Quite simply, Africa is the home of the safari! The word comes from Swahili and means ‘journey or expedition’. Today it means an expedition to observe or hunt animals in their natural habitat, especially in East Africa but most people understand it to mean a trip to observe wild animals. The main point is that for many people it’s a very exotic type of holiday, a once-in-a-lifetime chance to encounter majestic creatures such as lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo in their own environment. The ‘Big 5’ in other words.
Visitors to Africa like to tick these off their list and there’s no doubt about it, seeing these big animals in the wild is a great experience. However, there are plenty of other animals to see in the African bush. Once, you’ve got over your excitement of seeing a herd of elephants with their calves on the more or a price of lions resting by a river bank after a kill, you will appreciate hyenas, warthog, ostriches, gazelles and giraffes going about their business in the bush.And don’t forget about the birds! The world’s largest living bird – the ostrich - is found in Africa. The smallest bird in Africa is the Southern (or ‘Cape’) Penduline-tit is around 10cm long and weighs 7-8 grams. The heaviest flying bird in Africa is the Kori Bustard and can weigh up to 19Kg. The Social Weaver Bird builds the largest communal nest in the world. And then there are Parrots, Ibises, Hornbills, Hamerkops and the gregarious Oxpeckers, which feed exclusively on the bodies of large mammals eating parasites and ticks.
Spotting a leopard relaxing up a tree, coming upon a group of hyenas tearing a carcass apart or seeing a pride of lions setting off on a kill, have all been highlights of trips that we have organised.And don’t forget, days (and evenings) on safari are long with most trips into the bush taking place at dawn and dusk. So, you’ll really appreciate the luxury camps and safari lodges that we choose for you to relax and unwind over a gin & tonic perhaps. So, whether you long to witness the Serengeti’s Great Migration, track gorillas in Uganda or see elephants bathing in the Shire River in Malawi, it’s all possible. And Adams & Butler will organise the best safari for you!