Africa is a safe place to be as long as you respect the wildlife and follow the rules. It is important to abide by the safety guidelines at each property. When animals are near to the safari vehicle you should not stand up and avoid making sudden movements or loud noises. Do not walk out of the confines of the camp during the day and always request an escort to your room after dark. When passing though an urban area it is best to stay in your hotel or should you wish to go out, then request your guide or a hotel escort to accompany you.
Many people wonder about the possibility of medical attention while on safari. Many camps and most countries in Africa with a safari industry operate a flying doctor service. Should something happen, camps will have coverage for guests including flying ambulance, paramedics and a doctor. Some camps even have a paramedic on site. We ask all of our guides to carry first aid kits with them at all times.
Additional medical evacuation insurance can be purchased before your trip to cover the cost of flying you from Africa to the USA should you need to move from your host countries’ hospital to one in the US.
It is very important that you let us know of any medical issues and allergies that the lodges and camps might need to know about prior to your trip.
The general dress code when on safari is casual, light clothing. You do not need to pack large amounts of clothing as laundry is offered in all safari camps and lodges, very often this is included in the rate, please confirm this upon receiving your quotation. Due to the nature of the light aircraft that you typically travel in on safari there are restrictions as to the weights and the sizes of your bags. You are requested to pack in soft sided duffel bags and the weight allowance is normally 44 pounds per person, please confirm with us before you pack. With the exception of some animals, most mammals see in black and white, it is therefore better to dress in neutral colors so that you do not stand out. Military camouflage clothing is illegal in some Africa countries so this is discouraged. Dinners in lodges and camps are generally casual and informal, best described as smart casual. Mornings and evenings can be quite chilly on safari while the middle of the day is usually warm throughout the year, also depending on where you are traveling to the places of higher altitude can be really cold, please check with us when you finalize your trip. As such we recommend a safari wardrobe that can be layered to ensure you are able to adjust to the climate and remain comfortable throughout your trip.
Each African country has their own rules for different passport holders’ entry requirements. Please research this with us before you travel. Please make sure that your passport is valid for at least 6 months from your last date of travel and that you have enough blank visa pages in it.
We work with many different styles and types of accommodations in Africa. From large hotels and guest homes in urban areas to luxury lodges and mobile tented camps. Lodges come with many of the modern conveniences while tented camps offer a chance to experience the natural ambience of the wilds. We recommend a mix of the two when possible.
Flights on safari are typically operated in light aircraft. Most scheduled flights between airports and bush airstrips are operated in a single engine aircraft and the pilot will often make several stops along the way for other passengers to disembark or hop onboard. Private charters can be arranged both in single engine and twin-engine aircraft as well as a request for two pilots. This slightly more costly option allows you flexibility and a saving of time by flying direct. Jet aircraft can be arranged for flights that cover long distance between airports and airstrips that can accommodate them.
Please adhere to the luggage guidelines that you are given before your safari for your own safety and comfort. Light aircraft do not have large holds and pilots will not load your luggage if they cannot get it onto the plane or if it is too heavy.
Road transfers are operated in closed air-conditioned vehicles in urban areas and in open gamedrive vehicles in the bush. Gamedrive vehicles are mostly open with either 2 or 3 rows of seats. On certain safaris you may use a vehicle that has enclosed sides with an open top. These are used in areas that require you to travel longer distances. Our operators will do their very best to place you in a gamedrive vehicle on your own with a guide but if you would like a private vehicle please request this ahead of time.
There are many different ways to experience an African Safari. Gamedrives are the stable way of viewing animals. The vehicle acts as a mobile gameviewing hide and you can cover a great deal of ground looking for different animals. Walking allows you to see and learn about the ecosystems in smaller detail as well as a chance to get out of the car and be completely engrossed in nature, but please make sure that you walk with an experienced walking guide. Activities can be area specific and there are great things to experience such as, walking in Malilangwe, canoeing on the Zambezi, using Mokoros in the Okavango Delta, hot air ballooning over the Serengeti and shark diving off the coast of Cape Town
When should I go on Safari?
When to go on safari depends on what you would like to see and experience. We believe that there is something great to experience every day of the year but to get the most out of your safari please talk to us. Big game viewing is largely controlled by the availability of food and water. When it is hot and dry animals are focused around water when it is wet and green animals are dispersed over larger areas. There are of course many exceptions that are specific to certain wildlife areas.