Practically all Cedarberg Africa safaris are individually planned: tailor-made and imaginative solutions to match your personal interests and budget. You have the freedom to explore at your own pace, and choose the safari accommodation that suits you.
Typically, people come to us because they are:
- Anxious that they may make badly-informed decisions about their safari, something which is a long-planned treat for most people
- Bewildered by the range of options and frustrated by wasting precious time trying to make sense of beautiful websites which make every hotel and lodge sound equally amazing
- Or they are worried that their “once in a lifetime” trip might not match their expectations because they might make a bad choice
These are concerns we hear all the time – but the solutions are unique in every case.
One of our team of safari planners will chat with you about your travel aspirations, your accommodation preferences, how active you wish to be, any special interests, how you want to travel and what memories you are hoping to bring back from your trip.
Lots of questions
For many, seeing wildlife in its natural habitat is the focus of their African trip. The essence of a safari is that you are on the move, staying a few nights in each region to experience a variety of habitats which result in diverse wildlife. However, it’s equally important to not rush a safari, to allow enough time to appreciate an area and to get the most from your specialist guide.
Our focus is on tailor-made safaris: designing a hand-crafted safari after careful discussion with you. We ask you questions about what you are hoping to see, any specific wildlife or birding interests, how adventurous you are, whether you want a luxurious experience or more authentic charm.
Where to go?
It’s almost impossible to recommend one wildlife region above another – each has its unique charms, ‘special’ animals and outstanding guides. South Africa offers the broadest range, from the world’s finest lodges in private game reserves, (some non-malarial), to more modest lodges or even National Park rest camps. It’s also easy to combine a safari with other pleasures. This is also the case in Namibia, and to a lesser detail in Malawi.
Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia are principally safari destinations: pristine lands teeming with wildlife amidst beautiful scenery. Further to the north, Tanzania and Kenya offer one of the classic safari experiences in Africa – witnessing great herds of game migrating across acacia-studded plains. Combine this with relaxing by the Indian Ocean.
Sample Safaris and Itinerary
If possible, spend some time looking through this website and having a look at some of the sample itineraries. This will give you a sense of costs and specific things that you may like to do.
We’re often asked at an early stage to give an indication of cost and the quick answer is inevitably “more than you want to spend”! But we’ve priced up some sample itineraries on the site and given the high and low season per night prices for hotels and safari lodges too.
We find that most clients use these to work out some ball-park figures to discuss with us. If you want to understand the cost-drivers and the nitty gritty, check out our page on Safari Pricing.
A safari can be sublimely luxurious with a price tag to match, or it can be more modest. However most safaris of any length will be expensive as the typical per night cost is from $375 upwards and much more if you opt for the World’s best game lodges, prime game-viewing areas or peak season. But value is an equation and not an absolute, and few begrudge an investment in the thrill of a lifetime.
Check out our Top Tips to save money on your African Safari for more on budget…
When to go?
This is intrinsically related to whether a safari is the primary reason for your holiday and where you intend to go.
Broadly speaking game-viewing is best in the dry season between mid-May and October. There’s less surface water and the vegetation is sparser, so animals are easier to spot and they are drawn more to the waterholes and rivers in search of much needed water. It’s also a pleasant climate for game viewing with warm sunny (rather than scorching) days. In Tanzania and Kenya, the season extends to cover the Migration. High season is mostly from July to Oct, so June offers excellent value for money.
In South Africa, the dry season (May to September) happily coincides with the country’s ‘low season’ in the Cape – a lucky bonus for safari enthusiasts. However if you prefer to escape the northern cold, you’ll still have a fabulous wildlife experience in the private game reserves of South Africa at any time of year, as experienced trackers are adept at locating the wildlife. In Summer (November to March), animals are producing their young, the birdlife is prolific, and the vegetation is lush and green.
Check out our page on Safari through the Seasons – Southern Africa.
Safari camps vary dramatically in ambience and style. South Africa and Botswana have some of the finest game lodges in the world, complete with luxurious furnishings, superb cuisine, wine cellars, private plunge pools and a price tag to match. By contrast, intimate and comfortable safari camps are on offer further north, and also in South Africa. Our lodges and camps are chosen for their character, setting and superb guiding and tend to be smaller in size. Something different altogether is a mobile tented safari, where the attention to detail is sublime! This is offered either on a scheduled basis or for a small group of friends or family.
Check out our page on Safari Accommodation.
Something a little different ….
The option to combine open vehicle game drives with walking with a knowledgeable ranger gives you a fascinating insight into life in the bush or on the plains. However for the more adventurous, especially if it’s a second or third safari, there’s nothing to beat a more leisurely mode of transport – on foot, on horseback, by canoe or by boat. Walking safaris are a speciality of Zambia.
Horse riding safaris are on offer in South Africa and Botswana whilst Zambia, Zimbabwe and Botswana are known for their game viewing by canoe, mokoro and boat.
More on other Types of Safari.
Safaris and Young Children
Malarial areas are not recommended for very young children who also tend not to enjoy the long and intense game drives.
See our Family Safaris for lots more detail.
The Decision Making Process
The process is broadly as follows: Once we’ve spoken or exchanged emails, we’ll propose an itinerary to suit your needs. Once you are happy with the plan – which may take some back and forth discussion and itinerary changes, you complete and send us your booking form and a deposit. At that point we will make firm bookings for you.
Read more on Booking a Trip.
Naturally, we can offer tailor-made help to people with disabilities and special needs, both on holiday and in planning.
So call us and we can chat about your options and debate what might work for you.
If phoning is not convenient, use our Enquiry Form because this prompts you with various questions.