HOW TO PLAN A SAFARI
Booking a safari can often be a once-in-a-lifetime event. It can take up-to 2 years from planning to the time of travelling on your bucketlist adventure. So what are the things to think about when planning an African safari?
When planning safaris for our clients, our expertise and working knowledge of Africa, wildlife, safari camps and travel in general, is second to none. It’s why we primarily tailor our safaris to suit the needs and desires of travellers.
There are a few things to consider when planning a safari, so here we outline to you what to think of before booking that dream vacation to Africa…
WHEN YOU WANT TO TRAVEL
You either enjoy booking trips last minute when the season of travel may be of little consequence to you, or you prefer to plan in advance to ensure you get your ideal dates or destination.
You may be restricted to particular times of the year which you can obtain leave from work, or children’s holidays from school – in this case you have little choice, but booking in advance will usually work perfectly in these situations. If booking in advance is your ideal situation, they we recommend planning between 6-18 months in advance.
Seasonal changes in Africa can also be a key factor for when you’d like to travel. You may enjoy taking photographs, in which case travelling during green-season (typically January-May) before, during, or immediately following rains when the air can be clear and the grasses lush green and new born animals abundant. Birdlife during this time is also be excellent.
Season animal migrations may be something you’re dying to see; the great migration of wildebeest through the Serengeti & Masai Mara being one. Or perhaps the lesser known zebra migration through Botswana. Or even the smaller wildebeest migration that occurs through Zambia’s Luiwa Plains National Park.
Travel during these early months will also guarantee lower accommodation rates, no single supplements and special offers.
Alternatively high-season (June/July – October) is when the temperatures rise, the lush green landscapes make way to drier plains, which result in watering holes that wildlife frequent, helping travellers get unparalleled views of iconic species.
Some destination are also restricted (or benefit) by annual rains. Mana Pools National Park in Zimbabwe and Kafue National Park in Zambia for example, are only accessible during the high seasons of April-October for many camps due to access being limited. The Okavango Delta in Botswana is a year-round destination and yet sees annual flood waters from May/June-October that may determine what type of activities are available, such as canoeing and game drives – and it’s a beautiful time for excellent birding.
Lastly, towards the end of the year (November-mid December) when the busy tourist season quietens down, accommodation rates reduce, baby animals have grown up some and others begin their migration once again.
WHAT YOU WANT TO SEE / DO
This can be key.
If you want to see particular animals, then you need our expertise to help ensure the highest possible chance of seeing them. The last thing you want is to book an expensive vacation, only to not see the animals you had hopes of seeing. It’s important to remember that not all animals exist everywhere. Captured In Africa, following years of safaris and industry knowledge, know the best locations and work with you to ensure that your needs are met.
The Great Migration of wildebeest and zebra through the Serengeti and Masai Mara, isn’t limited to just July-October when the herds are generally located in Kenya’s Masai Mara. The migration is a constantly moving eco-system in itself, starting out during calving season in the Southern Serengeti at the start of the year, before travelling north up the Serengeti, ending up in the Masai Mara, before then heading back south through Tanzania once again.
Many safari goers also wish to step off the vehicle to explore on foot, or by kayak/canoe. The type of activity may be essential for you, and so this leads on to the next point, location.
WHERE TO GO
Africa is your oyster, but where will she take you?
This will depend on several factors; Do you dream of seeing particular animals? Perhaps you’re vying to finally see the vast sand dune desert of Sossusvlei, Namibia? Maybe a chance to witness the Great Wildebeest Migration in the Serengeti or Masai Mara? Or the opportunity to spend time with endangered mountain gorillas?
Perhaps you’re the adventurer type keen for more than just viewing animals from a vehicle? In which case there ae several fantastic areas of Africa, where travellers can explore on foot with professional guides. Alternatively, take to a kayak or canoe to gentle paddle your way to idyllic experiences such as canoeing the Okavango Delta’s waters, or the infamous Zambezi River as elephants cross the river in front of you.
Captured In Africa’s expert knowledge of Africa, wildlife and where best to view it, is an essential ingredient that will enable you to tick-off your bucketlist.
Safaris aren’t cheap. In our experience, the cheapest safaris don’t factor in the issues associated with over-tourism.
Instead, we focus our attention on providing exceptional experiences that have a positive impact on Africa. This is achieved through offering low-impact, sustainable and conservation driven safari locations and accommodations. A result of this is higher costs for accommodations due to fewer guests being able to stay at each camp. The benefits of this result in fewer tourists, fewer game drive vehicles around animals, smaller (environmentally sensitive camps), better pay for guides and camp staff, greener energy use such as solar power and an overall lower footprint.
The by-product of this sustainable approach is exclusivity, as if having Africa all to yourself!!
We would describe our safaris as mid-high end luxury, but with the intelligent approach of ensuring that your travel isn’t simply about luxury for luxury sake. Whether you choose a $100 per night safari camp, a $3000 per night safari camp, or anything in-between – a safari with Captured In Africa is designed on the basis that the traveller is giving back in some way and is staying at a safari camp that is within the realms of our own Responsible Tourism Policy to provide protection for habitat, conservation initiatives for wildlife and upliftment for local people.
So think about what you are comfortable in spending, when you wish to travel and how much of a one-off experience a safari to Africa is for you. It’s a dream vacation.
If you have never been on a safari before, after your first, you’ll understand.
There are wildlife and nature vacations and then there are African safaris. The vast openness of Africa that absorbs you from day one. The thrill and awe of seeing lions, elephants, rhinos, leopards, cheetahs, buffalo and all the colours in the rainbow from the feathers of birds.
You’re greeted by smiles, as locals guide you through what will be an adventure of a lifetime, leaving you with cherished memories and photos that you will forever cast your mind back upon.
Furthermore, it’s not just a safari with Captured In Africa. It’s a chance to positive impact where you travel, to assist in wildlife conservation efforts and uplift local people through employment, schooling, medical care and more. A safari with us is a chance to leave behind more than just footprints, but a lasting legacy through a responsible approach.
Safari for change.
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