For those who skipped the introduction. We work with first class exclusive small lodges/camps for an intimate bush experience and work with OPEN JEEPS with experienced LOCAL guides. This will make a huge difference for your safari versus minibus and guide from a big city. You will see so much more wildlife as these guides are in that wildlife area every day and know the habits of the animals. But also the bush experience and wildlife experience from an open jeep is so much more intense! To experience a lion’s vibrato without windows in between, or the bark of a baboon when it spots a predator…To smell the bush and enjoy the breeze in the shadow of the roof of an open jeep is so much more enjoyable and less hot on game drive! its also much easier to make good pictures from an open jeep. At sunset whilst enjoying nature and game drive sundowners in the bush…or afterwards at a log fire before diner enjoying a magical starry African sky!
Because the roads often are in bad condition and the distances vast, we often offer fly in safari, where you fly from small airstrip to airstrip in the bush. Not only will you save a lot of time on travel but its so much more relaxed. You make a beautiful flight over thee bush (often not more than an hour), your jeep awaits you at the airstrip and you make your first game drive to the lodge/camp, or if you wish we can pick you with a packed lunch and you go for a longer game drive upon arrival and a bush lunch! So much more enjoyable than a long drive on bad roads to arrive ‘shaken and stirred’ at the end the day. We can gladly also arrange ground transfers but they are not necessarily cheaper as a scheduled flight as the driver needs to overnight for his drive back, But mostly the advantage of going with a local guide is huge as you will see so much more! It is a wonderful combination to start or end your safari in Victoria falls on Zambian or Zimbabwe side, and than make a combination with Chobe, Moremi, an island in the Okavango Delta and most definitely if you want to go a bit off the beaten tracks oa Kalahari Makgadikgadi salt pans. At most of the camps walking safari's can be arranged for you. If you wish we can also arrange an itinerary with a few days walking safari, where you will spend your nights in 'hides'. Or a couple of days Mekoro safari, through the crystal waters of the Delta! Where you will spend your nights out in the African bush with a tented camp. You will enjoy the serenity, the sounds and the rare beauty of the enchanting African bush! Africa Private Safaris can offer your several impressive possibilities, which we will gladly discuss with you. For others a visit to the breathtaking glaring white endless plains of the Makgadikgadi Pans and the Kalahari are an absolute highlight. You won't find large amounts of game for most of the time, but the scenery is amazing. However for those who adore the meercat a visit to these parts of Botswana is a must! You will discover that they are so amusing that you could watch them for hours! Botswana is also the place for an encounter with the rare and endangered wild dog. Ending your safari at the amazing Victoria Falls is a magical combination! Imagine having sundowners on the Zambezi river!
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We can offer a good combination of ‘wet’ and dry camps in the Delta with optimal chance for game viewing. In the wet camps you go mostly on safari in Mekoro (small wooden boot made of a big log) and in the dry camps per jeep. Some locations offer both. Walking safari’s are also often an option, where you go with a guide who will tell you all about the bush and its wildlife you usually see less but its a very intense experience.
its a great combination to start or end your safari in Victoria falls in neighbouring Zambia or Zimbabwe or end the safari in Cape Town South Africa, the Wine estates or a stay at the beach. For more information:
Everything is arranged into the smallest detail. All you need to to on location, is enjoy nature, relax and tell your guide/manager how you like to spent your day and they will arrange. Unusually you go on morning and late afternoon game drive and you spent the warm hours around noon in the lodge for lunch and relaxation. however full day game drives are also possible on many locations, where you go with packed lunch. It is nice to relax in the lodge when it gets hot, but its can also be rewarding to go out over the hottest time of the day to see species that will usually only hunt during the hottest hours- like for instance the cheetah.
Some lodges and camps offer family units with separate bedrooms but joint living- we also offer all private houses with private staff. We can advise you what activities work for what age and regarding length of safari and make sure there is enough variety on activities like fishing, mountain biking, quad biking, boating to make sure no one is bored and the parents can also enjoy their vacation!