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Safari Holidays

‘To observe animals in their natural habitat’ is a privilege which everyone here at Steppes Travel believes should never be taken for granted.

Whilst Africa is traditionally the home of safari – not least as safari is a Swahili word – there are many safari journeys all around the world that we have extensive experience in putting together. 

Africa has a huge amount to offer whether a walking safari in Zambia, a camel safari in northern Kenya, a self-drive safari in South Africa, canoeing in Botswana or a flying safari along Namibia’s unparalleled Skeleton Coast. But it’s not the sole preserve of inspiring wildlife.

In Asia, try one of our tiger safaris in India, spend time with orang-utans in Borneo or Sumatra or enjoy a leopard safari in Sri Lanka.

In Latin America, you can explore the forests and rivers of Costa Rica, trek through the Amazon rainforest in Ecuador or search for jaguar in the Pantanal. Browse our suggestions for safari holidays and then call us to design the perfect tailored safari for you.

Expertise

The average length of safari expertise at Steppes is 15 years, so there are very few that are more qualified to advise about what constitutes the perfect safari. Moreover, we want to give you, not only the best viewing opportunities but also make sure these are carried out in a responsible manner and in doing so, enhance the overall travelling experience.

We hope that you will call us to at least discuss ideas if nothing else so that we can answer plenty of questions and help start with the planning of your own adventure.

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Exceptional Guiding

Additional to running sustainable trips, we believe strongly that exceptional guides are an essential component of a successful safari. The camps, lodges and boats we use have a very high quality of guiding. Most guides will have grown up in the local area and spent many years learning about the flora and fauna. Ask questions, delve deeper, they are more than happy to help. For our group trips, we pride ourselves on the level of guiding we offer.

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Gorilla scratching its head, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda
Bwindi Impenetrable National Par, Uganda

Expert-led Group Tours

For guests interested in our group safari departures, the average size is typically 8-10 people, allowing you to have a more personalised and relaxed experience, a factor which many of our clients appreciate. Moreover, Steppes Travellers are like-minded people – interesting, interested and curious. Our group tours aim to create an easy and informal atmosphere – we have a lot of fun on our tours and many friendships have been formed.

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Holiday Inspiration

Our experts have created and curated these tailor-made holiday ideas to get you started. Take the time to search through them and find something that is the spark for your unique adventure.

Experiences

Aardvark Safari

Head out on an on-foot aardvark safari at Samara Game Reserve, searching for these fascinating and unusual creatures.

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Flying Safari

Take to the skies on a flying safari in British Columbia.

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Airboat Safari

Stay at Bamurru Plains and cruise the mangroves and floodplains in search of crocodile, magpie geese and jabiru.

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Big Five Safari

Visit beautiful private game reserves that are home to Big Five wildlife.

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Boat Safari on the Chobe River

Head out on a sunset cruise down the Chobe River, spotting the vast herds of elephants for which this area is famous.

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Flying Safari

Join one of the highly-regarded Schoeman brothers on a flying safari along the Skeleton Coast. Fly low over the landscape, spotting shipwrecks, meeting Himba communities and staying at remote camps.

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Madikwe Safari

Once barren farming land, this area now teems with species. Set out on game drives, in search of lions, leopards, cheetahs, elephants, buffaloes and more.

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Danum Valley Night Safari

Join a night safari in Danum Valley and silently search for amphibians like flying frogs as well as the elusive slow loris and the extremely cute western tarsier.

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Malaria-Free Safari

Explore the dramatic landscapes of these northern reserves, which are considered to be free from malaria.

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Dhow Safari

Take a dhow safari between the islands, camping beneath palm trees on white sands.

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Luxury Tiger Safari

Stay at Taj Mahua Kothi Lodge in Kanha National Park for the ultimate luxury tiger safari.

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Kinabatangan River Safari

Spot proboscis monkeys, pygmy elephants and orangutans on a boat safari along the Kinabatangan River in Malaysian Borneo.

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Linyanti Big Cat Safari

Linyanti is renowned for its predator activity – spot lions, leopards and cheetahs as they stalk prey across the reserve.

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Big Five Safari

Experience a Big Five safari in the incomparably vast Kruger National Park.

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Helicopter Safari

Take a helicopter safari over the Virunga Mountains, spending time on active volcanoes.

Borneo Wildlife River Cruise

Stay at Rimba Lodge and cruise the Sekonyer River on a traditional klotok boat in search of orangutan, proboscis monkeys, hornbills and monitor lizards.

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Night Jeep Safaris

Under cover of darkness, head out in a 4×4 to experience the Ibera Wetlands at night, observing its nocturnal critters under torchlight.

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Mobile Safari in the Okavango Delta

Take a luxury mobile safari through the heart of the delta. Stay at beautiful tented camps and benefit from expert guiding as you explore on foot, by boat and by 4×4.

Go on a Desert Dunes 4×4 Safari

Join a group of adventurous thrill-seekers for a fun-filled, action-packed few hours, driving across the mighty dunes outside Dubai.

Electric Snowmobile Safari

Explore the frozen reaches of Sweden on an extended snowmobile adventure.

Wildlife Safari

Explore by boat, 4×4 and on foot, looking out for forest elephants, monkeys, birds and more.

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Safari in Bardia National Park

Nepal’s best-kept secret, Bardia is a beautiful, unspoiled wilderness. Raft down the river and view an extraordinary array of wildlife, including the elusive Bengal tiger.

Wildlife Safari

Take game drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park for a genuine East Africa safari experience without the crowds.

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Tiger Safari

See a wild tiger strutting through the jungle, straight out of Rudyard Kiplings’s Jungle Book.

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Safari Photography

Take advantage of the superb photographic opportunities away from the crowds.

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Serengeti Safari

Take a safari out on the majestic plains of the Serengeti, dotted with granite kopjes and home to breath-taking wildlife.

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Wildlife Safari

As a Junior Ranger, track leopard and wild elephants in one of the many national parks.

Ranthambore Tiger Safari

Go in search of tigers at Ranthambore National Park.

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Skeleton coast flying safari

In the late afternoon we circled high and then landed in a tight valley surrounded by mountains – few can make that kind of landing. Andre is one of the most experienced pilots in Namibia, in southern Africa and that is one of the joys of the safari: you can touch down pretty much anywhere.

Slow Safari

Stay at the home of the “slow safari”, Chem Chem Lodge. This beautiful lodge sits in a private concession adjoining Tarangire National Park and has perfected a wonderful mix of relaxation and wildlife.

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Walking Safari

Join an armed ranger on foot and track big game across the landscapes of Ruaha and Selous.

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Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Illona Cross

Born in a small South African town, I have always followed my passion for nature and discovery. After studying Nature Conservation in Pretoria, I was one of the first women to complete a very tough cadetship in the Natal Parks Board. It was here where I cut my teeth in African wildlife management. My desire to see more led me to work as a guide for AndBeyond, first in South Africa, then in Tanzania as the company expanded. Here, I lived and worked in the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro, guiding and running safari camps.

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Kate Hitchen

My travels were first inspired by my love of the UK, which I take as much pleasure in exploring as countries far and wide. For me, travel is all about the adventure, the people I meet and the food I sample along the way.

In fact, I am never happier than when I’m cycling, trekking or simply eating my way through a country! My heart and head regularly pull me east, notably to India but I may also be found wandering through the galleries and piazzas of Italy or daydreaming about fresh ceviche in the far west.

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Jackie Devereux

I was born in Zimbabwe. With a dad who was in the police force, we moved from place to place. I have always been passionate about travel. My grandparents mentioned that our ancestors set off from the Horn of Africa – Ethiopia – looking for better cattle pastures. They ended up settling in the south-eastern hills of Zimbabwe, in the Great Zimbabwe area.

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Joe Parkes

As a child I read voraciously so the seed of travel was planted by none other than Enid Blyton. Family holidays ran the gamut from icy dips in the early summer seas of Cornwall, to camel rides in north Africa, from Times Square to Tenerife. A GAP year upon leaving school cemented the travel bug. After graduating University and before stumbling, happily, into a career in the travel industry I spent a couple of glorious years exploring southern and east Africa, large swathes of South-east Asia, India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.

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