A Luxury Safari – why they are worth it.

Currently, luxury safari travellers have never had so much choice when booking safari holidays to Africa - both in what is on offer and most definitely in method of making the arrangements. Once upon a time the high street travel agency/tour operator was the only option but now any travel plans can be instigated on the internet from the comfort of your own home.

However, travellers booking holidays solely on the internet should only proceed with caution as this method can have its drawbacks - and this is where a specialist tour operator comes into its own. Proper research is a must for any traveller but this should be supplemented by expert knowledge and firsthand experience that a luxury safari tour operator will already have to hand. Getting to know the clients requirements and expectations creates a more seamless itinerary and therefore an improved safari vacation experience.

Having one dedicated point of contact for your safari, particularly for the sometimes complex arrangements involved in holidays to Africa, is also more efficient in respect of any changes to schedules or client requirements that may affect the whole itinerary and as such can be taken care of and smoothly rearranged. Many luxury safari lodges and camps do not sell directly to the public and therefore by using a tour operator you will gain access to the more exclusive safari lodges and camps for your trip.

A luxury safari vacation will provide comfortable, safe and secure accommodation in lodges or tented rooms that sit within a small intimate property. These properties offer excellent customer service with their high ratio of staff to guests and many operate on a fully inclusive board basis with all delicious meals, cooling drinks and laundry service included.

Often criticism is made that safari holidays involve fleets of “white buses” full of tourists out on game drives. Camps and lodges at the luxury safari end of the market will be situated in remote stunning locations and can offer their guests the very best game viewing activities in comfortable, small shared, or private, 4 x4 vehicles often with the added bonus of operating in an area where you would not encounter any other safari vehicles at all. The luxury safari companies operate within private reserves and pristine wilderness areas so that their experienced and professional guides have access to an abundance of time to fully engage with their passengers and provide the most exciting game viewing experiences they can.

Transportation on a luxury safari will include personal meet and greet services, private road transfers, light aircraft flights (both shared and privately chartered) to facilitate a range of game viewing habitats within a single itinerary and even elegant, sumptuous train journeys such as Rovos Rail or the Blue Train that will definitely enhance a South Africa safari.

For a once in a life time holiday to Africa, a honeymoon, a retirement present to yourself or just because you deserve it – the merits of a safari holiday are certainly weighted in favour of those at the luxury end of the market when all considerations are taken into account.