About Africa Safaris

 

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Safari Lodges vs Tented Safaris

Many travelers when they hear the words Tented Safari Package, may think of a dome budget tent.

The traditional African Safari started with mobile tents, and now have evolved into permanent tented Safari camps, as well as permanent lodge structures.

Tented Safari Camps:

A tented Safari experience usually depending on the level or class of the package, will mean a permanent, usually semi screened very large tent with it own en suite bathroom, and usually  a outdoor Balinese type shower facilities.

An outdoor private deck usually be part of this structure as well.

The permanent  Safari tent usually will be  built into the ground on a usually large wooden support, usually a large A frame structure within a safari camp.

These  tents are large spacious canvas tents with larger window areas, that roll up and down ie day or night use.

The level of comfort and luxury, that some of these tented camps is to be experienced. You have all the luxury you want, for the level of package you purchasing, in a beautiful natural setting. All the tented camps have full electricity, heaters for winter, all the amenities you may need.

The furnishings that go into a safari tent are quite unique and my clients are generally so impressed with the distinctive design features.

Mobile tented safaris are different .  Here the tents are set up every night, as you enjoy a day Safari.  Generally  2 two nights  in a location. Everything is taken care of for you, and these mobile Safaris can be very luxurious. Some of the luxury tents have their own private en suite bathrooms.

Permanent Safari Units

A Tented Safari means a permanent tent, built into the ground on a usually large wooden support, usually a large A frame structure within a safari camp, vs a lodge style unit that has the same large wooden support A frame structure.
The permanent lodge unit will have the same structure, however will be finished off with generally wood, they too are generally very spacious, large with both inside and sometimes outdoor Balinese type shower facilities.
Both types of lodging have private en suite bathrooms, beds with mattresses, some if not all of them have private decks. They both types have their own unique ambiance, décor, unique features.

The furnishings that go into the design and decoration of a safari camp are quite unique and my clients are generally so impressed with the distinctive design features.

As a example, below is a description of Jao camp, a luxury camp  in Botswana:

Guests are accommodated in nine large and spacious rooms. Each of the unique and beautiful twin-bedded canvas and thatched rooms has been individually handcrafted under the direction of renowned architects Sylvio Rech and Leslie Carstens.

The rooms are built under a canopy of shady trees, with en-suite bathroom, hot and cold running water, a large bath and double vanity. There is an additional outside shower under the stars for those more adventurous guests who want to shower closer to nature. There is an outdoor “sala” for guests to enjoy midday siestas with a view and a breeze. The rooms are raised off the ground and offer wonderful views of the surrounding flood plains.

Deluxe lodges offer  that higher quality  service, larger variety of food, larger rooms, more amenities.

 

Land Safaris vs Land/Water Safaris

South Africa Safaris are land based Safaris. Some of the game lodges, like Phinda offer birding boating trips as part of the Safari package.The land safaris cover very many eco systems. In the Phinda private game Park for example, you can traverse from dense forest to open plains, to scrub land all in the same Safari drive.

Botswana Safaris on the other hand offers both land and water activities.Due to the permanent waterways in the Okovango Delta, Botswana Safaris offer a variety of land Safaris, as well as the opportunity for Delta boating trips. This is a exciting way to see vast of this Wilderness area, that would be otherwise unreachable.

As well, Botswana safaris have the opportunity for Mokoro Safari. The Mokoro being a traditional canoe, a means of transportation, is used as a Safari vehicle, paddled by a trained guide. you can go a mokoro trail safari, camping on small remorse Islands. This allows for a very relaxing safari, coupled with walking possibilities.

Getting to A Safari,Safari Activities,Safari Clothing,

Getting there:

Depending on the Safai lodge you are going to,we arrange scheduled air transfer or private air charters.

Depending on what area you are going to, you may have to have 2 air transfers, which is normal.Bush planes range from very modern small planes to older plane..all quite safe, no worries, or as they say in South Africa..moenie worrie nie  local Afrikaans term for dont worry, everything is A OK, another local saying.

At your destination, you will be met by your Safari Lodge representative, and road transferred to your lodge.

Lodging:

Safari lodges are generally small,could be 4 lodge rooms up to about 10 or so in a area.

They are beautifully decorated, with private bathrooms, and all the essentials of home, in its elegant simplicity.

Considering that South Africa Safari Lodges are usually on the top of the Worlds list like Travel and Leisure, Harpers, Conde Nest…Singita, Shamwari, Londolozi, Phinda, Sabai Sabi, the knowledge and skill to present a unusual experience is rooted in a South Africa or Botswana Safari Package.

From Hand written welcome notes, to early morning hot water flasks for tea or coffee, you will treated like a special person, as you truley are a guest, and in the South African Culture, a guest is to be treated well.

Daily activities:

The vast majority of Safari packages include All Inclusive meals, transfers from the airport to the lodge round trip, twice daily game drives, and possibly a morning bush walk, after breakfast. The days are full.

Game drives are conducted in a open usally about 10 seater Jeep..here is a hint about where to sit on the jeep…mm actually I am not going to say. i want to see if you have read this..ask me and i will tell you.

Early morning wake up call is usually between 430am and 530am, depending on the season, etc.

A cup of tea,coffee, light snack, and then a 3 to 4 hour game drive, return for breakfast, some offer a afternoon lunch, free time unitl afternoon tea time, and then afternoon evening game drive.

Back at about 730 to 830pm, a beautiful meal, and then sleep, to repeat the sme schedule the next day.

On both game drives, you will stop for tea/drinks, a sundowner in the bush…a wonderful time of day.

Remember to drink lots of fluids, the game lodge supplies water, take your sunscreen if you are sensitive to the sun, and  a hat.

Meals:

A safari meal may be as big as the wildlife itself…. incredibly presented with taste, variety, Vegetarian or special meals no problem, just let me know.

Believe me, I enjoy to eat….the love and service that goes into a meal in a Safari lodge is a experience.Soft drinks and alcohol are usually all included, dependent on the Lode you go to .

and depending on the lodge are included in varied degrees.

Clothing:

Possibly the most important item to bring on a Safari, besides your self, is a good pair of binoculars

See our section for  a  list of clothes Safari Clothing

Guides/Drivers/Trackers:

These are very professionally well trained and adequately licensed men and women.

One does not get to have the responsiblity of peoples lives in an envirament like a Wild African game park, without earning it.

Many of the lodges, in South Africa and Botswana, utilise locally born Individuals..these people have a unique history of working with and understanding nature.

I have met some amazing guides, and have my own list of guides/trackers, that I will try and get my clients onto there jeeps for the game drives.However guides movea round as well.

Tipping is appreciated when you leave the lodge.

Seasons:

South Africa Summer is from aprox Nov to May  Winter from May to October.

Summer rain in South Africa is to be expected…usually afternoon thunderstorms.

Botswana…Rainy season November to March, hot and dry the remainder of the time, but a great time to see the great elephant migration.

 

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