Frequently Asked 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:

What are the best places to visit for viewing wildlife in Africa?

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 we expect to see while on safari?

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.

Are safaris in Africa 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.

What is the best time of year to go to Africa for safari?

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.

Is the water safe to drink in Africa?

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 while on safari?

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

What is the weather like in Africa?

The weather in Africa varies from month to month. From December to March it is the warmest time of year. From April and May, you will find a majority of the rainy season but this rarely impacts your overall safari. From June – October, the weather is warm and dry with November welcoming some smaller rain showers.

Is it better to stay at tented camps or lodges while on safari?

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.

What are the sizes of your group tours?

As experts in small group travel in Africa, we know how unpleasant it is to be in an over-crowded environment while trying to take in the sights and sounds around you. That’s why most of our scheduled departures have 12-14 people with a cap at 18 passengers. If you are planning a trip with a group or with family, we can easily turn this into a private experience while keeping the price increase to a minimum. Just reach out to a member of our team and we’d be happy to assist!

Do your tours include international flights?

Most of the packages on our website don’t include international flights unless specified in the itinerary and title of the tour. However, we can include your departure airport on any of our tours, just let your trip manager know you’d like that added in.

What is the Great Migration that I keep hearing about?

The Great Migration is commonly regarded as the greatest wildlife display on earth. Here, the journey of more than a million-plus wildebeest accompanied by zebras and gazelles, graze around the plains of Masai Mara and Serengeti in a yearly cycle.

This is due to the need to search for greener grass and water, and the migration pattern is ever-changing. While most associate the spectacle with the dazzling display at the river crossing, this is merely just part of The Great Migration itself.

Is it possible to design my own itinerary for a safari?

Absolutely! We always recommend getting in touch with one of our safari experts regardless of whether you are interested in a group or private tour. We find that a conversation over the phone cuts down planning time by several hours and helps pinpoint the ideal safari experience you are looking for. You can schedule a time here with our Managing Director or alternatively, give us a call at 855-272-3274 and we’d be happy to help you start planning your dream trip to Africa.

Would you recommend bringing kids/children on safari?

Embarking on an African safari is often the best trip ever taken as a family. Each accommodation option has its own rules on ages, but often this is flexible. We often recommend at least eight years old as they can actively engage with the guide and this leaves a lasting impression that is never forgotten.

Do I need a visa when I travel to Africa?

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. 

What immunizations are recommended when traveling to Africa?

Depending on your destination, you might not need immunizations at all. An example of this would be if you enter Kenya arriving from the United States, Canada or Europe. A member of our team will be able to assist with common health care questions, however, please check with your local physician prior to your departure date. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website is frequently updated with informative country information. You may also contact them directly by calling 1-877-FYI-TRIP (1-877-394-8747)

Is there wifi available at the lodges/camps where I will be staying?

Depending on your itinerary, some accommodations to provide a connection to the outside world. One thing to keep in mind is that the speed won’t be what you are accustomed to here in the states. If you are planning on bringing a kindle or another device to use in your downtime, it’s best to do your downloading before your arrival into Africa.

What is the electricity like in Africa at the accommodations?

Most safari lodges and camps are not connected to an electrical supply. Solar lighting (backed up by batteries) is common, with many lodges having a generator, which runs part of the day (morning and late evening when guests are out on their activities). Many camps and lodges have plug adapters, but we recommend that you bring your own to be safe.

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