sa·​fa·​ri sə-ˈfär-ē How to pronounce safari (audio)
: the caravan and equipment of a hunting expedition especially in eastern Africa
also : such a hunting expedition
: journey, expedition
an arctic safari
safari intransitive verb

Examples of safari in a Sentence

He went on a safari in Africa last year. a group of hunters on safari
Recent Examples on the Web Add to that gourmet meals, exceptional service, and halcyon sunsets over the Okavango River, and this could be the most exclusive water safari in Botswana. Gemma Harris, Robb Report, 29 Apr. 2024 Depending on your needs, Rosen says insurance policies can range from $80 per person for a short trip to up to $500 for a luxurious safari. Kelsey Mulvey, Sunset Magazine, 12 Apr. 2024 My bear-spotting safari with Wild Spain Travel in May 2022 was undoubtedly one of my life's most thrilling travel experiences. Paul Richardson, Condé Nast Traveler, 9 Apr. 2024 Therefore, the ship is run more like an adventure safari in Africa than a cruise. Katie Lockhart, Robb Report, 16 Apr. 2024 Our final leg of the safari takes us back to the Okavango Delta, this time to the camp Jao. Stefanie Waldek, Travel + Leisure, 6 Apr. 2024 Going on a horseback safari in the Borana Conservancy, a 32,000-acre preserve in northern Kenya, is the top thing to do this year, says the publication. USA TODAY, 30 Jan. 2024 For instance, couples looking for a chance to fully unwind might opt for a beach vacation or spa weekend in a beautiful destination, while those searching for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure may want to book an African safari. Claudia Fisher, Travel + Leisure, 2 Mar. 2024 African Safari If a safari is on your bucket list, a trip to southern Africa can easily tack on safaris in Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia or Botswana (not to mention South Africa). Ramsey Qubein, Forbes, 28 Feb. 2024

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Word History


Swahili, journey, from Arabic safarī of a journey

First Known Use

1859, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of safari was in 1859

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“Safari.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2024.

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sa·​fa·​ri sə-ˈfär-ē How to pronounce safari (audio)
: a hunting expedition especially in eastern Africa

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