When someone says “safari” you probably think of tracking down giraffes and lions across the plains of Africa. But that isn’t all there is to safaris, and you can enjoy one on other continents without a giraffe in sight. The work safari comes from the Arabic word “safara,” which means to travel. And although it developed into a Swahili word, it is now part of the English language too. You can find some of the best safaris in the world in Africa, but that doesn’t mean that a safari has to be African. Even some African safaris aren’t what you would typically think of as a safari. Remember that Africa is a diverse continent, not a single country. While safaris in several African countries would have to rank as the best in the world, there are other places to consider too.
Land Rover Safari in Morocco
Yes, Morocco is in Africa. But this country on the northern end of the continent doesn’t offer the usual elephant and giraffe experience. Instead, you can take a desert safari in a Land Rover, taking a thrilling ride over the dunes of the desert. You’re much more likely to see camels than lions! In fact, you can take a camel safari too, seeing the desert from the back of a dromedary. You can spend time with local people, sharing in their customs and way of life.
Take a safari through the Australian outback for sightings of kangaroos and wild game. You can usually experience an Australian safari from a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle. This is great news, since the outback is so hot. If you don’t mind getting hot though, you could try a more extreme motorcycle safari. BMW offer motorcycle safaris in Tasmania, Victoria and elsewhere.
Wildlife in Siberia
If Africa offers lions, Siberia gives you the tigers and bears (oh my!). This is an altogether colder type of safari, nothing like the sweltering heat you would normally imagine. In the forests of Eastern Siberia, you’ll catch sight of elk, deer, bears, lynx, wolves and caribou. That’s a whole lot of wildlife. You can also see lots of birds and smaller animals, plus plenty of flora to go with your fauna. For something even more exciting, you can track Siberian tigers and Amur leopards in Russia too. But be sure to pick a responsible travel company to see these rare animals.
Luxury Safari in South Africa
If you want more of a luxury experience, you’ll find what you’re looking for in South Africa. You can find comfortable accommodation and attentive service can on a South African safari. Vineyards visits and leisurely stops in cities are on the itinerary with wildlife excursions. Adventure World offer world safaris, including a South African tour. The tour includes visits to a game reserve and national park mixed with visiting Cape Town and a brandy distillery.
So if you’re thinking about a safari holiday, remember that it doesn’t have to mean roughing it as you go in search of lions. Safaris are about adventure and travel, not just one type of experience.