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A walking safari group crossing Athi-Galana-Sabaki River in Kenya

Not all safaris are born equal. Some are so special by the very nature of what they offer, that even our seasoned team here at Africa Geographic keep them in their personal ‘must-do’ lists. Some refer to them as ‘bucket-list’ safaris; we simply suggest that you really should consider embarking on these journeys before you kick the bucket (list).

Aside from these three unique and epic safaris, we have others that are sure to please most safari-goers looking for something unique and extra-special. And if none of these grabs your fancy, ask us to design that safari of a lifetime – just for you. The best time to plan your next safari is right now!

Our 3 epic safaris to do before you kick the bucket

Walking with Giants in Tsavo 

Join us in Kenya’s Tsavo National Park as we follow the wise old elephant herds over an 80 km walking route along the Galana River as it winds through the park, from Tabangunji Camp to the park boundary and then onwards by vehicle to the Indian Ocean shore of Malindi.

Sharing the elephants’ home on equal footing surely supersedes any previous game viewing experience you may have had, and of course, we’ll also encounter other wildlife such as the famous maneless lions of Tsavo, rare hirola, range-restricted fringe-eared oryx, the long-necked gerenuk and many of the over 500 bird species.

Safari guest photographing a herd of elephants in Kenya

Maasai Mara Specialist Photographic Safari

Join award-winning photographer Arnfinn Johansen on this exclusive safari for four guests in community-owned land bordering the famous Maasai Mara in Kenya, with daily game drives into the park itself. Your small team will enjoy the use of a specially modified photographer’s vehicle and a special off-road permit, only available to those who drive off-road responsibly, and have a proven track record in this regard. This off-road permit, issued by the authorities on a trip-by-trip basis, means that the possibility of obtaining unique pictures is significantly higher.

Your basecamp is set up just for you, in a Maasai village, offering a unique and authentic insight into the traditional lives of these pastoral herdsmen. This unique safari offers genuine empowerment for local people, and so helps to conserve the greater Serengeti/Maasai Mara ecosystem. There are no fences between the park and the community land, and the wildlife roams throughout the area.

See Arnfinn’s spectacular photos from the Maasai Mara in our galley: Maasai Mara Specialist Photographic Safari

A cheetah in tall grass in the Maasai Mara
© Arnfinn Johansen

Africa’s Ultimate Primate Safari 

Mountain gorilla trekking in Rwanda is understandably heralded as one of the most exhilarating bucket list pilgrimages in the world. However, this wildlife experience often eclipses the many equally as incredible primate viewing opportunities that Rwanda and the neighbouring DR Congo have to offer.

What if we told you that on top of meeting the mountain gorillas, we could offer you the rare chance to watch a troop of golden monkeys and track Grauer’s lowland gorillas – the largest and most endangered gorilla in the world? What’s more, you’ll also be able to spend a morning in the company of a chimpanzee family and join Africa’s biggest mega troop of pied colobus monkeys!

Safari guest taking a photo of a gorilla in the rainforest
© Christian Boix

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