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Botswana Safaris
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Your Way

Personal African Safari Planning

Personal African Safari Planning

Planning a private African safari can be overwhelming – but you don’t have to do it alone!
Get help from a passionate African safari expert.

Planning a private African safari can be overwhelming – but you don’t have to do it alone!
Get help from a passionate African safari expert.

A trip like no other.

Plan and book your tailor-made private Southern Africa safari tour with help from a specialist safari travel agent.

A trip like no other.

Plan and book your tailor-made private Botswana safari tour with help from a specialist safari travel agent.

A trip to Africa has much to offer to all, from solo travelers, to honeymooners, to families with children, to seniors.

Every traveler has different needs in terms of the level of luxury they want from their safari lodges and resorts, how active they wish to be, and how much they want to be guided versus how independent or flexible they want to be.

Then there are the destinations. Some go to Africa purely for wildlife safaris, but even those have variety depending on what sort of wildlife a traveler wants to see, which means different game reserves may suit different people.

Many want to experience not just an African safari, but also the people, culture, food, wine, beaches and cities – even African penguins!.

With such diversity, considering some key factors will help you choose which unforgettable destinations you want to visit on your journey, including how realistic or enjoyable it might be to fit a certain selection of vacation spots or tourist activities into any one trip to Africa.

Each possible private African tour package offers a unique variety of activities, sights and accommodation options. We want to find what works best for you.

Explore Africa

We send our travelers to places we’ve been and recommend ourselves. For reasons of safety and tourism infrastructure, we plan tours of East Africa and Southern Africa, as well as African islands and beaches like Cape Town, Mozambique or Diani Beach, or the Indian Ocean islands of Zanzibar, Seychelles and Mauritius.

Safari Planning Factors to Consider

What would make your absolute best African safari package? Here are some of the things New African Safaris looks at when helping you put together your private tour.

Destinations
Destinations

Are you wanting to spend all your time in one place or visit multiple destinations?

The number and geographical distance of your destinations will influence how much time is spent in each spot and the travel routes.

Whether you’re looking for some sun and serenity or adventure, we can create an itinerary to suit your pace.

Budget
Budget

What is your travel budget per person or in total, and what level of exclusivity do you want? Different countries are more expensive than others. Southern Africa is often cheaper than East Africa, for example.

Basic but comfortable
A little luxury
Ultimate luxury

Traveller Type
Traveller Type

What kind of traveller are you?

Couple; Family; Group of friends; Seniors; Solo traveller

You may be looking for the most picturesque sites and luxurious accommodation for you and your partner, or you may be looking for plenty of activities and adventure with friends. Depending on the type of traveller you are, specific destinations will be better suited to catering to your needs.

The Occasion
The Occasion

Is your trip for a special event or occasion?

Honeymoon
Anniversary
Birthday
Family vacation
Reunion

This may influence the kind of accommodation and travel arrangements needed to suit small or large groups. Some destinations are well-known for intimate chalets while other resorts may be able to offer larger suites or tents.

Range
Range

Do you want the highlights or a hidden gem lying off-the-beaten track? Perhaps a mixture of both?

Time of Year
Time of Year

Is there a specific time of year you wish to travel?

Season
Month
Migration period

Certain times of year are very popular and need to be booked in advance. There are also specific times of year when it may not be suitable to travel, for example, because of heavy rains. In other cases, you may get deals in low seasons.

Wildlife
Wildlife

What type of animals would you like to see?

Big 5
Endangered species
Big cats
Difficult-to-spot wildlife
Birds
Mega herds
Sea creatures

We’ll be able to recommend the best areas to visit for close encounters with Africa’s wildlife.

Activities
Activities

What interests you?

Cultural experiences
Hiking and trekking
Diving and snorkeling
Canoeing
Hot air balloon ride
Spa treatments
Abseiling and bungee jumping

Transport
Transport

How do you want to get about?

Private planes
Boats
Luxury trains
Self-drive

As well as influencing costs, transportation also affects logistics so knowing how you’d like to travel is important as not all countries have the same options.

Destinations
Destinations
Budget
Budget
Traveller Type
Traveller Type
The Occasion
The Occasion
Range
Range
Time of Year
Time of Year
Wildlife
Wildlife
Activities
Activities
Transport
Transport
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Meet your Africa travel expert

Pierre Burden - New African Safaris

Pierre Burden, Founder of New African Safaris

Pierre is a specialist Africa travel agent with over 20 years experience. His deep love of Africa has taken him on more than 60 African tours.

He has visited diverse destinations, camped, stayed in luxury lodges, and participated in a range of activities across Africa.

Get the best tour for your budget and unique requirements, with New African Safaris’ personal safari planning services for safari tours, by Pierre.

Custom travel itineraries can include Southern AfricaEast Africa, and African beach destinations that can be combined with a safari.

General Africa Travel Advice

What is the best time to visit Africa?
The best time to go to Africa depends on the type of wildlife you want to see on safari, the tourist attractions you want to visit and the activities you’d like to enjoy.

For instance, if you want to follow the wildebeest migration on safari in either Tanzania or Kenya, May to October are popular, but you can actually witness it in different places at different times of year. The mass zebra migration in Botswana actually happens twice, once during the rainy season that is less popular with tourists, meaning you’d likely get better rates.

If you are looking to combine your African safari tour with a beach vacation, the winter in Southern Africa coincides with the northern hemisphere’s summer and often has the best game viewing, but you might want to visit an African country closer to the equator for your beach holiday for warmer temperatures.

Peak seasons for safari tend to be popular due to concentrations of game and ease of viewing due to vegetation density, but if you travel in off-peak or shoulder season you’ll pay less, and this is often a better time for birds on safari, and you will get to see the baby animals born in spring.

What are the best places to visit in Africa?
Wondering where to go in Africa? East Africa and Southern Africa are the most popular vacation spots in Africa due to their developed travel industries, safety and infrastructure. The best African countries to visit in these regions are Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Mozambique.

The Indian Ocean islands of Mauritius, the Seychelles and Zanzibar are also popular choices as they make it easy to combine a beach holiday with an African safari tour.

Less popular but potentially more affordable spots worth visiting are Malawi and Zimbabwe.

The most popular tourist attractions in Africa are the game reserves, with the most popular being Kruger National Park in South Africa, the Masai Mara National Park in Kenya, the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, Chobe National Park in Botswana, Kafue National Park in Zambia and Etosha National Park in Namibia.

Each of these countries also offer many more national parks worth visiting that might offer a more exclusive private African safari experience.

One of the most popular tourist routes is the iconic triangle of Cape Town, Kruger National Park and Victoria Falls, which you can visit from either the Zimbabwe or Zambia sides.

Cape Town in South Africa offers indulgent experiences for food and wine lovers, with excellent restaurants and wine tours. It is even possible to view whales at certain times of year, and come face to face with adorable penguins at Boulders Beach not far from Cape Town.

The Okavango Delta in Botswana provides opportunities for viewing African animals on safari from a mokoro – an African canoe.

Another popular African tourist destination is Mount Kilimanjaro which attracts droves of active travelers, although those wanting a more pristine mountain experience might prefer the less crowded slopes of Mount Kenya.

Is it safe to travel in Africa?
Yes, it is safe to travel. As with anywhere else in the world, there are certain precautions to follow. This includes avoiding isolated areas especially at night, observing water safety and resort/guide rules. While there are some Africa countries which are less safe, we send our travellers to safe destinations in East and Southern Africa only.
What kind of animals can I see in Africa?
Depending on the country and region, travellers will be able to view different types of wildlife including zebra, wildebeest, cheetah, wild dogs, hippo, giraffe, dolphins, whales, crocodiles, birds and buck.

Africa is well-known for the Big 5 – lions, leopards, rhino, elephants and buffalo.

Is Africa a family-friendly destination?
Yes, there are plenty of activities, attractions and accommodation for children and families. Some resorts/camps and activities may have a minimum age restriction ranging from 4 to 12 years.
What passport or visas are required for travel to Africa?
Depending on where you are travelling from, your nationality and how long your stay is, your passport and visa requirements may vary.
What health precautions should I take for travel in Africa?
It’s important to check with your medical practitioner before travelling. You may require medications, boosters or vaccines for the following: Malaria, yellow fever, typhoid, cholera and diphtheria.
What should I pack for my trip to Africa?
Pack neutral coloured clothing (white, beige, green) if you are going on safari to avoid being easily sighted by wild animals. Avoid wearing camouflage or dark colours as these absorb more heat.

It’s important to protect your eyes and skin from UV rays. Consider packing sunglasses, hats and sunscreen especially for island and beach travels.

If you are travelling during colder months especially in Cape Town, consider packing jackets, long pants and long tops.

Why travel with New African Safaris?

Kenya walking safari with a guide
Zanzibar shoreline
African safari guide examining footprint
African photographic safari
24/7 Support
24/7 Support

We don't just plan your African safari vacation. We are always a call or instant message away, so that you feel safe and supported while you're on a trip of a lifetime.

We don't just plan your African safari vacation. We're there for you throughout your journey so that you feel safe and supported while you're on a trip of a lifetime. We are always a call or instant message away.

Tailored Itinerary
Tailored Itinerary

Your travel style is unique! We tailor-make each trip to fit each client's desires, needs and budget. We want our travelers to experience Africa like no one else.

First-Hand Expertise
First-Hand Expertise

We don't just travel to Africa, we live here! Our clients get the best recommendations based on first-hand knowledge of safari lodges, beach resorts and African hotels we've actually visited, and tour operators we trust. We're also the first to hear about deals.

Personal Service
Personal Service

A personal understanding and connection with clients is how we create their perfect holiday combination of African beaches, safaris and cities. We take care of the full travel experience.

We strive to develop a personal understanding and connection with clients so we can create their perfect holiday combination of African beaches, safaris and cities. We take care of the full travel experience and make sure that every detail is perfect.

It's Free!
It's Free!

Our incentives come from our safari lodge, beach resort and city hotel partners and not our travel guests. You get your own travel concierge for free!

Our planning service doesn't cost you a cent as our incentives come from our safari lodge, beach resort and city hotel partners and not our travel guests. You get your own travel concierge for free!

All-Inclusive Packages
All-Inclusive Packages

We offer financial peace of mind by offering you an all-inclusive safari package price and informing you of any extras you may want to budget for. Our clients don't have to worry about regional and domestic flights, transfers, accommodation or other transport.

24/7 Support
24/7 Support
Tailored Itinerary
Tailored Itinerary
First-Hand Expertise
First-Hand Expertise
Personal Service
Personal Service
It's Free!
It's Free!
All-Inclusive Packages
All-Inclusive Packages
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