Wildlife Safari holidays
We run wildlife safaris to a number of the world's most famous safari locations in Africa, Asia and South East Asia including the Maasai Mara and Serengeti, the Ngorongoro crater and the rainforests of Borneo.
We specialise in personal itineraries for families, honeymoons, and bespoke clients. We have the expertise on the ground to manage expectations and deliver a very special wildlife adventure safari. We have our own offices, vehicles, and staff in all countries where we operate and we have the expertise and experience to provide proper advice on the right itinerary depending on what you want to see and experience. There are many different types of safaris, and we would like to match your expectations with reality.
About Safaris with Adventure Alternative
The Swahili word for journey, "safari", was first used in Kenya. and it has become synonymous with herds of wildlife scattered over the savannah plains with the distinctive spread of the acacia tree and the bright red of the Masai blanket. Kenya has a developed tourist industry, whereas the west side of Tanzania is more remote. But both are year-round destinations and home to some of the finest and most famous wildlife spots in Africa. From the semi-arid areas of northern Kenya to the richness of the Rift Valley, your holiday here is sure to be memorable.
Wildlife safaris extend beyond Africa though, and we also run bespoke trips to Borneo, home of the orangutan and the world’s richest diversity of plant life, insect life, and birdlife. Gliding on the rivers by longboat at dawn is an extraordinary experience, alive with the sounds and smells of the jungle.
Observing the Elephants feed and bathe in the muddy waters.
Safaris in Kenya
We offer several itineraries to explore the magnificent wildlife of Kenya. Our Masai Mara Safari itinerary is one of our best sellers. We spend four days on safari in the Great Rift Valley exploring the vast, beautiful landscape and going on game drives to find animals. We will show you the best of the Masai Mara Game Reserve. This itinerary also includes a day with the Masai people learning about their unique way of life. We have plenty of activities such as hot air ballooning over the park.
For those looking for a longer tour, we offer a seven-day itinerary that features several game drives and plenty of adventure. Lake Nakuru is home to millions of flamingos. Or experience cycling in Hells Gate among the wild game. Have lunch with the baboons near a cliff with breathtaking views of the entire park.
A cheetah hanging out in the Masai Mara.
Our Rift Valley and Thomsons Falls Safari are five full days of adventure complete with waterfalls. We explore the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, which boasts the largest black rhino sanctuary as well as the only place in Kenya to spot chimpanzees. You can combine any of our itineraries to create one of your own.
Safaris in Tanzania
Tanzania is another safari hot spot. We offer a few set itineraries as well as bespoke trips to Tanzania. Our Ngorongoro Crater Safari spends three days exploring the region in and around the crater. This safari is perfect to add after a climb up Kilimanjaro and gives you ample time to go on game drives to see wildlife.
Our Serengeti Safari is ten days of adventure. There are many highlights on this adventure, including the opportunity to explore the African bush on foot. It’s truly an incredible experience to hike among the wildlife. We drive to several different parks exploring the beautiful corners both the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater. Enjoy a sunrise over the savanna, a truly special treat.
Lush grasslands of the Ngorongoro Crater.
Safaris in Borneo
Come explore the world’s oldest rainforests in the heart of Borneo. We also offer several different itineraries as well as beskpoke safaris in this unique location. Wild Borneo focuses on travel deep into the jungles of Sabah and then to Sarawak for a chance to spot wild orangutans. In Sabah, you will have the opportunity to meet with the remote Penan tribe and then head by boat to Mulu National Park on a village-to-village trek.
Sabah’s Lost World safari focuses on the northern part of Malaysian Borneo. Starting in Kota Kinabalu our journey takes us inland to the Maliau Basin. On the way, you stay with local families in Orou Sapulout and experience the local tribal way of life. Maliau is only accessible by foot, making it a haven for wildlife and nature.
The unbelievably massive trees in the jungles of Sabah.
Our Mulu Caves Safari offers you the chance to explore the vast cave system in Sarawak. It’s best as an add-on for our other adventures with the Penan Tribe or hiking Mount Mulu. We also cater to family travel in Borneo and can easily create a family-friendly itinerary for your next big holiday.
What to Expect on Safari
Safaris are intended to provide a way to view wildlife and experience the culture of wild places. Africa and Borneo provide vastly different experiences in terms of landscape, people, flora, and fauna, but the concept remains the same.
Travel through the jungles of Borneo is a humid and hot experience. The jungle is an unforgiving landscape, but its dense population of wildlife is a sight to behold. Our itineraries through this region are often rugged in nature. Don’t expect too much air con, however, the jungle is filled with waterways that provide the perfect spot for a cool dip.
A suspension bridge along a trail in Borneo.
Safaris in Africa vary in terms of luxury. We are able to assist you with your level of luxury accommodation during your safari. During an African Safari, you will spend a lot of time in a vehicle with the option of taking excursions on foot or in a different mode of transport. Unlike a safari in Borneo, African safaris are a little more relaxed in terms of physical exertion.
What Should I pack for a Safari?
Since these destinations are vastly different, it’s difficult to give a generic packing list that would cover both the savannah and the jungle. The key to enjoying your safari is to protect yourself from the elements and wear comfortable clothing. In the jungle, you want to protect your body from insects and leeches, but you also want to stay cool, this is a balancing act. Lightweight, breathable pants and lightweight tops are best. The situation is similar on an African safari, except you want to protect your skin from the sun.
Watching a Zebra herd cross the Serengeti.
Aside from lightweight, moisture-wicking, breathable clothing you also want to make sure you have sturdy, well-broken-in shoes. For jungle trekking, we recommend you wear lightweight trekking boots. These will help keep your feet dry and clean. For Africa, any shoes that you are comfortable walking in will work.
Other unique items include travel sized binoculars. These can be helpful to catch an up-close glimpse of wildlife. A reusable water bottle and water purification system are also highly recommended. As a sustainable trekking company, we don’t promote the use of disposable plastic bottles.
When is the Best Time of Year to Go on Safari?
Safaris in Tanzania, Borneo, and Kenya are available year-round. However, some seasons offer different things than others. Due to its proximity to the Equator, Borneo’s weather typically remains the same year-round. The rainy months are from October through February. Since Borneo is a jungle environment, it’s rainy all times of the year, with October through February being the rainiest.
Kenya and Tanzania both experience a wet and dry season. June through October is considered the best time for wildlife viewing, but it is also the most crowded. March through May are the wettest months, and although the savannah is lush, it’s more difficult to spot wildlife. Also, the wet conditions can make travel to certain areas more difficult. The Ngorongoro Crater offers beautiful scenery throughout the year. January to February is the calving season in the Serengeti, providing excellent opportunities for predator action.
Sunset over Lake Naivasha in Kenya.
Safaris are an exciting holiday filled with rich wildlife, culture, and landscape. Our bespoke tours and travel itineraries are built to offer you the best of the region and a chance to walk on the wild side.
Safari in Kenya books and maps
The Rough Guide to Kenya, Rough Guides, ISBN-10: 1848361378, ISBN-13: 978-1848361379
Kenya, Lonely Planet, ISBN-10: 1741047730, ISBN-13: 978-1741047738
Traveller's Guide - Wildlife of Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, Hosking, Collins, ISBN-10: 0007248199, ISBN-13: 978-0007248193
Watching Wildlife: East Africa - Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Lonely Planet, ISBN-10: 1741042089, ISBN-13: 978-1741042085
Born Free, Adamson, Pan Books, ISBN-10: 0330391909, ISBN-13: 978-0330391900
Out of Africa, Blixen, Penguin Classics, ISBN-10: 0141183330, ISBN-13: 978-0141183336
No Picnic on Mount Kenya, Benuzzi, The Lyons Press, ISBN-10: 1592287247, ISBN-13: 978-1592287246
The KWS Wildlife Code
- Respect the privacy of the wildlife, this is their habitat.
- Beware of the animals, they are wild and can be unpredictable.
- Don't crowd the animals or make sudden noises or movements.
- Don't feed the animals, it upsets their diet and leads to human dependence.
- Keep quiet, noise disturbs the wildlife and may antagonize your fellow visitors.
- Stay in your vehicle at all times, except at designated picnic or walking areas.
- Keep below the maximum speed limit (40 kph/25 mph).
- Never drive off-road, this severely damages the habitat.
- When viewing wildlife keep to a minimum distance of 20 meters and pull to the side of the road so as to allow others to pass.
- Leave no litter and never leave fires unattended or discard burning objects.
- Respect the cultural heritage of Kenya, never take pictures of the local people or their habitat without asking their permission, respect the cultural traditions of the area and always dress with decorum.
- Stay over or leave before dusk, visitors must vacate the Park between 6.00 p.m. - 6.00 a.m. unless they are camping overnight. Night game driving is not allowed.