While it might be all about the big five, there is much more to a wildlife safari than sighting a lion, African elephant, buffalo, leopard and rhinoceros. This is your chance to appreciate the incredible beauty of pristine reserves and admire a variety of animals in their natural habitat. Luckily, for curious adventurers, there are guides on hand to safely show travellers these spectacular regions.
Here are five awe-inspiring natural regions to experience as a guided safari tour.
Gorilla Safari, Rwanda, Uganda or the Congo
The Mountain Gorillas were immortalised in the film Gorillas in the Mist. The movie followed the work of Dian Fossey, a campaigner who dedicated her life to the protection of these amazing creatures. To observe the gorillas in their natural habitat, take a guided tour to either the Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Bwindi National Parks in Uganda or the Ruhengeri National Park in Rwanda.
Makutsi Walking Safari, South Africa
One hour west of the equally famous Kruger National Park, the Makutsi Safari Springs gives enthusiasts the opportunity of spotting a large variety of animals. Interestingly Makutsi is committed to the conservation of the cheetah, where guests can drive with a cheetah research guide to learn more the fastest animal on earth. The Makutsi Tented Camp offers comfortable en-suite tented accommodation.
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Made famous by Charles Darwin and his theories of evolution, the animals on the Galapagos Islands have no natural predators on land. It is for this reason that the archipelago has an atmosphere of tranquillity. Where normally an animal would flee in flight, the iguanas and sea lions continue to laze about being themselves when in the company of human visitors. The landscape on each island is also unique and spectacular.
Okavango Delta, Botswana
This expansive inland delta attracts both a permanent and a seasonal array of wildlife including hippopotamus, wildebeest, spotted hyena and leopards. However it's estimated that the majority of the estimated 200,000 mammals abandon the oasis during summer in search of fresh grazing fields.
Sanctuary Zebra Plains, Zambia
Located at the confluence of the Luangwa and Chibembe Rivers, the Sanctuary Zebra Plains is a pristine wilderness where you can enjoy incredible sights during the day and return to luxurious tented accommodation and fine dining at night. While on a guided safari keep an eye out for zebras, elephants, buffalos, crocodiles and puku. There are also over 400 bird species that call the region home.