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With a private tour, your destinations are not set in stone - the itinerary is completely up to you! Famous and lesser-known destinations throughout Southern & East Africa can be combined, using our team's wealth of experience for guidance.Start Planning Today
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Private Group Safaris are customizable overland trips where you get to design the African safari that is just right for you!
With tailor-made adventures you can mould several aspects of the journey ahead, without blowing your budget or having to do it all on your own.
One of the most appealing perks of exploring Southern and East Africa on a chartered overland safari is that you can select the places that appeal to you most. Your destinations are not pre-determined like they are on scheduled tours and the itinerary isn't set in stone - it is up to you where you want to go! Famous and lesser-known highlights in most Southern and East African countries can be combined in a mix that works for you, with expert guidance and advice.
Oustanding feature number two: you can decide what style of accommodation you prefer and the level of comfort that suits you – ranging from basic camping to a happy medium of 3 Star lodge and camping combined, through to luxurious 5 Star lodge establishments.
Better still, the focus of your tailor-made safari is up to you. An array of special interests can be catered for; including birding, photography, diving, walking…you name it (within reason) and we will arrange it. This customization also extends to language preferences other than English (the standard language used on our safaris), so you can request a guide who speaks your language.
This kind of flexibility must be pricey, right? Surprisingly, this isn’t the case. Budget is another aspect of the Private Group Safaris that can be shaped according to your needs – the larger your group the more affordable the journey is per person. Of course, the type of accommodation, destinations and special interests that you select will influence the price; which means that you have more control over your budget.
Firstly, you need to be prepared to rough it a little on the road. The tailor-made tours travel by hardy overland trucks that don’t feature luxury frills – no air-conditioning or onboard toilets. Sometimes smaller 4x4 safari vehicles are used instead of overland trucks, especially with smaller groups, but this is not the norm.
The Private Overland Tours are on the more adventurous end of the spectrum, calling for an open and flexible attitude - a healthy sense of spontaneity.
The ideal group size on a chartered overland tour is eight people or more, with no maximum size limit! For tailor-made safaris in Southern Africa the minimum group size is six people and in East Africa a safari for two can even be arranged – depending on your budget.
Meals are either prepared by your guide/s at the overland truck, or served at your lodge, hotel or guesthouse accommodation. This will depend on your budget requirements and the level of luxury that you choose for your travels.
You get to choose your fellow travelers! The chartered safari is ideal for groups of friends, clubs (birding, walking, photography etc), corporate parties and families. Even multi-generational families can be catered for – creating one trip that works for the whole family, from kids to grandparents, even the great-grandparents!
The tours are made to fit your specific needs as far as possible. Even if taking your friends on honeymoon sounds like fun, a ‘buddymoon’ can be crafted for you.
Another bonus: for group organizers (leaders, teachers, captains, gurus etc) travel costs can be incorporated into the safari package – a nice reward for all their hard work.