50 Awesome Safari Quotes and Captions To Prepare You for Africa

Looking for a few safari quotes to get you ready for Africa?

I know it sounds cliche, but there is just nothing like being in the African bush. An African safari is one of the best vacations one can have.

There are so many African countries to travel to, parks to explore, animals to see, safari lodges, and a variety of unique activities to partake in. To help you get ready for an epic African safari we put together these quotes about safari. Enjoy!

Amazing Safari Quotes You’ll Love

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“I never knew of a morning in Africa when I woke up that I was not happy.” – one of my favorite safari quotes

“There is something about safari life that makes you forget all your sorrows and feel as if you had drunk half a bottle of champagne — bubbling over with heartfelt gratitude for being alive.”

-Karen Blixen (You’ll see Karen Blixen mentioned many times throughout this post, she is the author of Out of Africa, one of the best books and safari movies. She has so many great safari quotes)

“Reminds me of my safari in Africa. Somebody forgot the corkscrew and for several days we had to live on nothing but food and water.”

-W. C. Fields

“Everything in Africa bites, but the safari bug is worst of all.”

-Brian Jackman (I love this safari quote, it’s one of the simplest and shortest but is so telling of what an African safari truly is like).

“In the jungle, the mighty jungle, The lion sleeps tonight.”

– Solomon Lina (one of the best jungle captions that any 90s kid will remember)

“If there were one more thing I could do, it would be to go on safari once again.”

Karen Blixen

“If I’ve ever seen magic it’s been in Africa.

-John Hemingway

“You know you are truly alive when you’re living among lions.”

-Karen Blixen (Another great safari quote by Karen Blixen!)

“They say that somewhere in Africa the elephants have a secret grave where they go to lie down, unburden their wrinkled gray bodies, and soar away, light spirits at the end.”

-Robert R. McCammon

“The leopard does not change his spots.”

-King James Bible (such a great safari caption with so few words)

“A lion doesn’t concern itself with the opinion of sheep.”

-George R. R. Martin

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“Africa changes you forever, like nowhere on earth. Once you have been there, you will never be the same. But how do you begin to describe its magic to someone who has never felt it? How can you explain the fascination of this vast, dusty continent, whose oldest roads are elephant paths? Could it be because Africa is the place of all our beginnings, the cradle of mankind, where our species first stood upright on the savannahs of long ago?”

-Brian Jackman

‘It’s really beautiful. It feels like God visits everywhere else but lives in Africa.’

– Will Smith

“If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”

-African proverb

“To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries”

– Aldous Huxley

“You cannot leave Africa, Africa said. It is always with you, there inside your head. Our rivers run in currents in the swirl of your thumbprints; our drumbeats counting out your pulse; our coastline the silhouette of your soul.”

–Bridget Dore (One of my absolute favorite safari quotes on this list!)

“The lion does not need the whole world to fear him, only those nearest where he roams.”

– A. J. Darkholme

Wilderness gave us knowledge. Wilderness made us human. We came from here. Perhaps that is why so many of us feel a strong bond to this land called Serengeti; it is the land of our youth.”

― Boyd Norton

“To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted”

– Bill Bryson

“They say an elephant never forgets. What they don’t tell you is, you never forget an elephant.”

-Bill Murray (This safari quote is so true, an elephant really doesn’t forget, and you will never forget the first time you see an elephant).

“One cannot resist the lure of Africa.”

-Rudyard Kipling

“Until the lion tells his side of the story, the tale of the hunt will always glorify the hunter.”

-Zimbabwean proverb

“Africa has her mysteries, and even a wise man cannot understand them. But a wise man respects them.”

-Miriam Makeba (Another fantastic safari caption with so many meanings)

“There’s no limit to how much you’ll know, depending how far beyond zebra you go.”

-Dr Seuss

“In Africa you have space… there is a profound sense of space here, space and sky.”

-Thabo Mbeki (It is true, in Africa, there is plenty of space, and that’s why I love this safari quote).

“The continent is too large to describe. It is a veritable ocean, a separate planet, a varied, immensely rich cosmos. Only with the greatest simplification, for the sake of convenience, can we say ‘Africa’. In reality, except as a geographical appellation, Africa does not exist.”

― Ryszard Kapuścińsk

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“Africa – You can see a sunset and believe you have witnessed the Hand of God. You watch the slope lope of a lioness and forget to breathe. You marvel at the tripod of a giraffe bent to water. In Africa, there are iridescent blues on the wings of birds that you do not see anywhere else in nature. In Africa, in the midday heart, you can see blisters in the atmosphere. When you are in Africa, you feel primordial, rocked in the cradle of the world.”

– Jodi Picoult

“I went to South Africa on safari and came eye to eye with a beautiful leopard. We were so close; I was staring at him for a long time and I felt a recognition with my own nature.“

-Bai Ling

“For magnificence, for variety of form and color, for profusion of brilliant life — bird, insect, reptile, beast — for vast scale — Uganda is truly “the Pearl of Africa.”

– Winston Churchill (Mr. Churchill loved Uganda with all his heart , and that’s why this is one of the best safari quotes)

“Everytime I look at a zebra, I can’t figure out whether it’s black with white stripes or white with black stripes, and that frustrates me.”

-Jodi Picoult

“Leopard is an animal design, and my designs come from nature.“

-Roberto Cavalli

“I never knew of a morning in Africa when I woke up that I was not happy.”

– Ernest Hemingway

“All I wanted to do was get back to Africa. We had not left it, yet, but when I would wake in the night I would lie, listening, homesick for it already. ”

– Ernest Hemingway

“For as long as I can remember, I have been passionately intrigued by ‘Africa,’ by the word itself, by its flora and fauna, its topographical diversity and grandeur; but above all else, by the sheer variety of the colors of its people, from tan and sepia to jet and ebony.”

-Henry Louis Gates

“There is always something new out of Africa.”

-Pliny the Elder

“Africa is not a country, but it is a continent like no other. It has that which is elegantly vast or awfully little.”

-L. Douglas Wilder

“But African time was not the same as American time…As African time passed, I surmised that the pace of Western countries was insane, that the speed of modern technology accomplished nothing, and that because Africa was going its own way at its own pace for its own reasons, it was a refuge and a resting place.”

-Paul Theroux

“People must feel that the natural world is important and valuable and beautiful and wonderful and an amazement and a pleasure”

– David Attenborough

“Africa is mystic; it is wild; it is a sweltering inferno; it is a photographer’s paradise, a hunter’s Valhalla, an escapist’s Utopia. It is what you will, and it withstands all interpretations. It is the last vestige of a dead world or the cradle of a shiny new one. To a lot of people, as to me, it is just home.”

– Beryl Markham

“I bless the rains down in Africa”


“Why is it you can never hope to describe the emotion Africa creates? You are lifted. Out of whatever pit, unbound from whatever tie, released from whatever fear. You are lifted and you see it all from above.”

-Francesca Marcian

“They say an elephant never forgets. What they don’t tell you is, you never forget an elephant.” – another great safari quote!

“The love of all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man.”

-Charles Darwin

“Behold the zebra on the plains, And shudder at his mighty manes!”

-Ogden Nash

One of the great things about traveling in Africa is that you find out how many good, kind people there are.’

-Edith Wharton

‘There is a language going on out there – the language of the wild. Roars, snorts, trumpets, squeals, whoops and chirps have meaning derived over eons of expression… we have yet to become fluent in the language – and music – of the wild.”

-Boyd Norton

“If I know a song of Africa, of the giraffe and the African new moon lying on her back, of the plows in the fields and the sweaty faces of the coffee pickers, does Africa know a song of me? Will the air over the plain quiver with a color that I have had on, or the children invent a game in which my name is, or the full moon throw a shadow over the gravel of the drive that was like me, or will the eagles of the Ngong Hills look out for me?”

― Isak Dinesen (Thank you Isak for this safari quote, it’s one of my favorite and the most beautiful to hear).

“I have loved no part of the world like this and I have loved no women as I love you. You’re my human Africa. I love your smell as I love these smells. I love your dark bush as I love the bush here, you change with the light as this place does, so that one all the time is loving something different and yet the same. I want to spill myself out into you as I want to die here.”

-Graham Greene

“The biggest lesson from Africa was that life’s joys come mostly from relationships and friendships, not from material things. I saw time and again how much fun Africans had with their families and friends and on the sports fields; they laughed all the time.”

-Andrew Shue

“The most hazardous part of our expedition to Africa was crossing Piccadilly Circus.”

–Joseph Thomson

“Here I am where I belong”

– Karen Blixen

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About Natasha Alden

Natasha is the co-founder of The World Pursuit. She is an expert in travel, budgeting, and finding unique experiences. She loves to be outside, hiking in the mountains, playing in the snow on her snowboard, and biking. She has been traveling for over 10 years, across 7 continents, experiencing unique cultures, new food, and meeting fantastic people. She strives to make travel planning and traveling easier for all. Her advice about international travel, outdoor sports, and African safari has been featured on Lonely Planet, Business Insider, and Reader’s Digest.

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