Plan Your Safari • Safari Ventures
The Wild of Africa Within Your Reach!
If this is your first visit to Africa, or your first tour with Safari Ventures, we would like to answer the questions that are asked most frequently. We know that if you are fully informed, you will see the distinct advantages of our tours, our superior level of service and most importantly, you will get the most out of your Safari experience.
Are your tours fully guided?
Yes. From the minute you arrive in Africa, you will be greeted by name at the airport by one of our representatives, your luggage collected, counted and loaded into a clean and comfortable vehicle, whereby you and your party will be whisked to your hotel to check-in, refresh and await the first group activity or reception that is scheduled. (Meet the whole Safari Ventures Team here) Our guides are selected for their excellent English and communication skills. Depending on the stage of your tour, they will have additional training in the history, culture, attractions, dining and shopping opportunities. During your Safari, the guides will be knowledgeable on the game, the animal and plant life in detail, and be able to lead you to the animal sightings that you are most interested in seeing. Safari Ventures is extremely proud of our guides, who take a personal interest in every guest, that they might enjoy the country and region that they love so much.
Are the countries that we will be visiting safe and friendly?
Yes. We offer tours only in countries that have long traditions of tourism for European and North American guests. You will feel immediately welcome in the cities, villages and resorts that you visit. Our forty years of family experience, living, working and creating jobs in Tanzania, Kenya and South Africa, have blessed us with many friends and resources so that concerns or inconveniences can be quickly and professionally addressed.
Tanzania Bush Lunchoen
What is the best time of year to travel?
The simple answer is year-round. South Africa is situated in the Southern Hemisphere, so their cooler period is during the months of July and August, but is often compared to San Francisco in the summer. Our East Africa tours are much closer to the Equator, but the higher elevations make the weather very comfortable. April tends to be rainy in Tanzania and Kenya, so we discourage Safari tours during those four weeks – but the other eleven months are outstanding for a wide range of outdoor activities and game viewing.
Where is the best animal viewing?
Botswana Lioness
This is a very subjective answer. You will see large herds and predatory animals in Kenya and Tanzania. The drama of the “Circle of Life” is literally played out for you in nature’s most incredible stage. You will be thrilled at the expanse of the Serengeti or Masai Mara plains – or the unique ecosystem of the Ngorongoro Crater, which inspired the filming of Jurassic Park. The parks in East Africa are suitable for game drives during the day only. In South Africa, you will see smaller populations of animals, but your Safari Experience will likely be in a private reserve, where evening and night game drives are possible. With our experienced trackers and guides, you will be able to get remarkably close to the animals that you admire – only in their native habitat.
Are there health concerns?
If you are planning to travel in designated malaria precaution areas, we recommend consulting with a physician. Safari Ventures supplies insect repellants throughout its tours and our guests have not been inconvenienced in any way. We also supply bottled spring water for your pleasure in both East and South Africa, because we have found that the majority of our guests from North America and Europe demand it at home! We can arrange for nearly every type of diet and specialize in Vegetarian meals. You will find a variety of cuisines, from international foods to local specialties. Seafood is a favorite in coastal areas, with excellent fish, lobster and prawns available. Many dishes reflect the cultural influence, and feature curries and sweetened coconut. Many people find that once they taste these dishes, they can’t wait to try them again. Chai, a sweet, spiced hot tea, is a symbol of hospitality here, and has become increasingly popular the world over.

EXCLUSIVELY FOR OUR SAFARI VENTURE’S GUESTS:

  • Your detailed itinerary
  • Your airline tickets
  • Easily identifiable luggage tags
  • African travel tips
  • Vouchers for hotel accommodations and day tours
  • Brochures for your accommodations
  • Safety and health information
  • Travel procedures
  • Entry requirements

Insurance & Other Needs

Flying Doctor insurance is an option for every person. This service provides emergency medical assistance in the field. Visitors will be taken to the best available medical facilities.

Make sure you ask us about Travel Insurance!

NOTE: Each of the resorts we have chosen offer additional medical services and nurses on call. We recommend that you purchase additional travel insurance prior to your tour. This insurance will cover you in case of emergency regarding: trip cost cancellation and interruption (baggage, medical, accidental death, dismemberment, lost documents). You can purchase this valuable insurance via our website or by contacting us directly.

Travel Insurance

Safari Ventures highly recommends that you purchase travel insurance. Depending on the type of policy that you purchase, you can be covered in case of unexpected trip cancellation or interruption, trip delay, baggage and personal effects loss, and medical expenses. Travel Guard is one insurance company that we know and trust. If you would like to get a quote, please visit their website to learn more and receive a free quote. More Questions?Contact Us!

Preparing for your Safari Travel

1. Decide on Destinations and select your safari experience

We have provided Maps – both general and detailed – that will help you become more familiar with the Destinations that you find most desirable. By selecting those destinations, you will be introduced to our featured tours that have a variety of routes and If there are a number of guests in your party.

2. Number of travelers in your party

Safari Ventures specializes in hosting corporate functions, professional associations and family reunions. Our attitude is to invite your family and friends to join you in this memorable and for some – a life-changing experience. Just let your travel consultant know an approximate number in your group, and if you prefer, Safari Ventures will extend the invitation on your behalf.

3. Preferred schedule for departure

After you’ve determined who’s joining you on the Safari Venture’s tour, simply reach a consensus as to the timing for your dream getaway. For our North American guests, we offer direct routes to Africa, but with two days allocated for travel, we recommend a minimum of a ten-day tour. We have found that tours of a shorter duration are too superficial and cannot begin to capture the magic of the countries, its people, wildlife and scenery.

4. An ideal budget

The purchasing power of Safari Ventures, with our 40 years of experience in Africa, creates unique savings for our guests. Whether you are looking for a Scheduled tour that is more structured or an Adventure tour where the sky is the limit, you can count on Safari Ventures to deliver the greatest value, service and overall experience – either through a travel agent, on-line or booking directly.
Decide how many will be in your party and when you prefer to travel.

5. Consider options and extensions

Many of our guests enjoy the flexibility of adding options or extensions to their tours, before, during and after their scheduled travel with Safari Ventures. This works particularly well for corporations and family reunions where our individual guests have different holiday schedules and/or budgets and want to get the most out of their African experience without placing a burden on others. The majestic Victoria Falls, the exotic spice island of Zanzibar and the allure of Mauritius or Seychelles are excellent examples of 3-5 day extension opportunities. If you are a golf or water sport enthusiast, then we can book special reservations within your tour to enjoy the world’s finest options. Exclusive spa resorts, private vineyard accommodations, hot air ballooning and equestrian trail rides are other examples of our rich option packages.