The food that you eat on holiday can be the highlight of a trip, the presentation of the dishes worthy of a hundred photos, and the tastes of the different ingredients a happy memory long after you have returned home. But, when you are heading out into the African wilderness, far from human civilisation, supermarkets and restaurants with Michelin-starred chefs, what can you expect?
A safari is one of the most rewarding holidays for families. It is the chance to spend quality time together, to share unique experiences. The giraffe is one of Africa’s most spectacular mammals. Shy in nature, you may first glimpse just a head above the tree line – their stature makes it impossible to hide – as they watch you respectfully approach.
To celebrate World Giraffe Day, we have collated some fascinating giraffe facts along with the best places in Africa to see them up close.
We have been creating unforgettable safaris for over 30 years. Your happiness and safety are at the heart of what we do. So, if the unexpected happens and you need to change your travel plans, we will always be flexible.
In that respect, our ‘Book with Confidence’ promise is simply setting out in print that which we have always done in practice.
There are places that delight the soul. They make you want to stand tall, spread your arms wide, breathe deep and shout for joy. Tanzania has an abundance of such places. You feel that gigantic geological forces are still at work everywhere you turn. A landscape torn apart to form a rift valley sprinkled with lakes. Volcanoes thrown up, some conical, others which exploded long ago.
As lockdown restrictions are eased throughout Europe and the USA, many people are asking when they will be able to take that long-awaited safari holiday to Africa. We are in continual contact with clients who have already booked safaris to travel later in 2020, and with others who are wondering whether it is wise to plan a holiday to Africa for this winter. At time of writing in mid-May, here is our advice:
A safari in the wilds of Africa allows you space to pause and wonder – to gaze and reflect. Epic landscapes, the balanced beauty of creation, the absence of hurry. You would imagine that the day’s adventures end with the setting sun. But as one star disappears and the heavens turn indigo to black, millions more appear, filling the unpolluted skies. We’ve chosen a few of our favourite spots for safari stargazing.
Each African country offers its own unique safari experience. In Namibia it’s the spectacular deserts, in Zambia it’s the great rivers. In South Africa the essence is seeing an amazing variety of wildlife in ultimate comfort. It’s as though architects and entrepreneurs have decided to prove that being in the wilds is no obstacle to providing the best food, the most spectacular interiors, the most attentive service and outdoor decks and pools which have you suspended above the wildest of worlds. What better way to see the Big Five!
As we navigate this pandemic we’re all realising afresh the value of expertise. The same will be true when you get round to planning that oh-so-eagerly awaited next holiday!
Africa Exclusive started 30 years ago and when it comes to Africa, we’ve been there and done it! More than that though, we care about Africa – and we care about you. We care that, when the planning and creative process is done, you will embark on a safari that is absolutely perfect for you.
For the traveller, Zambia is defined by her great rivers. Greatest of all - the Zambezi - metamorphoses between a tranquil expanse, cascading falls and haunting lakes on its journey to the ocean, all the while an artery of life to countless animals. In contrast, the Luangwa wends lazily past great elephant herds, lion and giraffe in looping twists and turns.
From April to November, you can disappear into a sequence of delightfully unpretentious camps and lodges, each in a handpicked patch of paradise. Walk, ride, canoe, fly or cycle in privacy on an expertly guided safari of a lifetime.
A safari is a family holiday that your children will cherish forever. Over the last 30 years we have received hundreds of questions from both parents and children alike. We have answered some of the most frequently asked below.
We have been exploring Africa’s wild places for 30 years, yet we still find ourselves gazing in wonder at every opportunity to get up close to our planet’s awesome creatures. That many of them are endangered makes the privilege that much greater and when it comes to an exceptional wildlife safari, conservation is intrinsically connected.