There are so many ways to go on safari and so many options and variables to consider. As seasoned safari experts, we at Next Adventure have recent personal experience and long-term relationships in the areas you’d like to visit. We’re here to get to know you and sort through the possibilities, so we can connect you with the services, guides and accommodations that will be a perfect fit.
There are small family-run camps in private concessions that are far wilder than the crowded national parks. There are lodges that have been community-owned, low-impact, environmentally-sound destinations for decades. Some were recently renovated. Some have new vehicles or new management. Some have veteran guides, and some have excellent chefs.
You only get to experience a few, so how do you choose?
Each year, Next Adventure clients visit more than a dozen countries in Africa on budgets ranging from $350-$2500 per person per night before international airfare. Some are celebrating their retirement, while others are on their honeymoon. Some are multi-generational families, and some are small groups of old friends. There is camping and canoeing, wine-tasting and hot air ballooning, night drives and walking safaris.
Here are just a few of the things we’ll consider in crafting your custom African safari:
Overland vs. Fly-in Safaris
With a few exceptions, most of our trips in Southern Africa (South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia and/or Zimbabwe) are flying safaris where the various destinations are linked by either scheduled commercial flights or light aircraft transfers.
In East Africa (Kenya & Tanzania), we offer flying safaris using scheduled domestic flights or charters as necessary, or overland safaris with transportation in a private 4×4 safari vehicle driven by a naturalist guide.
For overland safaris in Kenya and Tanzania, our trusted local partner African Horizons maintains a fleet of custom-designed Land-Cruisers, each of which has been specially adapted to meet the demands of the rugged African terrain and modern convenience. These vehicles offer the following:
- Comfortable twin seating
- Sliding windows and roof hatches for optimum panoramic vision
- 12V cigarette lighters, which are ideal for charging batteries
- HF or VHF radio connections
- Cooler boxes
- First-aid Kit
The great advantage of driving is that you see the extraordinary scenery while catching a glimpse into the everyday life of the countryside. Flying over the dramatic landscapes of Africa, however, remains the most efficient way to get from place to place if you’re pressed for time.
Safari costs vary depending on the mode of transport (overland vs. fly-in), access to services (private vs. shared) and quality of accommodations, amenities and guiding. When possible we prefer small owner-operated properties, and we partner with a personal network of local operators, specialist guides, and eco-tourism professionals.
- Premier safaris range from $1000-2000 per person per night and usually include coordinated air and ground transfers, exclusive access to prime wildlife viewing areas, private vehicles with expert/specialist guides and extraordinary accommodations with the highest level of service, activities and dining.
- Classic safaris range from $800-1500 per person per night and usually include coordinated ground transfers, shared vehicles and trained guides in classic safari camps and lodges.
- Traditional safaris range from $400-800 per person per night and usually include pre-determined or scheduled group itineraries or camping safaris that visit some of the more public wildlife viewing areas.
While we specialize in custom safari arrangements, we work with a variety of partners that fall into each of these categories and often include a range of accommodations in a given itinerary.
- Safari in Kenya or northern Tanzania for the annual wildebeest migration
- Explore Botswana’s Okavango Delta by canoe or commune with meerkats in the Kalahari Desert
- Trek to see gorillas or chimps in Rwanda or Uganda
- See the Big Five while enjoying rich culture and fine dining in South Africa in Kruger National Park
- Walk from camp to camp in Zambia’s Luangwa National Park or march with camels in Kenya’s Laikipia Plateau
- Track desert rhinos in Namibia & play in the dunes at Sossusvlei
- India for tigers? Borneo for orangutans? Ask us!
Many Next Adventure ® Custom Safaris link permanent tented camps and lodges on a circuit so you experience a range of habitats and attractions in a region or country. Some are in private concession areas, others in or near reserves or national parks.
We match and vary activities to suit your interests including boating, canoeing, walking, wildlife tracking, ballooning, cycling, fishing, night and day game drives.
For an authentic and more rustic experience, we may encourage you to join a small group on a full-service camping safari where the thin canvas of your tent wall is all that separates you from the African bush. If you’re keen on adrenalin-producing activity, we can recommend the best operators and destinations for rafting, a canoe safari or elephant or rhino-tracking on foot. Whatever your interest, we’ve probably done it ourselves and can share from personal experience.
For travelers with limited mobility, there are plenty of options to explore. Many camps and lodges feature wheelchair accessibility, and accommodations can be made for more active excursions.
Here are our favorite kid-friendly safari destinations whether you are traveling with a toddler or a teen:
- South Africa offers a great array of malaria-free, kid-friendly attractions that perfectly suits a multi-generation trip
- Botswana’s Okavango Delta has several permanent tented camps that tailor to children age 6+ while overland camping safaris are an affordable and exciting way to see the wildlife and experience the outdoors
- Kenya’s Masai Mara is filled with family-friendly camps and Big 5 wildlife viewing, walking safaris with colorful Samburu tribesmen on private land in the northern district complement the Mara perfectly, and East Africa’s fabulous beaches are a perfect end to a diverse itinerary keeping your kids engaged from start to finish.
Small Group Safaris are a great way for old friends to share some quality time as well as some adventure. Read about the unique options and benefits of traveling with friends in Africa.
Honeymoon and Luxury Safaris
Let us know what is important to you, and we can design the perfect honeymoon. Something that is personal and unique, romantic and exhilarating, memorable and luxurious: hot-air ballooning with a champagne brunch, snorkeling on remote white sand beaches, quiet fireside dining under the African stars, and, of course, lots of unforgettable wildlife viewing!
- Stay in spectacular tented camps on a safari in Kenya or northern Tanzania and scuba dive off the exotic beaches of Zanzibar or Pemba Island
- Explore Botswana’s Okavango Delta by boat and commune with meerkats in the Makgadikgadi Pans of the Kalahari
- Enjoy the romance of Victoria Falls & photograph the fabulous wildlife of Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe
- See the Big Five while enjoying fine dining and a fascinating blend of cultures in South Africa
- Get off the beaten track with rustic and romantic small camps in Zambia
- Experience a scenic flying safari in Namibia where you can sleep under a canopy of stars and marvel at the majestic dunes at Sossusvlei