Safari Facts. 

Medical Attention

Many people wonder about the possibility of medical attention while on safari. Many camps and most countries in Africa with a safari industry operate a flying doctor service. Should something happen, camps will have coverage for guests including flying ambulance, paramedics and a doctor. Some camps even have a paramedic on site. We ask all of our guides to carry first aid kits with them at all times.

Additional medical evacuation insurance can be purchased before your trip to cover the cost of flying you from Africa to the USA should you need to move from your host countries’ hospital to one in the US.

It is very important that you let us know of any medical issues and allergies that the lodges and camps might need to know about prior to your trip.

Safety

It is very important to listen to the rules of the camp and your guide. Do not stand up in vehicle when animals are close to the car, avoid sudden movements or loud noises. Do not walk out of camp without a guide and do not walk at night alone in camp. Africa is a safe place to be as long as you follow the rules and respect the wildlife.

When you are passing through an urban area it is best to stay in your hotel and do not go out without a driver or guide from the hotel. 

Dress

The over all dress code when on safari is casual light clothing. You do not need to pack large amount soft clothes and due to the nature of the light aircraft there are restrictions as to the weights and the sizes of your bags (Normally 44 pounds - please confirm with us before you pack).  With the exception of some animals. most mammals see in black and white. It is better to dress in neutral colors so that you do not stand out. Military camouflage clothing is illegal in some countries, so is discouraged. Dinners in lodges and camps are generally casual and informal and best described as smart casual.

Visas

Each African country has their own rules for different passport holders’ entry requirements. Please research this with us before you travel. Please make sure that your passport is valid for at least 6 months from your last date of travel and that you have enough blank visa pages in it.

Accommodations

We work with many different styles and types of accommodations in Africa. From large hotels and guest homes in urban areas to luxury lodges and mobile tented camps. Lodges come with many of the modern conveniences while tented camps offer a chance to experience the natural ambiance of the wilds. We recommend a mix of the two when possible. 

Flights

Flights on safari are operated on light aircraft. Most scheduled flights between camps and airports will be operated in a single engine aircraft and they often stop at other camps along the way. Private charters can be arranged both in single engine and twin-engine aircraft.  This allows more flexibiliy in time and flying direct, saving time. Jet aircraft can be arranged for flights that cover long distance between airports that can accommodate them.

Please stick to the luggage guidelines that you are given before your safari for your own safety and comfort. Light aircraft do not have large holds and pilots will not load your luggage if they cannot get it in the plane or if it is too heavy.

Vehicles

Road transfers are operated in closed air-conditioned vehicles in urban areas and in open gamedrive vehicles in the bush. Gamedrive vehicles are mostly open with either 2 or 3 rows of seats. On certain safaris you may use a vehicle that has enclosed sides with an open top. These are used in areas that require you to travel longer distances. Our operators will do their very best to place you in a gamedrive vehicle on your own with a guide but if you would like a private vehicle please request this ahead of time.

Activities

There are many different ways to experience an African Safari. Gamedrives are the stable way of viewing animals. The vehicle acts as a mobile gameviewing hide and you can cover a great deal of ground looking for different animals. Walking allows you to see and learn about the ecosystems in smaller detail as well as a chance to get out of the car and be completely engrossed in nature, but please make sure that you walk with an experienced walking guide. Activities can be area specific and there are great things to experience such as, walking in Malilangwe, canoeing on the Zambezi, using Mokoros in the Okavango Delta, hot air ballooning on the Serengeti and shark diving off the coast of Cape Town.

When should I go on Safari?

When to go on safari depends on what you would like to see and experience. We believe that there is something great to experience every day of the year but to get the most out of your safari please talk to us. Big game viewing is largely controlled by the availability of food and water. When it is hot and dry animals are focused around water when it is wet and green (green season) animals are dispersed over larger areas. There are of course many exceptions that are specific to certain wildlife areas.