Customizing your safari - it is very easy to do - guidelines below
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When do you want to travel?
What do you want to see and where do you want to go? How long do you want to
spend in Africa and Budget are the most important factors in
planning a custom itinerary?
First select the time of year and how long you
wish to travel.
To help here are links for the best times for
BUDGET - the most
important factor in planning
Budget is the most
important factor in planning and there must be a clear
understanding of your budget between your BK Africa consultant and the person
planning a custom itinerary. It can be a very
time consuming process if the budget amount is not clearly defined
from the very beginning. The cost of a trip varies tremendously with
the type of hotels and camp accommodations you select. We will
plan the best possible vacation with the best properties and
itinerary for your budget amount. It makes no sense to try plan a
trip without the basic guideline that everyone is concerned about -
how much will this cost?. A basic guideline for a safari with nice
properties including Cape Town and one or two safari camps your cost
will be around $800 to $1000 per person per day. For the 5 star
properties the cost will be around $1000 to $1400 per person per day.
This includes all your transfers and internal flights. If you look
at the pre-planned itineraries section and read what is included in
the itineraries this will give you a good idea of your expected
cost. All custom plans must
start with a budget.
South African Safaris -
minimum of 3-days on safari - two different lodges for 5 - 6 days is
Safaris in South Africa feature luxury lodges with luxurious
accommodations with air conditioning and all the trimmings. Game
drives are exceptional particularly in the private reserves
bordering Kruger National Park. Big five are prevalent in South Africa the chances
are you will see them all. Leopard, Lion, Elephant, Rhino and
Botswana Safaris - minimum
of 3-days on safari - two different lodges for 5 - 6 days is best
Botswana safaris feature tented camps - usually without air
conditioning. The Okavango Delta is rich with wildlife and has
a unique topography - palm trees, canoe and boat rides. Elephants
with palm trees! Remember that tented camps have limitations. You
cannot use a hairdryer, for instance, even at Mombo.
I strongly suggest you spend some time in Cape
Town. This is a marvelous city with spectacular scenery. If you are
interested in the wine and enjoy staying in a country environment
among the vineyards Constantia offers wonderful
properties among the vineyards about 15 minutes from down town Cape
Town. Also a day trip or some time to the Wine Country area with the
quaint villages of Paarl and Stellenbosh, and wonderful vineyards
will be a wonderful experience. A day trip to Cape Point is a
wonderful way to see the Cape and the different areas of Cape Town.
Time spent on the coast around Hermanus is also a nice thing to do -
particularly in whale season- June to November.
Short overview of properties
in the Cape Town area. We all like different types of hotels. Pick
what suits your style. Spend a minimum of 3 - 4 days in the Cape
Big luxury hotels,
Table Bay and
Mount Nelson all the amenities you would expect
from a large luxury hotels. Table Bay has a great location and
Mount Nelson has spectacular grounds.
The Radisson Hotel
offers a good value and a wonderful location and is a
good place to stay for a main stream hotel.
Medium sized boutique hotels many consider the
finest in Cape Town
A smaller property high above the town in Bantry Bay with incredible
views is Ellerman House. Rooms range from huge to small as each room is
unique and different. Two luxury bed and breakfast property.
Bishops Court and
Constantia are luxury B&B's I would recommend for those who
enjoy bed and breakfast properties and want excellent value for
Constantia properties - gracious properties in
historic buildings in the vineyards offer a unique experience.
Steenberg Hotel and
The Wine Country area offers a wonderful retreat.
Vineyards, mountains, and quaint townships it has it all. There are many
outstanding properties here we recommend two.
is a small gem, very personal in an exceptional
private residential location with a lake complete with swans and
surrounded by a private vineyard. Winelands Hotel - Sante Wellness Center is a spa lovers
paradise, it must be seen to be believed. The hotel is new, gorgeous
very modern with luxurious large rooms and surrounded by vineyards.
Kruger National Park - Game
lodges in private Sabi Sand reserve bordering Kruger - all with air
The highest rated property are the
and Lebombo and Sweni. Truly amazing with huge villas. Fabulous area for the game drives. Right next door
A gem. Drives basically the same area as Singita and the is a very personal
and luxurious property.
Lion Sands Ivory Lodge is another fabulous
lodge that offer the incredible luxury and privacy. South Africa has luxurious properties with
Other areas in
South Africa for game parks - Thornybush, Timbavati and Kapana Game
reserves. All with air conditioned rooms.
Thornybush reserve has
Royal Malewane. A
personal extremely luxurious experience. The rooms and staff are
amazing, the land you drive is not as diverse as the game reserves
around Kruger but you do have some wonderful game drives with close
up encounters. Kings
Camp is also a very reasonably priced camp with
excellent leopard opportunities.
Camp Jabulani is a property where you
can ride elephants on safari.
Crag in Shamwari is in a Malaria Free area and if
this is important to you this is a wonderful property
Malaria free areas in
South Africa for game parks - Madikwe and Shamwari - All with air
Madikwe Game Reserve is on the
South African - Botswana border. There are two wonderful game lodges
The elevation of the area means
no malaria carrying mosquitoes.
Shamwari is an hour out of Port Elizabeth on the
garden route and is a private game reserve that features five
different camps. Shamwari is in a Malaria Free area and if
this is important to you this is a wonderful property.
Other areas of South Africa
South Africa has a lot more to offer than I
mention here. This is just the prime areas and properties that most
people visit in South Africa. Another very popular area is the
Plettenberg Hotel is located in this area and is wonderful, particularly
when the whales are right off the coast in July to October.
Botswana Safaris and
Properties - most Botswana properties do not feature air
I recommend the Okavango Delta area. This is
diverse, beautiful and wildlife abounds. Botswana is tented camps.
Ladies you cannot use a hair dryer. The most luxurious is
Mombo, incredible tents and
Khawai River Lodge,
and the other Orient Express camps of Savute Elephant Camp and Eagle
Island Camp are the
only ones with air conditioning.
Jao - very
zen like and peaceful.
Kanana are less luxurious but
have incredible game and birding and boating options.
Victoria Falls - 2-nights is
ample to see Victoria Falls
Most people want to visit
Victoria Falls while they are in Southern Africa. The falls are
spectacular. The falls are more spectacular on the Zambian
side after the rains in early in the year and more spectacular on
the Zimbabwe side later in the year. Right at the falls are two
Royal Livingstone is on the
Zambian side. A new large luxury hotel with all the amenities you
would expect. On the Zimbabwe side is
Victoria Falls Hotel.
Old and with a long history the grounds and main rooms are full of
character the guest rooms are acceptable but not luxurious.
Stanley and Livingstone is a
great property. Each room is a cottage with living room and bedroom.
Located on the hill above a private game reserve the location is
perfect. About 15 minutes from the Falls. Game drives and all meals
are an option. It can be booked bed and breakfast, full board (all
meals) or fully inclusive.
Then simply decide and let
us make it happen for you.
Call us if you want more
information or details. Once you select when and where you
wish to go we can make all the arrangements for transfers, flights,
tours and be sure that your trip to Africa is as perfect as
possible. We will get you pricing and then you can make a decision.
Remember the price drops if there are more than two people traveling
so four friends traveling at the same time can offer savings.
It is best for you to be sure that you have the itinerary as you
wish it to be before we price. ONLY ONE pricing will be done
complimentary then a $350 custom planning fee must be paid for any
changes. This is a one time $350 that will be applied to the deposit
for the safari. It takes a lot of time to check availability and
price safaris and tours. Please understand that we must charge this
custom additional pricing and service and if you book the $350 comes
back to you 100%.