Wild and Exhilarating Safari Experiences
When most think of safaris, they think game-drives. But in addition to those thrilling drives, there are so many other incredible ways to experience Africa. Our Destination Experts have been out riding, fishing, trekking, flying and quad-biking to bring our clients the very best experiences, that are tailored perfectly to them. Here are just three of the incredible experiences we can arrange in Africa.
FLYING SAFARI, NAMIBIA
Some of our best moments in Africa are by light aircraft. The continent is magnificent from the sky when it is able to show off its sheer scale. Haunting, otherworldly and eerily beautiful are just a few words that can describe Namibia’s isolated Skeleton Coast, and the best way to see it is by light aircraft on a Schoeman Flying Safari. Founded in the late 1970s by eco-tourism pioneer Louw Schoeman – who was instrumental in the establishment of the Skeleton Coast National Park – it is now run by his 4 sons Bertus, Andre, Henk and Leon and their families. Your private pilot guide will swoop the aircraft over the barren coastline past old shipwrecks and endless sand dunes, before landing at your camp, which is wonderfully cut off and completely inaccessible by road. Accommodation, which will be in a different location every night, may be relatively basic, but there is nothing quite as thrilling as knowing that you are the only souls around for hundreds of miles. Head of our Africa team, Claire, recalls her flying safari as one of the most amazing things she has ever done in Africa and remembers the excitement of flying at such low levels and being able to choose any spot on the beach to land on just for a cup of tea. It is only with the Schoemans’ that clients can gain this level of access to some of Africa’s most remote wilderness.
BLUE SAFARIS, ZANZIBAR AND SOUTH AFRICA
With all the attention on the ‘Big Five’, it can be easy to forget that Africa has some incredible marine life too. In Zanzibar, we can arrange for a very special day-trip on board a local catamaran with marine biologist, Jill Blaunik. The coral reefs surrounding the island are home to a vast variety of reef fish as well as Humpback whales, dolphins and sharks, making for incredible spotting opportunities. And for something rather different, we can time your visit to Africa with South Africa’s great Sardine Run. Every year between May and July, millions of silvery sardines journey north, with predators such as sharks, dolphins, whales and birds in hot pursuit. An aquatic version of the Great Migration, seeing this great feeding frenzy from on board a small boat is a rare and remarkable sight.
Rwanda‘s Parc National des Volcans is home to the world’s largest and most easily accessible mountain gorilla population, and there are few more exhilarating ways to spend a day than tracking these magnificent creatures on foot amongst the active Virunga volcanoes. They can be rather tricky to find, but observing a family of gorillas is more than worth the walk through the dense bush. Clients have often returned saying that they found getting up close to a silverback intensely emotional, some even surprising themselves with how overwhelmed they were. Their sheer size and human-like behaviour is extraordinary. If you are travelling around July, it may be worth timing your trip to coincide with Kwita Izina, Rwanda’s gorilla naming and conservation festival. Each year, a handful of baby gorillas are given names in a ceremony that attracts thousands of people from Rwanda and beyond.
These experiences are just the tip of the iceberg. We can arrange anything from a canoe safari to quad-biking, horse-riding and even paintballing from helicopters. Whatever your interests, we can organise those special experiences that will allow you to make the most of this incredible landscape.