Planning a holiday in Africa; safari planning, seasons and cost.

The initial planning opener for the perfect African luxury safari is most likely to be within a fixed pre-determined time frame such as personal dates for example vacation dates from work, school holidays or perhaps to celebrate a special occasion such as a honeymoon or milestone birthday. Also pre-decided are those events which may be the very reason to search out holidays in Africa like the spectacular Migration in the Masai Mara or the Okavango Delta in flood. Those with an idea in mind of what they want to see or do on and African holiday may have to make some compromises in terms of travel dates or budget.

African holidays enjoy “spring weather” during October to December the complete opposite of the northern hemisphere. Detailed discussion is therefore necessary to determine the most ideal holidaying season for each interested traveller. Unfortunately more and more frequently, due to the advent of global warming, no absolute guarantees can be given that weather conditions will be present at the expected times and the traveller has to be prepared for the whims of nature during their planned African holiday. That said, for African holidays specialist guidance can bring about the best estimate in terms of weather and can help to manage expectations.

Luxury safari accommodation is as individual as the visitor but again, with experienced help and provision of the most up to date details the traveller can make an informed choice for their time in Africa, safari lodges, hotels and safari camps are plentiful and offer an array of style.

Whilst some may prefer the comforts of a luxury safari lodge for their safari vacation those more adventurous and who want feel even closer to the wild can opt for tented accommodation – although hardly a camping option as these luxury safari tents are equipped with en-suite bathrooms and private decks! Another unique option, for example, would be to sleep outside under the sparkling African night sky on the Kiboko or Koija Star Beds in Northern Laikipia, Kenya. How far you go is determined by your own adventurousness – you could go on a walking safari with mobile flycamping or a camel assisted walking safari accompanied by Samburu warriors in Kenya.

Those nervous in small boats would not be offered accommodation where transfer is required by small craft. Likewise, those with a dislike for flying would not enjoy a trip reliant on many light aircraft transfers. For a family safari you are likely to be best off with a safari lodge that caters specifically for families or a private mobile camp in the Serengeti shadowing the migration.

Once a decision is made as to when and where there comes the discussions around cost and there will always be many opportunities in terms of range and compromise, for example, a desire to safari in Botswana with a set of dates in the early part of the year, January to March, would see the weather being wetter which perhaps is not ideal, however, the costs of this season are lower and this may make the proposition more attractive.

Obviously the great migration in the Masai Mara is going to sit squarely in high season but if the driving force is to witness this amazing event first hand then consideration may have to be taken in terms of scaling down the type of luxury safari camp and perhaps limit the transfers involved in the whole trip. Each variant can have its positive side. In order to get your safari in Africa just right it is important to thoroughly discuss through with a safari operator who will apply their in depth knowledge of African holidays.