There’s nothing like your first time — first time embarking on a safari, that is. Deciding to do one is easy (yes! – a resounding yes!) but picking a destination is more difficult — what with a long list of magnificent countries to choose from.

To help, here’s a handy overview of when to go, what you’ll see and where to stay. Across the board in Africa, August through October is prime safari season. While there are never any guarantees with wildlife, this is the time-frame when you’re likely to see most species – it’s the dry season and everybody’s mingling around waterholes.

But let’s take it country-by-country and spotlight some of the highest-rated lodges, because on the off-chance that you don’t catch a glimpse of your favourite creature, a comfy bed, big bath and fine dining can alleviate some of the disappointment. Most safaris are all-inclusive, so that makes things very easy. Read More

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