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Ernest Hemingway famously once said: ‘I never knew of a morning in Africa when I woke up and I was not happy’.  And of course, we wholeheartedly agree.  As Africa is the home of adventure – we have complied a list of our top 10 experiences which should be on everyone’s safari bucket list.

ONE // STAR BEDS
Sleeping under the stars takes on a whole new meaning when in Africa – only a mosquito net separates you and the African wilderness.  Sleeping outside in a star bed is hands down the best way to experience the magical starry night skies.  Think ultra-romantic lantern lit paths, think 4-poster bed, think front row seats to the most intimate show on earth. Read more.

TWO //  HOT AIR BALLOON SAFARIS
A morning float in a balloon above the plains of the Maasai Mara or the Serengeti followed by a champagne breakfast – what more can you ask for?  Hot Air Balloon Safaris offer great game viewing and photographic opportunities and brings a whole new dimension to your African safari experience.

THREE //  ONE FOR ONE COMMITMENT
For every safari sold, Micato Safaris send a child to school.  And, getting to visit the Harambee Centre to meet the children whose lives have been changed due to this incredible scheme make this one of the most rewarding experiences you will ever have. Read more.

FOUR //  GORILLAS IN THE MIST
Coming face-to- face with these incredible beasts is usually on the top of everyone’s bucket list and so it should be…  This highly intimate encounter with these critically endangered animals will blow your socks off.  You can add this experience onto any safari you do.  Read more. 

FIVE //  THE SMOKE THAT THUNDERS
Victoria Falls.  The hub of adventure.  Perfect for the adrenaline junkie.  Take a helicopter ride over the largest Falls in the world, plunge into the Devil’s Pool, go white water rafting or simply enjoy sundowners on a boat cruise down the Zambezi.

SIX // THE WILDEBEEST MIGRATION
Over one million wildebeest, antelope and zebra make their annual journey across East Africa, through the Maasai Mara and Serengeti National Park, on the hunt for water and grass resources; whilst trying their hardest to avoid predators that are lying in wait for them.

SEVEN // WINELANDS
A wine tour around the incredibly beautiful Cape Winelands in the suburbs of Cape Town where you can really immerse yourself into long lazy lunches and rosy-cheeked afternoons tasting some of the most delicious wines on the planet. – it’s every wine lovers dream.

EIGHT // WALKING SAFARIS
Tracking African wildlife out in the bush is always an adventure. A walking safari is one of the most rewarding ways to come face to face with the true African bush. Go back to the original safari and meet the animals on their terms.

NINE // CELEBRATE AN INDIAN FESTIVAL
India is known as the land of events and festivals – this is quite possibly because the country has many different religions, and not only does each religion have their own festivals but each different religion coexists harmoniously. Read more.

TEN // HORSEBACK RIDING SAFARIS
Riding Safaris are an exhilarating way of viewing Africa’s incredible scenery and wildlife.  With the movement of the horse disguising the human that rides it, you can get up close with the wildest animals on the planet. Even if you’re not a confident rider, there are options for all abilities.

So, what’s on your safari bucket list?