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Title: 7 Spectacular Safari Holidays
Africa has long been a continent that has captured our imagination. Fortunately for us it is now as easily accessible as ever and there are plenty of holiday opportunities now for different ages and groups. Possibly the most popular of these is the classic safari adventure holiday. The great thing is that the safari is not just for the die-hard adventurer anymore. From family holidays, to romantic getaways, there is now a selection available to everyone right across the continent.
In Swahili, the word ‘safari’ means journey. Every day spent on the continent means that guests experience another unforgettable moment. From the amazing and diverse landscape to the abundance of animal and plant life, Africa offers a number of different life-changing adventures.
Take a look below at some of the best locations for a safari trip in Africa right now.
Safari holidays here include rustic lodge stays combined with a comprehensive Tanzania experience via 4x4 tours spanning from the beaches of Mombasa or Zanzibar to the Serengeti Plains and the Ngorongoro Crater. The landscape includes everything from sandy shorelines, forests and grasslands to the 600 meter tall walls of the now extinct volcano. The area serves as home to approximately 30,000 animals and represents the densest wildlife population on the continent.
Visits here often entail exploring Volcanoes National Park, the "Gorillas in the Mist" territory that attracted naturalist Dian Fossey. The area is home to more than 270 mountain gorillas and most arriving here thrill at the prospect of unique trekking safari holidays that venture into the rainforest for a glimpse of one of the primate families. Other destination highlights include Lake Kivu and the quaint villages of the location.
Some prefer the diverse desert and rugged mountain terrain of Namibia in the Namib-Naukluft region. Here, visitors find river canyons and clay pans, along with the massive burnt orange Sossuvelei dunes. Unusual features found in the rural area include the strange 900-year old dead forest called Dead Vlei. Though desolate, the destination sustains an array of animals and plant life that includes hyena and jackal.
Indulge in a romantic getaway on the white sands and clear waters of Zanzibar. Explore the many markets of Stone Town or embark on a sea-worthy adventure. Non-traditional safari holidays here include sailing on handmade vessels in search of dolphin pods that frequent local waters. Catch a glimpse of migrating whales. Other activities include taking sunset cruises and feasting on beachfront candlelit dinners.
Unique safari holidays might include an exhilarating climb up Africa's famous mountain. Technical climbing experience is not required. However, participants must be physically fit. While there are many breath-taking routes up to the peak, a group experience typically takes a calmer path that provides ample time for acclimating to the changing elevation. Camp under the stars, gaze in awe at the mesmerizing views and feast on chef prepared meals during the journey.
These memorable safari holidays in Mana Pools National Park combine bushwalking tours and canoeing down the famous African river for the chance to encounter elephants and hippoes. Venture from one mobile camp to another via land and water while taking in the views and experiencing the unspoilt environment.
South Africa – Kruger National Park
Probably the most famous of all safari parks, Kruger Park represents South Africa's most exciting African safari destination. Steeped in legend and history, this iconic safari destination is waiting for you to explore its vast landscapes and spectacular African wildlife.
In terms of acquiring the currency you need for your safari holiday, there are a few options. Currencies such as the South African Rand, Kenyan Shilling and the northern countries such as Morocco , Tunisia and Egypt are readily available from any ACE-FX branch. Order online through our website and you can collect them the same working day from one of our stores. Our postal delivery service is a great way to get your travel money it if that isn’t possible.
Of course, with the general economic state in Africa being quite volatile, most of the currencies are impossible to obtain. It is best to give us a call a week or so before you go, just to check the availability of the currency you need.
As a note, it’s worth remembering that it is often the case that US dollars are welcomed in many of these countries.