As a first-time visitor on safari to Africa, you may not know quite what to expect.
You’ll have many questions – when is the best time of year to go on safari? What are the different safari destinations? How safe is it to go on safari? Will I really be sleeping in tents? And travelling in a small aeroplane and landing on grass strips in the bush? What should I pack?
Answers to these and more questions can be found in our FAQs section.
Our top tip to first-timers is to try not to fit too much into one trip. If you were on safari for a week, we wouldn’t recommend you visit more than two destinations in that time. In two weeks, five places is about right. Also – we encourage our first-time visitors to be open-minded and patient when on safari – it’s very rare to tick off the Big Five in the first day or two and, besides, the best part of a safari is “working” a little to discover, see and feel the best of everything, from animals to birds to scenery – so much more rewarding!
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As a returning traveller to Africa, you will have a good idea of how things work on safari. Everything, from early morning wake-up calls, transfers between camps, luggage dos and don’ts to what to wear and how to behave in the bush, are now second nature.
A classic safari in a country such as Zimbabwe, South Africa, Tanzania or Kenya is a good grounding for the more exploratory trips you can take, both in these countries and beyond. Lately, our returning clients or more seasoned travellers have also visited destinations as far off the beaten track as Ethiopia, Namibia, Rwanda and Malawi.
You may even like to explore a special interest you have, such as fishing, birding, photography, yoga, golf, history or culture. Safaris built around these special interests can easily be arranged.
Weddings and honeymoons, too, can be put together; some people say there is nothing more romantic or memorable than an African wedding or honeymoon! The perfect start to one of life’s great adventures…
Even if the destination doesn’t take you far, perhaps your next experience will see you pushing your personal limits and getting out of your comfort zone – with wildly adventurous activities (think hiking for days into magnificent wilderness, climbing Kilimanjaro, kayaking or canoeing down rivers, horseback riding, trekking through forests to meet gorillas, or even immersing yourself in practical community work or volunteering for conservation efforts.)
The Adventurous Safari Traveller is keen to explore new territories, far-flung destinations, unusual places. Think Ethiopia, Rwanda, Malawi or Mozambique, for instance. Adventurous travellers might take an expedition, rather than a “safari”. Weather conditions may be very hot or humid, the terrain difficult, food not always up to scratch, or beds not very comfortable – in fact, standards may be generally haphazard. Your sense of humour and enthusiasm, however, will be rewarded with incredible experiences few people will ever have.
If you have adventure in your heart and itchy feet, our understanding of your interests, desires and tolerance and fitness levels will give us a good idea of the kind of adventure experience we can put together. Anything is possible, in any country in Africa – talk to us!