It’s my first time. Should I go to East Africa or Southern Africa?
The best answer is that eventually you should go to both. For your first visit, depending on what you seek, we generally advise Southern Africa. We know you’ll be back.
Can I combine East Africa and Southern Africa?
It is technically possible, and some clients do. But there is so much to see and do in each region that we generally question whether the cost and time involved is worth it.
Should I include Victoria Falls on my trip to Southern Africa?
Great question. There are two schools of thought. The first one is that it is a long way to go, and once you see it, you see it. The second school is that it is one of those things that you just have to see. If your trip includes Botswana, it is easier to include than if you are doing South Africa alone.
I am an avid birdwatcher… where should I go?
Just about anywhere. A big factor is the time of year you are traveling. While there are certain places known for specific birds (such as the pink flamingoes of the salt lakes of western Kenya and Tanzania), areas with particularly excellent birding include the Okavango Delta in Botswana, Lochinvar Park in Zambia, and large parts of Kenya and Tanzania. But again, just about anywhere in Africa has great birdlife.
Will I see the Big Five?
Depends on where you go, but we will do our best to make sure that happens.
What is the difference between the National Parks and the private reserves?
It is important to understand because it can greatly impact your ability to have great sightings. Things do vary from country to country. For a good overview, see Your Safari Experience. And, of course, we will be happy to tell you more.
Are children allowed on safari?
There is not a one-size-fits-all answer. Some camps do have age limits. But we work plenty of family-friendly safari camps, and in many cases we are able to book a vehicle for the exclusive use of your family.
We have little kids. Where can I see good game in a malaria-free area?
Clients travel with kids of all ages. The best options for malaria-free camps are in South Africa, in the Eastern Cape and in the Madikwe Game Reserve, northwest of Johannesburg.
Are safari camps fenced in?
Nope. You will be briefed on safety, and following instructions is really important. This is Africa, not the San Diego Zoo.
Are there others on my safari?
Most vehicles have six or eight seats. If you wish to have a private vehicle, in most camps we can buy one out for your exclusive use, along with a private ranger and tracker. Just be sure to book early.
I have noticed there are companies that own a lot of camps. Are you wedded to any of them?
Absolutely not. There are excellent and less-excellent camps within each chain. We pick and choose based on the merit of the individual camp. Unlike some of our competition, we don’t have beds to fill, so we can be 100% devoted to what is best for you.
Are park fees included?
Generally, yes. Although there may be an exception here and there for reasons beyond our control, we include them whenever we can.
Will we be “roughing it” if we stay at a luxury tented camp?
Not at all. In fact quite the opposite. People are always surprised at how luxurious their safari accommodation is. Whether built or tented, they retain that “Out of Africa” feeling.
I get sick or injured while in Africa?
We require our clients to take out medical evacuation insurance, and camps have action plans to get you to the closest facility as soon as they can.
I am a single traveler?
It is no problem for us, but your trip will be considerably more expensive as many camps charge per tent, not per person.
Nuts and Bolts
What is the best time to visit Southern Africa?
While it varies from country to country, remember that the seasons are flipped. Summers can be hot, but the other three seasons are most often excellent.
What is the best time to visit East Africa?
Most people want to catch part of the Migration. Talk to us.
Do I need travel insurance?
Yes, we require evidence of insurance. We offer it as a service, but you don’t have to buy it through us.
What kind of shots and pills do we need for Southern or East Africa? What health precautions do I need to take?
We have to advise you to talk to your doctor. Most clients do take malaria pills. Although the specifics are based on where you travel, there are often shots required as well.
Does your company support African environmental and wildlife conservation groups?
Absolutely. It is part of what we are all about. See Responsibility Matters.
How far in advance should we plan and book our safari?
As early as possible. We do our best to scramble for every request we get, but camps fill up surprisingly early, especially at Christmas and New Year’s.
Do people speak English in Africa?
In most places, yes.
Can I self-drive in Africa?
Generally, not recommended. We do have some clients self-drive along the Garden Route in South Africa (opposite side of the road from U.S. and Europe).
Are visas required?
It depends on the country or countries that you are visiting. But, don’t worry; we will make sure you know exactly how to get one. Make sure you have plenty of blank pages in your passport and six months remaining from your date of return.