Classic safaris are the most traditional type of safari offering an authentic wildlife experience in Africa’s famous game parks and reserves. From comfortable safari camps in the heart of the wilderness, you will explore by 4WD vehicle with your guide, looking out for lion, wildebeest, zebra, giraffe or leopard.
Our experienced consultants are experts at designing classic safaris to suit your style, with hand-picked, well-positioned safari accommodation, plenty of game viewing activities and knowledgeable guides.
Accommodation on a Classic Safari can vary from a permanent lodge to a semi-permanent camp which moves with the seasons or with game migrations. Guests usually stay in a large, tented or thatched suite elevated on a timber plinth, with private ensuite bathroom containing modern western-style facilities or a bucket (hot water) shower and bush toilet. Suites are typically furnished with comfortable chairs, tables and a proper bed, and commonly have a viewing deck overlooking the wild surroundings. Classic Safari camps generally comprise of 10-20 guest tents, with a central dining, bar and lounge area for convivial, often buffet-style meals where guests can swap stories about their safari adventures.
Expect morning and afternoon game drives led by expert guides, whilst some camps on private concessions may also offer guided walks or night drives. Many classic safaris also feature properties with a library, swimming pool and possibly even a gym to keep guests occupied on warm afternoons.
Transportation between the different camps or lodges is by road, scheduled flight, charter flight or a combination of all three – this often depends on the region. Flights are generally more comfortable, provide a birds’ eye view of the landscape and minimise travel times. By contrast, driving is cheaper as well as a good way to see the country up close and meet the locals.
Africa has many gorgeous luxury lodges, even in some of the remotest areas.
In fact, most are set in private concessions accessed by no one other than camp guests so you have the teeming wilderness all to yourself.
Luxury Safari camps are permanently sited, and brilliantly designed to provide every conceivable comfort while maximising your experience of the pristine African location. Inside, there is sometimes little difference between a Luxury Safari tented suite and a glamorous hotel room. Both are large, boast a proper bed, furniture and modern ensuite bathroom often containing a freestanding tub. However, a luxurious tented suite is designed to immerse its occupants in the African bush, with features such as curtained, glass-less “windows”, a furnished sundeck or an outdoor shower. To ensure a really intimate, exclusive experience, there are usually no more than 10 tents in total.
Gourmet meals are served in a central dining room, a tented dining area or al fresco. Enjoy sumptuous breakfasts, tempting morning teas out on game drives, fabulous high teas before the evening drive and wonderful candlelit dinners. If it’s a special occasion, a romantic dinner for two can be arranged in your suite, down by the river or on a private island. What you pay for in a Luxury Safari Camp is not just attentive service and exclusivity, but proximity to the region’s best game-viewing areas.
Fly or drive between camps and lodges. You could also mix up your modes of travel. Our travel agents are experts at creating itineraries that maximise the time spent at each destination you visit.
Africa is a fantastic destination for families, with many lodges and camps throughout the continent welcoming children of all ages.
The continent’s wildlife areas are filled with amazing wonders such as storybook animals including giraffe, lion and elephant, as well as fascinating people and vibrant cultures. Of course, there’s also the excitement and freedom of being out in the wilderness most of the time.
Many lodges and camps offer programs that engage kids, such as guided walks, cultural village visits and sometimes hands-on junior ranger programs. Some have swimming pools or plunge pools to while away the hot afternoon hours. The right kind of accommodation is important for everybody’s enjoyment, so we handpick properties that have family rooms, inter-connecting rooms or exclusive-use villas. One of the best African experiences for children is private mobile camping, where kids can experience the thrill of sleeping under canvas in the African bush. With a seasoned camp crew to see to your comfort throughout the adventure, you can spend all your time searching for captivating local wildlife.
Malaria can be a consideration when travelling with children; the dry season is lower risk for this disease, while there are entirely malaria-free reserves, mainly in South Africa.
Enjoy the flexibility of flying and/or driving between properties – both modes of transport have their advantages. Mixing it up throughout the safari should keep the kids entertained!