenya and Tanzania are among the most popular safari locations, but you’ll also find some great treks in South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Botswana. Africa Odyssey, a specialist in African travel itineraries, has a range of comprehensive guides to the continent’s main safari destinations. You’ll also find useful details here on safari accommodation and activities.

Fodor’s Travel has more tips on great African safaris, with further details on particular reserves and national parks. They also have a helpful list of special considerations to bear in mind, as well as guides to types of safaris and the best tour operators and travel agents for bookings.

If you’re still not sure which African safaris will be best for you, take a look at some handy top 10 lists for a concise overview of your options. This Telegraph article on the 10 best safaris in Africa is from 2010 but contains a lot of great advice and tips from safari experts that are still relevant. More recently, the Guardian’s top 10 affordable safaris in East Africa from February 2014 is essential reading for safari lovers on a budget.

Booking African safaris on the web

When you’ve decided on your dream safari destination, it’s time to make a booking. Most safari holidays run as packages, although DIY safaris are possible for more confident and experienced travellers. Virgin Holidays African safaris have some great deals, particularly to South Africa and Kenya. And if you want to sample the best safari attractions without compromising on your standard of living, luxury safaris from Simply Luxury have the answer.

Alternatively, if you’re looking for tailor-made itineraries that incorporate both safari activities and a beach holiday, take a look at the journeys on offer at Kuoni. Thomson also arranges safari and twin centre holidays. These packages let you see two destinations at once, so you could experience a classic Masai Mara safari and then stop off for a city break in Marrakesh on your way home.

If you’re keen to travel like a local, browse safari deals at ResponsibleTravel.com. There are over 300 African safari holidays up for grabs here, including group safaris and self-drive holidays.

To compare a range of safari holidays online, turn to Safari Bookings. This site is the largest online marketplace for African safari holidays and contrasts packages from over 800 operators. It’s the perfect way to find the best deal, and you’ll also get to read thousands of user reviews before making a booking.

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