Questions & Answers

Why do safaris cost so much ?

A safari can make for a trip of a lifetime, but they are expensive — there are several reasons for this. One of the main factors is a lack of infrastructure in remote areas. Building a safari lodge has different challenges to building a hotel in a city. Roads need to be built, materials need to be transported in from far and wide, boreholes need to be dug to find water, water then needs to be treated to ensure it is clean, solar panels and battery banks need to be installed for electricity — the list goes on. Even once the lodge is built, exposure to the African elements means that it is a constant battle to keep the property in good condition. 

To maintain excellent standards of service, food and supplies often must be flown in. There are usually at least three staff to every guest with expert guides, chefs, waiters, housekeepers, mechanics, etc — all of whom need to be paid and trained of course. 

Park and other government fees need to be paid every day. These fees are essential to protect, manage and maintain these key wildlife areas. On top of this, most responsible operators will also charge a small amount to support local community and conservation projects. 

The upfront cost can be quite high but there is very little to pay for on the ground. The accommodation costs are all-inclusive, which means that all meals, local alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, and most safari activities are already included at camps. Therefore, the only additional costs will be tips and buying souvenirs.

To reduce the cost of your safari, consider travelling out of peak season — when rates are much lower, and the experience can be equally as good — and by booking early to make the most of special offers and low rates

What is the difference between a Conservancy and National Parks/Reserves ?

Key features of the National Parks/ Reserves:

  • The land is country government owned and managed.
  • Anyone can pay park fees and enter, including day trippers – it is therefore incredibly busy during migration months.
  • No restrictions on the number of vehicles allowed at a wildlife sighting.
  • Closer to balloon launch sites but no walking safaris, off-road driving, night drives or visits to local communities are possible while in the National Parks/ Reserves.

Key features of a conservancy:

  • Privately managed and as such, have stricter control on visitor numbers. Only those staying within the conservancy can game drive within the conservancy.  
  • It is not possible to visit a conservancy if staying in a camp located in the main reserve.
  • A maximum of three – five vehicles are allowed at a sighting.
  • A wider range of guest activities on offer that are not available in the main reserve, such as walking safaris and night drives. 
  • Community and Positive Impact partner visits are easily arranged.
  • Prices for safaris are more expensive.

Do I need a visa?

Visas are required by almost all nationalities visiting some countries. These generally cost between US$50 to US$100  There are e-visa systems in place for the countries which we recommended for getting your visas prior to travel. 

Will there be Wi-Fi?

Yes — most camps have Wi-Fi.  Although it is important to note that it will not operate at the same speeds you  may be used to at home and it might only be accessible in a designated area of the camp. Nonetheless, it is sufficient to check emails and keep in touch with loved ones back home. 

What are meals like on safari? 

Lodges and camps are immensely proud of the level of cuisine they serve. in the camps , We take great pride in choosing  accommodation for you. Lodges and camps often grow their our own fresh, organic produce wherever possible and support local communities in doing so. Safari chefs are able to cater to any dietary requirements with advance notice.

What are the toilets like in camp and how do you go to the bathroom on game drives? 

At all lodges and camps there are bathrooms by the main area and every room is also en suite. The bathrooms all have proper flush toilets so there is nothing to worry about. When you are on game activities there are no facilities in the bush, so we always recommend going to the bathroom before departing on a drive. Of course, everyone has ‘to go’ at some point and the guides will explain how this works.

Can children go on safari?

Without question! Aside from spending quality time with your nearest and dearest, a family safari offers invaluable experiences, memorable wildlife sightings, and the opportunity to learn more about nature. 


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