By its very nature, this can be a savage place, so I have a few tips to ensure your venture into the African wilds is a safe safari of the silver kind. Firstly, fly safe. We learned the hard way on a previous Africa trip that flights are often delayed or cancelled, every zip on your in-hold luggage must be locked, and that connecting flights into and throughout Africa are best taken with the same airline. With its impressive seat spacing, service and dependability, we were mighty pleased South African Airways SAA was the only airline flying both Africa legs of our journey — Perth to Johannesburg, then Jo'burg to Livingstone, where our Namibia and Botswana safari started and finished.
Eventually we figured a group tour was easier, cheaper and safer than going it alone.
We opted for Sunway Safaris as an experienced operator with a New Zealand-based representative — again, in case of problems — and its person maximum Southern Circle safari tour, which met our list of must-dos and seemed a comfortable size. A well-established safari company can keep costs down. The company has forged strong relationships with communities along the route, which was also important to us, and contributes to the locals by employing locals as guides and tour support staff. A small group maximises personal assistance from the tour guide.
When two tour companions arrived at Livingstone airport nearly two weeks before their luggage did I mention using the same airline? That was two weeks into the tour, by which time we knew our fellow passengers well. Having shared many hours in a safari truck, convivial meals and intense wildlife experiences, we looked out for each other. Two thirds of us fell into the silver traveller category, and at no point did age compromise our experience.
We coped well with the safari walks, climbing into the safari vehicles or mokoro canoes and scaling gigantic sand dunes, none of which were compulsory, anyway. At the Okavango Delta camp we embraced the challenges of a chemical toilet en suite and open-air shower, both proving the most welcome of the trip. However, the lions, hyena and elephants visiting camp at night did stretch some comfort zones, despite our African guides' assurances we were safe inside our tents.
Turns out we were, and we came to trust the local guides implicitly. They knew the places and animals, so when they told us not to move as elephants approached, we didn't, and when they said to walk in single file at a steady pace as lions were about, we did.
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One handy tip I learned for myself was to stay between more courageous souls in these situations, which definitely felt safer although not as exciting. Exciting did describe some of our accommodation. At my age, the quality of nightly rest is a major factor in tour choice, so my favourite surprised me. Overlooking Namibia's Okavango River and consisting of roll-up bamboo walls and an outdoor bathroom, I eventually managed to settle to sleep here while plus elephants socialised on the opposite river bank.
Our accommodation exceeded expectations, as did the food. This experience, combined with our professional attitude, has resulted in Africa Travel Co. These partners support and recommend us knowing that we offer a quality product and unbeatable service in everything we do. Find out more about us! It is important to choose a company that is based in the countries you plan to travel through. We are also a registered company in five of the ten counties we travel through. We employ local people as crew on the road and to operate our regional offices; thus contributing to the local economy of the countries we operate in.
Travelling with knowledgeable African crew also provides our clients with a true insight into the African culture and environment. With three operational bases in Africa, we are the only overland company to offer such a comprehensive support system. South Africa, Cape Town: This is our main reservations office and offers a full booking and information service to our clients and agents.
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