Canoe safari on the Zambezi River. Photo credit: Zambezi Safari & Travel Co., Ltd.
Abby Jeffords, from Glamping Hub, wrote this post on safari travel.
The safari, to many, is the original form of glamping.
It is where roughing it meets simple pleasures such as pre-erected tents, cozy cots, fresh water showers, food service and daily outdoor activities.
Meaning “long journey” in Swahili, safaris began as big game hunts. Over time, safaris slowly started to incorporate more contemporary activities such as photography and birding.
Eventually, the game hunts diminished and safaris became a profitable form of tourism.
The main purpose of safaris is to allow travelers the opportunity to experience the wildlife of Africa up close and personal.
Today, however, the world of safaris has expanded and transformed into a genre of travel that encompasses more than just wild game drives and dusty tents in the African wilderness.
In fact, safari company Zambezi Safari & Travel Co. Ltd. has identified 13 different types of safari to whet the appetite of any adventurous traveler.
Here are three of the more unusual safaris:
- Canoe Safari: On this tour, professional guides take you slowly down the Lower Zambezi River, where some of the finest game and birds can be viewed as you meander by the scenic, unspoiled shores of Zimbabwe. Spectacular sunrises and full service encampments are in store in this safari adventure.
- Special Interest Safari: Perhaps you would like to immerse yourself in the world of primates in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Or visit the shipwrecks on the Skeleton Coast. Or witness the bat migration in Kasanka National Park. Or roam the deserts of Namibia. Special interest safaris take you to unfathomable places and expose you to the most incredible wildlife exhibitions.
- Bush and Beach Safari: Get the best of both worlds with safaris that take you from the calm and serenity of the African coastline to the wild and untamed landscapes of the interior. With typically one week on the beach and one week on safari, these combination trips are perfect for honeymooners looking for romance and adventure.
Find out about the other ten safari types via Zambezi Safari & Travel Co. here.