Definition of safari in English:



  • An expedition to observe or hunt animals in their natural habitat, especially in East Africa:

    ‘one week on safari’
    • ‘The topography is agreeable to hiking and walking safaris are allowed.’
    • ‘Hence wildlife became an asset as villagers in communal areas profited from hunting and photo safaris.’
    • ‘He seemed in a dream as he recounted the trips that he had taken to the Inca ruins in Peru, to Nepal, hidden in the Himalayas, the Pharaonic ruins in Egypt and the safaris in East Africa.’
    • ‘The endangered Arabian oryx has been reintroduced to the fenced park here, and a team of rangers takes guests on dawn nature walks, horse-riding safaris and sunset camel rides.’
    • ‘The NCAA's motivation for promoting walking safaris is primarily an ecological one.’
    • ‘You can easily combine your sport with a winter-sun holiday full of sightseeing and safaris.’
    • ‘Aside from numerous scuba diving opportunities, camel expeditions, jeep safaris, and mountain treks, silk route boat trips are available.’
    • ‘Beneath the trees, the vegetation is sparse - an ideal habitat for walking safaris.’
    • ‘Most businesses which provide accommodation also offer guided tours, excursions, safaris, and personal hunting assistance.’
    • ‘These walking safaris are close to the camps and one tented camp allows longer walking adventures in the endless woodlands and plains habitat.’
    • ‘Those heading to Africa this month for the cool fall season, when darting is the least taxing to the animals, can choose from a plethora of safaris.’
    • ‘They are a mainstay attraction for guided tours and safaris.’
    • ‘Over centuries they were hunted to the brink of extinction in the big game safaris of southern Africa.’
    • ‘We were going on a night safari, to seek out those animals that stay hidden during the day.’
    • ‘From safaris to ski tours to revegetation projects, Sierra Club Outings has a trip for you.’
    • ‘Tourists are now limited to photographic rather than hunting safaris.’
    • ‘Tourists visit Mayan ruins, take jungle safaris, and explore a long barrier reef.’
    • ‘The usual day trips to water parks, cruises and jeep safaris are available through private booking or holiday reps.’
    • ‘One of the unique attractions of the park is that walking safaris are allowed and you can get off your vehicle for a nature walk.’
    • ‘It is a beautiful park, and offers canoeing and walking safaris; it is well worth a visit.’


Late 19th century: from Kiswahili, from Arabic safara to travel.