Part of what makes tours and safaris in Africa an exciting adventure are the different modes of travel which are included in many of our safari itineraries. So, a travel plan might include a fly-in, privately guided safari, a self-drive segment, a day tour and a couple of connecting flights. Browse the links below for details on the different types of safari travel in Africa…
Fly In Safaris are ideal for covering distances quickly! Our fly in safaris include South Africa’s Kruger Park, the Okavango Delta in Botswana, Zambia’s South Luangwa Valley plus many other superb destinations.
Self Drive Tours we offer include South Africa, Swaziland and Namibia where roads and infrastructure make driving yourself easy. Botswana is also a self drive option however previous African travel experience and some four wheel drive know-how are necessary.
Scheduled Group Tours are perfect for solo travelers who wish to tour with other people. Group sizes range from 6 to about 15 people and, with an expert guide to lead the way, scheduled group tours are a fun and value-for-money way of exploring Southern Africa.
Private Guided Safaris with African Travel Gateway are tailor-made, escorted tours exclusively for you and your group. We ensure you are taken care of from the minute you set foot in Africa to your departure.
Hotels - Hotels in Southern and East Africa are basically what you’d expect in any other part of the world. Typically they are star rated, but the criteria upon which the star rating is based does vary from country to country within Africa. So a 5 star hotel in say Kenya will not be the same as a 5 star hotel in South Africa.
Lodges - The word lodge is very loosely used in the industry, for example: ‘Game Lodge’ or ‘Safari Lodge’ or simply ‘Lodge’. In general it refers to a meaning a medium to large sized hotel located in a game reserve where you’d base your self and take guided safaris from. The word is however sometimes applied to hotels located in an urban enviroment, that in terms of style and decor emulates that of a game lodge, but in fact offers no safari experience whatsoever.
Safari Camps - This almost always refers to a camp (typically tented) in a game reserve or safari area. These camps nearly all of the time include two guided game drives daily, as well as all meals.
Tented Safari Camps - These are are loosely referred to safari camps, but in Southern and East Africa, they are almost always made up of a large walk in style Meru tents, with space enough for two beds, a cupboard and sometimes a couch of sorts. Invariably they are adjoined on one end my an en-suite bathroom complete with hot & cold running water, flush toilets and a shower and/or bath, and many have a private wooden deck for a verandah overlooking either the bush or a waterhole. They are completely waterproof, very comfortable, many in fact have some form of electricity laid on, and they are 100 % safe to be in. In fact they enhance a safari experience significantly since the canvas walls allow in many more night sounds, as would a conventional brick building.
Guest Houses - Guest Houses are located in the towns and cities and very often in the country side as well. Guest Houses are very often large houses, mansions sometimes, that at sometime in the past was someones home, but has now been converted in a guest house. All the rooms will be en-suite and quite often individually decorated. Guest House are smaller and more intimate than your average hotel, and guests staying at a guest house will find themselves coming into contact with other travelers as well as the management which is quite often the owners themselves. In contrast to hotels, guest houses are the more affordable option for accommodations, certainly in the cities and towns.