Elephants, Amboseli National Park, Kenya

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.

Lioness cubs, Masai Mara, Kenya

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

Tell us what you love doing and we’ll curate a journey that’s perfect for you.

Aardvark, South Africa

Aardvark Safari

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

Suggested Lodge

Aerial view, Graham Island, British Columbia, Canada

Flying Safari

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

Suggested Holiday Idea

Air Boating on the Floodplains, Bamurru Plains, Mary River, Kakadu, Northern Territories, Australia

Airboat Safari

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

Suggested Holiday Idea

Game drive at Sungulwane Private Game Lodge, Zuka Private Game Resere, Northern Zululand, South Africa

KwaZulu-Natal Safari

Visit beautiful private game reserves, home to wonderful flora and fauna including the Big Five and fabulous bird life.

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Flying safari, Skeleton Coast, Namibia

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.

Suggested Holiday Idea

Game drives, Makanyane Safari Lodge, Madikwe & The Waterberg, South Africa

Day & Night Game Drives

Once barren farming land, Madikwe now teems with species. Set out on game drives during the day and night, in search of lions, leopards, cheetahs, elephants, buffaloes and more.

Suggested Hotel

Western or Horsfield's Tarsier, Borneo

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.

Suggested Holiday Idea

Elephant on grasslands, Marataba Game Lodge, The Waterberg

Low Risk Malaria Safari

Explore the dramatic landscapes of South Africa’s Madikwe & The Waterberg, northern reserves, a low risk malarial area.

Suggested Holiday Idea

Ibo Island dhow safari, arimba dhow, mozambique

Dhow Safari

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

Kanha track, Kanha National Park, India

Luxury Tiger Safari

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

Leopard eating impala in trees, Okavango Delta, Botswana

Linyanti Big Cat Safari

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

Suggested Safari Camp

Male Lion and Cub, Kruger National Park, South Africa

Big Five Safari

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

Suggested Holiday Idea

Looking out from Nyiragongo towards Rwanda, Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo

Helicopter Safari

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

Sunset, Ibera Wetlands, Argentina

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.

Suggested Holiday Idea

Walking, Selinda Canoe Travel, Selinda Reserve, Botswana

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.

Desert Safari, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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.

African Green Pigeon, Lango Bai, Odzala, Rep of Congo

Wildlife Safari

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

Suggested Holiday Idea

Asian Rhino, Tiger Tops Tharu, Chitwan, Nepal

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.

Crater, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda

Wildlife Safari

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

Suggested camp

Tiger walking along road, Dudhwa National Park, India

Tiger Safari

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

Elephants with Mount Kilimanjaro behind, Amboseli National Park, Kenya

Safari Photography

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

Suggested camp

Lioness playing with cubs, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Serengeti Safari

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

Suggested Holiday Idea

Morning Game Drive, Yala National Park, Sri Lanka

Wildlife Safari

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

Male Tiger, India

Ranthambore Tiger Safari

Go in search of tigers at Ranthambore National Park.

Suggested Holiday Idea

Walking, Sand Rivers Selous, Selous Game Reserve

Walking Safari

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

Suggested camp

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.

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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.

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Clare Higginson

It was my passion for languages that first encouraged me to leave the UK behind and grab my rucksack. Since then, it’s been a mixture of intriguing cultures, jaw-dropping landscapes and the wonder of seeing animals in their natural habitat that sees me continuously extending my travel wish list.

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Chris Johnston

Chris is the Conde Nast Traveller chosen Specialist for Africa.

25 years ago, my first trip to Africa took on a life of its own. I planned for three months, I stayed for two years. Whilst there, I was mistaken for a priest, attacked by sharks and arrested. Yet the countless, clattering journeys opened my eyes to the beauty of the landscapes and the grace of the people. My recent trips are undoubtedly more comfortable, but the welcome is as warm as ever and the best experiences are still those I never see coming.

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Charlotte Lawton

Charlotte is the Conde Nast Traveller chosen Specialist for Asia.

My strong sense of belonging in Asia stemmed from a childhood in Hong Kong and Nepal. My Grandmother was born in a tent in India. Some of my clearest memories are of walking through a dense, tropical jungle while hailstones the size of cricket balls rained down on us; of being carried on my father’s shoulders as we trekked through the Himalayas; my mother wearing flipflops on a snowy mountainside; and me falling into Dal Lake in Srinagar as we disembarked from our houseboat. 

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