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With a nod to the style of yesteryear, this is surely a unique way of getting acquainted with the wonderful wildlife of Africa. The continent’s varied ecosystems support a myriad of mammal (more than 1,100), bird (over 2,600), reptile, amphibian, arthropod and aquatic species. The never-ending grasslands, impenetrable forests, towering mountains, immense deserts and enormous bodies of water harbour these animals, some of which don’t occur anywhere else in the world.
There will be countless opportunities to observe the must-see lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo in their natural habit across the continent. This elite group of species are most widely spread across southern and eastern Africa while fragmented populations occur in central Africa.
There are a handful of destinations and specialised activities that safari-goers can consider when planning to marvel at the majestic and iconic Big Five of Africa. Activities include game drives (guided or self-drive), bush walks and hiking trails, boat and canoe-excursions, as well as horseback and hot-air-balloon safaris in varied locations such as national parks and private reserves.
A mobile tented safari is an adventure and caters to those who are after a rare kinship with Mother Nature. Far from the madding crowds and exploring the lesser-known spots of the continent, an experience such as this is often repeated because of its enticing nature and excellent sightings in silence.
When choosing to go this route, there are a variety of experienced operators to consider. All have access to exclusive areas with the right infrastructure to conduct this type of excursion in the best way possible. While some opt to set-up and break-down camp every day while crisscrossing the landscape, others have permanent structures unobtrusively scattered around the bush.
A tented safari is the best of both worlds. For purists who seek an exclusive connection with all things wild and wonderful, no barrier exists between them and the inhabitants of the natural world. And what can be better than being woken up by the whooping sounds of hyenas close by with the echos of roaring lions in the distance? The creature comforts of home are also catered for, albeit on a different level – proper beds, hot showers, delectable meals.