We thought we’d share some notes on how to plan a safari. Although we’ll do this for you there are some key factors, which help when you begin to plan a safari. Through our first-hand knowledge of all of our destinations, you can rest assured that we will go to the ends of the earth to create the perfect itinerary for you and our efficient and lightning quick service means that when you begin to plan a safari with us we keep the smile on your face as the excitement builds. We take our commission from the lodges and camps, not from you – so while the process will be fun it will also be more economical.
The first issue when you plan your safari is the time of year, this often dictates where you will travel to as no one wants to go on holiday to get wet. Having said that there are some fantastic ‘green season’ safari rates – in some areas of Africa, the ‘green season’ is mostly hot and sunny apart from some storms in the afternoon. These are usually great times to take a safari as there will be very few other tourists around, the camps are much better valued, and when there is lots of water around much of the wildlife gives birth, so there are babies everywhere which are an absolute delight. This is also usually when the birdlife is in full plumage, which can be magical to see. Of course in certain parts of Africa, the rainy season is a complete no go as roads become impassable. Of course, we’ll give you detailed information on exactly which areas are fine at certain times of the year. Generally speaking, there is a part of Africa somewhere offering good safaris all year.
The next issue when thinking of how to plan a safari is who you are. Now we’re not asking you to soul search but it is very helpful if you consider seriously holidays that you have enjoyed in the past. Have they been very active? Do you love to lie by the pool for a few hours a day? Is the social element important to you, would you like to meet people or not see another soul? All of these factors will help us match you to the perfect safari property. Each safari property is different with regards to activities and atmosphere and having spoken to you we will use our first-hand knowledge to suggest the best options for you.
The last issue is of course budget – an inescapable irritation when planning a safari. We pride ourselves on knowing the best value luxury properties around and through constant trips across Africa we keep up to date on the best experiences. Paying the most doesn’t always mean getting the best and we know the properties, which offer clients more for their money. Have a look at our Safari Offers page for more information on our thoughts on the costs of a safari.