Africa Lodge Accommodated Safaris

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Lodge Safari Style

In Southern Africa (South Africa, Botswana, Nambia, Zimbabwe and Madagascar) our lodge accommodated safaris run with a minimum of 2 or 4 travellers and a maximum of 14, accompanied by a guide, who is also typically the driver. Most of the breakfasts and dinners are provided in the restaurants of the lodges. The guide will prepare lunches and on certain days (such as when we stay inside a national park). These are non-participation trips, meaning that group members do not need to assist with food preparation or any camp duties.

In East Africa (Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda) our non participation lodge safaris run with a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 6 travellers. Most meals are provided by the lodges, including some picnic lunches.

Open-dated lodge safaris

Our Gorilla Express, Kruger Walking Safari, Cape Adventure Garden Route and Elephant Lodge Safari are all open-dated, meaning that they can depart any day of the year, subject to availability. As there are no set departure dates, it is unlikely that any other people will join your travelling party. On these safaris, transfers are provided between each destination, with the services of local guides for included activities. A guide will not escort you for the duration of the trip.

Accommodation

On all of our lodge safaris we make use of mid-range African standard lodge accommodation situated either in the national parks, on the banks of a river or other place of interest.

It is rare in Africa for lodges and camps to be given an official star rating (eg 2,3,4 or 5 star) and therefore the standard can sometimes be hard to categorise, however as a guideline we stay at a range of lodges, chalets and tented camps which are generally of a 3-4 star standard. All accommodation is en suite and some properties are equipped with swimming pools and a bar. Our emphasis is always on comfort, cleanliness and well-managed lodgings, whilst ensuring that we make the most of our surroundings. And sometimes, to add to the true wilderness experience, simple accommodation in a spectacular location is selected over properties of a higher standard in a less desirable location.

You will find a list of the most frequently used properties on each itinerary page and also in the tour Trip Notes. Please be aware that the accommodation named may be subject to change.

Pre & post tour accommodation

Pre and post tour accommodation can be arranged upon request. In cases when tours depart very early on day 1 and return in the afternoon on the final day, we highly recommend that you book extra accommodation to ensure that you are well rested before the tour starts and to account for inevitable delays which may occur on return. Be sure to take this into account when booking flights. Please contact us for pre/post accommodation prices.

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Vehicles

In Southern Africa you will be travelling in either Quantum or Sprinter minibuses, custom-built 10 seater 4x4 Land Cruisers or a 12 seater 4x4 safari vehicles. Throughout East Africa the vehicles used vary from safari minibuses to custom built 4x4 safari vehicles dependent on group sizes and itineraries. We do reserve the right to use different vehicles due to unforeseen circumstances or during high season. Please also note that on open dated safaris, where you are not travelling as part of a group, smaller vehicles such as a Toyota Avanza or Corolla will be used.

Most game drives are conducted in your touring vehicle. You may also have the option to book additional game drives in open game-viewer vehicles.

Our guides

Our lodge safaris are lead by an experienced tour guide who is also the driver on most occasions. Our guides are there to ensure that your safari runs smoothly, dealing with border formalities, finances, maintenance of the vehicles and any unforeseen issues that may arise. They have excellent driving skills and local knowledge, enabling them to advise on wildlife, flora, local cultures, history, geography and a host of other subjects. Above all, our tour guides are passionate about their jobs and the countries in which they guide. We also use the services of specialist local guides/rangers in many of the national parks.

Local Payment

Our World In One Country, Cape, Namibia & Falls and Falls, Namibia & Cape safaris have a local payment that needs to be paid to the guide in South African Rand cash upon arrival. A local payment is not required on our other Lodge Accommodated Safaris.

The local payment is part of the overall tour cost and is used to pay some of the day to day operational costs that are incurred while we are on the road. We try to prepay as many of the costs as possible however in some cases cash payment on arrival is the only option as some of the attractions we visit on safari only accept cash. Examples include park fees at most of the national parks, a few accommodations or camp sites and any local food markets we visit to stock up on fresh produce during the tour as well as local guides. Your tour guide is given a garage card to pay for fuel, however this is only valid for use in South Africa and certain parts of Namibia therefore any other fuel purchases also need to be paid for in cash.

The local payment also ensures that a portion of your tour cost actually goes directly to the countries you visit, thus benefiting local communities as well as contributing to conservation of the areas we visit. Essentially having a local payment also means that your tour price is a bit lower!

Packing for your lodge safari

It is essential that you pack light and use a backpack or soft bag, not a suitcase as it will be easier to store during long drives and room for luggage is limited in the vehicles. Don’t bring too much clothing, as there are washing opportunities along the way.

In Southern Africa there is a luggage allowance of 15kgs. This luggage allowance is stipulated as there is limited space for luggage and an overloaded vehicle is a danger to both clients and the guide. This allowance does not include photographic equipment and a small daypack.

In East Africa the luggage allowance is up to 20kgs, although again, we do recommend that you pack light.

Packing Essentials

• Camera with spare batteries and spare memory cards
• Worldwide Adaptor Plug
• Towel
• Mosquito Repellent and UV protection
• Torch and batteries
• Walking shoes/trainers and sandals
• Sun hat
• Binoculars • Light trousers/jeans
• Shorts
• T-shirts and long sleeved tops
• Windbreaker
• Swimwear

Group profile

The average age of travellers on our Lodge Accommodated Safaris is between 40 - 50, although younger travellers do join our groups as well and we often welcome families. Our safaris attract travellers from around the world.

Given the active nature of African safaris, we are unable to accept travellers aged 80 or above and passengers aged 65 years and over are required to complete a Fit To Travel form before the booking can be confirmed.

Travelling with Children

On our Lodge Safaris, we accept children aged 12 and over on a request basis, subject to the agreement of other passengers. Certain exceptions apply as not all lodges accept children and not all activities are suitable for children. It is also possible to travel with children as young as 9 on certain safaris. Please contact us for further information and let us know the age of your children. We also have departure dates on some of our Overland Camping Safaris which accept children ages 6 - 17 and our Private Safaris and Tailor-made Holidays cater for families, although please be aware that some lodges will not accept children under 12.