Yes, it is still a crazy world out there. Yes, we still need to take precautions as it might last for a while. Yes, it's time to start planning your next vacation!

Choosing the right kind of vacation, that YOU feel comfortable about, is the most important thing. You simply won't enjoy any kind of vacation, unless you feel safe, well taken care of, and get any worries you may have, removed before your trip. Hopefully this blogpost will give you the exact reassurance you need, why a private safari is the ultimate safe trip to book next.

Since our beginning, more than 95% of our trips have been private safari itineraries. The last 5% are group-Kilimanjaro trips, special expedition trips and a few fly-in safaris.

Covid or no Covid, we consider private safari trips as the best way to enjoy your safari experience regardless of the situation. But now, more than ever, private safaris are without a doubt the safest way to enjoy your wildlife experience in Africa. Here's why;

Private safaris are the safest choice by far

Many belive that the term "private safari" is equal to a more expensive and luxurious trip. You can surely make this statement true, by choosing over-rated luxury lodges. But in general this is not the true meaning for us, when we talk about "private safaris".

For us, it's all about a customised trip for you, your family and your companions on the trip. Not having to compromise on anything, just because a "stranger" sharing the same vehicle as you, are into a different experience than you. Having a private safari, means that you set the inclusion on the itinerary. You decide that route and attractions to include with your private safari planner. You set the pace and priorities every day out on safari with your personal safari guide. If you want to spend 8 hours one day, just looking for that ONE bird -that´s what you do.

Pre-package safaris in groups can be amazing if the itinerary is exactly like you want it (which it rarely is), if the schedule departure dates fit, the price is right and you are lucky to get the perfect co-travelers in your safari vehicle, that you share with others.....

We do not share our safari vehicles. You do not share YOUR safari vehicle. From the moment you start your safari adventure with us, YOU and your travel companions are in focus. You will have your own private guide, and your own safari vehicle throughout the whole safari!

Now, more than ever -this is the right way to do your safari travel. As long as you feel safe about those you chose to travel with, like your family and friends, you are good to go. Naturally we take all precautions based on the current situation, like strict rules and guidelines when it comes to hygiene, sanitisers, disinfections etc. But most importantly; you will be in your "own little closed environment", unless YOU chose to step outside the bubble we create for you.

Stay away from ready made charter safari-packages and group trips for now

We have always chosen small, non-commercialised safari lodges and camps for the atmosphere, location and personal follow up. In the current situation, using these camps are perfect, because it will limit the amount of people you have to encounter on your trip. No queue, no large "buffet", no tight hallways to your room/tent, no unwanted passengers in YOUR vehicle.

The same principles are valid on the beach-part of your trip. We only use private vehicles for transportation to and from your accommodation. No shared van or mini-buss. Unless you WANT a typical resort at your beach destination, we always recommend smaller more private and intimate hotels or bungalows. So the same basic principles are used here, like on safari.

Start planning early, travel when you feel ready

We are all different, and want different things on our holidays/adventures. We all have different views on our intimate-zone, and we all have different elements that makes us feel safe, comfortable and free of worries. So don't push your trip, unless you feel you have the right precausions and safety measures for YOU to feel good about traveling.

But planning should always start early to ensure you spend good time deciding what you really want and weighing options. And when you are ready to travel, we will be here, ready to offer you the most safe and secure way to explore Tanzania and Africa...

PS! If you want to know why a trip to Africa could make a world of a difference to both animals, the local population and how it can prevent a new outbreak in the world, check this out:

Yes, it is a bold statement. A far fetch thought for most. But this could be a reality.

In this blogpost, we will try to shed some light on some of the less spoken about consequences of the world not being able to travel, and why making a conscience choice about where to go next, could have a huge impact on wildlife conservation.

In worldwide media, people are encouraged to support their local communities, by visiting close by destinations and attractions. In lack of real alternatives, this is something we highly support. Visiting and enjoying local opportunities is a great thing to do, when the alternative is to stay at home. So, support your local community! However, in the long run, visiting Africa should be high on your list, and we will give you the best arguments yet, if you care about animals and wildlife conservation:

Like stated -travel locally when you have the option. The problem is that this works well in those parts of the world where people actually have money to spend on travel and leisure and are able to leave some money at a local attraction. In Africa and other less developed areas of the world, it´s not that simple. A vast majority of the local population are not able to visit their historical or natural gems. They simply can´t afford it. Protection of wildlife, endangered animals and fragile natural gems can only be done through funding from tourism. Local government cannot afford this alone. Like it should be the world’s responsibility and concern to protect the Amazonian rainforest, not only Brazils.

Estimates in a unique analysis by our greatest conservation organization in Africa, African Parks, suggests that the cost of proper protection of Africa´s wildlife is a minimum of $1.2 billion per year. Prior to the Covid-19 outbreak, on average, parks spend just $30 per km2 on protection, when the need was between $145-300 per km2.

Close to 16% of Africa has some kind of protected status. That is more than 4 900 000 km2 set aside for natural reserves, national parks and other protected areas. (Half the size of the United States to put it into perspective.) Needless to say, funding for protection from most African government is extremely low, without income from tourism. This is a $34 billon industry that has now dried up, more or less completely.

It´s not all about the money, we also need your eyes!

So, who protects the wildlife now that the tourists are gone? Park rangers hired by local authorities and governments, like they always do. But no army of park rangers could protect an area as vast as ½ the size of the United States. No matter how many rangers your hire, even if you had the funding, that job is almost impossible. So, who is then the ultimate protector? You. The visitors.

Not only through the money you bring for your adventure, but through your eyes! An active and frequently visited park, is the most protected park, since poachers stay away from highly visited areas where there is human activity.

Throughout the pandemic, there are numerous publications that claim that the Covid-19 virus ultimately comes from fruit bats in Africa, transported to humans who consumed endangered species, illegally trafficked from Africa to other continents. Primarily Asia.

So, what is the situation now? Many African parks are completely shut down. A free for all heaven for poachers. Also, local communities surrounding national parks, that heavily rely on tourism in their area for income, are now suffering. How will they generate income now? For many, poaching is tempting, since there are less of a chance getting caught these days with fever eyes on the ground. Knowing that the income from one elephant tusks could potentially keep your large family alive for years, the temptation might be too big. If it comes down to it, who would not put down an elephant if it meant saving your family from starvation? Yes, it might be hard to read, but this is the ultimate reality many places in Africa if essential income from tourism is not restored.

The current situation could therefore, further increase poaching and trafficking of illegal animals, which in turn could create new outbreaks and pandemics.

There are no relief funds for the local populations. There are no huge relief packages for local business most places in Africa. There are no alternatives. Africa needs visitors!

For now -stay safe and stay home! Travel locally and follow your local authorities’ advice when it comes to travel restrictions. But as soon as bans are lifted -get out there! Support nature, yourself and those who are not as well of as you, by visiting amazing wildlife and natural reserves. Your trip and your eyes could prevent poaching and trafficking of endangered animals. Your eyes could prevent a new outbreak. Your eyes could ultimately prevent a new pandemic, a new lockdown and a new crisis for your local community and your local business at home. Your visit to these areas could ultimately, save YOUR job.

…….and you will get an experience of a lifetime while helping to protect the environment -we promise!

Africa will be here, waiting for you to visit, enjoy and protect it with your presence!

Sondre Asdøl


PS! On this day, May 1st in 1873, the great explorer Dr. Livingstone died at the age of 60.

He has given names to many of todays most visited attractions all over Eastern and Central Africa.

To tailor make or not to tailor make, that is the question....

Many companies promote that they can customise and / or "tailor make" your safari adventure in Tanzania or any other African country for that matter. So what does it really mean, and is it really necessary?

At the lowest level you have the ready packaged trip, where your choice is when to travel, the destination (country) and possibly an alternative or two in terms of hotels and lodges, but the trip is pretty much set as it is sold.

Then you have the "tailor made" trips. Promoted as a customised trip, but in reality you basically have an option between a few parks/areas and a bit more selection on the lodge and hotel side. But is that really tailor made?

In our opinion to be able to call a trip tailor made, you should have very few limitations in terms of what you can and can not include. For a trip to be truly tailor made, your safari planner / expert, need to have expert competence in several areas so that you are able to get in-depth comparisons of areas, seasons, ideal combinations and of course lodges, camps and hotels that are to be included. A safari planner should have personally visited all these places to be able to provide the proper guidance to you as a traveler. Second hand advise and knowledge is simply not good enough when in comes to our continent, as things can change dramatically from one year to another. And even from one season to another. For example; visiting an area in two different seasons within the same year, can provide a very different experience, and your planner should be able to explain, discuss and share this knowledge with you, so that you are able to make the right choices for YOUR trip.

Do you really need a tailor made safari, isn't that for the advanced experts?

On the contrary! The less experience you have in terms of traveling in and around Africa, the greater the need to have an expert / safari planner. The reason is that there is so much to choose from, so to get proper advise on what to do, when to visit and where to stay -could be crucial for your trip. Besides, tailor made should actually not cost you any more

. We believe this should be included as part of the service for all companies selling and promoting Africa. Both for security reasons, and also for the "flow" of the adventure itself.

Getting your African adventure tailor made by an expert safari planner, is most likely the best "travel insurance" you can get! After all, it's YOUR adventure, not just "anybody´s vacation".

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