Safaris are a holiday that most people want to experience once in their lives. There are several things to think about before deciding on where and when you go on safari and the following are some of the questions to ask:
Choose your destination with care. You will be very disappointed if your favorite animal is a rarity in the country that you choose.
Check the right time of the year to go. Parts of Africa have heavy rain making getting around very difficult.
Choose a conservancy for an exclusive experience with wildlife and not fight for position with tour buses for a glimpse of a beleaguered animal. Many of the eco lodges have the benefit of being right in the bush with the wildlife passing right in front of your tent.
Stay longer in each destination for a fuller experience of that Park or Conservancy.
If you can afford it, fly between parks and camps. This particularly applies when the alternative could see you spending 6-8 hours on the road.
Choose accommodation that offers the authentic African experience with the wildlife and local people at the heart of its being.
Pick the right time of the year to see the migrations – animals, birds and whales. There is no guarantee with wildlife but there are norms.
Pack with the right safari clothes and do not pack too much. Many lodges and camps offer laundry facilities.
Read up about your chosen destination and ask someone who knows the area well for advise re the above.
Picture courtesy of Dennis Fast and Churchill Wild
We have just received news from the above Lodge that this year’s numbers of Polar Bears around the Lodge are the best they have ever known. The best day they have had was 21 bears sighted between the Lodge and their whale swim point. The ice pack, which was still visible a week ago, has now dispersed pushing the bears back on to the coastline.
Additionally all the bears are looking fit and healthy making for very special photo opportunities – especially when you have an expert on hand to help with how to make the most of your chances.
Picture courtesy of Dennis Fast and Churchill Wild
Picture courtesy of Bill Lyne and Churchill Wild
The other news from the lodge is that the Beluga whales are back in huge numbers as well. Imagine jumping off the back of the Zodiac in a wet suit and snorkel and listening to the whales singing to you. They even seem to answer your own attempts of singing to them!
As this a very special destination and places are limited you need to be getting in touch with us now to ensure you are there for next year’s spectacular.
For more information on the lodge or to make this part of your own bespoke, tailor made holiday please call us on Tel: 01323 446550 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Picture courtesy of Ian Johnson and Churchill Wild
Here is a suggested itinerary that can be adjusted to meet your requirements:
Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis
Day 1 Arrive in Johannesburg and pick up your hire car. Depending on the flight that you have taken either spend one night in the city or drive to the Kruger National Park. Here you will have three nights in a lodge in a Concession within the Park which ensures that you have the best of game viewing. Kruger remains one of Africa’s prime game watching places and being in a Concession will allow you to join night drives or walking safaris. You should have plenty of wildlife encounters and your guides have an extensive knowledge of the area and amazing eyesight for spotting animals.
Day 4 Head south and into Swaziland for an overnight stop. Take the opportunity to learn about this mountain kingdom and its culture. The cooler air is very welcome as are the people who you will meet.
Day 5 Today has you back in South Africa in KwaZulu Natal and your destination is Isimangaliso Wetland Park and a two night stay in a forest lodge deep in the park. Here you have the chance of kayaking or boating on the lake and looking for the myriad number of birds, hippo and other game that live here. There is a chance to track turtle at the right time of the year.
Day 7 Transfer to the coast and time to enjoy the miles of pristine sands and the Indian Ocean. This location offers South Africa’s best snorkelling and some great diving sites. The other option is enjoy the sea and remote location.
Day 9 Leaving the coast and wetlands behind you have a short drive to Hluhluwei Mfolozi Park for a two night stay in the Park – the only lodge within the Park. All of the big 5 are here and you can also add in whale and dolphin watching in the season.
Day 11 Your next destination is set with the Battlefields and Zulu culture very much in mind. Take a tour of the main Zulu War battle sites and then add in a dinner in a Zulu village to learn about their culture and watch their dances.
Day 13 Drive down to Durban or back to Johannesburg for your flight back to the UK.
This gives you a real flavour of South Africa and can easily be adjusted to meet your interests, time constraints and budget.
And the Pound is currently strong against Rand making Southern Africa a great destination.
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