Exotic, exclusive and often expensive, safaris are the ultimate celebrity holiday. These getaways offer VIPs the chance to indulge their desires to see wildlife and get pampered at the swankiest lodges. Here are 10 celebrities who have been on safari in Africa.
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1. Brad Pitt
The guestbook at the 49,000-acre private Shamwari Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape of South Africa boasts a rave review from Brad Pitt: “The people are as fantastic as the animals majestic. Enjoyed the food chain – Many thanks.”
2. Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey went on safari across Tanzania’s Serengeti in July 2013 and uploaded pictures from her journey directly to her Instagram page. So where did Oprah stay? The private Singita Grumeti Game Reserve, which shares an unfenced northern border with Serengeti National Park and offers celebrities plenty of privacy.
Oprah isn’t the only one capturing her safari moments on Instagram. In October 2013 Rihanna took a break from her South African tour to pose for photos with animals at the Longleat Safari Park near Johannesburg and ride ATVs with BFF Melissa Forde. One of RiRi’s photo captions read, “Rode ATVz through the wild with #TheBigFive animals today in South Africa! #young #wild #free.”
4. Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel
5. Prince William and Kate Middleton
The most awaited marriage proposal of 2010 also happened on safari in Africa. Prince William asked Kate Middleton to marry him in the Kenyan bush, in the very remote and spartan Rutundu Log Cabin – it has no electricity and can only be reached by air, horseback or a 15km slog. It is located on Mount Kenya’s northern slope.
6. Adam Sandler
Funnyman Adam Sandler’s safari experience was a little less than hilarious: he told David Letterman he was attacked by a cheetah while trying to give it a drink of water from his hands at a South African wildlife park. Sandler was in the country filming “Blended” with Drew Barrymore when the incident took place.
7. Sam Branson and Isabella Calthorpe
Sir Richard Branson’s son, Sam, wed Isabella Calthorpe — sister of Prince Harry’s girlfriend, Cressida Bonas — in a spectacular celebration at his dad’s private game reserve, Ulusaba, in South Africa. Although Prince Harry didn’t attend, the guests who did were treated to five-star digs and plenty of Big Five animal sightings.
8. Prince Harry and Cressida Bonas
Britain’s Prince Harry wasn’t able to attend Sam Branson’s South African wedding with then-girlfriend Cressida, but he did whisk her away to Botswana for a safari holiday in August 2013. Prince Harry also visited Africa in 2015.
9. The Obama Family
The Obama women chose South Africa’s Madikwe Game Reserve for their 2011 safari adventure. They were joined by Michelle’s mother, Marian Robinson, a niece and a nephew.
10. Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods proposed to Elin Nordegren at Shamwari Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape (South Africa). We all know how that marriage ended… but if Tiger wants to make a grand gesture a second time around, we’re sure Shamwari will welcome him with open arms.
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