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South Africa

  • Hello Michele, we want to thank you for organising our extraordinary safari adventure in Southern Africa. Everything that we had planned worked seamlessly and efficiently in all three countries, including eleven airplanes (+helicopter), multiple lodges and hotels over nearly three weeks. We saw and experienced everything we could imagine for Africa and came home exhilarated (and healthy). A special delight were the staff at all the lodges in Botswana, who seemed so happy to meet with us, spend personal time with us, and treated us like honoured family guests. Our game viewing drives covered all manner of terrain and close up encounters with so many animals and birds in their natural surroundings, that we took over 900 photographs combined. The expert and knowledgeable guides soon became new friends. The food and accommodations were first class and individually special everywhere. We were busy the whole time, and the places you chose presented an exotic variety of experiences.
    Some additional comments that did not detract from our delightful safari:
    * Night game drives with searchlights were OK, but somehow seemed intrusive and not too productive.

    * Nights and predawn drives were indeed cold despite hot water bottles, lush bedcovers, and vehicle blankets so we were happy to be there in June not August. We came well prepared with warm clothes, scarves and gloves and needed them on highway game drives – we were surprised how cold those cottages with screens, Kanana and Okuti, were at night and early morning. The low temperature was 0 degrees Centigrade one morning and no higher than 10 degrees on other days.

    * Victoria falls was extraordinary but so full of mist that a later date would have been better (my error). The helicopter ride provided an expanded view, but seemed rather expensive.
    Again, we congratulate Safari Consultants, for a complex network of arrangements between camps and transport operations that works flawlessly without delays across countries, rivers, airports etc.
    We have recommended Safari consultants to all our friends here, and to our families in the UK.

    Roger and Jean from California, USA travelled to South Africa, Botswana and Zambia
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South Africa

Introduction

Introduction to the wonderfully diverse South Africa

South Africa, often referred to as ‘the World in one country’, is steeped in natural beauty and culture. The country is considerably more ‘developed’ than the rest of the Africa, and the significant road network and variety of accommodation make it an ideal self-drive destination for many visitors.

In terms of wildlife viewing, South Africa safaris offer some fantastic big game experiences in both malarial and non-malarial areas. This can be on a self-drive basis or on a fully ‘hosted and guided’ basis. South Africa is also a major birding destination, and the extensive coastline offers some incredible marine wildlife experiences. However, the country offers so much more than just wildlife – gourmet retreats, wine-growing regions, the fynbos flower kingdom, colonial history, luxury rail journeys, adventure sports, cultural experiences and stunning natural scenery with harsh deserts, endless golden beaches and ragged mountains are just a few of the other attractions.

The sophisticated infrastructure and diversity of experience that South Africa offers makes it an ideal destination for anyone with a wide range of interests. Honeymooners are incredibly well looked after and families have a fantastic array of activities and options to choose from.

Whatever you think will work best for you, we strongly advise that you will gain much more from your holiday if you speak to a specialist who knows the country intimately, and allow them to help you plan, and arrange, your holiday.

For further information on South Africa safari options please call us on 01787 888590 or contact us to speak to one of our experienced safari specialists.

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