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Top Africa Attractions

  • Being astonished by the sheer force and majesty of teeming Victoria Falls, the largest sheet of cascading water on earth.
  • Going inside a pyramid in Egypt and seeing where mummies were discovered. 
  • Visiting Africa in the dry season (between July and October) and witnessing the Great Migration when hundreds of wildebeest thunder across the Serengeti.
  • Taking in the views from Cape Town’s Table Mountain.
  • Exploring the sand dunes in Namibia, some of the tallest in the world.
  • Tasting the vintages in South Africa’s burgeoning wine country.
  • Hiking in Tsitsikamma National Park on South Africa’s Garden Route.
  • Hot-air ballooning over Serengeti National Park.
  • Trekking Tanzania’s famed Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest point in Africa, where you’ll find snow near the Equator.
  • Glimpsing all of the Big Five in one day at wildlife-rich Kruger National Park.
  • Enjoying Madagascar’s abundant wildlife, especially playful wide-eyed lemurs as they hop among the branches
  • Experiencing the hottest region on earth, the Danakil Depression in Ethiopia.
  • Riding on camelback through the Sahara Desert.
  • Wandering the exotic souks in ancient Fes, Morocco, the closest thing imaginable to time-traveling back to the Middle Ages.
  • Gazing at Giza’s mysterious pyramids in Egypt—thousands of years old and still one of the world’s engineering marvels.
  • Going on a gorilla trek in Uganda or Rwanda and being humbled by these gentle giants.

Africa Tours & Travel Guide

Africa Attractions & Landmarks Guide

Expansive and diverse, Africa is a land unlike any other. Offering the chance for incredible wildlife viewing, an African safari is the classic bucket list item. But Africa also offers so much more, like meeting local tribes, wine-tasting, and scenic ocean drives. Let Stride be your guide for finding the perfect trip, combining both comfort and excitement. 

Africa adventure traveler, I presume? You’re not alone. Doctor David Livingstone, Henry Stanley, Sir Richard Burton, Ferdinand Magellan . . . explorers have long been drawn to the wonders of Africa.

But your trip will be worlds easier than that of past adventurers. Stride has found the best African tours: vacation packages that showcase the continent’s top attractions, offering adventures, photo ops and memories galore.

Regions in Africa 

  • The Sahara
  • The Sahel
  • Ethiopian Highlands
  • Savannah
  • Swahili Coast
  • Rainforest
  • African Great Lakes
  • Southern Africa

The “Mother Continent” - Africa - is the Earth’s oldest inhabited continent and, as such, holds much appeal for active and adventure travelers. For those seeking rich, raw landscapes teeming with unfettered wildlife and interactions with cultures so different from those regularly encountered, Africa is a bucket-list topper. 

Africa is, well, large. Let’s break it down. There are eight physical regions of Africa: the Sahara, the Sahel, the Ethiopian Highlands, the Savannah, the Swahili Coast, the rainforest, the African Great Lakes and Southern Africa.

Each has its own flora and fauna populations. As you research and prepare for a guided Africa safari, it helps to understand the geography of this vast continent. Here’s a primer on the regions of Africa: 

The Sahara

Ergs and regs may at first glance seem like Boggle attempts gone wrong, but they’re actually distinct physical features of the mighty Sahara. The world’s largest hot desert is 3.3 million square miles, including ergs (huge sand dunes), regs (sand and gravel plains), hamada's (rock and stone plateaus, including the Atlas Mountains) and oases (springs or wells). 

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The Sahel 

Between the Sahara and the savannahs to the south lies the Sahel region, an area of barren plains that stretch for 3,300 miles across the African continent. One of Africa’s longest rivers, the Niger, is in the Sahel, but is quickly becoming desert after decades of drought and agricultural and forestry practices. 


Almost half of Africa is covered by savannah or grassland (5 million square miles). The Serengeti Plains are here, well known for their prime wildlife viewing and the annual wildebeest migration. The Serengeti lies between the Maasai Mara in Kenya and Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. 

Swahili Coast

The Swahili coastline runs 1,000 miles from Somalia to Mozambique along the Indian Ocean. While not a prime wildlife-viewing area in Africa, the coast is knowns for its mangrove forests, barrier islands and coral reefs. 


Visitors to Africa won’t see as much rain forest as in past centuries due to development and agricultural practices. Most of today’s African rain forest is in the central region of the continent along the Congo River. There is a wide variety of wildlife within the rainforest, including 400 bird species, butterflies, elephant, gorilla, black colobus monkey, okapi and 60 species of amphibians. 

African Great Lakes 

Surrounding the Great Rift Valley, the African Great Lakes can be found in nine countries. The geographical history here is fascinating, dating to when the African continent separated from Saudi Arabia. The resulting cracks in the Earth’s surface later filled in with water, creating massive lakes. There are seven Great Lakes in Africa, including Lake Victoria, the continent’s largest lake and the southern source of the Nile River. Look for wildebeest, hippos, crocs and more wildlife in the African Great Lakes.

Southern Africa 

Numerous wildlife reserves dot the rugged landscape of Southern Africa, providing homes to lion, elephant, baboon, rhino, zera, impala and springbok. The geological characteristics of this wildlife-rich region of Africa include Kaapvaal craton, bedrock that is move 2.6 billion years old, as well as the Drakensberg mountains.

Safari Dreams

The second-largest continent, Africa is definitely big in size -- but to many outsiders it’s an even bigger mystery. We’ll fix that. What adventuresome person hasn’t dreamed of taking an African safari, gazing upon the pyramids of Giza, haggling in a Moroccan souk or trekking across the Sahara? It’s time to get your “Dr. Livingstone on.”

A safari is the first thing that usually comes to mind when you think about visiting Africa. Translating as “to journey” in Swahili, “safari” tours offer opportunities to see animals found nowhere else.. The big ten of African wildlife are elephants, lions, hippos, Cape buffalo, crocodiles, giraffes, zebras, rhinos, cheetahs and leopards. But don’t overlook the thrill of possibly encountering a mountain gorilla, watching an ostrich sprint across the Savannah, or looking up to see a long-tailed widow bird streaking through the air.

Top Wildlife Sightings in Africa 

  • Elephants - Chobe National Park, Botswana
  • Wildebeest - Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
  • Giraffe - Etosha National Park, Namibia
  • Gorillas - Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda
  • The "Big 5" - Kruger National Park, South Africa

When considering the top wildlife sightings in Africa, one can think about it a couple of ways: the best places on the African continent to view wildlife of all kinds, or the main animals you will see when you are visiting Africa.

First, let’s look at what are generally considered the best countries in Africa to view wildlife, from cheetahs to giraffes:

  1. Botswana: If you want to see elephants in the wild, head to Botswana, and in particular, Chobe National Park. Explore the Okavango Delta and Moremi Game Reserve as well, expecting to see the Big Five - lion, leopard, elephant, black rhino and buffalo, as well as hippo, wildebeest, giraffe, zebra and antelope. 

  2. Tanzania: An excellent Tanzania safari will include a guided drive through Serengeti National Park, hopefully timed with the great migration of two million wildebeest as they move from the Maasai Mara to the Serengeti - a once-in-a-lifetime wildlife-watching experience. Head to Ngorongoro Crater and watch for rhinos, elephants, buffalo and lions. 

  3. Namibia: Want to see giraffes? Take a wildlife tour in Namibia, to the white saltpans of Etosha National Park, where you see herds of these gentle creatures. The whole country is a spectacle, with its massive Namib Desert and striking red sand dunes. Head to Sossusveli to see gemsbok and Skeleton Coast to spy on hundreds of seals.

  4. Rwanda and Uganda: Just about everyone who dreams of a safari in Africa has envisioned getting up right up close to a gorilla. The best places in Africa for gorilla trekking are Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda. 

  5. South Africa: With several national parks that are reputedly malaria-free, South Africa is home to all of the Big Five wildlife in Kruger National Park. Other wildlife-rich parks in South Africa include KwaZulu Natal and Madikwe Game Reserve. 

  6. Kenya: Safaris in Kenya showcase the popular park, Maasai Mara, a highlight of many guided African wildlife tours. Look for lion, leopard, cheetah, rhino, elephant and more throughout the country, that lives up to its reputation as the home of the classic safari. From the Mara to the Tsavo and Amboseli, there are wildlife-rich parks and private conservancies perfect for the wildlife lover. 

Now, let’s look at the actual animals you’ll see the most in Africa. Of course, this depends on which country and which game reserve you visit, but in general, you can expect to see:

  • African lion. “King of the jungle,” the lion is a massive predator seen throughout African game parks and while imposing, the Masai people have actually referred to the Africa lion as a shy cat. 
  • Africa elephant. Without a doubt, one of the top animals travelers want to see on an African safari, the African elephant lives in matriarchal herds of females. There are opportunities within Africa to visit and support elephant orphanages and conservancies, if this is something that interests you as part of your guided Africa safari.
  • Cheetah (both Kenyan and Tanzanian). You’ll have the best chances of seeing a cheetah in Kenya, home to the largest population of Eastern African cheetahs. 
  • Rhinos. After the elephant, rhino are the largest land mammal in the world. There are five species in the world, two of which are African: the black and whie rhinos. 
  • Ostrich. Look for these powerful, flightless birds running at great speeds. 
  • Cape buffalo. Buffalos are one of the top wildlife sightings you’ll have in Africa, weighing up to 1,500 pounds each. Their herds can be in the hundreds of thousands. 
  • Wild dogs. Found in Sub-Saharan Africa, wild dogs travel in packs, and, like giraffe and zebra, have distinctive markings that set them apart from one another.
  • African leopard. Leopards are the smallest African cat and most often seen during night safaris.
  • Zebra. A favorite wildlife sighting in Africa, the native African zebra - like the giraffe - have distinctive brown or black patterns. 
  • Giraffe. The world’s tallest living land animals, vegetarians and sporting uniquely spotted coats - no two are the same - giraffes will be spotted throughout your Africa safari, mostly likely traveling in herds across savannahs and grasslands. 
  • Hippo. The third-largest land mammal in the world, hippos can be spotted in areas with an abundance of water. 
  • Wildebeest. For a fantastic wildlife experience, take a guided Africa safari timed with the great wildebeest migration from the Maasai Mara to the Serengeti. 
  • Baboons. Look for baboons ranging in size from 30 to 80 pounds. These ancient monkeys have been around for two million years. 
  • Antelope. One of the most common wildlife seen on an African safari due to the high concentration. There are more than 91 species throughout the continent, including gazelle, steenbuck, waterbuck and kudu.

Best Safari Parks in Africa 

Serengeti National Park 

The Serengeti is Tanzania’s oldest park and offers the most quintessential of Africa safari experiences. The park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, home to the massive wildebeest migration in June and July and a favorite destination for hot-air balloon safaris. Look for four of the Big Five wildlife, including black rhino, plus cheetah, spotted hyena and jackal.

Mala Mala Game Reserve 

This private game reserve is set within Sabi Sand Game Reserve in South Africa and borders Kruger National Park. Guided safaris in Mala Mala offer easy sightings of the Big Five.

Okavango Delta 

One of Africa’s most famous safari destinations, the Delta is home to several private reserves and the Moremi Game Reserve. Guests can head out on safari on foot or by dugout canoe (mokoro) for a unique way to view Botswana wildlife. The Okavango is a top bird-watching destination in Africa and showcases four of the Big Five. 

Moremi Game Reserve

The best place for wildlife viewing within the Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve offers classic jeep safaris as well as dugout canoe (mokoro) safaris. All of the Big Five are present here, plus large concentration of waterbirds, wild dog, impala, blue wildebeest and Burchell’s zebra. 

Lower Zambezi National Park

Lower Zambezi National Park is an excellent choice for canoe safaris on the Zambezi River. Offering a completely different vantage point on the wildlife you’ll see, canoeing on the mighty Zambezi is a thrilling and distinctive way to experience an African safari. Four of the Big Five are here, minus the rhino. 

Ngorongoro Crater National Park

Where can you see all Big Five animals in one day? Ngorongoro Crater is the likeliest spot. The wildlife is so dense and there is so much variety that you will see an incredible amount of animals every time you head out on a day or night safari. This is one of the best places in Africa to spot the black rhino. And if you love flamingos, this is the place to be. Head to Lake Magadi to see huge flocks of these wonderful pink birds. 

Sabi Sand National Park 

The top wildlife viewing in South Africa is in Sabi Sand National Park, bordering Kruger National Park. There are several private game reserves on the park’s acreage. Look for all of the Big Five animals on your Sabi Sand National Park guided safari. If you only have time for a short Africa safari, choose Sabi Sand in South Africa, where even over the course of two days, you will likely see all of the Big Five, as well as lions and cheetah. 

Maasai Mara National Park 

One of Africa’s most famous safari parks, the Mara offers spectacular wildlife viewing all year. The annual wildebeest migration runs through the park in September and October. Hot-air balloon safaris are popular in the Maasai Mara, giving you a birds-eye view of the wildlife-rich savannahs. The Maasai Mara is a top place to see leopard and cheetah, who are generally more relaxed in this environment, making them easily observable. 

Chobe National Park 

Explore Chobe National Park by boat and come face to face with elephant and buffalo who have come to the water to drink. Chobe is a favorite birding destination, and as for wildlife, four of the Big Five are here (no rhino). Look for hippo and crocodile, lion, spotted hyena, leopard and cheetah, all lying in wait near the river’s edge, waiting to pounce.

Kruger National Park 

One of Africa’s most famous safari parks, Kruger National park is home to all of the Big Five in large concentration, as well as amazing birdlife. You’re likely to see elephant and buffalo throughout the park, while the white rhino is becoming increasingly rare.

Overland Tours in Africa 

Imagine your perfect Africa safari. Bumping over the plains and savannahs in a custom-built vehicle, stopping to gawk at an abundance of wildlife, seen barely anywhere else on Earth. Here’s the thing. Those daydreams, those visions of romantic Africa and safaris from the grand era of travel … they are exactly what overland Africa tours are all about. 

Adventure travelers, outdoor enthusiasts, photography buffs, lovers of wildlife and nature … guided overland tours of Africa were built for you. You’ll see wildlife up close, meet native residents, see scenery like nothing else you’ve experienced … all in the capable hands of expert Africa tour guides and naturalists.

An Africa overland tour is really the best way to see the most of the continent. Typically, one travels to Africa over the course of two to four weeks to capitalize on all there is to see. In this time frame, you could venture all the way from Zimbabwe to Kenya, from the Serengeti to Zanzibar.

Overland tours of Africa are meant to take the guesswork out of your adventure. Thoughtfully prepared itineraries, stays at wilderness lodges, transportation throughout various African countries, visits to local family homes - it’s all been specially designed to maximize wildlife sightings and cultural immersion during your Africa tour. 

Speaking of who’s in charge … Africa overland tours run the gamut from extremely basic, to comfortable, to ultra-luxe, yet they all boast expert tour guides. You’ll likely have everything from a chef and jeep driver, to a lead guide and accommodation support person on your Africa overland tour with you, ensuring that every detail has been taken care of. You’re far from home, in a land so very different from that home, that the peace of mind that comes from an expertly crafted Africa tour is priceless.

Remember, Africa is big, with a capital “B.” This means the other “B”: bus. Your Africa overland tour will include a lot of transfer time by bus - typically one that has been outfitted for your tour group only.

Bring lots of entertainment (books, podcasts, Netflix series), but also take advantage of the downtime to just gaze out the window at the raw, natural landscapes passing by, glimpsing everyday life in villages and markets. This is also a fantastic time to get to know your overland tour guide, Africa and wildlife experts who will enthusiastically answer all of your questions. 

A few more tips to consider for your Africa overland guided tour: 

  • Store your luggage overhead in the overland bus, freeing up leg space. 
  • Bring along a travel pillow - the memory foam variety is especially nice. 
  • Pack a variety of healthy snacks, from dried fruit to granola. 
  • Take anti-malarial medication deemed appropriate for your Africa itinerary by your home doctor.
  • Pack mosquito repellent, lots of it.
  • Stay hydrated. Bring along a BPA-free refillable water bottle and a water filtration bottle. (Most Africa overland tours will provide vehicles that have their own water filtration tank, always available to provide clean water, but it can’t hurt to have your own system and water bottle for when you’re away from the truck.) 
  • Forget about that snooze button. Prepare to wake with the sun (or well before it) on your Africa wildlife safari in order to get a jump on the day’s travel or bet the best animal sightings. 
  • Pack some TP and antibacterial wipes. 
  • Stay charged so you’re ready to snap once-in-a-lifetime photos at a moment’s notice. Most deluxe overland tours in Africa provide USB charging ports in each seat of their vehicles. That being said, bring backup batteries for your camera(s). 

Your Africa overland safari will likely be a highlight of your life’s travels. Prepare for the unexpected, be open to possibilities and get set to experience wonder like never before.

Top Cultural Activities in Africa

There is so much more to Africa than an abundance of wildlife. Travelers seeking a cultural trip to Africa have countless opportunities to witness tribal traditions, learn about the continent’s history and meet indigenous people.

The leading Africa guided tour companies can arrange for behind-the-scenes visits to museums, visits to artisan workshops and archaeological dig sites, and meals with local families. 

Among the best cultural experiences in Africa are: 

1. Touring the birthplace of civilization

Africa tours focusing on history and archaeology typically include a visit to the birthplace of civilization, also known as the Cradle of Humankind. The significant site is home to around 40 percent of Earth’s human ancestor fossils, some as old as 3.5 million years. Travelers interested in science and fossils will enjoy the Sterkfontein Caves, where one can see Mrs Ples and Little Foot, both major paleontological discoveries.  

2. Meeting indigenous people throughout Africa

If history, culture and local people are important on your Africa tour, look for opportunities to visit villages and townships along the way. Ethiopia is a top destination for Africa cultural immersion - there are approximately 80 languages spoken throughout the country.

Look for tours that visit the culturally rich Oma Valley area, where fascinating tribes live along the massive Omo River. Visit with the Hamar tribe, the Dassanech or the Mursi, each a distinctive microcosm of African culture.

3. Meeting the Kalahari’s San Bushmen

Get to know southern Africa’s oldest inhabitants - the San Bushmen of the Kalahari - on an Africa tour focusing on cultural interactions.

The San Bushmen are thought to have lived in Botswana for more than 20,000 years, passing down traditions and hunter-gatherer techniques through the generations. Learn of these rituals and traditions through face-to-face meetings on your guided Africa tour.

4. Visiting Stone Town in Zanzibar

 A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Stone Town (Mij Mkongwe in Swahili) was originally the capital of the Zanzibar Sultanate and heart of the spice trade. Africa history tours will unveil Stone Town’s darker side, when it was home to an open slave market. Look for the varying Arab, Euopean, Persian and Indian influences in the cultural opportunities and architecture throughout Stone Town. 

5. Touring District Six in South Africa

Learn about the destruction of Cape Town, South Africa’s District Six community. Formerly an impoverished community of 55,000, the residents of the community were forced to evacuate in the ‘70s and live in the Cape Flats. The apartheid government tore down many of the buildings in District Six, hoping to sell the land for a pretty penny.

This plan never came to fruition and today, as then, District Six is a barren area. Your South Africa tour operator can arrange for a visit to the enlightening District Six Museum. 

6. Learning about apartheid

History buffs can delve into South Africa’s apartheid era at the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg. It’s an opportunity to understand this dark period of the country’s history, an era of racial discrimination that also paved the way for the rise of Nelson Mandela. 

7. Touring one of South African’s oldest wine estates

South Africa wine tours celebrate the wine culture of the country with visits to Groot Constantia. The wine estate dates back to the late 1600s and is still fully operational. Tour the estate by bus for the best vineyard views or venture into the Groot Constantia wine cellar on a guided tour and learn the techniques of wine making. 

8. Visiting the Himba villages of Namibia

Visit northern Namibia and tour the Himba villages of the raw and wild Kaokoland region. The striking Himba people are unused to western visitors and so you can expect to be observed just as much as you observe. Consider a game-viewing tour in Etosha that includes encounters with the Himba, as well as a stop at the Sossusvlei dunes. 

9. Marveling at the Maasai 

Kenya and Tanzania cultural tours often include encounters with the Maasai herdsmen, who seem as tied to the landscape as the cattle and predators who roam here. Ask your Africa tour operator is there is an opportunity to attend a jumping dance (or adumu) while you’re in Maasai territory. It’s a real highlight of Maasai culture, with impressive jumping feats.

10. Honoring the souls of the KwaZulu-Natal Battlefields

Take a break from the big game parks of South Africa and visit thesomber KwaZulu-Natal Battlefields. Your South Africa tour guides can explain the significance of the white-washed stones scattered throughout the battlefields. Africa history tours often include the site of Isandlwana, which marks the spot where 1,300 British Empire troops were met with the spear-wielding Zulu army.

Off the Coast of Africa 

To the 47 countries on the African continent, one can add 6 more - the islands of the African coast. For those seeking a different kind of African holiday, or are hoping to combine a safari with a trip to the African coast - these 6 sovereign nations hold much appeal. The six African island countries are Cape Verde, Madagascar, Comoros, Sao Tome and Principe, Seychelles and Mauritius. Instead of elephants and giraffes, think white, sandy beaches and crashing waves. There is wildlife on the African islands, to be sure, just not the Big Five.  

Here’s a primer on the six African islands, the best way to see the stunningly beautiful African coastline:

  • Cape Verde. The most popular place to visit on Cape Verde, off the west coast of Africa, is Sal, typically considered one of the most beautiful islands in Africa. White, sandy beaches extend for miles and Santa Maria, the main town on Sal, brims with vibrant bars and restaurants, nightlife and music. Honeymooners visiting Africa might consider combining a relaxing beach holiday in Cape Verde with a wildlife safari. 
  • Comoros. Comoros is an off-the-beaten-path island nation of Africa and a huge proponent of eco-tourism. It’s easy to see why, with the island’s pristine beaches, snorkel-friendly coral reefs and lush rainforests. 
  • Madagascar. There’s an island off the coast of Madagascar that was once completely overrun by pirates. Learn about the buccaneer history of the island, then lounge the day away at Nosy Boraha beach. The true highlight of Madagascar, however, is its lemur population, its signature animal. Outdoor enthusiasts love Madagascar for these cuties, as well as the island’s baobab trees, rain forest, desert, mountains, mongoose, turtles, birds, sharks, orchids - animals and plants are alive and well here, though under growing threat from climate change. 
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  • Mauritius. As close to Eden as you may come in your lifetime, Mauritius is an island of spectacular beauty. Active travelers in Mauritius can spend their days hiking, snorkeling, diving, boating or - when it’s time to relax - slipping away to a powdery-soft beach and drinking in all those fantastical shades of green and blue. Ask your African island tour operator if there is a chance to visit the “real Mauritius” - away from the resorts and into the sleep fishing villages, where you'll experience a melting pot of cultures. 
  • Seychelles. The Seychelles is comprised of 115 islands, an Indian Ocean archipelago that is a favorite African destination for active travelers and honeymooners. Outdoor and especially water sports enthusiasts visit the Seychelles for its abundant diving and snorkeling opportunities, while wildlife lovers are fascinated by rare animals, including the Aldabra giant tortoise and pelagic seabirds. The cuisine is a highlight of the Seychelles, a blend of African, European and Asian flavors.  
  • Seal Island. Africa wildlife tours focusing on marine life typically include Seal Island. Set along the South African coastline in the Indian Ocean, Seal Island is home to several varieties of African seal, including the popular Cape Fur seals. 
  • Zanzibar. For an African island trip that includes culture, history and beautiful beaches, take a guided tour of Zanzibar, the largest island in Africa, off the coast of Tanzania. Visit the former island capital and heart of the spice trade, Stone Town. Wander through vibrant bazaars and the remnants of palaces and mosques. Zanzibar is a popular island for an Africa culture tour, thanks in large part to its mosaic of African, Indian and Arab influences.

Once you’re on your way…

• Pack some warm clothing for high-elevation areas, such as Tanzania’s Mt. Kilimanjaro (19,000-feet-plus) and Ngorongoro Crater (5,900 foot elevation). And nights can get downright chilly anywhere in Africa, even near the Equator.

• The African sun is hot. Bring wide-brimmed hats, lightweight long sleeve shirts and, of course, good sun block for your safari.

• Be prepared to get up early and out into the game park as near to sunrise as possible, while the air is still cool. That’s when the animals are up and about – but not all the competing safari vehicles will be.

• As a buffer against long hours of riding on bumpy, unpaved roads, consider bringing a seat cushion along. Cameras take a beating, too, especially from the dust (protective plastic bags help).

• As for keeping the camera steady in a safari vehicle, a tripod is best but bean bags (if supplied by your driver/guide) fit easily across the edge of roof openings and reduce shake.

• Bring a good pair of high-powered binoculars – you won’t regret it.

• Don’t ignore some of the “lesser” creatures in the wild, such as hyenas and lizards, or the bird life: ostriches, cranes, flamingos, secretary birds (named for their quill-like feathers) and nest-knitting weaver birds.

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