Travelling to and around Africa
We know. Africa is a long-haul destination for many visitors, and planning a trip isn't always as straightforward as other family destinations. But that's exactly where we come in. With our help and experience, getting to and around Africa can be safe and hassle-free. One concern many people have around travelling to Africa is around the cost and reliability of their international flights. Getting to the continent from North America or Asia is not inexpensive and some flight routes are in short supply at certain times of the year. Other concerns can then arise around the logistics of transport between countries in Africa, and the safe transfer of guests between safari camps and lodges. Again, this is where it can really help to put your trust in a reliable operator. We have 15 years of experience planning intricate expeditions for all types of safari and photographic enthusiasts from around the world, so look no further.
Why travel is a big part of your safari budget
As many safari destinations across Southern and East Africa are relatively remote, transporting guests by air and road often requires extensive logistical planning. For this reason, travel costs can make up a significant portion of your budget, which might include any number of road transfers and charter flights between cities, airports, landing strips and safari camps. Even in areas where camps are accessible by road, depending on the size of your group, it can be more cost- and time-effective chartering a small plane than to travel by road to and from your safari destination.
Let's take a quick look at some popular safari destinations in Africa and the travel logistics involved for a family safari.
If you have the time, self-driving is a fantastic way to get around Namibia. But long distances mean travelling by vehicle is not always feasible, especially on dirt and gravel roads. While overland safaris are perhaps the most iconic way to discover Namibia and its wildlife, many luxury camps and lodges in parks like Etosha are better accessed by light aircraft.
Maun and Kasane are the safari gateway cities to Botswana's national parks and offer quick air access to many of the country's luxury camps and lodges. In the Okavango Delta, charter flights are the only way to reach some safari destinations as there are no roads connecting them to the mainland.
Airports in South Africa's hubs of Johannesburg and Cape Town are serviced by a whole host of international airlines. Most visitors to South Africa rent a car to travel around cities like Cape Town and Durban. You can connect with most camps and lodges in and around the Kruger National Park from Johannesburg via road or air transfer.
From Livingstone International Airport, Victoria Falls is within easy road access. You can also take a connecting flight to Mfuwe for destinations like South Luangwa National Park and other wildlife reserves in the Luangwa Valley.
Many safari visitors to Tanzania fly into Kilimanjaro International Airport, a short drive from the city of Arusha and the starting point for most safaris in the Serengeti. From here, you are within proximity of Lake Manyara National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater, which you can reach either by road or light aircraft.
Kenya's capital of Nairobi is relatively well-connected to North America, Europe and Asia. Getting to the Masai Mara by road is possible but many choose to make the 277km trip by light aircraft. The exclusive camps and lodges in Lake Nakuru and Amboseli national parks are preferably accessed from the air.
You're in good hands
Whether you are travelling solo for a week or taking a multi-destination African safari with your extended family, our team of experts will ensure you always travel safely and within budget. We handle bookings for all your international and domestic flights, meet and assist you at airports, and get you safely between camps and lodges. With every last detail of your travel itinerary meticulously planned, you can have peace of mind to relax and enjoy your time in Africa. From the moment you contact us to start planning your dream safari until your safe return home, we take ownership of the entire experience so that Africa can become your new favourite family destination.