Types of Safaris
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 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 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. 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!
The Mobile Tented Safari
Botswana is a favorite because it is a 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 help. In the economy version, you help prepare food and put up tents. The deluxe version includes a camp helper who does these tasks so you can relax. 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 3 course candlelight meals cooked on site and served in nature's dining room. We offer two kinds of mobile safari. The Private 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. These safaris are limited in number and need to be booked as far in advance as possible. 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 Avanti 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 Boat Safari
A popular option that can be included in your 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 3 or 4 locations. You move from one place to another 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 luxury 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. Two great places to do this are in Zambia's South Luangwa National Park and Botswana's Okavango Delta. Zambia's Luangua NP is thought by many to be the best in Africa due to its luxury accommodations, plentiful 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 here 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 Avanti 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
Your 3 day cruise aboard a luxury houseboat with private accommodations is in one of the most diverse wildlife and bird areas in Africa. A professionally guided river boat is also provided for daily outings if you wish to get up close and personal with the wildlife. 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 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.
Bird life in Africa is abundant. We can arrange birding safaris in much of southern Africa, but we highly recommend the Okavango Delta of Botswana for its large numbers and amazing diversity of birds. 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 much 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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