You don't have to be rich to take the safari of a lifetime.
Once upon a time, a safari tour was the preserve of the wealthy and well-connected, but things are changing in the safari travel industry. This once-exclusive type of trip is now accessible to more travelers all around the world.
The most famous of safari destinations, Africa boasts a mind-bending display of rare and beautiful animals, dramatic landscapes, and adventure activities — but it was once pricey. As Leigh Barnes, North America regional director for Geckos Adventures told Travel Weekly, the safari market is rapidly diversifying — and getting cheaper in the process.
“It has long been seen as a luxury experience, out of reach to the young backpacker,” he said, noting that when Geckos introduced three new African tours they were instantly popular.
Of course, it’s now possible to take a safari anywhere: The verdant South American jungle offers the traditional jeep-tour experience, with a range of exotic animals to spot. And if you’re after a luxury bush experience rather than a budget one, there’s no shortage of opulent safari tours all over the world; Dubai, Zanzibar, Tanzania and even the North Pole, offer some of the best.
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Whichever safari style you opt for, know that there is always preparation involved before you go. You’ll need to check with your health provider for information on vaccinations and ensure that you read the trip itinerary in detail so you know if you’ll be comfortable getting up close and personal with the animals or on any included safari activities.
Here are 10 of the most incredible safaris, available for your traveling pleasure right now, that you'll want to check out.