The African Safari: What You Need to Know Now

Need a reason to plan your African safari now? Well, with new camps and properties the options for travelers have never been better. Need more convincing? Take a look at these places you could be visiting and imagine the wildlife you could be seeing.

Can’t Miss This

Luxury safari camp operator Bushtops Camps is set to open Roving Bushtops, its third property in the Central Serengeti, at Seronera, this December.

We hear the location will provide year-round game viewing for guests, plus proximity to migrating wildebeest and zebra herds from November to May. The camp will also be close to Moru Kopjes, huge granite rock formations that burst through the grass plains.

The new camp will be a 20 minute game drive from the Serenora Airstrip, with flights from Kogatende, Lake Manyara, Arusha, Kilimanjaro (JRO), Dar Es Saalam and Zanzibar.

The video below, Bushtops Safari from Bushtops Camps, on Vimeo made us pine for the African wilderness, and it’s bound to leave you with some tugging emotions too.

Bushtops Safari from Bushtops Camps on Vimeo.

Produced by WallopFilm and Robin Stuart.
www.wallop.ca

The Upgraded and Worth a Visit

Asilia Africa has announced that three of its six Serengeti camps have received an update just in time for the 2015 season.

Sayari Camp -- the first camp in the northern Serengeti -- reopened June 1 with updated interiors, a new map room for guests to spend time in between game drives and an outpost of Asilia's new flagship safari shop, Sayari.

The eight classic tents and common areas at Dunia Camp have been lifted up onto a wooden deck, a move Asilia says gives the lodge a more permanent look and feel, plus better views of the Serengeti plains and wildlife. Upgraded décor also includes king beds, a sitting area with chase, classic bucket showers and private decks for relaxing and game viewing.

Namiri Plains, which opened one year ago in an area of the eastern Serengeti previously closed to tourism, now sports an upgraded look with king beds and a sitting area decorated with neutral patterns and fake furs. The bathrooms now have outdoor showers with views of the surrounding plains, and the separate guest area and dining tents have new furnishings, including a new bar.

Sabi Sabi New Ways to Get There

Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve has partnered with Federal Air on new fly-in packages with flights and accommodation at any of the reserve's four luxury lodges.

Two scheduled flights a day, operated by Federal Air, depart OR Tambo International Airport (ORTIA) in Johannesburg to Sabi Sabi, with the same number of daily returns. All Sabi Sabi passengers can enjoy a comfortable departure lounge accessed by a complimentary shuttle from the main ORTIA terminal to the nearby Federal Air departure terminal. Passengers will also receive personalized service and snacks before and during the flight. Guests arrive directly at Sabi Sabi’s private airport welcome facility and rangers in safari vehicles are there to greet each flight.

The fly-in packages include the flight and a three-night stay at any lodge of Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve, which includes a luxurious suite accommodation, morning and evening game drives with a highly trained ranger and Shangaan tracker, three daily gourmet meals, local beverages, morning coffee and afternoon tea with culinary delights, and cocktails offered while watching the sun set at a special viewpoint in the Bush.

The fly-in packages are valid from January 11, 2016, to December 19, 2016, and the packages prices range from $2,141 to $5,949.

Advisors: Get in on the Action

Zohar African Safaris has announced that it will be hosting two new fam trips to Tanzania for travel agents this fall.

Offering both six- and eight-day trip options, Zohar African Safaris will take agents on a tour of Tanzania, making stops in the Serengeti Plain, the Ngorongoro crater and more natural habitats. Both trips depart from Arusha, Tanzania, where guests will receive free airport transfers, meet guides and explore the African landscape. 

The all-inclusive packages include five or seven hotel accommodations, three meals daily, transportation by a private FWD vehicle with roof hatches, VHF radio and GSM contact, professional safari guides, all park entry fees, medical insurance covering emergency ground and flying doctors, airport transfers and water throughout the safari.

The six-day trip will depart on October 28 and the eight-day trip will depart on November 7, 2015. Rates start at $1,560 per person for the six-day trip, while rates begin at $2,260 per person for the eight-day trip.

For more information on the FAM trip, visit www.zoharafricansafaris.com or call 1-800-603-1219.