Scheduled Safaris follow a pre-determined itinerary, and often (although not always) depart on specific dates. The principle advantage of Scheduled Safaris is that they take advantage of economies of scale (in the case of small group safaris), or specially negotiated discounts (in the case of set itinerary safaris) to provide the best possible value. As such, Scheduled Safaris are often a good choice for the more budget-conscious traveler.
Small Group Safaris follow a pre-determined itinerary, depart on specific dates, and involve travel as part of a small group. The principle advantage of a Small Group Safari is that members of the group share certain fixed costs (e.g. transportation and/or a specialist guide), thereby decreasing the per person price of the trip. Although the itineraries themselves cannot be changed, it is always possible to add on destinations either before or after these safaris. The key features of our small group safaris are: they focus on the region's top gameviewing and wilderness areas using the prime locations, they make use of only the best guides, and group size is small (maximum groups size for almost all of our safaris is 8).
The Great Wilderness Journey - Botswana and Victoria Falls - 11 Days / Four
Cost (2013): $8,925 to $9,349 per person sharing
Migration Routes Safari- Botswana and Victoria Falls - 10 Days / Three
Cost (2013): $5,682 to $5,918 per person sharing
Wilderness Dawning Safari - Botswana and Victoria Falls - 10 or 14 Days / Three
Cost (2013): $2,580 to $3,580 per person sharing
The Great Namibian Journey - Namibia - 13 Days / Four
Cost (2013): $6,890 to $7,950 per person sharing
The Mana Canoe and Walking Trail - Zimbabwe - 4 days / Three
Cost (2013): $1,448 to $1,641 per person sharing
Robin Pope Mobile Walking Safari - Zambia - 9 or 11 Days /3 and 5
Cost (2013): $4,820 per person sharing
Set Itinerary Safaris follow a fixed itinerary, but do not involve travel with a group, and are not limited to specific departure dates - the only constraint on travel dates is availability at the camps/lodges. They are essentially custom safaris, except that the itinerary is pre-determined, based on special discounted rates that we are able to negotiate. It is typically possible to lengthen these itineraries by adding nights, but they cannot be shortened; destinations can also be added before and/or after the safari.
The Classic Kalahari Safari - Botswana and Victoria Falls - 11 days / Five
Cost (2012): $5,995 to $9,925 per person sharing
The Great Zam-Babwe Safari - Zambia and Zimbabwe - 11 days / Five
Cost (2012): $7,995 per person sharing
On Safari in Style - South Africa - 9 days / Six
Cost (2013): $6,995 to $7,540 per person sharing
Remarkable Namib Safari - Namibia - 7 days / Five and Six
Cost (2013): $6,390 to $8,060 per person sharing
Best of Namibia Wing Safari - Namibia - 7 days / Four and Five
Cost (2013): $5,250 to $6,595 per person sharing
Limpopo Sand Safari - Botswana and South Africa - 9 Days / Four and Five
Cost (2013): $5,150 per person sharing
The Kubu Island Safari - Botswana - 6 days / Three
Cost (2013): $7,000 per person sharing
In order not to confuse our ratings with those commonly used in the hotel industry, we have chosen the paw of a lion to reflect the quality status of each of our safaris, camps, and lodges. On each of our scheduled departure safaris, the paw symbol appears next to the name of the safari. This will allow you to determine the accommodation standard at a glance.
Six - These are the highest quality camps and lodges in our safari portfolio. They feature the ultimate in luxury, style, amenities, and service, and are consistently voted as being among the top properties in the world by international travel publications. Room size is in the region of 1,000 square feet (or larger), with a staff to guest ratio of two (or more) staff per guest. These properties are typically used in Custom Safaris, and examples include Mombo, Jao, Abu, Vumbura Plains, and Zarafa in Botswana, several luxury lodges in South Africa (e.g. the Singita lodges), and Little Ongava and Little Kulala in Namibia.
Five - These are luxurious and elegant permanent safari camps and lodges with all the necessary features for a very comfortable stay. At a minimum, the rooms are large (around 650 square feet) with full en-suite facilities (hot and cold running water, flush loos, showers, basins), closet space, ceiling fans, and real beds. The camps are stylish, often (though not always) raised off the ground on teak decking, and have swimming pools. Staff to guest ratio is roughly one staff member per guest. Most camps and lodges in our Property Portfolio fall within this category.
Four - Camps and lodges in this category are similar to 5 Paw properties with a few subtle differences. Rooms are not quite as big, furnishing are a little more basic with less attention paid to style and luxury. The camps are typically built at ground level and often don't have swimming pools. All rooms still have real beds and full en-suite facilities. These camps are, for the most part, used for our Small Group Safaris.
Three - These are camps used for some of our high quality cross-country camping safaris (Small Group). The camps are temporary, being moved every day (or every couple of days) along with the safari. A camp staff accompanies these "fully serviced" safaris (in addition to the professional guide) to deal with all camp chores - erecting and taking down tents, cooking, cleaning up, etc. Camp beds and bedding are provided. Tents range from smaller igloo shaped tents to walk-in Meru style tents. Bathroom facilities are comprised of a bucket shower and long drop or chemical loo - typically one bathroom facility shared between two tents (sometimes all tents share one bathroom facility). Examples include the Migration Routes Safari, the Mana Canoe Trail, Wilderness Dawning Safari, and Robin Pope Walking Safaris.Let us help you plan your dream safari. call toll-free: 888.227.8311 or today
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