Safari may mean ‘journey’ in Swahili but that doesn’t mean your wildlife watching trip needs to be of epic proportions. Three to five days will give you plenty of time to see, admire and learn about Africa’s mighty beasts, either on land or in the water. A short safari makes the perfect add on to a longer trip, and if you’re not sure whether or not wildlife watching is for you, you can dip your toes in without being tied to a longer safari.
Not much time to spare but want to fit in a truly awe-inspiring wildlife experience? A short safari may be just the ticket.
You could choose to track gorillas in the Rwandan mountains; go in search of whales and dolphins along the South African coast; take a traditional jeep safari in the iconic Masai Mara or Serengeti National Parks; or head away from the tourist trail in northern Ghana. And of course, soaking up the sights and sounds of the landscape is as much a part of the trip as getting up close to the creatures. Read on in our short safaris travel guide.