An African safari trip can be the vacation of a lifetime, although choosing the right one can take some research. If it’s your first safari, you may want to visit a park that’s home to the five most popular animals – lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and rhino. Some species, such as the endangered black rhino, can only be seen in certain parks. The method of transport is also a factor; most popular is the open sided jeep, although larger trucks, walking horseback and boat travel are also options. And a hot air balloon safari really is a memorable experience. You’ll also need to decide how much independence you want; whether to book your own private tour or travel as part of a group. Other factors include the length of the trip, the level of comfort of the accommodation provided, and of course the cost.