Types and Characteristics of our Safaris
African Safari Categories
We have organized our African safaris
into 3 categories to make things a bit simpler...
Safaris (Call us to Plan a Custom Safari)
Custom African safaris are truly our specialty and make up the
majority of African safaris
we assist our clients in planning. A custom African safari simply focuses
combination of a guest's interests or desired destinations, or both. Typically,
guests who are first-time travelers on an African safari are interested
a wide sampling of the many different options possible. Those guests who
are returning visitors may want to tailor their current African safari to places
they have not previously seen, or alternatively, they may wish to return to a
destination once again.
Whatever the case, the custom African safari is
our specialty and we make certain that the African safari's itinerary is perfectly
to each party's interests and time frame.
infrastructure we have available through our various operators,
just about any African safari anywhere in Southern Africa. No two African
same! Contact us with your needs and requirements and we will come up with
Scheduled Safaris Tours Scheduled African Safaris
These African safaris focus on a specific geographic area or
theme Africa. This does not mean they are all limited
to a single country, and in fact, some visit several different
countries. These safari tours have set pricing, usually with fixed departure dates, and may be joined individually or booked as a group depending on availability. Scheduled tours typically run with a minimum of two guests and a maximum of eight. For those who want to learn photography on their safari, check out our very popular Digital Photography
Budget-Priced Safaris Budget-Priced African Safaris
Our budget minded Africa safaris are just what many travelers are looking for when it comes to adventure, African culture and excellent game viewing at an affordable price. We have a great selection of itineraries to choose from, some up to 20 days and most priced at under $3,000 per person.
Characteristics of an African
The options and characteristics of a safari are varied and available depending upon your needs.
Fly In African Safaris
Some African safaris have daily, weekly or
set departures all year round, and many of the itineraries are
be adjusted to suit a guest's particular
interests and time frame. Most of these African safaris are hosted by a different
guide in each new camp they visit. The key ingredient in all these African
safaris is that they involve flying from one camp's airstrip to
the next. This flying
can become one of the highlights
of the African safari as one can experience a bird's eye view of the entire
Country, overland or canoe safaris
Another, more traditional style of African safari includes some travel by road
or canoe, some accommodation in permanent and/or mobile tented camps, an experienced
guide who accompanies the group from the start to the finish, and set departure
dates. Individuals and small parties can book onto a particular departure and
get the benefit of group pricing. These African safaris typically accommodate
a maximum of eight guests.
For special interest trips, or for travelers who just wish to be accompanied
by an expert, we also offer privately guided custom African safaris. To enhance
their African safari,
some guests request that we include the services of a naturalist, photographer
or birder to guide and accompany their group for all or part of the African
safari. The real benefit of this service is that the guide soon gets to know
interests and needs and can then tailor the experience to meet those requirements.
The private guide can influence the experience at each camp and as the group
moves from area to area.
A good guide or naturalist can turn a good African safari
into a great African safari through their exceptional all-round skills. Depending
upon the group size, a light aircraft may be chartered for the entire African
the guide travels with the group throughout. There are even a handful of superb
guides who are pilots and can guide and fly your party throughout the African
Most of the camps in Southern Africa use 4x4 Land Rovers or the equivalent for
game drives. The vehicles normally have two or three rows of seats, plus a front
seat for the driver and front passenger, Each of the rows has three seats allowing
a maximum of 11 seats including the driver. However, the number of guests on
a vehicle is typically restricted to 6 or 7 guests plus the guide/driver.
For guests with a special interest such as photography or birding or whatever,
or for those who simply wish to have a more private African safari experience
vehicle can be arranged at extra cost. The vehicle must be booked separately
for each individual camp visited and its availability will depend on the
number of vehicles in camp, the guest occupancy in the camp at that time, and
whether or not a private vehicle has already been booked by another group at
A private vehicle service can only be guaranteed if you book this in advance
(when planning your African safari) as some camps have vehicle restrictions limiting
them by law to a maximum number on their concession at any given time. We cannot
guarantee that the camps will have a spare vehicle and guide/driver available
if you wait until you arrive at the camp and try to book on site. If you wish
to use a private vehicle, please let us know when we are booking your
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