What is the best time of year to go on Safari?
It is very difficult to recommend a time of year, as each area is different and unique. For instance, we really like the ‘secret’ seasons, April/May or August/September. We also really enjoy winter (May – August) in the bush. Summer is really nice, and there is great birding in southern Africa. Contact us and give us a better idea of what you are looking for and we will then give you advice based on that.
What is the recommended length of stay?
We think a safari should not be rushed, especially if you are coming from far – so at least 3 or 4 nights in one lodge. If you plan to include Cape Town, we recommend a minimum of 3 nights in Cape Town.
What is a typical day on safari?
Depending on what time of year you arrive, it may vary. In Summer you can expect to wake up around 5:00am for a game drive (safari). Wake up times are a little later in winter, around 6:00-6:30am. Most game drives last about 3 to 4 hours, depending on what you see. Thereafter, we go back to the lodge for breakfast. You will have some down time during the day and most lodges have activities for you, including walks, yoga, kids programs, etc. In the afternoon we go on another game drive (safari) from about 4:00pm onwards until dinner.
What do I wear on safari?
In summer the temperatures may range from 15 – 45°C (70 – 110°F) so pack cool clothing, short trousers, bathing costumes, light shirts, hats, and sunscreen. Also, remember to always pack something warm, like a jacket and long trousers, as the weather can change quickly (remember that the rainy season is in Summer). Sunscreen is a must and is very important.
In winter, it can get quite cold, some areas it may drop to single figures (°C), especially in the morning and evening. So pack warm clothes, jackets and fleece tops, long trousers, scarves, gloves and beanies. But be aware the days do warm up so pack cool clothing for when it gets hot.
What equipment is crucial?
We recommend a pair of binoculars, and a camera. Whatever you are comfortable using. Some guests are experienced photographers, others can get great images with small “point and shoot” cameras.
What if I have specific dietary requirements?
It is important for us to know all this information from our guests prior to arrival. We make sure the lodges know about this, and all are very accommodating for any specific requirements.
Is Malaria a problem?
Talk to us about the area you are visiting, and let us advise you on whether you should consult a doctor for precautionary medication.
Will I be safe?
The lodges and areas we send guests to are very well known, and the staff are very professional, you do not have to worry at all about safety. However, we recommend you always practice caution and obey the rules of the area.
What vehicles are used for the Safaris?
In Africa lodges mainly use Land Rovers or Land Cruisers. These are generally open vehicles. Don’t worry though, you are safe in the car, and all guides have to be properly qualified, and are there to keep guests safe and make you feel at ease around the wild animals.
How many guests per safari vehicle?
Generally there are 6 guests per vehicle. However this can change depending on the group and guests travelling together. Exclusive use of a safari vehicle can be arranged upon request, but is subject to availability. Only a limited number of exclusive safari vehicles can be guaranteed at any one time. All safaris booked with one of our private guides will have exclusive and private use of a safari vehicle throughout their trip.
Is alcohol included in the cost?
Local wines and basic spirits are included in the daily rate at most of our lodges, however we will advise you at the time of booking if this is not the case.
Do all rooms have ensuite bathrooms?
Yes, all bathrooms are ensuite and entirely private. They are equipped with a toilet, hand wash basin, shower facilities, and towels. Some are larger than others with indoor and outdoor showers and baths, depending on the lodge.
Do the lodges have electricity and wifi?
It depends on the lodge, almost all have electricity and many have wifi, but not all of them, we will advise you of this when making your booking.
Will I be able to charge my camera?
Yes, all lodges will have this facility.
My children are 6 and 10 years old, can they come on safari??
Yes, we do have lodges which cater for children, some of which have activities especially designed for children.
I am in a wheelchair – is it possible for me to still come on safari?
Yes definitely, there are lodges which cater for restricted mobility, and we can assist you with this.
What is the dress code at meal times?
There is no strict dress code, as long as you are comfortable that’s what counts. Most guests wear for breakfast and dinner what they wear on the morning and evening safari drives.
Do the lodges offer laundry services?
Yes, most of the lodges offer this service on a daily basis, otherwise on alternate days.