Our guide to
Travelling in Africa with friends
Safari holidays for friends
How exciting to be travelling in Africa with friends. There is so much to think about in the planning phase. We work with you and your friends to ensure we know the expectations and equally limitations. From here, our skills shine as we tailor an itinerary just to suit you and your friends. Tailor-made African safari specialists mean we can tweak the itinerary until it’s exactly right for you.
You don’t have to do everything together. 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.
When we’ve worked with groups that are travelling in Africa with friends, the secret to success is always in clear communication, creativity and loads of fun. Whether you are 2 mates or a group of 20 or more we have had experience for years doing safari designs for friends travelling to Africa.
Use our top tips below to help prepare for your safari holiday with friends. It will get you excited about the planning process and all the options available to you and your friends going to Africa.
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:
- Who is travelling with you or wanting to travel?
- 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.
- How many are travelling? What room configurations do you need? This helps us determine the most suitable properties.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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!
Cape Town exclusive use – We have a portfolio of stunning villas, apartments and houses for hire in and around Cape Town.
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.
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.