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The best way to approach a Safari

 

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Do not arrive unprepared. Make the most of the flight to study books and maps about Kenya – get to know the flora and fauna; learn about the traditions and customs of local tribes. And, read my guide.

  

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Years of personal exploration, of experience in the field and on organised safaris has enriched our knowledge of the territory and provided us with a tried and tested rapport with rangers and local guides.

 

Visiting family members, friends and their guests – each one with different needs and expectations, have honed our insight - allowing us today to understand which itinerary and route is most suitable for each individual.

 

Because, although nature and the wildlife remain the same, the way in which they should be approached differs according to personal taste. The best way to visit a country is to have a local person willing to take you around or - otherwisehere comes my guide!

Safari does not only mean voyage, but it is also a careful measure of experience – contacts that are always up to date, the combination of variables that allow each request to be personalised. This is, for us, the secret that determines the success of the Ideal Safari.

 

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Choosing the type of safari is a key point. By plane or jeep, alone or in groups, in tented camp or lodge. It all depends  on each one different needs and expectations and of course the budget. Logically a safari jeep is a cheaper alternative compared to moving around with private plane: travel by air may be more comfortable but can detach you from the environment; off-road driving is definitely more tiring, but allows more contact with nature and environment.

 

Safari off-road

Using the appropriate means of transport makes all the difference

 

Interminable dirt tracks, jumbled up roads, mud and bogs during the rainy season (April to October) dust and heat during the dry season (December to February) holes, off-road driving.

 

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We only use 4x4 Land Cruiser to get around

 

Definitely less elegant that the tourist-chic Toyota Land Cruisers but ideal in all conditions on even the most dangerous tracks.

 

The fact that they are a lot cheaper is only a minor detail.

   
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Our vehicles are specially adapted, fitted with openings on the roof in order to spot the animals, a VHF radio in order to be constantly in contact, a satellite telephone, a gps, a fridge for the drinks. They are very sophisticated as far as safari technology is concerned. The result is a safari vehicle that provides our guests the most suitable itineraries and route.

 

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Going on safari for a while can be stressful:

 

Getting up at ungodly hours

Long days travelling over the savannah under a hot sun

Lying in wait behind baobab trees and under the acacias

Long periods of waiting immobile

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Avoid the package/agency deals that offer “Excursions with shared off-roaders”

 

There comes a time when the combination of scenery/wildlife/atmosphere can only reach ten out of ten when the ‘travel companion’ component is correctly dosed. So the same rule as for the suitcase applies: travel light.

 

Best solution to avoid excursions with shared off-roaders

 

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Concervancies. Much of Kenya’s wildlife lives on rangelands outside the National Parks and Reserves, they live in the Concervancies: private reserves, farms and territories. These lands belong to a variety of landowners, some of them private individuals. Each reserve is an independent body that proposes specific experiences with their own guides and cars and special solutions that allow tourists to perform activities that are not always allowed in the other parks. 

The Conservancies offers visitors the ultimate safari: the lowest tourism densities, incredible day and night game viewing and authentic cultural interactions. This is a world apart where high levels of visitor use, especially the harassing of wildlife and off-road driving in unsuitable locations.  read more

 

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The ideal itinerary

 

 

 

 

Keeping to the savannah's time table

 

Nature is an early riser

The wildlife, after a night in the bush, comes out with the first rays in order to warm up and hunt.

It is the best moment in which to observe the animals

 

 

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A quick coffee and then out for a two-hour safari guarantees optimum spotting.

09:00

Back for breakfast.

10:00

Out on a new excursion.

12:00

It is wise to return as the sun is at its highest... lunch and relaxation, a visit to the pool etc.

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another excursion until 6 or 7pm for further optimum spotting - the sun is low and the animals are starting to hunt.

 

 

 

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Know the difference between

 

The Maasai who you meet in the villages at the entrance to the parks or those who dance in the lodges, and those who you spot in the distance crossing the savannah alone with their staff in their hand and sometimes in shuka (red-checked blanket) The first are part of the tourist package, the second are part of the savannah – their natural habitat.

Did you know?

 

 

The Maasai live in circular huts with fences made from acacia spines. They are there to protect the village and the livestock from wild animals

 

Careful

 

Personally ensure that whoever is accompanying you has the correct equipment (amongst which should be two inflated spare tires and at least one full can of petrol)

 

Frequently check that the tires are fully inflated.

 

Check that the vehicle has a radio for contacting the other vehicles.

 

It is important to maintain radio contact with the other drivers in the park, also because they are in the habit of exchanging useful information (wildlife sightings, short cuts or roads in better condition)

 

 

Drivers

 

Do not trust those who offer themselves as guides (beach boys, abrupt guides)

 

They may be good guides, but they are rarely in position of the necessary vehicles or equipment. There is therefore the risk of wasting time and money, and compromising the success of the safari.

 

They often have an agreement with the Maasai villagers and other places and pick up a commission on tourist numbers: do not, therefore, feel obliged to visit villages or other destinations that do not seem be of interest.

 

It is advisable to stick with the official guides (those that are recognised but the IATA symbol)

 

 

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Safari attire

 

It may sound silly, but the clothing suitable for a safari should be comfortable and natural colors (which attract less insects). The amount of clothes to wear is of course to be considered: if you are staying in a Lodge you can wash something by yourself or in the laundry room. If the safari is off-road hiking boots are the ideal solution. Always have with you a jumper for the evening.

 

 

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Colour

savannah.

 

Top

with a big Tusker logo, unique.

 

Trousers

Loose, comfortable and with a lot of pockets.

 

Safari jacket

new, but looking as if it has alrealy experienced several safaris.

 

Hat

new, but discoloured as it has been in sun for two days, model with lived-chic in.

 

Concervation Fees from 1st November 2017

 

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