Are you one of the 33.8% of travelers who express a strong interest in visiting Africa? We think experiencing Africa shouldn’t be ordinary. Monograms asked its Local Hosts® which private safari experiences they consider to be extraordinary. Here’s what they had to say:
Best Sunrise: Samburu National Reserve
Set in one of the world’s most picturesque parks featuring river-side forests, scattered woodlands, dry grasslands and volcanic desert, travelers can watch the beautiful sunrise in the company of the “Special 5”: The Somali Ostrich, Gerenuk, reticulated Giraffe, Beisa Oryx and the Grevy Zebra.
Best Sunset: Maasai Mara National Reserve
Inspiring one of the most memorable and dramatic travel experiences in all of Africa, travelers can watch the sunset over the famed Maasai Mara which many believe to have the world’s best light for photography.
Coolest Lodging: Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge
Regularly voted one of the best hotels in the world, the Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge clings to the rim of the magnificent Ngorongoro Crater: The largest volcanic crater on Earth. Long and low, the lodge is built from local river stone and camouflaged with indigenous vines. Designed to blend completely into the landscape, it is entirely invisible from the floor of the Crater 600 meters below. Hugging the contours of the jagged Crater rim, the lodge takes its inspiration from the so-called “Cradle of Mankind” – the prehistoric site of Olduvai Gorge which lies close by.
Best Animal-Watching: The Serengeti
The Serengeti covers an area of roughly 5,700 square miles so it is no surprise that the name comes from the Maasai word “siringit,” meaning “endless plains.” Here, travelers will not only see the “Big 5” – lion, leopard, Cape buffalo, elephant and rhino – they are bound to experience the wildebeest … Up to 2 million of them. Why? The Serengeti is home to the wildebeest migration.
Beyond the Game Drive … Fun for the Whole Family
While game drives are a highlight of every safari, some travelers are looking for more family-friendly options. Amboseli National Park in Kenya provides families a unique mix of activities include guided nature walks and cultural interactions with Maasai villagers, famous for their distinctive red clothing and unique “jumping dance” – an ancient rite of passage for young warriors.
In a place where everything is foreign, Monograms promises to make Africa both manageable and fun. When travelers choose to travel through Africa with Monograms, enjoy private safaris; they stay in the heart of the action thanks to a choice of hand-selected hotels; they get the VIP treatment by skipping lines at must-see sights and they arrive stress-free, thanks to transportation to and around their destination.
Check out Monograms’ Private Safaris to get a taste of all 5 of these safari experiences!