There are a number of factors that make up the ultimate safari experience. Paramount is the park or reserve the safari is located in. It needs to provide safari goers with exceptional game viewing and almost guaranteed chances of seeing their flagship species in their natural environment during an average stay. Then the quality of the guide who is the translator of what is unfolding around you whilst on safari. The lodging or camp needs to then offer the utmost in comfort and style and the service has to be off the charts. Lastly these experiences need to qualify as a once in a lifetime safari experience. Safari Index has hand picked its ultimate safari experiences that embody all of the above and should be at the top of your bucket list.

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Abu Camp, Okavango

Why we like it: Incredible interaction with elephant herd; Magnificent setting; Absolute luxury in the bush

At Abu Camp you are invited to immerse yourself in the majestic world of the African elephant and to become part of the herd during your stay. By the time you leave you will feel a special, emotional connection to the herd which is nothing less than humbling and rewarding, while gaining an understanding of elephant conservation, the premise on…

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Busanga Plains Camp, Kafue

Why we like it: Unique wilderness experience; Exceptional predator viewing; Remote and wild safari experience

Busanga Plains Camp is a seasonal (dry season) bush camp, located on the renowned Busanga Plains of Zambia’s Kafue National Park. The camp is set on a small palm tree island amidst the remote northern wetland plains. Getting to the camp is a safari adventure in itself, as guests travel through the wilderness of Kafue National Park, which is one…

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Bush Camp Walking Safaris

Why we like it: Leopard hotspot! Great big game and birdlife; 6 unique luxury camps to choose from; Tailor-made walking safaris

Looking to do a walking safari in absolute style? Then there is no better place to do so than walking the South Luangwa National Park in Zambia. The park is abundant with big game and birdlife and a luxury walking safari is the most thrilling way to experience the incredible Luangwa wilderness. Custom-made walking safaris are made to fit your…

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Greystoke Lodge, Mahale

Why we like it: Breathtaking views and scenery; Superb chimpanzee trekking experience; Unique luxury safari holiday

Greystoke Mahale is a magical luxury safari camp perched on the shores of Lake Tanganyika in Tanzania’s Mahale Mountains National Park. The adventure starts before guests even reach the camp- after transferring to Mahale, a large wooden dhow is used to carry guests over to the camp. The camp’s main area is made up of a thatch-roofed main lodge with…

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Ishasha Wilderness Camp, Queen Elizabeth National Park

Why we like it: Famous tree-climbing lions of Ishasha- one of the only places in the world to see them; Classic tented safari camp

Ishasha Wilderness Camp offers quality accommodation in the unspoilt, remote southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park, famous for its tree climbing lions. It’s an idyllic retreat for people who truly enjoy the wilderness. The camp is next to the Ntungwe River, nestled under shady trees. Each of the ten spacious canvas rooms is comfortably furnished and boasts a large…

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Kanga Camp, Mana Pools

Why we like it: Ultra luxurious accommodation in the wilderness; Isolated location; Exceptional dry season game viewing (June - October)

Kanga Camp is found in a remote region of the Mana Pools World Heritage Site in the Zambezi River Valley in Zimbabwe. The ultra-luxurious safari tents, each with en-suite bathroom facilities, allow for all the night sounds to be experienced. They also have amazing outdoor showers that overlook the waterhole. There is a family tent that has a private dining…

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Okavango Hot Air Balloon Safari

Why we like it: Unqiue and thrilling experience; Exquisite views; Once-in-a-lifetime

This incredible experience takes guests on a breathtaking, unforgettable hot-air balloon trip over the Okavango Delta in Botswana. the Okavango is one of the world's premier safari destinations- teeming with wildlife and rich in biodiversity. This hot-air balloon experience allows guests to soar above the Delta's plains and swamps, drinking in the sweeping views and marvelling at the sunrise. The…

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Self-drive Safaris, Namibia

Why we like it: Endless horizons; Namib Desert; Skeleton Coast; Kalahari Desert; Amazing and unique wildlife; Epic photography

There is no better way to explore Namibia than by the ultimate road trip in your own vehicle at a leisurely pace over a 2-3 week period. With a well-developed gravel road network you can get about the country in either your own vehicle or by hiring a specifically fitted out 4x4 rental. There are some amazing lodges and fantastic…

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The Migration and Gorilla Trekking Tour

Why we like it: Two bucket-list safari experiences in one convenient and exhilarating safari tour

Combine the world-famous wildebeest migration (either calving or river crossings) with seeing mountain gorillas in the wild on the epic Migration and Gorilla Trekking Tour.With easy access to the region by plane, you get two incredible experiences that are on most people’s bucket lists in one easy safari. Travel to the vast open plains of the Serengeti- miles and miles…

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