Eyes Wide Open!
If you’ve ever contemplated kicking caffeine, the natural wonders of East and Southern Africa present the greatest environment for success. Between the game-filled grasslands, diverse cultures, and stunning landscapes, no additional stimulants are necessary. Dreams run wild here on this incomprehensible continent, while the zebras, cheetahs and buffalo do the same—right alongside breezy 4-wheel drive vehicles custom made for small group experiences and larger-than-life moments. Where else can get stuck in an elephant traffic jam, make tracks for a photo finish with lions, ride neck and neck with a giraffe, get left in the dust by a cheetah, and yield the right of way to a herd of hippos—all in a day’s commute? In the land that invented reality entertainment, we go beyond the lion’s lair to the thunderous roar of Victoria Falls, beyond the serene sounds of nature to the rhythmic rumble of traditional Maasai dance, and beyond the renowned national parks to the captivating sights of Cape Town. Let us take you on the trip of a lifetime in a place like no other. A place to hunt adventure and gather excitement. A place to “glamp” under the stars. And a place to wake to another day of bewilderment. That is if you ever close your eyes.
What to Expect
Nothing compares to the surprising wonders of a wildlife safari. While we have learned to expect the unexpected where Mother Nature is concerned, one thing is certain: you’ll always experience the expertise and extra care designed to make your days and nights an extraordinary experience.
East or South?
Choose Your Africa Experience
On every Globus Africa tour, you’re always in good hands with expert guides, comfortable accommodations, and spectacular wildlife experiences, yet East Africa and Southern Africa naturally offer a few key differences to consider when planning your adventure. Go strictly safari or mix it up with wildlife safaris plus more civilized discoveries!
The Wild Side
Kenya and Tanzania are renowned for an incredible diversity of wildlife and extraordinary ecosystems, colorful cultures, and warm people who share fascinating traditions, stories, and smiles. nearly 100% safari. If you’re dreaming of the quintessential safari experience each and every day, then East Africa is definitely the destination for you!
Wildlife & City Sights
In Southern Africa, you’ll enjoy sensational safari days with a combination of cosmopolitan and cultural experiences. Explore historic Cape Town and Johannesburg, see sweeping views of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, and soak in Zimbabwe’s spectacular sights of Victoria Falls and the Zambezi River. Set out on safari in Kruger National Park and Makalali Private Game Reserve in search of the “Big 5”—lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and Cape buffalo.
Lodges & Tented Camps
Thoughts of safari conjure visions of wildlife and beautiful landscapes, but safari accommodations are equally as diverse and play an integral part of the safari experience. Where you eat, sleep, and relax is important after a rewarding day in the bush. Globus understands this, so we’ve personally visited and hand selected the best safari lodges and tented camps that deliver comfort, top-notch service, and the best amenities. And location? You’ll stay in the heart of some of Africa’s most celebrated national parks, game reserves, and conservancies. Check in perfectly relaxed knowing we’ve already checked everything out.
Safari Lodges vs. Tented Camps
Safari lodges typically feature more of the comforts of a traditional hotel, with unique designs that showcase the local charm. Tented camps invite you to feel at one with nature as you sleep under the canvas, without sacrificing many of the comforts found in lodge accommodations. Roughing it never felt so good!
Custom-Built Safari Vehicles
Our range of rugged yet comfortable safari vehicles provides you with the best possible experience and excellent views of Africa’s spectacular wildlife and landscapes. Custom-designed, 4-wheel-drive safari vehicles in Kenya and Tanzania feature a pop-up roof for easy game viewing and photography. We limit each vehicle to a maximum of six passengers, ensuring you’ll always have a window seat. In Southern Africa, you’ll travel in an open-air, 4-wheel-drive safari vehicle with a maximum of nine guests. In Botswana, you’ll also have the chance to view game by boat & mokoro (dug-out canoe)!
Expert GuidesNothing is more awe-inspiring than seeing wild animals in their natural habitat...and with some expert help, you’ll get the chance to see the animals so close that you’ll earn your stripes in spotting wildlife! In addition to your professional Tour Director, each Globus safari tour includes trained experts with years of experience in tracking and spotting game. This is both an art and a science that takes years to perfect. Some guides have formal and practical training, while others have grown up in the bush and rely more on their senses and intuition. It is truly an honor to watch and study how they work their craft with an understanding and care for Africa’s wildlife.
The Great Migration
Thunder on the plains
Each year, Kenya’s Maasai Mara National Reserve and Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park play host to one of nature’s greatest spectacles: The Great Migration. Many believe this is an annual event but, in fact, it’s a continuous movement of over two million animals searching for fresh grazing lands and water. Crossing the seemingly endless plains along with some 200,000 zebra and 500,000 antelope are the earth-shaking hooves of 1 ½ million wildebeest—braving the expanse of elements and a precarious gauntlet of ever-present big cats and even bigger crocodiles. It’s survival of the fittest at its highest test.
Mother Nature Calls the Shots
The Great Migration is a spontaneous natural event that is largely driven by rain patterns and is difficult to predict from year to year. Our best advice is to include both Kenya and Tanzania on the same trip. Globus includes stays in the Maasai Mara and Serengeti, so you’re guaranteed to see the herds no matter when you visit. River crossings are more of a challenge, peaking in July and August, but we’ll adjust game viewing if there is a chance to witness this rare and extraordinary sight! If you choose to visit just one country, and seeing the migration is at the top of your list, consider the guidelines below.
January & February—Herds gather in the southern Serengeti to give birth to their young—nearing 500,000 calves.
March—Herds begin moving north to the central Serengeti, in search of fresh grazing.
April & May—Herds remain throughout the central and western corridors of the Serengeti.
June—Herds begin moving into the northern Serengeti.
July—Herds linger in the northern Serengeti and begin to cross into the Maasai Mara.
August to Late October/Early November—Herds remain in the Maasai Mara.
December—until the end of the rainy season to begin their return to Serengeti.