The term "Safari", where did it come from and how did it evolve?
The term "Safari" is synonymous with traveling to Africa. The word was used in the English language in the 19th century (originally Arabic), and described a journey to Africa. Back in the day, safaris specifically referred to hunting in Africa. Today, a safari refers to viewing wildlife and as well as experiencing the magic that East Africa and Southern Africa has to offer.
A typical safari day starts early in the morning to experience wildlife activity before it gets too hot during the day .This is followed by a late afternoon drive when temperatures have subsided and the predatory animals wake up from their lengthy sleep and start to move around before nightfall.
The best wildlife safaris are found in Tanzania, Kenya, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Namibia, and Botswana, as they offer diverse habitats and host some of the most celebrated National Parks on the African continent and in the world.
About 50 years ago the wildlife found across Africa began to diminish due to development and expansion of local communities. Regional conflicts also caused much of the prolific wildlife to all but disappear, forcing these magnificent animals to retreat to the remaining protected National Parks. Today the wildlife populations are concentrated in East Africa and Southern Africa, making those places the preferred safari destinations throughout the continent.
Africa Tours Online creates special custom safaris, scenic and self-drive options, and can help you plan the experience of a lifetime that you are looking for.
What is a custom safari?
A custom safari or tour is a unique itinerary created by us based on your intended travel plans and budget.
Africa Tours Online recommends specific itineraries and special offers on our website, but these are ideas and recommendations that can be structured according to your travel plans.
You are not locked-in to specific days, as guests occasionally wish to spend more time at a specific destination. We can create a tailor-made safari, scenic or self-drive tour options are based on your personal interests and available time.
Just fill in our inquiry form and we will contact you to discuss your intended travel plans.
Looking for some inspiring tour and safari options in Africa for 2014? Whether you are traveling on a budget, looking for comfort or pure luxury; the following tour experiences are highly recommended and just the tip of the iceberg of things to do in Africa.
Safari in South Luangwa National Park, Zambia.
South Luangwa National Park offers guests a wonderful safari experience in one of the most diverse wildlife habitats of Zambia. The park itself is home to huge concentrations of elephant, lion and wild dog that seldom disappoints when it comes to wildlife viewing and scenery. Africa Tours Online offers some of the best safari experiences in various hand-picked camps that will suit all budgets. Please inquire today for more information and special departure packages to South Luangwa National Park throughout 2014.
Honeymoon Safari in Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve, South Africa.
If you are planning a safari honeymoon to South Africa the most romantic bush locations are found in the Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve. Privacy as well as lush romantic settings here has always delivered the most memorable honeymoon experiences in South Africa. Africa Tours Online offers various packages for honeymooners with special discounts of up to 50% in some of the top lodge locations of the Private Reserve. Please inquire today for more detailed information on our special honeymoon packages during 2014.
Trek Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.
With seven official routes to tackle, the most popular route is the Machame route due to incredible scenery and great camping locations. The summit of Uhuru peak can be safely accomplished within seven days and the trek itself although strenuous, is not as technically difficult such as the Himalayas. Our team leading the expedition is highly qualified with over fifteen years experience that ensures expert guidance and comfort of all guests during the trek. Please inquire today for special scheduled Kilimanjaro departures during 2014.
Day-Tour to Robben Island in Cape Town, South Africa.
Robben Island is without a doubt one of the most historical visited tourist attractions in Cape Town. When Nelson Mandela was convicted of sabotage in 1964, he was sentenced to life in prison and subsequently served eighteen of the twenty seven years on Robben Island. Today the prison is a symbol of freedom, a UNESCO World Heritage Site rich in history that can be visited daily with ferries departing at 9am, 11am and 3pm from the Nelson Mandela Gateway in the V&A Waterfront.