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Traveling on an African safari is full of adventure – just being in a wilderness area is an adventure in itself. There are all kinds of thrilling ways to explore the bush – think hot air balloon rides, water activities, walking safaris, and more… These are just a few of the activities offered in Wilderness Safaris camps – ways for you to get up close to and truly immerse yourself in the feeling of Africa’s wild areas.
Busanga Sunrise Ballooning
Gaze upon hundreds of wildebeest as they canter across vast open plains or watch pods of hippos, grunting and snorting in the waters below… This wildlife-rich experience offers you a bird’s-eye view over untouched wilderness at their camps in the Kafue’s Busanga Plains in Zambia. Your thrilling adventure ends with a champagne breakfast, surrounded by 360-degree views of pristine grassland, dotted with large herds of puku and lechwe.
Soar Above the Oldest Desert on Earth
At Little Kulala and Kulala Desert Lodge, their two camps situated in the dramatic Kulala Wilderness Reserve, guests can enjoy a sunrise hot air balloon ride over the ancient dunes of Sossusvlei. If you’re lucky, you may even catch sight of an oryx walking along the dunes. Have your camera ready as you’ll be treated to incredible scenery…
Float Above the Okavango Delta
Take to the skies in style and soar effortlessly over the rich ecosystem of the Okavango Delta. Hot air balloon rides can be arranged for guests staying at Vumbura Plains and Little Vumbura – an opportunity to scan the serpentine channels of the Delta – looking carefully for wildlife both on land and in the water.
Their camps in Botswana and Zimbabwe offer guided walks in the company of an armed guide – an opportunity to stretch your legs and fully appreciate the many creatures of the bush, from the hard-working dung beetle to majestic trees, the footprints of animals, and the scents of plants. Take your time to admire the smaller, and often less observed, animals – while your guide relates fascinating facts that will broaden your understanding of Africa’s wild areas.
The opportunity to spend time with a group of mountain gorillas is worth every effort to experience this life-changing safari. Bisate Lodge, adjacent to Volcanoes National Park, is within easy driving distance of the Park Headquarters, from where gorilla treks depart daily. Mountain gorillas are social and gregarious, intelligent, and curious. Their similarity to humans often means that encountering them can be a profoundly moving experience.
At a selection of their camps in Botswana, Namibia, and Zimbabwe you can choose to sleep out – whether on the rooftop of your room or at one of their Star Beds. Listen to the many sounds of the night, a jackal’s cry in the distance, or the gentle rumbling of elephants. Be soothed to sleep by the sounds you hear, before waking to see what wildlife may be visiting nearby.
A large number of their camps, particularly in Botswana, offer water-based adventures – from traditional mokoro rides (a dug-out canoe) along the crystal-clear waters of the Okavango to boat rides where you can also enjoy catch-and-release fishing. At King’s Pool, you can opt for a ride on the Queen Silvia barge – a relaxing way to end the day. Watch the flurry of wildlife activity unfold around you – from water birds to the antics of hippos, and ponderous elephants coming to drink.
There’s something incredibly thrilling about being hidden out of sight while animals like elephants go about their day, splashing in the waters and drinking, completely oblivious to your presence. Their hides are the ideal place to set up for an afternoon, a secret spot to watch the comings and goings of wildlife. Have your bird books, camera, and binoculars ready…
Game drives in the bush open up a whole new world of adventure. Their expert guides have years of experience and look forward to sharing their knowledge and passion with you. No one sighting is ever guaranteed and that’s what makes a game drive so exciting, you never know what you’ll see next. Enjoy looking out for tracks and listening for alarm calls that may alert you to a nearby predator – there’s so much to see, and being the first to spot something brings a whole new level of satisfaction to your day!
Settle in for the night around a crackling campfire under open skies. For many safari-goers, this is often the best time of day, a chance to reflect through shared stories on the highlights of your day. Enjoy chatting with the guides and learning more about their different cultures and countries. This is also a great time to do some stargazing before enjoying dinner in the open-air boma, where the music, dancing, and storytelling continue. Dinners are also served in the camp dining area or in the privacy of your room.
Traveling on safari is not only about the places you visit. Meeting interesting people from backgrounds very different from your own makes this an even greater adventure. Learn about fascinating tribes such as the Himba, a nomadic people, whom you can meet at Serra Cafema in Namibia. At Kalahari Plains Camp, the resident San Bushman family love to share their wisdom. Take part in a morning or afternoon activity with them to learn more about their ancient culture. Wherever you go, whether it’s to Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, or Namibia, you will encounter many different people, all with fascinating stories to share – people who are just as eagerly looking forward to meeting you and hearing your story too.
When you travel with Wilderness Safaris, you are helping make a difference – to Africa, its people, and its wildlife. A portion of every night booked is dedicated to conservation. A percentage goes to the Wilderness Wildlife Trust, their non-profit entity that supports a wide variety of projects throughout Africa: from research and conservation to wildlife management and educational bursaries. We invite you to join us on a journey that truly makes a difference. Staying at their camps also offers you the chance to partake in conservation-related activities whether tracking desert-adapted rhinos in Namibia or planting trees for Bisate Lodge’s Reforestation Project… Learn more about Botswana’s rhino population at Mombo or meet the young learners of Children in the Wilderness in Zimbabwe. Their journeys really do change lives.