first time on safari
Everything you need to know to plan your first safari – what to expect, where to go and when.
Your First Safari
Experiencing large animals up-close in the wild is exhilarating, but it’s only half the picture on safari.
Few people are prepared for how immersive a safari experience is. Superb safari camps in beautiful wild places, wonderful food and the chance to spend time away from the distractions of modern life are among the best reasons to go on safari. Days are filled with a rich tapestry of events – large and small so they seem somehow longer than at home. Long enough to be able to have a full morning’s game viewing, a substantial lunch and still steal a good couple of hours after lunch to snooze or catch up on a good book, before heading out again in the afternoon. On safari, life just works to a different rhythm, dictated by the rising and setting of the sun.
OUR FAVOURITE EXPERIENCES
Northern Tanzania For Active FamiliesSee Itinerary
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Our favourite Camps and Lodges
Nomad Tanzania’s Lamai Serengeti is a small intimate safari lodge amongst the large round boulders of the Kogakurjia Kopjes of the Northern Serengeti.Learn More
An understated luxury camp that sits atop the breezy rim of the Ngorongoro Crater, the world’s largest unbroken caldera and Africa’s most iconic wildlife destination.Learn More
Kichaka Safari Camp in Ruaha National Park is a shining example of how to quietly get the best from the African bush.Learn More
A wonderful stand-alone destination as a family retreat for a week, or a place for a group of friends to chill-out in together after a hard-core wildlife odyssey.Learn More
Tena Tena lies at the southern end of the Nsefu sector of South Luangwa National Park, has a well-deserved reputation as one of Africa's most authentic small bush camps.Learn More
One of the most beautiful and dramatic locations of anywhere in East Africa, sitting on a white sandy beach at the base of the 8,000ft Mahale Mountains overlooking the turquoise waters of Lake Tanganyika.Learn More
The house really suits groups travelling together who would like to call the shots as far as the structure of their days are concerned.Learn More
The camp commands stunning views over the plains and the open fronted dining room gives a very pleasant feeling of being a part of the landscape.Learn More
"This was our first time on safari. The holiday was one of our best ever. Not just because we saw a plethora of wildlife, but because there was always someone waiting to whisk us to another destination, be it to the airport, from the airport or a boat to a lodge etc.- KEN & CAROLINE
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First Time Safari Need To Know
How many days do you need on safari?
The longer you spend on safari, the more chance you will have of seeing a greater diversity of wildlife. We recommend having at least three full days on safari before moving onto the next location. We are all for slow travel, spending a few days to really absorb the place and the people. Safari days are often long and tiring, with early-morning starts and late finishes, as well as being deeply immersive. Bearing this in mind, we’d recommend ending your trip with a few days relaxing by the beach.
Is a safari a safe experience for children?
Absolutely. Family safari adventures are close to our hearts at Natural High – we’ve been travelling with our own children since they were tiny. Forget staring at screens all day, on safari, the kids will feel like they’ve stepped into a film set with experiences that will stay with them for a lifetime. There are numerous child-friendly lodges with plenty of activities on offer and, thanks to the local knowledge of our experienced team, we can help you create the ultimate itinerary to mesmerise every member of your family.
Do I need to have a reasonable level of fitness to go on safari?
Not particularly, no. While days on safari can be tiring due to the early starts and late night adventures, the level of exercise required can be tailored to your individual needs. Some safaris involve greater levels of exertion, while others can be enjoyed at a leisurely pace or from the comfort of a traditional 4×4. If you have any concerns, please get in touch and we can point you in the direction of a safari experience best suited to you.
Is it possible to combine different destinations into one safari?
We highly recommend it. Your trip is entirely tailored to your wants and needs, so if you’re keen to experience a number of safari destinations, we can make that happen. We also recommend fitting some in some time for relaxation and recuperation during your trip as the exhilaration of a safari adventure can be very tiring.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
Our second unforgettable trip with Natural High, hopefully not the last!
Fantastic Christmas trip to Tanzania and Zanzibar, organised at very short notice. Wonderful staff at every camp, an unforgettable family experience. ...
Claire & George
Outstanding customer service well above the call of duty.
Natural High arranged a trip to remember ...accommodation first class, transportation on very long road trips was excellent. Spotless . air conditioni...
Personal service and excellent organisation
This was our first holiday to be organised by Natural High. We made the enquiry on New Year’s Eve for a departure in February and within a few days...
Ken and Caroline
Fantasic Natural High
Brilliant, everything is so well organised. We have had two trips of a lifetime organised by Rod Tether who is also a guide extraordinaire!...
Antony & Jane Braithwaite RT
Fantastic Natural High
Perfectly organised trip to two great Nomad camps in Tanzania!...
Natural High nailed it again
Sledding in Sweden was our second wonderful holiday with Natural High. From the moment you speak to them to when you get home the service and attentio...
Fantasic Natural High
We are repeat customers and NH never fail to deliver an exceptional trip. They understand exactly what we want to experience and tailor the adventure ...
Ruth Maxwell AH
Enjoyed EVERY second of an action- packed two weeks in Kenya. Asante Sana👏
This was my fourth safari booked with Natural High and, as previously, it surpassed my expectations. Vanessa’s Itinerary was spot on - the three cam...
Julie Baxter VJ
Fantasic Natural High
They picked out good places to stay that fitted the criteria. Very thoughtful and attentive. They called back and they sent emails with suggestions....
Morroco was a pleasant surprise
This was certainly not our first trip with natural high. As any other trip, organization was great, ie pick up, vehicles, local guides, food, all well...
Don and Bernice Willoughby RT
The holiday was absolutely perfect. The recommended places to stay were spot on, excellent service throughout. It shows that each property has been vi...
Susan And Russell Holdsworth VJ
Everything went smoothly and selection of accommodation was perect for us
Excellent, no problems...
Fantastic Kenya 🇰🇪 Safari thanks Vanessa
We stayed at three beautiful lodges; The Emakoko Nairobi National Park, Tortillis Camp Amboseli National Park and Kicheche Valley Camp Mara Conservati...
David Poninghaus VJ
Seamless service, Catherine was able to accommodate my changing needs, even last minute changes that were my fault, and ended up with a wonderful vaca...
Very helpful and accomodating
Very helpful and Catherine went out of her way to accommodate us. It was also short notice from our side and yet it all worked very well. Good advice ...
Phenomenal Safari which will certainly stay with us for years to come
Our main contact, Rod, was extremely knowledgeable in all aspects of the Safari that we ultimately decided upon. We trusted his recommendations throug...
Matt & Lucy Worthy RT
First class. Experts in the holiday adventure field. Great to deal with
First class! Natural High are experts in their field. All the boxes are ticked which leaves you to travel without any worries. Excellent destinations...
Perfect family Safari!!
Our family Kenyan safari trip to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary was perfectly planned by Catherine from the moment we landed in Nairobi, to ou...