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FAQs

We know you have questions, and if you don't find your answer here, please feel free to contact us. Click any of the questions below to jump to the answer on the right:

  1. Why book with a specialist?
  2. Can I travel alone?
  3. Will there be inconveniences?
  4. What can be expected on Safari?
  5. Is it safe to travel in Africa?
  6. What about health precautions?
  7. Should I join a group?


Why book with a specialist?

  • It is the same price whether you book with the tour company or with me. The tour company does not always have your best interest at heart.
  • I constantly monitor the prices and if the brochure price is published at a lesser price I will get the better price for you. Tour companies do not do this. They are in the business of creating tours and do not have the time to answer all of your questions about the trip. That is my job and I will get back to you in a timely manner.
  • I am committed to finding you the best value for your travel dollar. I will provide you with information about what to take and wear, camera equipment tips, books to read before departure, and the best times to visit different parts of Africa.
  • I am trained by the South African Tourist Bureau, the Kenya and Tanzania Tourist bureaus and the Institute of Certified Travel Agents in selling travel to Africa. It is my main business and I know it well.

Can I travel alone?

  • A safari is ideal for a single traveler. You need never be alone unless you prefer it. Both men and women travel as singles and find Africa friendly and safe. Shared rooms can be requested. If none is found a single supplement will apply.

Will there be inconveniences?

  • Not many, but roads can be rough and dusty. There may be times where planes do not run as scheduled.
  • It is not uncommon for a vehicle to breakdown. The most important thing to remember is that Africa is a special destination and what makes it special is that it is not spoiled by tourism. If the bumpy roads are unacceptable, there are usually flights. This does add to the cost of the safari, but it converts wasted time on the road to quality time viewing the wildlife.

What can be expected on Safari?

  • A warm and friendly welcome by the local people, no humidity, comfortable temperature, a high degree of comfort, a variety of delicious foods and exhausting, but exhilarating days.
  • An average day begins at dawn with a sunrise game drive. Back to the lodge for a wonderful breakfast and your choice of entrees. During the heat of the day, when the wildlife is at rest, you too may wish to relax around the pool, take a nap, write in your journal or swing in a hammock. In the afternoon, when the wildlife again comes alive, you will go for an afternoon game drive. In certain areas full day game drives, a bush walk, a night drive, a trip to the local village or other activity may be planned.
  • In the evening, everyone gathers to exchange stories of the bush, while enjoying a beverage and dinner. Retire early, as morning will bring another exciting day!

Is it safe to travel in Africa?

  • The continent of Africa is larger than all of Europe, China, India, Argentina, New Zealand and the United States put together. It consists of 54 countries with totally unrelated political systems over 11,700,000 square miles. What happens in one country does not necessarily affect the others.
  • Think of it this way… if something happened in Canada, would that affect your travel plans to Mexico?
  • There are certain inherent risks no matter where you travel, but chances of being involved in an incident are very small. It is just not wise for tour companies to send you to an area where they know there are problems. They are in constant contact with their international offices and continually monitor any situations that might occur. We have the ability to change your itinerary at the last minute and would certainly cancel a trip if you would be in harms way. You safety and comfort in traveling are our main concern.

What about health precautions?

  • You will be advised at the time of booking about health precautions that are required and recommended for your trip. You must check with your personal doctor before taking any medication. Top medical care is available in the major cities. Hospitals keep up to date on equipment and have a high standard of testing. You may access the website http://www.travel.state.gov/foreignentryreqs.html for information on passports, visas, and malaria preventatives recommended or required, travel warnings and other information.

Should I join a group?

  • The advantage of a group safari is the chance to socialize and meet with others who have similar interests. A private safari has advantages for those who are serious photographers, are taking children, or have their own idea about taking a safari. On a private, custom trip the participants take an active role in planning the trip. Conference calls can be arranged between the traveler, the tour company and me.
  • Private, custom safaris are usually somewhat more expensive than set departure brochure groups. However, they may be necessary if you are using miles for air and working around available air dates. We can customize the trip to your flights. Many people also prefer to travel outside a group. You will always share a vehicle and meals with other guests, just not the same guests all the time. If your party is five or six people traveling together, you may have your own vehicle depending on the size of the vehicle.