Private & Specialist Guiding

- Namibia

Private & Specialist Guiding

Private & Specialist Guiding

Most of our recommended safari camps and desert lodges in Namibia organise activities and game drives with between 4 and 9 guests on a vehicle. In typical circumstances, the best camps and lodges will usually put no more than 6 guests on one vehicle. Whilst sharing your experiences with a few other guests is normal and often great fun, it is sometimes 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.

Taking things one step further, it is possible to hire ‘private guides’ in Namibia and if you simply wish to travel overland around the country, but prefer not to self-drive, then it is easily possible to arrange an experienced guide to host your tour.

Some guides specialise even further. Their knowledge of the regions in which they operate is exceptional, allowing you to consider journeys that most people would never attempt.

If you prefer to tour the country by air, there are private pilot guides who are able to host a full tour of the country, or a shorter highly specialised flying safari into regions such as the Skeleton Coast.

With many years experience as a leading Africa specialist we know personally and have worked with a several specialist guides and pilot/guides in Namibia. All of them are experts in their field. We highly recommend both forms of private guiding, especially when it allows you to explore the more remote corners of north-west Namibia.

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.

- South Africa

Private & Specialist Guiding

Private & Specialist Guiding

On safari in South Africa, most safari camps and lodges organise game drives with between 4 and 10 guests on a vehicle, and whilst sharing your experiences with a few other guests is normal and often great fun, it is sometimes 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. Please note though that for operational reasons, not all lodges are able to offer this facility.

Regulations exist which ensure that there is a relatively high standard of guiding throughout South African, both on safari and when considering more general touring.  All guides are trained within their specific areas so if you undertake a guided day tour or visit a private safari lodge, you’re normally assured of reasonable quality guiding. However, if high quality guiding is a real priority for you, it is possible to hire specialist ‘private guides’. From battlefield tours, botany and birding trips, to walking safaris, whales and wine tours, these specialist guides can make all the difference to your experience.

If you wish to tour the country, but prefer not to self-drive, we are able to put together a holiday itinerary where you would be driven and hosted by a qualified and experienced tour guide. You can still employ specialist local guides for certain activities if required.

If you feel that you would appreciate a private vehicle on safari, or will have specific guiding requirements during your holiday, 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.

- Botswana

Specialist & Private Guiding

Private & Specialist Guiding

Most of the safari camps in Botswana we recommend offer game drives with between 4 and 8 guests on a vehicle. In typical game-viewing circumstances, the best camps and lodges will usually not put more than 6 guests on one 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 having a private vehicle and guide will offer.

Taking things one step further, it is possible to hire specialist ‘private guides’ in Botswana. This can be within the framework of permanent camps and lodges, or connected with some kind of private mobile safari, walking or horse-riding trail. There is always the option to explore regions such as the Moremi Game Reserve, Khwai Community Area, Savuti Marsh, Chobe River, Nxai Pans, Makgadikgadi Pans and Central Kalahari on a private mobile safari. The benefits of such a safari are heavily orientated around your guide, the private nature of your camp, and the activities. With many years experience as a leading Africa specialist we know personally, and have worked with, a wide range of specialist and professional guides in Botswana. These guides are ‘the best of the best’ and experts in their field. We highly recommend this form of private guiding.

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.

- Zambia

Specialist & Private 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.

- Tanzania

Private & Specialist Guiding

Private & Specialist Guiding

Whilst sharing your safari 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.

Northern Tanzania is one of the few destinations in Africa where it is quite normal, and appropriate, for you to take a private safari vehicle for the duration of your safari, hosted by a private driver guide. This is because the distances between the main areas are relatively small and there are many lodges which operate as hotels, providing accommodation but not any activities or guiding services.

However, if you would prefer to fly between the areas, there is a range of upmarket safari camps and lodges which offer a fully hosted experience with guided activities. Game drives will usually be shared with other guests (usually between 4 and 7 guests on a vehicle) unless you decide to take exclusive use, which is usually possible.

The southern and western safari areas of Tanzania are more normally accessed by air and camps are set up to fully host and offer shared guided activities. Most of the time it is possible to pay extra for ‘exclusive use’ of a vehicle, but sometimes logistical factors make this impossible.

Taking things one step further, it is possible to hire specialist ‘private guides’ in Tanzania. Historically, the safari industry in East Africa developed from privately guided safaris, and today there are several good companies offering luxury mobile tented safaris which are hosted by recognised private guides. Of course, even if you do not wish to stay in a mobile tented camp, you can still hire these guides to host you in various permanent camps and lodges.

With many years experience as a leading Africa specialist we know personally and have worked with a wide range of specialist and professional guides. 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.

- Kenya

Private & Specialist Guiding

Private & Specialist Guiding

Most safari camps in Kenya (that we recommend) organise game drives with between 4 and 8 guests on a vehicle. In typical game-viewing circumstances, the best camps and lodges will usually not put more than 6 guests on one 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, whilst some camps will actually give each set of guests their own private guide and vehicle at no extra cost. 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.

Taking things one step further, it is possible to hire specialist ‘private guides’ in Kenya. Historically, the safari industry in East Africa developed from privately guided safaris, and it is still common today to find reputed local operators such as Ker and Downey or Royal African Safaris hosting families and groups on a private basis. This can be within the framework of permanent camps and lodges, or combined with a luxury mobile tented safari, where permanent lodges are visited for a few nights whilst your private camp is moved from one region to another.

With many years experience as a leading Africa specialist we know personally and have worked with a wide range of specialist and professional guides. 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.