When it comes to African safaris, what separates a good safari from an unforgettable one? One of the biggest deciding factors is working with an expert whose opinion you trust as much as a close friend; someone who understands you and will make informed recommendations that are meaningful to you.
The tricky truth is many safari outfitters’ advice is swayed by factors like lodge alliances and default routing. We’re structured differently. We don’t own lodges and don’t have quotas to fill. This means the experiences we recommend are ones we’ve handpicked because they are unmissable. This affects every part of your safari. Read on to find out why.
We’ll tell it to you straight: unbiased recommendations are hard to come by when it comes to safari outfitters because so many luxury safari companies own lodges. This can interfere with your best interests and lead to safari specialists making suggestions which prioritize filling their rooms over creating your ideal trip. We don’t operate this way. You’re our priority. Our recommendations are driven by the genuine belief the safari we create for you is the right fit based on your needs, preferences, and what will bring you joy.
Another plus? Because we don’t own lodges, our luxury safari planning advice isn’t limited or influenced by factors that shouldn’t be part of the equation. We’re unrestricted when it comes to options for you. We have expertise in all aspects of safaris, including safari lodges (from ultra-luxury lodges to bespoke fly camps), safari activities (from helicopter safaris to walking safaris), types of travelers (from multi-generational family safaris to honeymooners), and destinations (from the southernmost tip of Africa to the farthest reaches of eastern Africa). We have the deep knowledge you’re seeking to help you understand nuanced differences and make informed decisions. We’re an open book. We know how Sudan is different than Ethiopia and why you may enjoy one more than the other. We know the difference between a safari in Kenya versus Tanzania, and whether it’s worth it to go to for the migration. We can sense when a client has been recommended uninspired circuits but is actually seeking something unique like walking with elephants, mokoro rides, or even rhino tagging for conservation.
In a nutshell: We’re not limited by alliances to certain hotels, regions, activities, or experiences. Instead, our experts will help you plan your ideal safari by offering honest opinions based on real experience, including ideas you may not have considered yet.
We’ll ask questions to help unspool what safari is calling to you. Your perfect safari may be a rugged adventure that includes trekking volcanoes and scrambling beneath brush as you follow the scent trail of silverbacks in Rwanda. Or maybe you’re chasing a quintessential luxury safari. We’ll create the classic experience for you and offer twists along the way. We know a family-run lodge hidden in an oasis of Tanzania’s salt pans. This is where the term “slow safari” was coined and where you can find bespoke safari-inspired pieces created from the owner’s personal collection of Italian linen. We know where you can sit and wait for friendly lemurs to crawl over you, where to see newborn critters at different times of the year, and where to sleep under the stars in Botswana. We can create a safari for you that begins in Zambia walking with roaming herds along the banks of the South Luangwa, and ends with snorkeling through schools of cichlids on Lake Malawi.
Bottom line: you won’t find these creative pairings, range of accommodations, or flexibility on a set itinerary. Our honesty and candor translates into an unforgettable safari that’s meaningful to you.
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