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African Safari

An African safari is an adventure quite unlike any other - and each safari holiday is different.  Awe-inspiring African wilderness, spectacular landscapes, magnificent  wildlife (both big and small), sundowners in the bush, evenings by the campfire, nights under canvas listening to the roar of lions and the cackling of hyenas...  Africa is a world apart; it envelops visitors with its magic and touches their souls.  
The wide range of African Safari destinations provides vast scope for all kinds of wonderful wildlife adventures and African wilderness experiences.  From the vast Serengeti Plains to the waterways of the Okavango Delta, from the wilds of the Skeleton Coast in Namibia to the hidden, wild walking paths of the Luangwa Valley... there is more than enough variety to last a lifetime of exploring. We relish the best of all these areas, and look forward to sharing them with you on your safari holiday!

Africa's greatest safari countries

A guide to planning an African Safari


The range of possibilities for your safari is immense, depending on various factors including your required activities, preferred accommodation style, travel dates and budget.  Each itinerary is vary carefully tailor-made to each client's specific requirements.  As a result, our itineraries vary enormously.  Show me more >

 

Activities on an African Safari


Depending on the country and area you are visiting, and your own preferences, your safari might include 4x4 driving expeditions, walking, boating in motor boats or man-powered mokoros, or watching wildlife from horseback or a hot air balloon! We have highlighted many of the individual options on our Other Interests  page, but do let us know your interests and preferences at the outset.   Show me more >

Our favourite safari lodges

Our favourite Safari Parks

African Safari accommodation


The essence of the safari experience is obviously the spectacular African wilderness and wildlife - but your accommodation is a big part of the experience too.  Your safari can be simple and rustic (bucket showers, no electricity), or fantastically luxurious, chic and stylish (with fine wines and dining, spa treatments and every comfort),  with lots of options in between...

The terminology for all the accommodation options on safari can be confusing! Here is our quick rundown: 

On Safari - Mobile Fly Camp:

A private, mobile fly camp is packed up and pitched on a fresh patch of wild park each day. This can be as elaborate or simple as you are prepared to pay for; but carrying cooks and supplies, mess tents and showers is always going to be an expensive, if wonderfully personal and exciting, business. Tents are usually small and fairly basic. Some safari lodges offer single nights fly-camping in the bush.  This is definitely one of the best safari holiday experiences we recommend.
Example – Sand Rivers Selous
 

On Safari - Semi-permanent tented lodge:

An alternative form of mobile camping is becoming increasingly popular, as operators (such as Nomads and &Beyond) recognise the value of setting up a camp close to the migrating herds. These camps are really semi-permanent tents, very big and luxurious, and you will not notice their ‘mobility’! Your camp will be prepared before your arrival, and remain in place for the duration of your stay.  This is really the only way to guarantee peak migration game viewing.
Example – Serengeti Under Canvas
 

On Safari - Tented Lodge / Camp:

A tented lodge or camp is a permanent structure, which never moves, in which accommodation is under canvas. Most have solid, wooden floors, proper bathrooms, running water and will include a fully solid structure bar and restaurant area. Experience the sensation of a night under canvas, with tent flaps pegged open to the stars, the sound of the African bush all around you, but the comfort of real porcelain and heavy, wooden beds... Tented Camps are just as well appointed as a lodge (see below), in terms of comforts such as swimming pools etc.
Example – Selous Safari Camp
 

On Safari - Safari Lodges:

The definition of a lodge is less clear.  This is a term used for a smaller, often owner-run accommodation, as distinct from a large hotel.  They are usually truly luxurious and beautifully appointed, usually have swimming pools and almost all have their own resident vehicles, trackers and guides.  A lodge is a typical place to stay on safari.
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On Safari - Safari Hotels:

Safari hotels tend to be much larger, less personal and less intimate than lodges.  As a matter of course they tend not to have their own safari vehicles, or guides, and so we would arrange a private safari for guests and use the hotel simply for board and lodging.
Example – Serengeti Serena Hotel
 

On Safari - Safari House:

There are a few private houses available for rental in Africa, either on safari or at the beach.  This is a great way for a group of friends or a family to enjoy a private, self-contained holiday
Example – Chongwe River House

Villa:

Villas are a concept for the beach only, not safari. Many of the larger beach resorts, in an effort to attract a higher spending client, have built a number of stand-alone villas hidden away from the rest of the hotel.  These offer more space and privacy than a conventional hotel room or suite, and tend to be ultra luxurious, often with private plunge pools and butlers.
Example – The Ocean Suite 


In summary there is a wide range of choice for your African Safari - different countries, different activities, different types of accommodation, and definitely different prices.  We strongly suggest that you call us to discuss further as we can give you an impartial opinion as to what would best suit your requirements.  

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itineraries


Although we tailor-make all our trips we have reproduced a number of popular itineraries here

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Map of Africa

Map of Africa