Larger than China, Europe and the United States combined, Africa is a vast and varied continent. Each destination offers an experience that is unique and awe-inspiring. Whether you travel to Zambia or Kenya, the wildlife will astound you. Visit and share stories with the Zulu people of South Africa and the Maasai of Tanzania be connected to our common roots as humans. Be it the thundering Victoria Falls or the enormity of the Ngorongoro Crater, the landscapes continent-wide are stunning. 

Our Africa specialists have spent a lot of time on the ground in Africa. They've assembled the general information below as a guide to help you choose the right African safari destination for you. But remember, Africa is all about nuance, so give us a call at 1-800-345-4453 and we'll help you design the African adventure of your dreams, whether to East or Southern Africa, or both!

East Africa Destinations: Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda

  • Vast open spaces & the dynamic topography of the Rift Valley
  • The great migration of huge herds of wildebeast and zebra
  • Two rainy seasons: Mar to May & Nov - Dec
  • Driving safaris in closed 4WD vehicles with open roof tops
  • Most game viewing in National Parks
  • Numerous cultural opportunities with local tribes including the Maasai, Datoga, Samburu, and Hadzabe hunter gathers
  • Mountain gorilla treks in Rwanda and Uganda
  • Many options for family safaris at great value

Wildland's Top Picks for an East Africa Safari Adventure:

  1. Serengeti Wilderness Safari: A classic African safari experience visiting Serenegeti, Ngorongoro Crater and bow and arrow hunting with bushman. Great for families!

  2. Maasailand Safari: Wildlife safaris combined with a profound cultural experience living within a Maasai community.

  3. Uganda Gorilla Safari: Track and observe a family of mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

Southern Africa Destinations: Botswana, South Africa, Zambia, Namibia, Malawi

  • Varied topography and habitats
  • Smaller more concentrated herds
  • Rainy season Nov-Mar
  • Open 4WD vehicles; small aircraft flights between destinations
  • Game viewing on private concessions
  • Some cultural opportunities though wildlife areas and communities are generally more separate
  • Wider variety and types of safaris walking, mokoro (canoe), balloon rides, kayaking and mountain biking
  • Smaller, more remote bush camps and lodges

Wildland's Top Picks for a Southern Africa Safari Adventure:

  • Wild Botswana Safari: Adventurous luxury mobile camping safari exploring the Okavango Delta and thundering Victoria Falls.

  • Transfrontier Wildlands of Africa: Experience the best of the bush in Kruger National Park and track elephants and lions with researchers in Mashatu Game Reserve, Botswana.

  • Ultimate African Adventure: Trek through the African bush with an expert tracker in Zambia and then relax in beautiful Lake Malawi. 

Want more information? We're here to help make sense of all your safari options, so give our Africa Program Directors a call at 1-800-345-4453 or email  You can also read more about the nuances between East and Southern Africa in the links below. 

Types of African safari activities

Wildlife and Season Patterns in East and Southern Africa