Are you too old for a safari? No, but read on…

Posted on January 18, 2015 by - Africa FAQs

We have had quite a few people with disabilities travelling with us over the years. These safaris all work smoothly because when someone is in a wheelchair, has clear mobility issues, or specific health issues, they are usually very upfront with their tour operator. They say what they can and can’t manage.
Similarly we – armed with this clear information – source appropriate safari places for them to stay, discuss what level of assistance can be given by the hotel or game lodge staff, modifications that can be made – and all goes well. Furthermore the staff in safari camps are immensely willing to assist to ensure that everyone gets to see and do as much as they possibly can.

However where we sometimes have ‘issues’ on a client’s safari  is when a client has not communicated any mobility or health  issues that they may have. Either prior to booking their safari trip or even prior to arriving!

This may be for two reasons:
  • Perhaps they are so used to their particular degree of mobility or health issues that they may not appreciate that this may cause some problems on a more active safari holiday.
  • Perhaps they don’t appreciate that all the modern comforts that they have in their home may not always be available on a safari in a remote area. They may not realize that lifts are not usually available in a two, or even three storey hotel in Africa.

Of course the reality is that it’s usually a bit of both. Without good communication at the planning stages, they sometimes arrive and find that the hotel, or more usually the safari lodge, is not what they were expecting. It’s too remote, has too many steps, too much walking to get from their room to the main area etc.

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Safari Clothing in Africa – Top Tips for Summer

Posted on November 20, 2014 by - Africa FAQs, African Travel Tips, Family Safaris

One of the most frequent questions we are asked is what safari clothing should we pack, so I attempt to address this question with a blog post at the beginning of each season, as this does vary according to time of year.

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What to wear on safari in South Africa – Summer

Given it’s the start of our summer (November to March), let’s look at packing for summer time.

Summer in South Africa is generally hot to very hot. In the northern provinces of KwaZulu Natal and Kruger, or hotter areas like the Cedarberg, the day time temperatures will often be in the high 30’s (95°F and higher). So bring plenty of hot weather clothing. Cape Town and the Garden Route will not be so hot and may have the occasional cool day.

The northern part of South Africa, as well as Botswana and Zambia has a summer rainfall season. This is actually very pleasant as it cools down the temperatures and generally takes the form of a late afternoon shower – welcome relief from the heat. Occasionally it can rain for 2-3 days so pack some waterproof and warmer items just in case.

To guard against mosquitoes we recommend long trousers and long sleeved tops for the evening. Obviously it is still very hot then, so try to bring light weight materials (not heavy safari shirts) as otherwise, realistically, you will not wear it.
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Safari Clothing in Africa – Top Tips for Winter

Posted on November 20, 2014 by - Africa FAQs, African Travel Tips

One of the most frequent questions we are asked is what safari clothing should we pack. So I attempt to address this question with a blog post at the beginning of each season. As this does vary by season.

Download our Insider Guide to What to Wear on Safari for the ‘full monty’ & useful packing lists…

In the meantime here are some essential pointers for people travelling in the African winter months from June to mid August…

Get our Ebook on to What to Wear on Safari

Safari clothing in South Africa – Winter

I have lived in South Africa for nearly 20 years and have noticed that South Africans tend to ignore the fact that they have a winter. However our guests, used to wall to wall central heating, certainly feel it.

During winter, you will need to pack a range of clothing as the African winter varies from place to place.

In the Cape, where the winters are Mediteranean (think Spain or Italy or Southern California), the hotels and lodges are reasonably well-equipped with underfloor heating and roaring fireplaces. You might have some rain in the Cape so come prepared with a rainproof jacket.

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