Safari like the pros
Preparing for your next African adventure? Whether you're a first-timer looking for tips
or a seasoned safari-goer ready to try something new, our pro guide to planning the perfect
safari holiday will help you concoct the holiday of a lifetime.
Check the calendar
There's no bad time to go on a safari, but your experience will change with the seasons.
Head to South Africa in July, when drought pushes animals to congregate around the watering holes,
or watch the spectacular wildebeest migration through the Masai Mara in August. From June to August,
the Okavango Delta in Botswana is flooded and swells to three times its size, allowing you to venture
out on a boat or canoe safari. In Tanzania, the Serengeti sees its own migration between November and
August, while bird spotting across southern Africa is at its best during the December to March wet season.
For more ideas, check out our safari holiday destination page
or contact one of our representatives today.
Escape the beaten track
Don't be content to follow the crowd. Africa is dotted with little-known safari destinations, from the
wild parks of Southern Tanzania to Zimbabwe's untapped Hwange National Park. Choose a boutique camp to
really escape the hordes - Botswana is home to a constellation of exclusive retreats, such as the five-tent
Baines' Camp in the Okavango Delta and Chobe National Park's intimate Savute Safari Lodge.
Take to the skies
Why restrict yourself to one destination? With a sky safari you have the luxury of seeing more spectacular
sights from the comfort of a microlight or helicopter. You can also fly club class around Tanzania's most
popular national parks, or hop between remote Samburu and the world-famous Masai Mara before enjoying some
downtime on a Kenyan beach. Contact Somak today and we can
make your safari holiday truly remarkable.
Channel your inner adrenaline junkie to explore the African bush by foot, helicopter or canoe. Zambia is a
mecca for the adventurous, with pioneering walking safaris on offer around tranquil South Luangwa and
croc-spotting from Canadian canoes in the Lower Zambezi National Park. For something even more thrilling,
take a microlight over Victoria Falls or go white water rafting down the mighty Zambezi River.
Embrace new experiences
Why not ditch the traditional safari experience for something completely different? Imagine flying in a
hot air balloon above Kenya's Kapama Private Game Reserve, breakfasting alongside giraffes at
in Nairobi, or riding an ostrich across the Karoo. In
Chobe National Park, you can take a break from
wildlife-spotting to spend a day with the Basubia Tribe. Alternatively, for a real cultural kick, join a
Kenyan 'warriors' academy' to learn the survival skills of the Masai and Samburu warriors. Putting a twist
on the traditional safari could be as simple as driving yourself. Wherever you decide to go, Africa is sure
to surprise you.
Pack to perfection
The key to packing for a successful safari is to keep it light. Be prepared for changes in the weather by
layering your outfits - a cotton or string vest beneath a comfortable linen shirt is a classic look. Avoid
white and cream, which will show the dirt, and opt for neutral or sand tones instead. Keep luggage below 15kg
on flying safaris and choose soft-sided bags that will fit more comfortably into transfer vehicles. For ladies,
a safari adventure can be incredibly romantic, so don't forget your lodge-wear - you can create the wow factor
with a silk kaftan thrown over a tribal print bikini.
Have a truly unforgettable safari adventure by choosing the right tour operator - Somak. Established in 1968,
Somak is a safari specialist with a team of professional guides with unparalleled local knowledge; so start
planning your safari holiday by contacting Somak today.