Safari Travel Guide

Going on safari is an experience like no other. This unique holiday encourages you to embrace your inner adventurer and find a new appreciation for wildlife and the natural world.

Here’s our guide on planning the best safari, including a few top tips on what to expect and what to pack!


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Where to go…

For a safari that is as sustainable as it is beautiful, head to Campi ya Kanzi in Kenya. Repeatedly garlanded with awards for its conservation and sustainability efforts, it’s the only safari lodge on a 283,000-acre, Maasai-owned reserve of highly protected wilderness.

The lodge was built using solely local, sustainable materials, 90% of its staff are local Maasai, and its pays its tourism revenues to the community and supports a community trust. 

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Days are spent on tailor-made, private safaris guided by Maasai trackers. The safari specialises in offering walks into the bush on foot, allowing you to see much more than if you stay vehicle-bound. Horses are available too, if you want to try and spot the 63 different mammals, 400 bird breeds, and 1000 tree species which live here on horseback. 

Owners (and gourmands) Luca and Antonella Belpietro offer home-cooked food both at the lodge and remotely, should you wish to take a night away from the lodge and go camping under the thousands of stars made visible by the reserve’s wonderfully remote location.

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Our top tips…

During the hottest part of the day, you may find yourself ensconced in the lodge until it’s cool enough to venture out. Keep yourself occupied by stowing a travel game and a good book. We recommend Hemingway’s Green Hills of Africa – an appropriate read given that Campi ya Kanzi sits at the foot of the Chyulu Hills, where Hemingway safaried in 1933.

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Capturing what you’ve seen doesn’t just mean feverishly uploading snaps to Instagram. Why not bring an old 35mm camera or a sketchpad to hold onto the stunning views of Mount Kilimanjaro. Pack a pair of binoculars too – an essential to ensure you don’t miss a single animal!

An oft-forgotten benefit of sleeping in nature is that you’re forced to follow natural light and dark cycles. Go to bed at dusk and wake up with the sunrise and you’ll be rewarded with stunning daybreak views and the opportunity to take advantage of dawn treks, all while feeling rested and restored.

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What to pack…  

When it comes to deciding what to pack on safari, keeping cool and covered should be your mantra. A hat is an absolute must to protect from the midday sun, and light-coloured clothes will also help deflect rays. Choose cool, natural materials like cottons and linens in loose shapes. Add layers so you’re prepared for whatever twists and turns your expeditions might take.

Effective sunscreen is also a must! We like Kiehl’s Super Multi-Corrective Cream – not only does it have SPF 30 in-built but the paraben-free formula helps protect skin from the early signs of aging that can be caused by sun exposure.

 

Karmoie
Club Sunglasses – River

Oshadi
Rare Organic Cotton Boxy Jacket

Okapi
Travel Backgammon Board
Forest Green Blesbok

Kiehl’s
Super Multi-Corrective Cream SPF 30

Umran Aysan
Cotton Tailored Shorts – Blue

Pembe Club
Tarangire Pink Elephant Tusk Bracelet

Po-Zu
Ello V Natural Piñatex

Luca Jouel – Little Luca
Gold Lotus Stud Earrings

Bronagh Holmes Luxury
Alana Bag – Tan

Forevermark
Encordia Eternity Ring

Beulah London
Helena – Silk Satin Cape Dress

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Wide Brim Panama – Blush

Umran Aysan
Cotton Hand Crochet Top – Olive Green

Aura-Soma Pegasus Parfum
Parfum 39

Gabriela Hearst
Lana Sandal – Mink

Bodas
Shadow Stripe Cotton Nightdress

Robe de Voyage
Swift Scarf

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Cleansing Oil Dé-Maq

 

If you enjoyed this, you might like to read How to Book a Sustainable Holiday With Elegant Resorts or Unconventional Destinations: The New Luxury Travel Spots Topping Our Wishlist

Olivia Gagan

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