The safari industry in southern Africa really began to take off in the early 70s, when private land-owners on the borders of the great Kruger National Park began opening up their bush camps and land to tourism. Simple bush camps, crackling camp fires and wholesome home-cooked food provided the backdrop to adventurous game drives and bush walks in big game country.
Since those early days the safari industry has exploded and with this growth has come a change in emphasis from the wildlife to the “hotel” experience, with a huge amount of weight being placed on the high standards of food, wine cellars, super-luxurious accommodation, spas and gymnasiums and other luxuries which can be found in top class hotels throughout the world.
We at Safari for Real believe that many operators have lost sight of the REAL reason that people come to Africa on safari: the wildlife and wilderness. We believe that your safari experience to Africa is much more than just fancy accommodation, good food and big game animals. We want our guests to get a holistic experience of Africa’s wilderness and all that it offers: a REAL safari. We allow nature to dictate the length and locality of our activities, eg: staying with a pride of lions whilst hunting, and not being pressured to return to camp for a certain time. We choose areas where guests are able to view animals and their behavior at length, giving us insight into and understanding of their behavior patterns, rather than numerous short sightings.
We are looking for wildlife and nature enthusiasts who wish to get a true understanding of how Africa’s ecosystems work to join us on in-depth learning experiences in the greatest wilderness areas in Africa. Our decisions on where to take you are based first and foremost on the wilderness area itself and the wildlife that it has to offer and only secondarily on accommodation and facilities.
All our safaris are tailor-made specifically for you and your needs but always with the underlying philosophy of expansive wilderness, prolific wildlife, experienced nature guides and fulfilling learning experiences.
To this end we have chosen to represent only those properties and operators which meet certain criteria: small intimate camps, low densities of tourist vehicles, an emphasis on good nature guiding, large wilderness areas and excellent wildlife. We believe very strongly that we are merely observers in the natural environments that we visit. We are not there to interfere or interact with the animals and our time is spent observing the natural world around us. Watching various cycles taking place, trying to understand how things work, learning about plants, insects, reptiles, birds, mammals, fish, weather systems, geological cycles and evolution.
We look forward to hosting you on a REAL African Safari.
Ultimate South Africa Safari
With such great diversity, it’s not easy to put together a single “ultimate itinerary”, but this suggested safari would give first-time travellers a taste of what South Africa has to offer.
Ultimate Botswana Safari
This safari covers the “must-see” areas of Botswana with visits to the Kalahari, the Linyanti Swamps and Savuti Channel as well as the wet and the dry parts of the Okavango Delta.
Ultimate Namibia Safari
This ultimate Namibian itinerary offers some of the diverse habitats that Namibia has to offer, including Sossusvlei, Damaraland, Skeleton Coast, Ongava and Etosha National Park
Ultimate Zambia Safari
This safari highlights the very best of Zambia’s wildlife, incorporating the three great national parks of Kafue, South Luangwa and Lower Zambezi as well as the world-famous Victoria Falls.