Safari travel is vast and unique, and that brings up a lot of questions. As safari specialists, we enjoy getting to know each traveler and providing advice and specific recommendations that are thoughtful, personally relevant and a perfect fit.
Below you’ll find some quick answers to common questions. If you’d like to chat about your specific safari plans and questions, we’d be happy to hear from you.
WHERE SHOULD I GO ON SAFARI?
Tell us when you are free to travel and for how long, and we’ll provide suggestions to suit the season, your budget and your wish-list for a perfect safari. Here are some possibilities – call us at 1 800 562 7298 for more suggestions!
- Safari in Kenya’s Masai Mara or northern Tanzania’s Serengeti for the annual wildebeest migration
- Explore Botswana’s Okavango Delta by mekoro or commune with meerkats in the Kalahari Desert
- Track gorillas and/or chimpanzees in Rwanda or Uganda
- See the Big Five while enjoying rich culture and fine dining in South Africa’s Kruger National Park
- Walk from camp to camp in Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park or enjoy a dynamic Mana Canoe Trail in Zimbabwe
- Experience a scenic flying safari in Namibia & play in the dunes at Sossusvlei
- India for tigers? Borneo for orangutans? Ask us!
ARE SAFARIS SAFE?
You may be safer on safari than at home. By their nature, safaris take you into remote places where dangers are mostly tied to the cycle of natural predation which generally doesn’t involve humans. Your guides and camp management will provide orientations and safety briefings, and we encourage all our guests to pay close attention to the rules and etiquette, so everyone can safely experience the wonders of being on safari. Most of the headlines you see regarding safari incidents are due to unscrupulous guides and/or poorly behaved guests. Sun screen, anti-malarials and common sense precautions can go a long way. Likely the only inconveniences you’ll encounter are dust or a delay to change a tire or allow a herd of wildebeest or elephants to meander across a track in front of you.
WHAT’S THE WEATHER? THE BEST TIME TO GO?
Call us and we’ll give you specific suggestions. There are great options year-round even though May to October is generally peak season. However, for bird-lovers and to see newborn animals, butterflies and migratory birds, November to May can be superb and you’ll enjoy lower rates.
WHAT SHOTS AND HEALTH PRECAUTIONS ARE REQUIRED?
We encourage you to talk with your physician, but you’ll want to protect yourself against malaria and perhaps a few other health risks. Generally there’s little concern with food or water-borne disease.
HOW FIT DO I NEED TO BE?
There’s a safari suitable for everyone; just tell us how active you prefer to be and we’ll find a perfect safari for you. We’ve designed safaris for climbers, runners and those with limited mobility.
WHERE WILL WE SLEEP?
Options may include under a halo of stars on a sky bed in the desert or in a plush bed beneath a romantic swath of mosquito netting or on a comfy cot in a tent where canvas separates you from the African night. We carefully select properties based on location, activities, amenities and service and can offer you choices ranging from a safari lodge to a permanent tented camp to a mobile camping experience.
HOW’S THE FOOD?
Varied, delicious, prepared fresh daily and plentiful! Don’t expect to lose weight.
CAN I DRINK THE WATER?
Yes, of course, freely… but there’s plenty of other options such as gin & tonic, local wine and beer. You won’t go thirsty.
CAN I TAKE MY ELECTRONICS? HOW DO I CHARGE THEM?
Yes, but please leave as many behind as possible so you can get away from it all! A good camera and binos are what you’ll have time for as your days will be action-packed from morning to night and not with virtual reality! Batteries may be charged easily either in vehicles and in camp.
WHAT SHOULD I TAKE WITH ME?
Please take as little as possible on safari; you’ll only need comfortable, casual clothing and shoes along with a relaxed attitude. You’ll find Africans welcoming, kind and courteous (and particularly to anyone older than them) so please bring a spirit of openness and curiosity.
We’ll advise you of the latest requirements for the countries you’ll visit but your passport should be current and good for 6 months beyond your travel dates. You’ll need blank pages for visas which often may be acquired on entry at a reasonable fee.
INSECTS & OTHER CREEPIE CRAWLIES?
Pests and snakes are rarely seen especially during the cooler winter months. Generally insects are fewer than you expect and those you see may be fascinating. Have you ever seen a dung beetle rolling elephant dung up a slope?
WHEN DO I HAVE TO BOOK? HOW FAR IN ADVANCE?
Except at peak season (May-November), we can usually find a superb safari on short notice. If you have a special camp or lodge in mind, book it a year ahead or more and you’ll get just what you want. If using frequent flyer miles, a long lead time may be necessary.
HOW MUCH DOES A SAFARI COST?
A rule of thumb for a good quality safari is about $500 – $1500+ per person per day. This depends on whether you want a stylish luxury lodge with fine dining and perhaps an optional balloon safari with a champagne brunch or a close encounter with the sounds of an African night (the crack of brush outside your tent?) staying at a well-appointed permanent tented camp. If you are more adventurous, we’ll find you a mobile camping safari at a great rate. Give us an idea of what’s essential to you and we’ll give you a proposal and specific costs.
HOW DO YOU WORK?
We work tirelessly to ensure you get the safari that’s best for you! We work on a commission basis and sell at Rack Rate, but more importantly we’ll streamline the planning process and very likely save you money by helping you choose the best options for your travel dates. Please have a look at Planning Your Safari for all the fine print.