The word simply means "travel" in Swahili, but for many,
it alludes to wonders first envisioned in childhood: sweeping savannas, big
snarling cats, thundering herds of elephant and wildebeest.
Like its meaning, the word
roams the imagination, becoming other words and places, like Serengeti,
Sahara, Okovango or Kilimanjaro.
Safari crosses the landscape of the mind, until it finally
merges with the name of the great continent itself, Africa.
Going on safari is a magical experience for everyone.
TO EVERYTHING ITS SEASON
AND TO EACH SEASON SOMETHING SPECIAL
This is no exception when
planning a safari. There are few things in the world of travel that
rivals a well planned safari to Southern Africa.
Be a well informed traveler and
be assured of an enjoyable time for your investment in such an exciting trip.
The great African safari regions of Southern and
East Africa provide the traveler with quite
diverse experiences, which is why these regions
should be considered as two very distinct areas.
provides the ultimate in personalized
safari travel, with small exclusive lodges
catering to a handful of guests, a wide
diversity of habitat, and sophisticated cities.
is synonymous with wide
savannah grasslands and huge herds of game. One
is slightly more aware of fellow travelers and
the thriving safari industry.
Unless time and money permit, it is best to plan
your safari within these distinct regions.
How do you
know what is right for you?
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That is the all important
question. Remember to everything its
season and to each season something special.
on the countries below to see what safari experiences can be enjoyed and When to
Please be aware that although this site offers an insight into
the destinations - it should be treated as a resource in empowering yourself
with valuable information.
Africa is too complicated a destination to book
on the internet.
Consult an African travel specialist for a journey of a
lifetime. That way you will ensure a good return on a good investment.
A well educated traveler is our best client.
Ensure that you consult and book your travel with an INDEPENDENT tour operator.
Be wary of booking with lodge owners and operators who
also act as a travel agent company. Be aware that there is a conflict of
interest - your interest is in conflict with their interest.
Lodge owners need to
fill their beds at their numerous lodges, and therefore they will provide you
with an itinerary that would include only their lodges in order to achieve high
occupancy at their camps. In many instances you might not even be aware
that you actually duplicating your experience - almost like being in a big city
and check in and out of different hotels. Or at worst, a comprise is made
at your expense.
you love trains - South Africa offers the best
trains in the world. Consider a memorable
journey on choice of:
Rovos Rail- a two night journey - between Cape Town
and Pretoria. Or the Train / Vintage Air Safari
to Victoria Falls or to the Garden Route or Kwazulu Natal.
Or the ever so popular GOLF SAFARI
offers one night journeys between
Cape Town and Pretoria.
The latest trends in
travel to Africa are the
"Beach & Bush"Safari - a combination of a safari and an
exotic remote island - either in Seychelles
islands, Mauritius, Zanzibar, Malawi or off the
coast in Madagascar.
Sanctuaries for the stressed and world-weary
travelers. Unique settings - peaceful and tranquil, spa's "healing through water" and the
quest for wellness epitomizes
harmony with nature, mind, body and spirit.
for friends and family has proved to be
immensely popular. Private homes in exotic
settings complete with private butler and
guides. Your home away from home.
Travel - grandparents with
their children and grand children - there is no
better way to inspire and to create lifelong
memories than an African safari.
Gourmet Food & Wine- Experience the "Flavors of Africa"
- a gastronomic journey pleasing palettes
"BEHIND THE VINES"gives you a "behind the scenes" peek at award
winning wineries hosted by the winemaker
"HARLEY DAVIDSON TOURS"roaring along the Cape Peninsula hugging the
coastline is the epitome of freedom on the open