1. Glorious baths and outdoor showers. At the end of an exciting but dusty day, there’s nothing like a hot shower with only the star-filled African sky overhead.
2. Inclusive Prices. Our preferred camps and lodges provide all meals and beverages, so you’ll be free from paying bills during travel. In addition, I like to arrange for all travel logistics paid in advance, including tips. It’s a real treat to not need your wallet for days!
3. Afternoon naps. Game drives take place in the early mornings and late afternoons when wildlife is more active. This leaves the middle of the day for a delicious meal and some feet-up time.
4. Sundowners. Cocktails with a view! Afternoon game drives include a stop high up on a ridge or by a watering hole, and our favorite camps really know how to set up a bar in the bush.
5. Great weather. Both Southern and East Africa provide moderate temperatures year-round, so lodges and camps have wonderful and picturesque open-air settings for gathering, dining and relaxing.
6. Light baggage requirements. Packing lightly is easy as our favorite lodges and camps provide same day laundry service. Enjoy the freedom from heavy lifting.
7. Gourmet meals. The food served in camp is local and fresh, free from mass production, and excellent quality. A tomato tastes like a tomato. Local wild game meats are delicious, and kitchens are well-prepared to customize meals to suit guest preferences.
8. Hospitality. There is a graciousness, kindness, and love of life in Africa that is infectious. Locals are welcoming and eager to be of assistance.
9. Comfy digs. There is a great variety of lodging options on safari, from stone cottages with thatched roofs to canvas walls with wooden floors to good-old fashioned mobile tents. In all cases you will find your room to be elegantly appointed with cozy beds and all the comforts of home. Don’t be surprised if your “tent” comes with an armchair, slippers and wireless internet!
10. Disconnection. Speaking of wifi, you’ll have wireless internet just about everywhere you go, but after a couple days of being surrounded by natural landscapes and wild animals, you’ll enjoy the escape from it. The peacefulness of the bush and connection with your traveling companions is richer and more fulfilling than whatever is on that iPad.