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safari like the pros

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.

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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.

Get adventurous

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 Giraffe Manor 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.

Choose Somak

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.

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