Top 5 African Safari Tours for Seniors

Top 5 African Safari Tours for Seniors

If you are looking for that once-in-a-lifetime journey and want to explore the places you have dreamed about for all these years, our travel experts have some exciting recommendations when it comes to African safari tours for seniors.

There is no need to sacrifice your creature comforts if you want to experience the African bushveld on a safari; the lodges and all its luxurious offerings are some of the best for rest, relaxation and adventure, perfectly tailored to suit your desires and abilities. And rest assured, you are in good hands with highly trained and experienced rangers, passionate to show you Africa’s wildlife.

While some of our African safari tours for seniors are purely about wildlife, others combine your nature escape with a city break where you can explore the easily accessible iconic sights, or you can even take a step back in time and discover the scenic vistas of Southern Africa, on a timeless journey, by train.

Top 5 African Safari Tours for Seniors

There are a great number of African safari tours for seniors focusing on comfort, safety and accessibility. Your time away is yours to enjoy, here are some of the best tours on offer for an exciting journey.

13 Day Cape Town, Whalewatching & Garden Route Tour 

Southern right Whale Hermanus
Hermanus is the capital of the Cape Whale Coast and here visitors have the exciting opportunity to see the giants of the ocean breach, frolic around and blow water up to 5 meters into the air.

Explore the best of South Africa’s coastline on this 13-day self-drive tour that will take you from the winelands of Cape Town all the way to the lush green forests and coastline of the Garden Route.

It all starts in the Mother City, where you will be staying at More Quarters Hotel close to the trendy Kloof Street abound with quirky cafes and restaurants. Fill your day with the iconic Cape Town sights and do the hop-on-hop-off Cape Town City Sightseeing Tour, and a full day tour to the picturesque Cape Point, including a visit to the African penguins at Boulders Beach.

Wave Table Mountain adieu and head for the winelands of Stellenbosch to taste local wines at different estates. After a hearty breakfast at Majeka House in Stellenbosch, Hermanus is your destination for the next night where you will be staying at The Marine. This seaside town is famous for its boat-based whale watching where you can see the magnificent giants of the ocean, Southern right whales.

Continue along the Garden Route and take in the scenery and small towns with its quirky stops, before you reach Wilderness – a town hugged by the ocean on one side and an indigenous forest on the other side. From Views Boutique Hotel & Spa you can explore one of the hiking trails, wine and dine, visit the Map of Africa and navigate the river (a haven for birdwatchers) by boat.

The end of your journey is nigh, but with your last two nights in Plettenberg Bay, a dull moment is not on the cards. Go to the beach and take in the view from The Plettenberg Hotel, hike in Robberg Nature Reserve, a national monument and World Heritage Site steeped in history and prehistoric artifacts. If you are yearning for a safari, there is always Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve, and the wildlife sanctuaries of Monkeyland, Birds of Eden and Jukani. You can also explore boutique wine estates in the area before you say goodbye to the Garden Route and head to George Airport.

7 Day Madikwe & Cape Town

Elephants at Madikwe Game Reserve
The malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve with its teeming wildlife is one of the most popular destinations for safari tours for seniors.

Combine some of the best South Africa has got to offer on this 7-day trip – one of the top African safari tours for seniors – to the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve and Cape Town, one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

After a short charter flight from O.R Tambo International Airport, step off the plane onto the African bushveld of Madikwe Game Reserve, where you will be spending three days discovering the pristine environment and its the raw beauty. Madikwe Safari Lodge is a luxurious hidden gem with suites exuding elegance. Daily game drives, lasting approximately three and a half hours, will bring you closer to the sights and sounds of the bush where you can admire the big five, about 60 more mammal species and the reserve’s thriving population of African wild dogs. Bush walks, spa treatments, stargazing and a local community village tour are also on offer, or you can relax in your suite and breathe in the view from the deck overlooking the reserve.

Up next is the dynamic multi-cultured city of Cape Town and it is a real treat for the senses with its exciting sights to explore, local flavors to taste and jaw-dropping sweeping views of the ocean and mountains. You will overnight at More Quarters Hotel, in the heart of the city, and with the help of Safari.com’s experts we can help you plan, recommend and arrange a variety of things to do in the Mother City, from getting to the top of Table Mountain to going wine tasting and exploring Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden.

4 Day Victoria Falls Rovos Rail Journey

Rovos Rail
Climb aboard the luxurious Rovos Rail – the Pride of Africa – and journey from South Africa to Zimbabwe.

All aboard! Train travel evokes a sense of romance and yesteryear’s nostalgia as the wheels roll – clickecty-clack, clickecty-clack – over the rail while the locomotive lets off its signature steam sigh. The Rovos Rail has been dubbed the Pride of Africa and has been recognized as one of the world’s most luxurious trains with vintage comfort at its best.

One of the most memorable and best African safari tours for seniors is the 4-day Victoria Falls Rovos Rail Journey. With its luxurious accommodation and phenomenal on-board service, passengers embark on an unforgettable voyage through the awe-inspiring landscapes of South Africa and Zimbabwe.

Your adventures starts in Pretoria from where the train winds its way north through Warmbaths, known for its mineral waters and then Nylstroom before it passes the edge of the escarpment and crosses the Tropic of Capricorn. On your second day, after the border formalities at Beitbridge, you are in for a whole day of scenic views and incredible on-board fine dining as the train makes its way towards Bulawayo, the industrial capital of Zimbabwe with Mpopoma as your overnight stop. The highlight of the journey follows the next day; the train will travel 114 km along a straight railway line, one of the world’s longest, to traverse the eastern edge of Hwange National Park from where you can spot wildlife from the train. Your safari doesn’t stop there; an afternoon game drive at The Hide will bring closer to Africa’s most impressive creatures. Travel towards the Zambezi river on your final day, disembark and explore the natural wonder that is the rumbling, thundering Victoria Falls. In the town of Victoria Falls you can also go on Zambezi River cruises, helicopter rides over the falls, whitewater rafting and more.

6 Day Kruger Park and Cape Town

Lion sighting at Tintswalo Safari Lodge
With low vehicle densities, a stay at Tintswalo Safari Lodge offers the unique opportunity to have an exclusive safari experience.

For the best of both worlds, consider the 6-day Kruger Park and Cape Town safari tour where you will spend the first three days in the African bushveld and the last half of your trip in the beautiful city of Cape Town with its larger-than-life Table Mountain.

Your safari adventure begins at the five-star Tintswalo Safari Lodge in Manyeleti Game Reserve bordering the world-famous Kruger National Park, where each suite has a plunge pool overlooking the waterhole. Away from the hustle and bustle, the reserve boasts having one of the lowest vehicle densities; you can expect exclusive and private game viewing experiences during your stay – uninterrupted wildlife sightings – in the form of multiple daily game drives with experienced guides and local Shangaan trackers.

Brush off the tranquility of the bush from your soul after one last morning game drive and make your way to Cape Town, where the vibrant city atmosphere will embrace your whole being through its beautiful sights, world-class cuisine and the ocean view waiting for you at Tintswalo Atlantic. Fill your Cape Town itinerary with the Mother City’s top attractions, like Table Mountain, the V&A Waterfront and Boulders Beach, and don’t hesitate to contact one of our travel experts to discover all the possibilities.

11 Day Botswana Green Season Safari

elephant grazing next to balcony African Safari Tours for Seniors
Immerse yourself in the rich and diverse environment of Botswana for the ultimate safari tour.

Botswana is a country of dramatic contrasts, from the green channels, lakes and swamps of the Okavango Delta to the ancient sand dunes of the Kalahari with its animals that have adapted to the harsh climate. To experience one of the top African safari tours for seniors, Botswana is a destination like none other, opening the doors to some of the best wildlife viewing you will come across.

After a short charter flight from Maun Airport, your journey starts at Tau Pan Camp in Central Kalahari, at a unique safari camp with eco-friendly suites and private verandas overlooking a scenic salt pan. Your daily game drives will introduce you to the legendary black-maned Kalahari lions, the oryx, the rare brown hyena and other desert-adapted sub species.

On the third day, another charter flight will whisk you away to Nxai Pan, a 100% solar-powered camp situated around the pan’s fossil lakebed. Going on game drives is a given, but to really understand the environment a walk with San bushmen trackers gives guests a glimpse into their unique way of life, from how they hunt and find water sources to which plants are used for medicinal purposes.

For the next leg of your trip you will explore the area of Linyanti, where – on top of exciting game drives during the day and at night –  you will also have the opportunity to go on bush walks, and go on a fishing and evening boat cruise excursion. The small luxury tented Kwando Lagoon Camp is known for its large populations of elephants, who are frequent visitors to the pan.

Your Botswana experience is not completed without a visit to the Okavango Delta where you will be staying at Splash Camp that is built around a pan attracting animals year-round. Here you can spend your days going on daily game drives to see the abundance of wildlife up-close, go fishing and explore the Delta in a traditional dugout canoe, called a mokoro.

Not sure which of the African safari tours for seniors you should choose? Get in contact with our safari experts who will help you plan that once-in-a-lifetime journey!