Journeys of Discovery
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Martin Meyer Safaris is a leading Destination Management Company with insider access to incredible locations & experiences. Each journey that we curate has been carefully put together to not only suit your budget but tick off your bucket list items.
Our team of experts collectively has over 100 years of experience on the African continent, and each lodge, hotel, and experience has been handpicked by our team. We have partnered with only the best people for the job, ensuring that you have the same level of service throughout each country in which we operate.
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From the intricate waterways of the Okavango Delta, teeming with wildlife to the desolate great saltpans of the Makgadigadi desert and the dry Linyanti Plains, Botswana is a haven of unique landscapes and experiences.
Situated in the center of Southern Africa, Botswana's landscapes are defined by vast contrasts, most strikingly is the relative flatness and aridity. This makes the Okavango Delta even more remarkable; a wetland within a desert that receives its waters from rain falling in Angola, 1000 kilometers away.
Botswana is a bucket list destination with creatures large and small calling this unique piece of paradise home. As you explore the marshes and wetlands of the Delta in a traditional mekoro (dugout canoe) it is easy for the massive herds of elephant to be center stage, however, it is the balance of this unique ecosystem that is impressive, from the rare sitatunga antelope and the river-dwelling Lechwe to the frogs, fish and brightly colored birds that leave you with a lasting impression of paradise.
Botswana is also home to a multitude of large and small predators, that have adapted to living in these water-logged conditions. The swimming lions of the Savute Marsh and the mega hyena clans that follow closely in their tracks make for exceptional photographic opportunities.
You also have the opportunity to spot rarer and endangered species such as African Painted Wolves and Cheetah.
Kenya is the original African safari destination. Known mainly for the great migration and predators that follow the mega herds, Kenya is not a country that you will ever tire of, with multiple conservancies and experiences that keep even the most seasoned travelers coming back year after year.
Located in the heart of Africa, Kenya shares borders with five countries, and to the east it is bounded by the tropical waters of the Indian Ocean, making this the quintessential bush and beach destination.
Approximately 8 percent of the country's land is protected and it is home to nearly 400 species of mammals and more than 1000 species of birds. The Masai Mara is arguably the most famous reserve in the world, with a high concentration of lion, leopard, and cheetah, who are always following the approximate 1.5 million wildebeest as they cross the crocodile-filled waters of the Mara river as part of their endless journey through the Mara and adjacent Serengeti in Tanzania.
In the central county of Laikipia, you will find conservancies such as Ol Pejeta, who work tirelessly to protect critically endangered black and northern white rhino. To the north of Laikipia lies the Samburu National Reserve, a protected area of arid plains and acacia woodland on the edge of the desert. It is here that you have the opportunity to spot rarer species such as the long-necked gerenuk or the blue-skinned Somali ostrich. Alongside the beisa oryx, reticulated giraffe, and Grevy's zebra, they make up the Samburu Big 5.
The people of Kenya are as diverse as the landscapes; being home to 44 officially recognized tribes throughout the country. Enjoy an authentic experience with the people of Kenya as you move through the different regions and get to know more about the intricacies of their cultures and history.
A country of astonishing contrasts, Namibia is celebrated for its vast open landscapes, infinite blue skies, and starry nights. The Namib, a sea of red sand along the Atlantic coastline, and the oldest desert on the planet lends its name to Namibia.
Namibia is situated on the south-west coast of Africa and is one of the driest and most sparsely populated countries on earth. Namibia offers many national parks and game reserves, which boast a variety of wildlife in a kaleidoscope of differing environments. From the dazzling white saltpans in Etosha National Park, towering red dunes of Sossusvlei, and the isolated beaches of the Skeleton Coast, Namibia is a photographer's dream destination.
From the flat-topped mountains, wind-sculpted sandstone cliffs, broad valleys and dry riverbeds of Damaraland to the unforgiving environment and endless vistas of the Skeleton Coast Namibia embodies the sense of space and seclusion.
Small underground rivers with sparse vegetation sustains desert-adapted wildlife like black rhino, elephant, springbok, gemsbok, giraffe and Hartmann's mountain zebra.
Further south in the Sossusvlei region the Tsauchab River is flanked by some of the tallest sand dunes in the world, ending in a series of pans (or vleis) that dot the end of this blind river.
South Africa is the perfect first-time safari destination, offering a multitude of experiences, accommodation and of course Cape Town - an adventure capital and known as the food capital of the continent with many award-winning restaurants situated in the city and surrounding regions.
Situated on the southernmost tip of the continent, Cape Town, or the Mother City as she is affectionately known is towered over by the magnificent Table Mountain; one of the 7 wonders of Nature. It is here that you will find a myriad of cultures, cuisine, and experiences to delight even the most discerning traveler. Cape Town offers some of the best cuisines on the continent in a vibey cosmopolitan atmosphere. The Cape Peninsula offers breathtaking views, close encounters with marine life, and of course the loveable penguins of boulders beach. The picturesque cape wine region offers spectacular scenery, world-class wineries, and rich colonial history with matching architecture.
South Africa is also home to the world-renowned Kruger National Park and offers an incredible safari experience at private lodges in the Greater Kruger National Park biosphere. Home to the big 5 and a staggering amount of bird species it is the ultimate safari experience.
South Africa also offers unparalleled game viewing experiences in Malaria free regions, making this the perfect family safari destination.
Tanzania is the largest country in East Africa and almost one-third of its land is protected for wildlife conservation. Home to Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa, the Serengeti - the site of the Great Migration and the pristine white beaches of Zanzibar, Tanzania is the perfect holiday destination in one country.
Bordering the Indian Ocean to the east and flanked by Kenya and Uganda to the north, Tanzania allows easy access from international hubs. Most famously known for the annual great migration that takes place between the Serengeti in Tanzania and the Masai Mara in Kenya where mega herds of wildebeest cross repeatedly in search of the best grazing.
Further south is the Ngorongoro Crater, a massive ancient caldera, created 2 to 3 million years ago, and one of the most game-rich areas of East Africa. The crater basin is home to Thomson's gazelle and wildebeest, stalking lion and leopard and guests also have a chance of spotting rare and endangered black rhino.
While most travelers favor the better-known northern parks, those that choose to venture south have the privilege of exclusive safari experiences. Whether you visit the Ruaha National Park in the center of Tanzania along the river banks of the eponymous Great Ruaha River which serves as a lifeline to the parks' wildlife or to the Nyerere National Park (formerly the Selous Game Reserve) which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here you have the option of finding African Painted Wolves or enjoying a leisurely cruise along the river, passing pods of hippo wallowing in the water.
Tanzania also holds a secret hidden gem, with the Rubondo Island National Park in Lake Victoria; where you have the unique opportunity to trek through the forests in search of wild chimpanzees.
End your perfect safari with a trip to the islands of Zanzibar, where white-sand shores, clear waters full of marine life beckon. Explore the mangrove forests where the trees are alive with monkeys and delight in sprawling spice plantations rich with the aromas of cinnamon and cloves.
Zambia is a landlocked country in Southern Africa, sharing borders with Zimbabwe, Malawi and Mozambique. Sitting mainly on an expansive central plateau, Zambia also boasts he Zambezi, Kafue and Luangwa rivers as well as one of the largest waterfalls in the world, the Victoria Falls which is shares with Zimbabwe.
Zambia remains one of the most under-rated safari destinations on the continent and is an absolute haven for travelers that have explored the main safari countries.
Kafue National Park is Zambia's oldest protected area and one of the largest in Africa. A staggering 2.25 million hectares the northern sector is wild, remote and diverse with vast tracts of pristine wilderness. The north-west is dominated by the Busanga Swamps, a papyrus wetland that gives way to the vast floodplain of the Busanga Plains - a seasonally inundated grassland dotted with islands.
Further north is the world renowned South Luangwa National Park. Hailed as Zambia's premier wildlife destination and the home of the original walking safari. Home to over 60 species of mammal and almost 450 species of birds. The Luangwa River takes a slow meandering course down the valley, with the seasonal rise and fall in water levels many ox-bow lagoons are formed. It is the fertile soils associated with these lagoon systems which allow the large variety of species and high number of animals that are found in the areas close to the main river.
Zambia also boasts the Kasanka National Park, located in the central province on the south western edge of the Lake Bangweulu basin, this is one of of Zambia's smallest national parks but home to the largest Mammal Migration in the world! Every year between October and December, approximately 10 million fruit bats descend into a tiny patch of evergreen, swamp-forest inside the National Park.
A landlocked country in southern Africa, Zimbabwe is a haven for intrepid travelers and adventurers alike. Despite a challenging political past, Zimbabwe has retained its most extraordinary credentials; dramatic landscapes, a perfect climate, warm and friendly people, endless activities, and some of the best wildlife destinations in the world.
Zimbabwe boasts two world heritage sites, Victoria Falls and Mana Pools - the latter famed for its incredible light that beckons photographers from across the globe and the untamed wildlife experiences. With savannah grasslands in the central and western regions, exotic rainforests around the eastern highlands, and drier woodlands towards the northern regions, where the mighty Zambezi River is a lifeline for the animals.
Victoria Falls is a must-see on any visit to Southern Africa, known as "the smoke that thunders" Victoria falls not only offers awe-inspiring views it is also the adventure capital of Southern Africa - with activities ranging from sedate to adrenaline-filled. Whether you want to cruise lazily on the Zambezi River at sunset with a cocktail in hand as you watch pods of hippos in the waters or herds of elephants slaking their thirst at the water's edge; or if you want to get your blood pumping with gorge swings and bungee jumping, Victoria falls is the place to be.
To the north of Victoria Falls on the southern banks of the Zambezi River, lies Mana Pools National Park. A wildlife region that will leave even the most seasoned traveler and photographer breathless with its unspoiled beauty. A haven for walking and canoe safaris, Mana Pools is a wildlife-rich and biodiverse area that delights around every corner.
To the south, bordering Botswana you will find Hwange National Park, the largest national park in Zimbabwe. Hwange covers a staggering 14,650 sq km. The main entrance to the park is a mere two-hour drive from Victoria Falls. Hwange was named after a local Nhanzwa chief and was once the royal hunting grounds for the Ndebele warrior-king Mzilikaze before being classified as a protected area in 1929. Here you will find over 100 mammal species and nearly 400 different bird species. The highlight of any stay in Hwange however is the 40,000 strong population of tusker elephants - whose presence is world-renowned.