Whether you experience the migration of East Africa’s Maasai Mara, the fabulous wildlife of the Serengeti, float down the lush waterways of the Okavango Delta in Botswana, trek for the gorillas in Rwanda or retrace the steps of Disney’s “The Lion King”, you can’t escape the magic of Africa.
On safari, you will see extraordinary wildlife against a dramatic backdrop of untamed beauty unlike anywhere else on earth. You will take a thousand pictures and remember the exact moment each one was taken. You will connect with cultures practicing traditions passed down for generations and gain a greater appreciation of this world and your place in it.
More importantly, imagine spending quality time recounting all the precious moments you experienced that day while sitting around the campfire at night.
Whether you want to be involved in the conservation of wildlife or community engagement Tully Luxury Travel can help you create your own legacy. Let us put together a trip of a lifetime for you.
This magnificent country offers the Okavango Delta, where the Moremi, Khwai, Linyanti, and Savuti camps are located. Most wildlife documentaries set in Southern Africa are filmed in Botswana, including BBC’s Planet Earth. On game drives, sightings of the “big five” are guaranteed.
Kenya is a beautiful country offering the Great Rift Valley, Mt Kenya and Mt Meru, lakes full of pink flamingos, Amboseli, and the Masai Mara.
South Africa is a country on the southernmost tip of the African continent, marked by several distinct ecosystems. Inland safari destination Kruger National Park covers vast shrublands populated by big game; the Western Cape encompasses lush Winelands around Stellenbosch and Paarl, wild beaches, craggy cliffs at the Cape of Good Hope, forest and lagoons along the Garden Route, and the city of Cape Town, beneath flat-topped Table Mountain.
Tanzania offers the Ngorongoro Crater and the Great Migration of wildebeests on the Serengeti. Lake Manyara has flamingos and tree climbing black-maned lions. Tarangire has heaps of elephants and lovely baobab trees. Other more remote parks in Tanzania include the Ruaha, the Selous, Katavi, and Mahalo for chimpanzees.
What are game drives?
A game drive is where the magic happens and your addiction to safaris will begin to take hold. Around every turn could be a pride of lions, a pack of wild dogs, a herd of elephants or a leopard in a tree. It’s where you’ll come face to face with wildlife you’ve only seen in documentaries and where you’ll make memories that will last a lifetime.
How do game drives work?
At each camp, you’re assigned a highly trained driver/guide and a safari vehicle, (and sometimes a tracker too) that you share with other guests—don’t worry, the vehicles give everyone a window seat with plenty of room for your camera equipment and binoculars. Or if you prefer, we can arrange for a private safari vehicle with your own private guide and driver, at an additional cost.
Most safari vehicles are 4×4 Land Rovers or Landcruisers that are either open (open-sided with no roof, or with a sunroof) or closed (with glass windows that slide open and a pop-up sunroof.) Closed vehicles are used for traversing rough terrain or highways and on long driving safaris. Open vehicles are generally used for game drives, though some camps in East Africa also used closed vehicles.
The wildlife is accustomed to seeing safari vehicles and are typically unaffected by your presence. As long as you stay within the vehicle and follow the instructions of your driver/guide you can safely view wildlife in very close proximity.
During your morning game drives, you’ll stop at a picturesque spot to stretch your legs and enjoy a hot beverage and snack. During your late afternoon game drives, you’ll stop just before sunset at another beautiful location to toast the magnificent African sunset with your favourite drink – a safari tradition known as the ‘Sundowner’.
Should I stay at multiple camps?
We recommend that you visit more than one camp so you can benefit from new locations and potentially different species of wildlife.
Is Wi-Fi available on safari?
Some camps don’t provide Wi-Fi, which is bliss for some and an annoyance to others. If access to the internet is important to you, let us know and we will suggest accommodations with that in mind, but be advised, the remoteness of some locations may cause intermittent or very slow connections. In case of an emergency, there is always a way for someone to reach you.
Are safaris safe?
Safety is a camp’s highest priority. The staff will explain the “dos and don’ts” as soon as you arrive. When it’s dark, you will always be escorted to and from your tent or room by a staff member.
What about single travellers?
If you like to travel solo, a safari is a fantastic opportunity to enjoy quality time on your own while meeting new people along the way. You’ll never feel alone because everyone shares the same love of nature and interest in wildlife, especially at night when camps invite guests to relax around a roaring bonfire to share stories about the day’s sightings.
Should I take my family on safari?
A family safari is a wonderful shared adventure with the potential to strengthen bonds and create lifelong memories. For some families, it’s also a chance to unplug from the digital world, learn about the environment and highlight the importance of wildlife conservation efforts.
Custom itineraries are planned for each family, taking into consideration the age of the children and any special interests or requests. Younger children might learn to track animals, capture and release butterflies and frogs; learn how to make a fire or traditional bows and arrows; cook with the chef; enjoy painting and beading; visit a local community; play traditional African games, stargazing, or listen to African storytelling.
Teens are challenged in different ways. They might, for example, play soccer with local teens, visit a classroom, learn about and participate in conservation efforts, learn how to throw a rungu (wooden club), learn to bead from the local women, go on guided bush walks, horseback rides, hikes and even mountain biking in some locations. They can also try their hand at archery and participate in evening astronomy presentations.
Can I go if I have mobility issues?
We work with exceptional tour operators in South Africa that specialize in accessible travel for persons with disabilities and mobility issues, the visual and hearing impaired or anyone undergoing dialysis treatment, and offer a wide variety of exciting options including safaris.
January to March: In the Southern Serengeti, the young are born to wildebeest, zebra, and antelope. There are many predators at this time.
April to May: Because of the long rains in April and May, most camps will close, but not all. The camps that stay open offer very inexpensive rates.
June through October: The migration starts mid-June in the Serengeti, crossing the Mara River into the Masai Mara in Kenya.
November to December: These months offer the short rains, but sometimes they do not arrive. This can be a wonderful and inexpensive time to travel, before the holidays with the least amount of people.
January through March: Good rainfall, green season, low pricing. It is a very productive time in the Kalahari desert, with herds of zebra, oryx, plains game, and predators.
April through June: The flood comes into the Delta from Angola. There are lower elephant populations at this time, but they’re still there.
April to May: This is the shoulder season and pricing can be reasonable; a great time to go.
July through October: The dry season, with the most travellers and highest pricing. With larger elephant concentrations in the Linyanti, July and August are in-demand.
November through January: Short rains start mid-November; the game viewing is fantastic.
Over the years I’ve come to know Mary Jean from Tully Luxury Travel through her African Dreams division but also personally. Mary Jean knows everyone. She knew my brother, my associates and conservation partners. As a result, I consider her part otravellersily, someone with shared values, a conservation ethic and interests. As a result, she is the perfect ‘connector’ between our camps and conservation efforts and people who she knows and are interested in travellingng and sharing these unique experiences in Africa with us. The kindred spirit means that travelers can feel comfortable with the Tully endorsement and we feel comfortable that the exceptions on both sides can be serviced and satisfied. Mary Jean seems to find and send us interesting guests and at Great Plains, we like to be the meeting place of interesting and talented people who can influence the world. Through African Dreams, we have also met people who are interested in supporting our rhino relocation effort in Botswana so a perfect match for guests, friends, fellow conservationists and influencers.
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