Whether you experience the migration of wildlife through East Africa’s Maasai Mara, the fabulous wildlife of the Serengeti, float down the lush waterways of the Okavango Delta in Botswana, Trek Gorilla’s 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 a campfire, under an African night sky.
Whether you want to be involved in the conservation of wildlife or engage with a local community, 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; many species give birth during this time; wildebeest, zebra and antelope. The calving season attracts many predators, making for a dramatic predator – prey action.
April to May: Typically the time of the long rains, many camps along riverbeds will close for the season. Many camps remain open, and have great offers during this green, lush season
June through October: The annual migration of more than 1.5 million animals starts to head north through the Serengeti, crossing the Mara River into the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. The temperatures are the coolest of the year, with sunny days, and crisp early mornings and evenings.
November to December : The beginning of summer months, the temperature warms up, and there are short rains. This “shoulder” season can be a wonderful time to travel with fewer crowds, and many camps offer promotions during this time
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 professionally, but also personally. Mary Jean knows everyone. She knew my brother, my associates and conservation partners. As a result, I consider her part of the family, 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 is interested in travelling and sharing these unique experiences in Africa with us. The kindred spirit means that travellers can feel comfortable with the Tully endorsement and we feel comfortable that the expectations 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 Tully Luxury Travel, 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.
Mary Jean has had a long-standing relationship with AndBeyond, stretching back to 2010. She is an astute businesswoman on the cutting edge of luxury travel, a passionate philanthropist, a deeply caring conservationist and named as one of the most Powerful Woman in Travel by Conde Nast. We at AndBeyond are proud to do business with her and her company. AndBeyond has collaborated extensively with Mary Jean to ensure her clients receive only the best experiential travel experiences. She absolutely knows what she wants and her attention to detail and care are taken with every client is phenomenal and inspiring. But she is so much more than just a great travel professional and entrepreneur. She is a vocal and passionate activist for wildlife conservation. She puts her money where her mouth is and works tirelessly for the protection of the Rhinos, Elephants and Big Cats of Africa. She has given us tremendous support for our own project called Rhinos Without Borders (in partnership with Great Plains Conservation) and for that alone we are very grateful. We cannot recommend Mary Jean or Tully Luxury Travel highly enough.
Mary Jean’s unwavering commitment and contribution to conservation in Africa both personally and through her company is rare and admirable. The team at Tully Luxury Travel is renowned for creating experiences for guests that reflect Mary Jean’s true passion and extensive knowledge of the continent. Mary Jean and her wonderful team are a trusted and valued partner of Singita whom we have no hesitation in highly recommending.
The first time I met Mary Jean ( I call her MJ) we were at a camp in Botswana and we had had a huge discussion about which well-known Sabi Sands property could compete with the legend of the Okavango Delta.
Since then we have continued to discuss what the best of Africa entails. Through these conversations, I have learnt to appreciate her perspective- one that is truly fueled by a passion for adventure, conservation of wildlife, the communities and for Africa in general.
These days MJ is one of the most widely travelled people I know in both East and South Africa. She travels the continent at least 3 times a year possibly even more. She understands intuitively her guest’s needs and I always appreciate her advice and caring feedback.
Mary Jean’s grip of what truly makes an ethically sound safari is as fast as a cheetah in her thought process. Her deep passion for the Wildlife and her love for this continent is unrivalled in my opinion. She runs a solid Travel Business, based on integrity and first-hand experience. Her clients are in the best of hands with not only her but also with her well-trained staff. She sees to it that they all travel often to Africa and have a passion as she does.
MJ is a loyal friend and strong business partner on this journey to protect what belongs to our children and the generations to come. I admire her passion and determination and so does everyone else in our industry.
I first met Mary Jean Tully at a Virtuoso Symposium in Barcelona, where she was, quite clearly, a dominant force in Luxury Cruise vacations. It was there, that we convinced her that her guests would be a perfect match for our safari offerings in Southern Africa.
From her first moments at Vumbura Camp in Botswana, followed by a visit to Mombo Camp in the Okavango Delta, Mary Jean, and her husband, Brad, fell in love with Africa. During the past ten years, she and Brad have visited Africa at least twice a year, and have become true Africa addicts! Not only as visitors, but also as contributors to a variety of Wildlife re-introduction programs and child welfare projects.
Over the years, Mary Jean and her staff have built up a knowledgeable base of the “Where to Go” destinations that make up an awesome Safari experience throughout Africa! Wilderness Safaris, and I, would recommend Tully Luxury Travel without hesitation, to assist you in planning your dream vacation in Africa. Her attention to detail and personal experience of the product is only rivalled by her enthusiasm and love of this wonderful destination called ‘Africa’.
Our best wishes and confidence in your success in the future with “African Dreams.
It has always been a great pleasure dealing with Tully Luxury Travel – a company with an excellent vision that is passionate about Africa and passionate about using revenue from tourism to help uplift local communities and conserve our continent’s precious wildlife.
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