Types of Safaris

General Information

We are adding a "Trekking Safari" to our trip options. It will be in the Okavango Delta and include multiple camps, Mokoro and hiking between camps. Contact us for details.

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We Offer Photo Safaris in These Countries:

Botswana - Mozambique - Namibia - South Africa - Tanzania - Uganda - Zambia - Zimbabwe

Our photo safaris are planned just for you. And, you have several choices. A luxury mobile-tented safari in Botswana's Okavango Delta is the most popular, but you can have a similar experience staying in luxury lodges and deluxe permanent tent camps. Other options include camping with a guide/driver and doing some of the chores yourself, or doing a self-drive with occasional guided day trips. We work with several outfitters and guide services in Southern Africa who focus on the Okavango Delta, Etosha National Park in Namibia, and similar parks and reserves in Zambia and South Africa. You decide what to do, wildlife watching, photography, birding, hiking, visiting villages, and cultural sites, kayaking, or fishing. Children love safari and you are welcome to take them along. Requirements are different depending on your destination. We will let you know what the requirements are for your destination(s). A terrific add-on to your Botswana safari is a 2 or 3 day Chobe River cruise aboard a beautiful houseboat. You can mix and match! We arrange it all!

Okavango Delta (A World Heritage Site), Mobile Safaris

Botswana is a favorite because it is an uncrowded pristine paradise, less expensive and can be tailored for you and your group. It is essentially a camping trip with a guide/driver/cook and camp helpers. In the economy version, you help with camp chores and putting up tents. The deluxe/luxury version includes camp helpers who do all these chores so you can kick back and relax. Both versions allow you to  have a nightcap around the camp fire – you’re not camping properly if you’re not sitting around a campfire, sipping a drink and contemplating the days’ adventures while hearing lions roar in the distance. Doesn't get any better than that!!! Campsites range from totally primitive, such as a dry riverbed, to those with unlimited hot water and a nearby restaurant. A typical mobile safari in Botswana has luxurious tents with comfortable beds, porches, and attached bathroom facilities (chemical toilet, bag shower, and canvas sink), and delicious three course meals cooked on site and served under candlelight in nature's dining room. We offer two kinds of mobile safari. The Private (Private safaris are limited in number and need to be booked as far in advance as possible) is for your group only. You pick the dates, number of days, and select the area(s) you wish to visit. And the Scheduled, has up to 8 people and fixed departure dates and itineraries. A popular spot to begin or end your safari is at the world-famous Victoria Falls. On the Zambian side of the falls, our customers stay at the Avani Hotel which is within walking distance of the East cataract of the falls. On the Zimbabwe side, they stay at the Ilala Lodge or one of the many other fine hotels in the area.

Okavango Delta (A World Heritage Site), Boat Safari

A popular option that can be included in your Luxury Mobile Tented Safari in Botswana is a tour of the Okavango Delta by boat. You will have the same features as the Mobile Tented Safari mentioned above, but will be camping on remote islands in the pristine Okavango Delta. Animal and bird life is very diverse and abundant.

Luxury Lodges and Permanent Camps

This option usually includes 2 or 4 locations. You move from one place to another on foot, in a safari vehicle, boat or plane. There are usually other guests in the camp who may join you for activities, game drives, river cruises, fishing, and village visits. Lodges and permanent tents feature luxurious bedding, flush toilets, and plenty of hot water. Gourmet meals, often with several choices, daily laundry service, and gift shops with local crafts are standard. Three great places to do this are in Zambia's Kafue NP or South Luangwa NP and Botswana's Okavango Delta. Zambia's Kafue NP and Luangua NP are thought by many to be the best in Africa due to the luxury accommodations, lack of tourist traffic, indigenous and abundant wildlife, a variety of habitats and excellent guides. Walking safaris and night drives, not possible in most other safari destinations, make this park unique. The lodges in South Luangua are connected by trails, and you can choose to walk, with an armed guide, from one to another. The Okavango is heaven on earth,  unspoiled by human traffic. Here, we offer private and lodge safaris. The wildlife is also indigenous and abundant. Botswana has more elephants that any place in the world. A popular spot to begin or end your safari is at the world-famous Victoria Falls. On the Zambian side of the falls, our customers stay at the Avani Hotel which is within walking distance of the East cataract of the falls. On the Zimbabwe side, they stay at the Ilala Lodge or one of the many other fine hotels in the area.

Chobe River Cruise - Add-on

our three day cruise aboard a luxury houseboat with private accommodations is in one of the most diverse wildlife and bird areas in Africa. If you wish to get up close and personal with the wildlife, a professionally guided river boat is also available for daily outings. You may also get a taste of the local culture by visiting a local Zambezi community, the Subiya, as they go about their daily lives. 

Self-drive Trips

Self-drive trips are easiest in Namibia and South Africa because of the good roads. We take the worry out of these trips by making your reservations at hotels and bed and breakfast inns, arranging for your rental car, and suggesting or reserving guided day trips in parks, reserves, historical sites, botanical gardens, etc. We have done this several times ourselves and can give you lots of ideas. Cape Town is another interesting and historic destination with lots to see and do, including the spectacularly scenic drive to Cape of Good Hope.

 

Spring Wild Flowers

The Western Cape of South Africa explodes with color during the spring wildflower season and is a well-known destination for locals. An easy self-drive tour can be tailored to fit your interests and time schedule. Whether you enjoy viewing spacious vistas of yellows and purple, perhaps with a gemsbok or zebra in the background or kneeling for a better look at individual flowers, this is the place for you. Flower viewing areas include national parks (West Coast and Namaqualand) and public and private nature reserves (Geogap near Springbok, Ramskop near Clanwilliam, Tienie Versfeld Natural Area near Darling, and others). Botanical gardens are at their peak, and several towns have wildflower festivals during the flower season. Most towns have flower information centers (with email and phone access) and special flower route maps. This part of South Africa is less touristy and more agricultural, but some areas have spectacular mountains and waterfalls. The main roads are paved, though some in parks and preserves are not. Larger towns have good restaurants and charming B&B's and lodges. Prime time is September. Accommodations in these areas are sparse, so we need to book you as far in advance as possible.

Birding Safaris

Bird life in Africa is abundant. Our birding safaris are primarily in the Okavango Delta of Botswana with its 550 recorded species. Birding safaris are basically the same as our "Okavango Delta Boating Safaris" and the "Mobile Tented Safaris", with an emphasis on birding. Below is a small sampling of the birds you will see on one of our trips.

The African Wild Dog

The African wild (or painted) dog is a threatened species. They are much maligned and often misunderstood. This has unfairly led to them being considered a vicious and brutal animal. It is often deemed as vermin to be shot on sight. The fact is that they are near the bottom of the food chain of predators and as much as 80% of their food is stolen by larger predators. This requires them to eat as fast as possible before their prey can be stolen, often, before the animal is dead.

The following video is very graphic and will show why this animal got its unfair reputation. It may be quite disturbing to some people.

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