Our guide to

Travelling in Africa with friends

Shared moments with special friends.

How exciting to holiday in Africa with your nearest and dearest friends. What’s important is deciding what you all wish to experience and from there, we build the ultimate safari holiday.

Friends on safari can travel the same path for the entire time or splinter off and do other things along the way that may not appeal to everybody.

We’ve had groups of friends from 20 down to 2 travelling together and itineraries have been simple through to the most complex ever!

Use our top tips below to help prepare you for the excitement of the planning process ideal for developing the ultimate friends safari.

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friends on safari enjoying sundowners
luxury Kenya air safari with my Saburu guides
Friends on safari
Friends on Safari in Africa
friends on safari in South Africa
afriski festival lesotho
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Travelling Africa with Friends top tips

Whilst we plan safari holidays each and every day, this may be your first and only so it’s important you get off to a great start. Here are some of the things we work through with you:

  1. Who is travelling with you or wanting to travel?
  2. Is everybody in good health? What medical and dietary requirements exist in the group? This information helps us determine the types of activities and experiences are most suitable to maximise reward.
  3. How many are travelling? What room configurations do you need? This helps us determine the most suitable properties.
  4. What are the non negotiables and essential experiences on the safari holiday list? These are the primary pieces to the jigsaw puzzle and we then build upon it to create the dream trip. And what’s the ‘nice if’ list? The things you’d love to do just not essential to the experience if time and money don’t permit.
  5. Time is of the essence. What time of year can you all travel? How much time do you have? And then when on holidays, your time in each place is important to get right, so what pace interests you and your friends? Fast paced to pack more in or slow and immersive so you really live and breathe the moments and relish every morsel of time on safari.
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Switch Off technology. Engage heart, body & mind

Take your sense of adventure with you, embrace this precious time with friends and disconnect from everything else. It’s about putting away your phones (unless it is your camera), enjoying every moment and absorbing the environments you are exploring each day. Reconnect with what makes you happy and rewards you personally. To do that, it’s important you bring the right attitude with you. This helps you to soak in every experience and learn as much as you can from the people you meet and interact with along the way.

Exclusive Safaris

A great way to travel with friends is with your own private guide, charter light aircraft flights and exclusive use accommodation. It does not necessarily mean crazy prices because you have economy of scale on your side.  This offers you much more flexibility and the ultimate in safari life because you are in full control of just how much time you want to spend at the different animal sightings.

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Our favourites with friends

Private Safaris all the way

If someone calls the office and says they have a group of friends wanting to go on safari, there are immediate favourites that come to mind.

Private guided Namibia – We have awesome naturalist guides and vehicles in Namibia ready to go and there are exclusive tented camps in remote wilderness areas plus of course Etosha is teeming with wildlife.

Private charter aircraft – avoid the long waits, feel totally privileged and travel in one of our private aircraft with highly experienced bush pilots. We can arrange a Pilatus PC12 down to a single engine 2 seater. Private charter allows you to avoid lost nights in transit, long waits in airport terminals and lost luggage!

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Southern Africa safari style

Zambia is one of our favourite safari countries for good reason – stunning wilderness areas abundant with wildlife and some brilliant exclusive use safari houses in South Luangwa National Park, Lower Zambezi and Livingstone getting you close to Victoria Falls, the ideal safari finale.

Another safari trend is private mobile camping in Botswana. You arrive into Botswana’s Maun airport and from here catch a light aircraft into the heart of the delta. Disembark, meet our team and away you go. We work out what you like to eat and drink before hand so the bar is stocked suitably and food is served. You will gaze in awe at the bush tucker presented to you in them middle of nowhere with the calls of the wild reverberating around you. Sleep under canvas and savour the stars and nocturnal wildlife. Camp fire nights and stories by candlelight will remain with you and your friends forever more.

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East Africa safaris

Away from the usual northern circuit of the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater and Rift Valley Lakes we love the Southern Tanzania safari circuit because the range of activities on offer are impressive with game drives, walking safaris, boating safaris and fishing in enormous landscapes with less tourists visiting. It also helps keep the price down and you can spend longer in each place along the way with your mates.

The original safari country, Kenya is still one of the best because it has such diversity in landscapes from Great Rift Valleys and Lakes to the Masai Mara Plains, mountains of Samburu and Indian Ocean coastline with so much in between.  We’ve had groups of friends fly camping in the mountains, walking through the Masai Mara and more.

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From those who have ventured

Our group had an amazing time.

Southern Africa exploring with friends – Pinkus group

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The trip was a fantastic experience!

All mighty Africa with friends – Sade

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This has been a trip of a lifetime!

Friends on Safari Southern Africa

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