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The itineraries we plan are usually done after extensive consultation. We recommend camps that are environmentally friendly and have a good investment in their local communities. We believe that smaller operations with hands on management usually have a flexible nurturing spirit and this so often trickles down through the camp. Some camps are extremely luxurious offering fine dining, massage therapies and sophisticated shopping experiences. Other camps are quite primitive and delightful with shower water heated on the fire, and home cooked meals. Many fit somewhere in between. I believe in finding the balance between comfort and the true bush experience. But for me its mostly the location that drives my choices. It’s important to know what sort of experience suits you best.
Some people experience a great deal of anxiety about travelling to Africa for the first time. You must be prepared for flying bugs, insects and animals outside your tent. I can assure you however that I feel far safer in Africa in the wild than in ciities and I promise that soon you will feel strongly that this is how the world was meant to be and embrace the wildness. When choosing your itinerary as a first time traveller it might also be worth choosing iconic destinations such as the Okavango Delta, South Africa’s Kruger National Park, the Masai Mara or South Luangwa National Park. Each one of these can offer you a great first time safari experience.
My wife and I have done a great deal of travelling with our young children and we have a good idea of what works on safari. Many camps cater particularly well for kids with family rooms and treat them as special guests. You may also consider looking for a self-contained villa where you can have your own staff, game-driving vehicle and kitchen staff, which allows even greater flexibility. We can also offer specialist guides who are particularly good at dealing with children.
I am a photographic specialist guide and often accompany groups on their itineraries giving them specialist support on how to use their cameras, positioning of vehicles and also aspects of post production. We can also arrange other specialist guides to accompany you on your journey and offering specialist knowledge in fauna, flora as well as others who are just great company.
Safari holidays are expensive. You can expect to pay upwards of $500 a person a night. Usually the camp has very limited accommodation and offers all meals, drinks and activities (be it game drives, walks or boat trips) as part of the price. Due to the small number of units in most camps a supplement rate is often applicable for single travellers especially during peak season periods. We have negotiated wholesale rates with our preferred safari companies and we guarantee that you will get the same or better rates dealing with us rather than going direct to the safari companies. If anyone gives you a better rate we promise to do our best to beat it.
If you are coming from Canada or the US make sure that you have at least 10 to 14 days on safari. Its great to experience one or two different areas and we suggest a minimum of three nights at each camp that you visit and preferably four nights.
June to October is peak season for travelers because it is the easiest time to see game. During winter there is no rain so the bush is much thinner, animals are also forced to converge on water holes and rivers and predator action is common. Often big herds of elephants and buffalo come together at this time of year making for great viewing. The horizon in many parts of Africa becomes quite choked with dust creating great atmosphere and stunning sunsets where the sun appears as a golden ball. It becomes increasingly hot towards October so animals and people look forward to when the rain falls again in November.
Many of David Rogers Photography Expeditions are planned for the summer months (December to March). The parks are generally much less crowded and it is when the animals are at their healthiest and most active. It is also the season for rutting, mating and carving. Flowers, insects and migrant birds are abundant making for plenty of colourful subjects. Animals tend to disperse somewhat at this time but they also tend to be much more relaxed.
Rainfall is usually limited to an hour or two in the afternoons and game drives are rarely affected. The clouds, which act like a natural diffuser mean that you can often stay out all day and keep on shooting in quite even light. The landscapes and sunsets are also outstanding.
You can plan your own travel itinerary by contacting David Rogers