Whether you’re planning your first or your fifth African safari, finding the one that’s right for you can be overwhelming. We’re here to help. We know the local guides and conservationists you want to meet, the most efficient and enjoyable routings, the just-opened lodges you’ll love (and which ones to skip despite the hype), and exactly where to go for exhilarating wildlife action.
In this four-part series we’re breaking down the most important factors to consider when choosing a safari outfitter or specialist. We want you to take your best trip yet, and aren’t afraid to be candid and opinionated to ensure it happens. So, why choose Absolute Travel to plan your safari?
LOCAL’S PERSPECTIVE & INSIDER ACCESS
Having an insider connection can make all the difference when it comes to travel, especially safari. It’s the difference between private game drives along uncharted tracts of land versus a paved circuit. Rather than snapping a photo and cruising past, you could be sipping sunrise coffee as your charismatic guide shares tales about growing up in the bush, being mesmerized by all the creatures around you.
We can be the insider connection you need. Our safaris are built on decades of firsthand experience, the in-depth knowledge of a team of experts (collectively they have many lifetimes’ worth of intel), and personal relationships with key players in the safari world.
We fell for Africa so hard we opened an office in Cape Town which is now headed by one of our Africa experts, Daniela Bonanno. Daniela’s not going to the Hamptons for the weekend, she’s exploring that sleek new lodge you just read about or doing a slow safari through the Laikipia Plateau by camelback. Her friends are the private guides, designers, and entrepreneurs behind the scenes, meaning your trip will be far from the cookie-cutter safari circuit you fear.
Instead of having an itinerary that checks off tourist stops, you’ll be heading to the Biscuit Mill—Cape Town’s answer to Brooklyn’s DUMBO—to meet local growers and sample small-batch treats. You’ll SUP along deserted wild beaches you can only find your way to by following a clued-in resident. And, you could collaborate with a designer in their studio or dine at the chef’s table of the buzziest new restaurant (expect impromptu offerings no one else has tried yet).
Our experts will thoughtfully design a private safari tailored to you based on local’s insights, exclusive access, and VIP treatment. Imagine tracking rare black rhino across Namibia’s otherworldly landscape, falling asleep under wide-open skies packed with stars, or soaring above a thunderous stampede. We can make it happen.
Meet a Safari Expert: Daniela Bonanno
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Based in Cape Town, Daniela is Absolute Travel’s eyes and ears on the ground in Africa. Having lived in New York City for 19 years and then at Singita in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve, she knows exactly what you want from a private safari and is always one step ahead of the rest when it comes to uncovering amazing safari experiences. She is also the go-to expert for family safari in Africa. With her husband and 7 year-old daughter, Vesper, she’s tested every kids club from South Africa to the Seychelles and will share her (and Vesper’s!) honest take on how to plan a family safari that will keep everyone happy.
Get in touch and let’s start planning your safari.
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