Where to go on safari in Africa Luxury African Safari Destinations, Curated For You

Africa: the home of safaris … but where exactly should you go to experience the best? Art of Safari has carefully curated the following destinations, each of which is a safari powerhouse. See what speaks to you, and Art of Safari will help you get there.

Greater Okavango Delta

If it were a musical compilation, a tour of the greater Okavango Delta would be titled Safari: Greatest Hits. Much like a starstruck fan, I could wax lyrical about the…

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Sossusvlei

Sossusvlei must be one of the most photogenic places on earth. This bare pan floods very occasionally after rains, but for years on end it’s a parched expanse of salt…

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South Africa

I could wax lyrical about South Africa all day. Let me pour you a glass of Pinotage and I’ll begin... It’s a fascinating cultural melting pot: where once empires collided,…

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Mana Pools

The Lower Zambezi River is a quite different creature to the broad, sluggish snake above Victoria Falls. As it flows through Mana Pools National Park, its meanders create a maze…

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Kenya

There are many reasons I’d choose Kenya for a luxury safari. Firstly, what’s amazing about the country is that there aren’t any fences, allowing the wildlife to move around as…

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The Masai Mara

I can’t imagine a luxury Kenyan safari that doesn’t include the Masai Mara. It has all the drama and excitement you could wish for, plus magical moments of romance. Among…

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Bazaruto & Benguerra

The Bazaruto Archipelago is characterised by enormous, towering dunes and endlessly shifting sandbanks. It’s a tropical wonderland – one of my favourites – of luxury lodges set on perfect palm-rimmed…

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Etosha

Etosha is a place where words may fail you, although I think the Ovambo tribespeople of northern Namibia summed it up best: in their language, Etosha means the ‘great white…

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Mozambique

Mozambique beckons with its unspoilt coastline and swaying palms, its traditions and culture, and warm, friendly people. Like me, most visitors come for the excellent lodges and resorts on its…

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Northern Kenya

Wild, remote and generally drier and hotter than the green plains of the south, northern Kenya feels completely different. It’s a more rugged, rocky region, home to remarkable animals, like…

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Victoria Falls

The Seven Wonders of the World pale in comparison with their natural counterparts, and Victoria Falls, shared by Zimbabwe and Zambia, is perhaps the most spectacular of them all. It…

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Botswana

One of the things that has stuck with me about my luxury Botswana safari is the way the country showcases life and death in microcosm against the most sweeping of…

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Tanzania

Tanzania is Africa writ large – the sheer scale of the country gives you an incredible feeling of space and freedom, and especially in the more remote areas, evokes a…

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Zimbabwe

Ask any old Zimbabwe safari hand (there are many), and they won’t be shy to tell you that Zimbabwe is where safari, as we know it, truly began. The best…

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Northern Tanzania

My main reason for going on my first luxury Tanzanian safari was to witness the Great Wildebeest Migration, which more than lived up to the hype. What’s kept me coming…

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Central Kalahari

If Africa is an open book, then the Central Kalahari Game Reserve is its centrefold – beautiful yet mysterious, receptive yet at times unreachable. I love the Central Kalahari for…

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Greater Kruger

On our first visit to South Africa, we learnt that often when locals refer to ‘the bush’ what they really mean is Greater Kruger. It’s part of the country’s national…

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The Chyulu Hills

Chyulu Hills is a region of former volcanic hills and caves, wonderfully sandwiched between Tsavo East and Amboseli national parks in southern Kenya. Just like in Amboseli, the skyline to…

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Zanzibar & Pemba

With their white, sandy beaches and glorious turquoise waters, Zanzibar and Pemba are idyllic seaside escapes. A trip out to these Indian Ocean islands is the perfect relaxing extension to…

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Kenya South Coast Beaches

I love Kenya’s south-coast beaches for their combination of beautiful crescents of white sand, warm clear waters teeming with marine life and fascinating Swahili culture and history. This part of…

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Hwange

Proclaimed in 1928, Hwange is – to many people – the jewel in Zimbabwe’s national-parks crown. As the country’s largest game park, it lends itself to exploration, and I’ve found…

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Kalahari, Madikwe and Waterberg

The northern interior of South Africa is the very definition of ‘off the beaten track’. With its ample open spaces and dry terrain, it’s sometimes passed over for wilderness areas…

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Cape Town

Luxury escapes to Cape Town tick so many boxes for me – not just for the city itself, but for everything that you can find on its doorstep. The location…

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Makgadikgadi Pans

Makgadikgadi Pans National Park is situated in northeastern Botswana, surrounded by the Kalahari Desert. Once a lake, the area is now made up of several expansive salt pans, namely Sua,…

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Damaraland & Skeleton Coast

Damaraland is such a rugged and lunar landscape that we joked about finding astronaut boot prints there. It’s true, there’s something otherworldly about its uncompromising ups and downs, and yet…

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Western Cape & Garden Route

The Western Cape and Garden Route in some ways resembles the perfect red blend, like the many produced in the Cape Winelands. For bouquet, read the sheer loveliness of this…

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Namibia

Namibia was not my first African country, but it may well be the last one I ever forget. The unique wildlife and authentic tribal cultures thriving in what seem to…

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Chobe Floodplains

Chobe National Park was Botswana’s first, and it’s still the county’s most popular. For me, the best part of a Chobe safari is spending time on the Chobe Floodplains, with…

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Maputaland

Situated on Africa’s east coast, Maputaland stretches from South Africa’s far north into Mozambique’s deep south, bordered by the Ubombo Mountains in the west and the warm Indian Ocean in…

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Amboseli National Park

Amboseli National Park is a place of superlatives, and a place of contrasts. On your game drives there’ll be new vistas around each bend in the track, from dry, fossil…

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Quirimbas Archipelago

The Quirimbas Archipelago comprises a bejewelled string of tropical islands situated off the coast of northern Mozambique, close to the mainland town of Pemba. It’s my favourite corner of the…

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Southern Tanzania

If going on safari is all about getting away from it all, then a luxury safari in southern Tanzanian raises this to an art form. In contrast to the northern…

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