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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked African Safari Questions

Whether you have questions or aren’t sure which kind of trip to take, we’d love to help! Just give us a call at 855-272-3274 or get in touch with us, our team is excited to assist you in finding or designing a safari that’s perfect for you. Here are some answers to the most commonly asked questions we receive in regards to traveling to Africa.

Where Should I Go?

While choosing where to go on your first safari comes down to personal preferences, our first-time travelers often prefer to explore popular national parks and reserves in Tanzania, Kenya, or South Africa. Those that desire a more rustic safari experience lean towards Botswana as it’s known for its remote atmosphere and vibrant wildlife. If you are feeling super adventurous, Uganda offers unforgettable encounters with mountain gorillas while Namibia showcases vast deserts and phenomenal scenery. While not as popular as the other destinations, Zimbabwe and Zambia are known for more adventurous activities and calls home to some of the best safari guides on the continent.

What Are The Best Places To Visit?

The origin of the African safari started in Kenya and Tanzania. We always advise our clients to join us in Kenya and then many come back to explore more of our home continent. When it comes to the specific parks, nothing can beat the scenery and wildlife found in the Masai Mara National Reserve or Serengeti National Park. Outside of these locations, South Africa is another popular destination that offers a variety of vibrant wildlife and breathtaking views.

What Animals Can I See?

Africa promises one of the best wildlife experiences in the world, enabling you to see the five big five: the lion, the leopard, the elephant, the rhino and the buffalo. Outside of this highly sought after bucket list item are countless of other species of wildlife and birds. All of our trips were designed with an emphasis on wildlife viewing and spend the perfect amount of time in each national park to ensure you get your fill of exciting wildlife encounters.

Is Going On Safari Safe?

Science proves that the deadliest animal you’ll encounter during a safari is the mosquito. We have strict policies in place for the safety of our guests and go over the do’s and don’ts of life on safari during our pre-departure briefing. All things considered, Africa’s overall track record with regard to safety on safari is excellent.

Is Going On Safari Safe?

Africa is truly a year-round destination for authentic safari travel. No matter when you are thinking about taking a trip, you will discover a location in Africa which is ideal for that particular time period of the year.

In general, however, dry season will most likely be the ideal time for game-viewing but this takes place at relatively different periods in various areas of Africa.

For East Africa, the dry season is typically from July through October, while in Southern Africa it will be even a little longer: April all the way through October.

Remember to always keep in mind that these are the peak times, therefore it is recommended that you secure your spot well in advance to avoid tours being fully booked.

Where Should I Go?

While choosing where to go on your first safari comes down to personal preferences, our first-time travelers often prefer to explore popular national parks and reserves in Tanzania, Kenya, or South Africa. Those that desire a more rustic safari experience lean towards Botswana as it’s known for its remote atmosphere and vibrant wildlife. If you are feeling super adventurous, Uganda offers unforgettable encounters with mountain gorillas while Namibia showcases vast deserts and phenomenal scenery. While not as popular as the other destinations, Zimbabwe and Zambia are known for more adventurous activities and calls home to some of the best safari guides on the continent.

Is The Water Safe To Drink?

Tap water may not be safe in some places depending on your destination and accommodations, so we usually advise only to drink bottled water. We make sure to keep a healthy amount in the vehicles at all times as staying hydrated is very important while on safari.

What Is The Food Like?

A majority of both tented camps and safari lodges serve continental cuisine and a mixture of local delicacies. This is often served buffet-style, so you can pick and choose as you wish. We happily cater to a variety of dietary preferences such as vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and more. Just make sure to let us know as soon as possible.

Tented Camp Or Lodge?

This comes down to personal preference. The traditional African safari experience is primarily done in tented camps, but a majority of our clients prefer a mixture of the two. You can’t go wrong either way. Safari camps have tents, but that doesn’t exactly mean that you are actually camping.  The accommodation style at a safari camp can range from rustic to ultra-luxurious.

The main distinctions between a safari camp and a safari lodge typically have to do with the size, where most of the time you will find lodges to be generally bigger. Additionally, some lodges offer different amenities as opposed to tented camps, but most activities can be found within both options.

Do I Need A Visa?

Visas are needed for entering into Rwanda, Kenya as well as Tanzania. Visas for entry into Zimbabwe, South Africa, and Zambia can easily be acquired on arrival. 

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Quality & Service

There’s a reason why more than 10,000 people have trusted Odyssey Safaris to create their African safari. We build your adventure around your interests, likes, dislikes, hopes and dreams, even sprinkling in a few surprises along the way.

First-hand Knowledge

For over two decades, we’ve created unforgettable travel experiences around Africa and that’s down to the quality of our people. Our expert team have extensive and firsthand knowledge of the region and are passionate about what they do.

Unmatched Value

While there are cheaper options out there, we believe that our service and expertise makes our value for money hard to beat. Our stellar reputation for warm and deeply personal service at every step in the planning process is what sets us apart.

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