A safari can always be extended to match the time and budget available, but that said, short African safaris are a great way to get maximum buck for your bucks. Fly-in options mean that short safari holidays are light on travel time and big on moments when time stands still.
Getting the most out of short African safaris
With a little clever safari planning, your feet need hardly touch the ground between your flight in and your first game drive – making short African safaris an enjoyable reality. How can this be true, you might wonder. Well, we have three golden rules for short safari holidays, whether you choose a two-day African safari, a three-day African safari or four-day African safari.
- Firstly, always stay at a single lodge. Not only will this keep costs down, but you’ll save time with less moving around. Just get there, enjoy your safari and then head home – no fuss!
- Secondly, pick an arrival point that gives you direct access to your final destination. For example, Nairobi in Kenya and Johannesburg in South Africa offer efficient, international gateways to iconic wildlife areas.
- Finally, look for direct flights to said arrival points, and aim to arrive early in the morning. This allows for an immediate road or air transfer to your chosen safari lodge.
If getting this right sounds like a lot of work, never fear. We’ll help you plan a streamlined, short safari that will still be the stuff of dreams.
Our favourite short African safari destinations
Although you might require an overnight in the city, Nairobi gives you quick access to the inimitable Masai Mara – which is always worth visiting, whether or not the Great Wildebeest Migration is passing through. The reserves of Northern Kenya (such as Samburu) offer more arid, yet equally fascinating wildlife experiences while Amboseli safaris are all about seeing elephant and in the shadow of Kilimanjaro.
Joburg, the city of gold, is an international hub that provides fly-in short African safari options both within South Africa – spend time with big cats in the Greater Kruger, running with the wild dogs of Madikwe, or exploring the Maputaland Coast – and quick hops across to its neighbouring countries.
Victoria Falls, in adjacent Zimbabwe, promises a unique combination of safari and adrenaline-fuelled activities, while Botswana’s tranquil Okavango Delta is a sanctuary for visitors and wildlife alike.