Dec 26, 2016

Walk on the wild side in Africa


A mecca of exotically stunning wildlife, Africa offers a number of opportunities to view iconic animals in their natural habitat.

African Safari

In Kruger, enjoy game drives in open safari vehicles both in the mornings and evenings, allowing for the best animal viewing time.

Along with being one of the best bird life regions in South Africa, Kruger National Park is home to a diverse array of animals, including the Big 5 and other game animals.

Guests will stay in ultra-luxury lodges in Thornybush or Lion Sands, and learn from expert trackers and guides with years of experience in their fields.

Both lodges are located in private concessions meaning safari vehicles can be taken off -road and onto the terrain itself on the hunt for one of the Big 5.

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This is an immeasurable benefit as these off-road vehicles give the best chance of seeing of seeing leopards, lions, elephants, rhinos and buffalo, who tend not to linger by the side of the road.

The Masai Mara National Reserve is home to one of the “Seven New Wonders of the World,” the astoundingly massive wildebeest migration that takes place each year. Over two million of the animals travel from Serengeti to Masai Mara from July to October for better grazing.

Lucky viewers will have the opportunity to watch the wildebeests cross the Mara River, nimbly avoiding predatory crocodiles that come their way. Another highlight of your trip to the Masai Mara is a walking safari with a Maasai Warrior; visitors will set out at first light with the warrior and encounter elephant,wildebeest and other animals.

Chobe National Park offers both land and water safaris, each allowing for the opportunity to see a wide range of fascinating animals. In open safari vehicles, guests will head to the riverbank to witness the park’s animals make the trip down for their daily drink.

A highlight of your visit is the hundreds of elephants splashing and playing by the river. If you are lucky you might even witness baby elephants resting or playing with their siblings.

A water safari offers the unique chance to view animals from the water, including large crocodiles catch their seafood lunch or groups of elephants taking mud baths or crossing the river, which is a sight to behold.

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Safari experiences in these three parks, plus many others, is possible on a number of Scenic’s Africa tours including the 31 Day Grand Africa Expedition and the 24 Day Grand African Safari.


Monkeyland

The first free-roaming multi-species primate sanctuary, Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary is dedicated to the rehabilitation and well-being of these highly intelligent animals.

The sanctuary also seeks to educate visitors on the dangers of keeping wild animals as pets, and the endangered status of many of these primates.

During a visit, guests will have the chance to wander the park with a guide, as well as venture onto a 128 metres suspended canopy walk. The sanctuary is open-aired, allowing the primates to move freely through the space just as they would in their natural environment.

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Eleven different species of monkey live on the grounds, many of them having been rescued from exotic captivity or poor living conditions due to injury, disability or old age.

Visitors have the opportunity to see more than 550 primates including capuchin monkeys, ringtail and black-and-white ruffed lemurs, saki monkeys, squirrel monkeys, vervet monkeys, langur, howler monkeys and gibbons in their natural environment.

Enjoy a fascinating visit to Monkeyland on the 31 Day Grand African Expedition and the 18 Day South Africa and Victoria Falls journeys. 


Elephant interaction

Some of the most awe-inspiring creatures on the planet, elephants have long stood as a symbol of strength and power.

Aside from their obvious beauty, elephants possess a roster of traits that make them truly remarkable animals. Elephants are highly intelligent and have been known to express emotions such as grief, compassion, self-awareness, altruism and play.

Perhaps these advanced processes are due to the fact that their brains are three to four times larger than the average human’s.

Wild Horizons Wildlife Sanctuary and Orphanage affords visitors the chance to spend some time up close with these amazing animals and even hand feed them.

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Here, you can learn about the conditions they lived in before coming to the haven and how the Sanctuary continues to help its residents and the African species in the wild.

Most of the residents are orphans, taken in by the establishment to facilitate their development in a safe, protected area. Though the sanctuary is part of a park, it is fenced in and constantly patrolled to protect the elephants from poachers.

Hand feed, hug and learn all about the elephants living in the Sanctuary on Scenic tour’s visiting Victoria Falls including the 24 Day Grand African Safari and 19 Day Victoria Falls and Kenyan Discovery