Planning a Safari

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Planning a Safari

The first question is where would you like to go? Remember Africa is a large continent. There are 54 countries in Africa, nine of which are renowned for world-class safaris: South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Uganda and Rwanda. Do you dream of setting foot on the infinite plains of the world-famous Serengeti or Masai Mara? Are you keen to climb the ancient sand dunes of the Namib Desert or would you prefer a land and (seasonal) water-based safari in Botswana’s Okavango Delta? Each country offers its own unique charms and wildlife encounters, so start dreaming of exactly what your ultimate safari should entail. Secondly, how long do you want to be away? In our experience the average safari lasts about fourteen days, but that is flexible. Remember to factor in travel time and time/date changes from your home origin when looking at trip dates. The third question is how much are you going to budget for the trip, and what level of accommodation will you expect? We focus on luxury, comfort, service, and quality of game viewing, so our prices are going to reflect these. The fourth question is what are the interests of everyone in your travel party? Is game viewing going to be the focus? Are other experiences such as the wine tasting region, the beaches of the Cape, or other countries on your wish list? You can do it all, just let us know!

Planning a Safari
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Itineraries and Countries

Africa offers so much to see and do, and each country offers unique safari opportunities and varied experiences. Your safari will be individually planned and customized to meet your expectations and desires. Our expert staff can guide you through the process and offer suggestions based on knowledge and personal experiences. First time visitors tend to focus on South Africa since it offers everything from great game viewing to the charm and picturesque beauty of Cape Town and the coast, as well as the wine region. However, other countries offer their own unique character and intrigue. Adding on visits to other African countries during your trip may be of interest, or they may become future safari destinations.

Itineraries and Countries
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When to Go

Keep in mind the seasons are reversed from North America. When it's hot at home during our Summer, it's mild in the southern African region. Temperatures and average rainfall vary by country and region within Africa. While you certainly can go anytime, our favorite time for travel is from February through October, due to comfortable temperatures and typically lower rainfall.

When to Go
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Selecting Camps, Lodges and Hotels

We offer varied lodging choices... traditional hotels, lodges, and tented camps. All offer great accommodations, gracious hospitality, wonderful cuisine, and unequaled game viewing. You can stay in one place or vary your experience by staying in multiple types of accommodations in different areas. Our staff can guide you through the choices by region, preference of type of accommodation, and budget.

Selecting Camps, Lodges and Hotels
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Getting There

South African Airways provides the only non-stop service to Johannesburg from Washington Dullus and direct service from New York's JFK. Delta also offers direct service to Johannesburg from Atlanta. We are a contracted wholesale agent for South African Airways, which allows us to provide you with inexpensive transatlantic airfares. We also have low-cost add-on fares from most US cities. For travelers headed to East Africa, Emirates offers high class service as well.

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Entry Requirements

Every traveler needs a valid passport. Please plan in advance if you need a first time passport or a renewal. If you are traveling to South Africa you must have at least two blank pages in a US passport, and at least 30 days validity left on the passport. Other countries may have very different passport requirements, and we will advise you on these when you book with us.

Visas are required for US travelers to Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. We will advise you on whether these must be obtained ahead of time in the US or at port of entry, depending on your itinerary.

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Health Requirements

Yellow fever certificates are required if your journey starts from or passes through a country where yellow fever is prevalent. These countries include Kenya and Tanzania. A vaccine is easily available from a travel clinic in your hometown prior to your trip.

Not all regions of Africa are affected by malaria. If you are traveling to a malaria risk area, however, your doctor or travel clinic can prescribe anti-malarial medications and prevention tips.

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Travel Within Africa

Once in Africa, it is not difficult to travel domestically within a country or between countries. You will likely have to take a domestic flight from your hub city to the bush for safari. Modern planes are used for many destinations from the Johannesburg or Cape Town hubs, but turbo prop planes service smaller destinations. In some areas, especially Botswana, single and twin-engine charter planes are frequently used. Planning is important, because there may not be daily departures between some of your chosen destinations. Let us assist you with your additional air travel ahead of time and you'll be all set to easily navigate your flights once you arrive.

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Currency

While each country has their own currency, dollars will work in most of Africa, or are easily exchanged for local currency in major areas. Major credit cards are typically accepted at any major lodge, hotel or restaurant. You may wish to have some local currency if you are visiting smaller villages or markets.

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Packing

We can assist you with your packing needs based on our own experiences, the time of year you will be traveling, your destination and itinerary. For example, some smaller domestic bush planes have weight restrictions for luggage. We want to make sure you are well prepared and comfortable during your travels.

Packing

Client Testimonials

"Awesome! Awesome!! Awesome!!!"
Peggy Clinkscales, Atlanta GA
"Thank you for a superb job of planning and organizing as everything went smoothly. The country of South Africa so captivated me that my husband and I are already planning a return trip next summer. The only thing to rival the bush and animals was the food. The experience of South Africa is like no other and its effect is difficult to express. I can only encourage others to make the venture."
Laurel J. Snelling, Physician Assistant Associates PLLC.
"Our honeymoon was definitely the trip of a lifetime and one we will never forget. Thanks so much for making it perfect."
Cindy Chupack, Producer Sex and the City
"Thanks to the knowledge and professional staff of High Adventure Safaris our dream of a photo safari in Kruger National Park became a reality. From the moment we landed in Cape Town to our departure from Johannesburg, every detail of the agenda exceeded our expectations. The whole trip was an incredible experience from the five star safari lodges, delicious food, excellent service and above all the life changing experience of viewing first hand the magic of the animal kingdom."
James E. Bassett III, President Keeneland Association Inc.
"Our family had a fantastic time in Africa, it will be a tough trip to beat. Thanks again for a wonderful vacation!"
Captain Erin Settles, Delta Airlines

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