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Safari Types

Walking Safaris

Walking Safaris

Walking Safaris

Walking Safaris

One of the most rewarding and exciting aspects of a walking safari is the chance to see the bush through the eyes of Africa’s wildlife.

Walking is at a leisurely pace allowing time to learn more about the smaller flora and fauna of the African bush and how to identify and interpret animal tracks.

Zambia is the home of the walking safari going back to the 1960’s particularly in the South Luangwa, a reserve that still today offers fabulous opportunities to walk between rustic bush camps, or even to spend a night out at a fly camp with just a simple bedroll and mosquito net between you and the stars. 

Zimbabwe’s guides are second to none and relish the opportunity to share their love of the bush with you on foot.  Mana Pools National Park is a top destination for walking safaris for its great visibility over the floodplains and the guides willingness to get you close to the wildlife.  

In Botswana’s it’s even possible to walk with San Bushmen on an authentic experience that will reveal their hunting and survival skills and the culture and crafts of the San people.  Or even walk with expert trackers of the nomadic Himba tribe in the Kaokoland region of Namibia for a fascinating insight into their daily lives.

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Multi Country Safaris

Multi Country Safaris

Multi Country Safaris

Multi Country Safaris

We are specialists in Multi Country Safaris to Southern Africa covering Zambia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Malawi, Namibia and South Africa.  This part of the world has such diverse habitats and wildlife that it would be a pity to travel that far and only see one country. 

A stay at the Victoria Falls whether it be on the Zimbabwean side or the Zambian side of the gorge, is surely at the top of most people’s wish lists.  From these two countries, combinations of travel into Botswana, South Africa, Malawi or Mozambique works seamlessly.

South Africa and Victoria Falls is highly recommended, with the first stop in Cape Town, then safari in Kruger, before finishing at the Victoria Falls.  This is an astounding adventure trip combining city chic, wild bush and awe inspiring thrills at the Falls.

Bush and Beach holidays are irresistible too. Our recommendation would be to combine South Africa or Botswana with the idyllic beaches of the Indian Ocean – Quirimbas and Bazaruto Archipelagos off Mozambique. 

Alternatively combine Zambia and Malawi – a classic safari in one of Zambia best wildlife parks and a stay at a romantic lodge on Lake Malawi for excellent water sports, cultural interest, nature and indulgence!

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Mobile Safaris

Mobile Safaris

Mobile Safaris

Mobile Safaris

A mobile tented safari adds a nomadic twist to life in the bush. It is the most authentic form of safari providing an off the beaten track and a one with nature experience. Moreover, it provides an opportunity to explore untouched areas of wilderness with unrivalled access to game viewing.

Accompanied by a professional guide, camp will generally move every 2 or 3 days, perhaps from the waters of the largest inland delta in the world in Botswana to the deserts of the Kalahari.  Zambia offers exceptional walking opportunities allowing you to walk between camps that move ahead of you and be set up by your camp team in time for your arrival.

Accommodation can range from comfortable, in a dome tent, to the luxury of a Meru style tent with en-suite bathroom facilities. Guests arriving at a mobile campsite will find all the tents set up, cold drinks on hand and an abundance of delicious food will miraculously appear to tantalise your taste buds – it all makes for a relaxing and unbeatable experience in the bush.

The sense of freedom and adventure will sustain you long after your adventure has ended.

See this video for a Zambian mobile safari experience.

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Self Drive Safaris

Self Drive Safaris

Self Drive Safaris

Self Drive Safaris

By far the two most popular southern African self-drive destinations are South Africa and Namibia.

South Africa is made for exploring by car. With excellent road networks even a 4×4 is not absolutely essential, even if you are visiting a game reserve or staying at a safari lodge.  One of the most popular self-drives is Cape Town, Cape Winelands and along the Garden Route.  This journey encompasses dramatic scenery of mountains, vineyards, arid (karoo) desert, bush and seashore.  Try Route 62 to experience all of this.  For more adventurous drivers, then the Kruger National Park offers you the opportunity to be your own safari guide, whilst strictly keeping to the tarred and gravel roads.

A self-drive journey in Namibia is an ideal adventure, exploring the country’s natural highlights, from its rich wildlife areas to its charming coastal towns and the wonders of the Namib Desert. It’s fun, the roads are in good condition and it is the cheapest and most popular option.  With the freedom to explore this extremely vast and beautiful country, there are plenty of sights to break up your journey.  And if you want the services of a guide, then most lodges can organise guided game viewing in 4×4 vehicles, scenic flights and dune adventures. 

 

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Unique Safari Experiences

Unique Safari Experiences

Unique Safari Experiences

Unique Safari Experiences

Whilst a Safari is about game viewing in 4×4 vehicles and the wonderful journey of discovery you’ll have in the bush with your guide and tracker – the experiences don’t have to end there.

Different countries offer their own unique experiences that will enhance your holiday.  Here are just a few unique experiences, that will turn your journey into an exceptional Safari:

  • Fly camping and Sleep Outs under the stars e.g. Savuti Camp as seen in our image
  • Helicopter  – Flights out of camp for exhilarating aerial views of the wildlife
  • Hot Air ballooning – for a bird’s eye view over majestic plains
  • Quad biking over the Salt Pans of Botswana’s Makgadikgadi
  • Meeting unique tribes – for example the Himba in Namibia
  • Rhino notching with a Conservation team in the Eastern Cape
  • Photographic hides – stay in the same camps where the wildlife film makers get their footage.  Ask us about the options.
  • Photographic workshops to improve your photography whilst on safari
  • Up close encounters on foot – nerve rackingly close to bull eles, lion and African wild dogs in Zimbabwe
  • Meet the locals with school and community visits or walk with zU’hoasi san bushmen in the Kalahari and re-discover your hunter gatherer skills
  • See Africa by Rail. Experience Rovos Rail or the Blue Train for an opulent journey that can last from one day to two weeks across South Africa’s wilderness areas
  • Combine safari and history by discovering rock art and cave paintings with a geologist in Botswana’s Tuli Block

Tip:  3 night Wildlife Conservation Experience in Somkhanda Game Reserve, Northern KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.  Join an expert team of wildlife professionals on a rhino darting operation as they undertake their crucial and on-going conservation efforts to protect endangered and threatened species.  Call us for more details.

 

 

 

 

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Solo Travellers & Small Groups

Solo Travellers & Small Groups

Solo Travellers & Small Groups

Solo Travellers & Small Groups

For Solo travellers contemplating an African safari, we can understand that first timers might have feelings of trepidation.  But please dispel any such concerns! 

Many single travellers prefer to join small groups and there are some excellent set departure itineraries available whether it’s on a mobile safari in Botswana or a walking safari in Zambia.  Departures are frequent throughout the year and the groups are typically no more than 9.  You will have a professional guide with you at all times as well as dedicated camp staff.

If you prefer a tailor-made itinerary just for you, then the choices are limitless and we can easily arrange a door to door service.  If you prefer to have your own private vehicle and guide, this will afford you the opportunity to safari at your own pace, but it is not essential and you will meet others by sharing a vehicle.  Many of our safari camps are small and intimate where guests usually dine together exchanging tales of the day’s sightings.  So a safari is a perfect holiday for a single traveller.

Not all camps charge single supplements and we will offer these options to you when creating your trip.  

 

 

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Safari & Beach

Safari & Beach

Safari & Beach

Safari & Beach

A safari and beach holiday really is the best of both worlds. The thrill of exhilarating walks and game drives through the African bush followed by a relaxing wind down on a glorious beach is the perfect holiday combination.  This blend of experiences is a particular favourite amongst couples and honeymooners.

We usually recommend doing the safari part of your holiday first and ending your trip on the beach, so that you are fully enriched and chilled out in time for your return home.

South Africa is blessed with both phenomenal wildlife and stunning coastlines. We also highly recommend one of our multi country safaris, combining a safari in the Kruger with a paradise island off mainland Mozambique.  But there are lots of other options, so please don’t hesitate to talk to us for more ideas.

 

 

 

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Special Occasion Safaris

Special Occasion Safaris

Special Occasion Safaris

Special Occasion Safaris

Southern Africa provides the perfect backdrop for a once in a lifetime holiday to mark a special occasion. We have been perfecting special occasion travel for more than 12 years and love the challenge of exceeding your expectations.

From organizing the perfect honeymoon adventure safaris combined with a romantic beach hideway, to small groups of family and friends gathering in private lodges and villas, the options for celebrating anything from a birthday to a retirement are endless.

We will assemble a travel plan around your particular interests to ensure that the occasion becomes a lifetime memory.

 

 

 

 

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Special Interest Safaris

Special Interest Safaris

Special Interest Safaris

Special Interest Safaris

Apart from the exhilarating activities of game viewing whether it be on foot or in a 4 x4 vehicle, some clients may have specific interests that they want to include in their unique holiday.

Perhaps you would like to learn more about a specific animal species or take part in a conservation safari or a community development project, then we can organise this for you. 

Specialist Birding and Photographic Safaris are also superb options for nature enthusiasts who will appreciate guidance and tuition from experts in these fields.

Other options include: Vineyard Tours & Wine Tastings, Safari by luxury rail for train enthusiasts, Experience a Migration for example Zebra and Wildebeest or Bat migrations, Green Season River Safaris, joining a Carnivore Research Programme, combine Safari and Golfing, Tiger Fishing or Deep Sea Fishing….We will be delighted to incorporate these specialities into your trip.

 

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Horse Riding Safaris

Horse Riding Safaris

Horse Riding Safaris

Horse Riding Safaris

For nature lovers keen to get close to the amazing wildlife spectacle that is Africa, there can be no better way than on a horse back safari. A 4×4 may be fast and efficient, but the animals hear you coming and can disappear into the bush.

Southern Africa boasts several horse back safari operators, who will conduct rides for both novice and experienced riders in the bush.  

Botswana offers some fantastic opportunities to ride in the bush on safaris usually of a 3 to 7 night duration. The camp will own a string of horses, all are well schooled, well fed and cared for and acclimatised to the area and to the game that you will encounter.  

South Africa also offers some superb horse riding in malaria free areas, in family friendly camps that allow for safe riding in the bush for both novice and the more experienced rider.  Any non riders in the party can enjoy 4×4 game drives or bush walks.

Tip: – To suit all levels as the pace and riding can be tailored to suit individual needs – Book a 3 night Makgadikgadi Horse Safari, Makgadikgadi Pans National Park and explore this unspoilt wilderness old-school, the way many of the early explorers and hunters did – on horseback. Activities include game drives – Camp Kalahari – Call us for more details. 

 

 

 

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Canoe & Mokoro Safaris

Canoe & Mokoro Safaris

Canoe & Mokoro Safaris

Canoe & Mokoro Safaris

Exploring the waterways of Africa is perfect for the adventurous traveller who wants to spend time on Africa’s rivers and get deeper into the bush than is possible by vehicle.  Getting up close to game and viewing it from a different perspective is an added bonus.  

The Lower Zambezi is flanked by two national parks, one in Zambia and one in Zimbabwe.  Whilst Zambia tends to offer shorter half day safaris, Mana Pools in Zimbabwe offers 3 day guided trips that are broken up by nature walks and game drives.  No previous canoe experience is required and paddlers are available should you prefer.  Each night you stop at a different campsite set up for you where you will enjoy firelit evenings under the stars listening to the calls of the wild.

Botswana’s Selinda spillway also offers canoe safaris, subject to the ebb and flow of the waterways.  This is a spectacular area for buffalo, elephants and amazing birdlife.

A Mokoro safari is unique to Botswana’s Okavango Delta.  A mokoro traditionally was a dugout wooden canoe, nowadays made out of fibreglass, that is propelled along by an experienced punter who will also act as your guide.  Exploring the delta in this way is a peaceful and rewarding safari that gets you close to riverbank wildlife and jewel like birdlife such as the malachite kingfisher and often exotic painted reed frogs. 

 

 

 

 

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Family Safaris

Family Safaris

Family Safaris

Family Safaris

A Family Safari has got to be one of the most exciting and memorable holidays you could possibly experience. Mind blowing wildlife encounters on game drives, visiting local schools, climbing high sand dunes and experiencing the traditional ways of the San Bushmen will certainly broaden horizons.

South Africa has long been a child friendly safari destination with much to do and see in addition to the wildlife.  There are malaria free game reserves, kid’s bush programmes, special menus and not least safety conscious family accommodation; fenced to keep any dangers at bay.

In more recent years, Botswana and Zambia have joined in, offering luxury family tented units with private plunge pool where the kids can frolic under your watchful eye.  Activities to suit all ages are designed to educate and inspire.

Superb private houses in the South Luangwa, Lower Zambezi and at Victoria Falls for your exclusive use provide a totally indulgent family experience. This is not as expensive as you might think and is ideal for a family celebration with several family generations joining the party. Your own chef, private vehicle and guide, along with baby sitter, will mean you live in the lap of luxury surrounded by the most amazing wildlife on the planet.

Not least Namibia is a superb family destination.  Value packed, self-drive adventures with unique activities thrown in make this a must-see destination with your kids.  See the video!

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