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  • Dear Rob, we had a fantastic time which far exceeded our expectations and will provide us with enduring lifelong memories. Game viewing at all locations was excellent and the quality and knowledge of all the guides we had were outstanding. At all locations, we had a vehicle to ourselves. We recorded 185 different bird species, 37 different mammal species and 6 different reptiles. We witnessed lions devouring a warthog twenty feet away and hyenas feeding on a zebra which had apparently just died trying to give birth – so many different memories. All the camps provided very comfortable accommodation and excellent food and the staff were universally welcoming and good humoured. All the travel arrangements, border crossings etc. worked without a hitch and our bags turned up at all destinations! All in all a fabulous experience and thanks for your valued advice in putting it all together for us.

    David and Jan travelled through Zambia (Victoria Falls), Botswana and Namibia
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Zambia

Private & Specialist Guiding

Private & Specialist Guiding

Most safari camps in Zambia organise game drives with between 4 and 6 guests on a vehicle. Whilst sharing your experiences with a few other guests is normal and often great fun, it is usually possible to pay extra for ‘exclusive-use’ of a vehicle for all or part of your safari. A private vehicle naturally comes with a private guide and tends to be very appealing to more experienced travellers who have very specific interests such as birding or photography. Not all camps offer this option, and some camps charge significantly more than others. Taking a private vehicle is not necessary for most people, but it is an option to consider if you have specialist interests or simply would like to prioritise the flexibility and exclusivity that a private vehicle and guide will offer.

The standard of guiding within Zambia is generally very good, and especially so if you intend to walk. However, if you would like to take things one step further, it is possible to hire specialist ‘private guides’. Zambia is blessed with many exceptional guides, some of whom continue to guide without attracting huge fees. With many years experience as leading safari specialists, we know these guides personally. Whilst we do not often promote ‘hand holding’ just for the sake of it, the benefits of travelling with a top quality private guide are not limited to just their guiding qualities, but extend to encompass your whole safari experience. Hosting at meal times, smoothing your way through transfer arrangements and telling entertaining stories of Africa around the camp fire all fall under the remit of a top private guide.

If you feel that you would appreciate a private vehicle and/or a specialist private guide for all or part of your safari, please advise us when you speak to us. We are very flexible and different regions present different opportunities, so we will simply work with you to include the level of exclusivity and guiding that you desire.