The Nitty Gritty

Is this safari for you?

Our safaris are designed for travellers aged 40+  

Our average age group is 55-65 years of age. If you have a sense of adventure, get on with people from all walks of life, don't mind getting a bit dusty during the day, and have a reasonable level of fitness and health then you are perfectly suited to our safaris!  

If you are travelling solo and would like to twin share with same gender, we will endeavour to find you a room mate.

If you are aged 75+ we will require a Medical Certificate confirming your fitness for the safari.

Transportation

East Africa

Scania Series 4  |  260 hp

  • Coach seats for up to 18 guests
  • Air bag suspension
  • Roll up PVC sides for unencumbered views
  • Open air bench seat behind cab for game viewing
  • Secure safe for money and passports
  • 250 litre water tank providing free safe drinking water
  • Cool boxes to keep food chilled 
  • Camp stools
  • Charging facilities for NZ or UK plugs
  • PA system

Southern Explorer

aka The Beast

  • Coach seats for up to 18 guests
  • Air bag suspension
  • Opening glass windows for unencumbered views
  • Secure safe for money and passports
  • 250 litre water tank providing free safe drinking water
  • Fridges to keep food chilled 
  • Camp stools
  • Charging facilities for NZ or UK plugs
  • PA system

Meals

We are renowned for providing wholesome tasty meals using fresh ingredients.  We cook outside on charcoal and gas BBQs.  Meals are served buffet-style on a main table and we have camp stools to sit on.  

Most days we include 3 meals (specified in itinerary):
B - Breakfast (cereal, fresh fruit, toast, tea, coffee along with cooked options eg. eggs, bacon, sausage)
L - Lunch (cold meat, salad, bread, fruit, juice)
D - Dinner (vegetable soup, meat & vegetables, eg. bbq, curry, stew)

Accommodation

Our safaris feature a variety of accommodation including upmarket lodges, first class hotels, unique cottages/chalets, permanent tents with ensuites.   

Bush camping is only on our Southern Explorer safari.  We provide roomy dome tents high enough to stand up in and a 50mm mattress.  You will bring your own sleeping bag. 

On the road

Africa is huge and we do need to do some long days on the road to get to our favourite destinations.  The roads vary between modern bitumen highways to bumpy dusty tracks and everything in between but there's always something interesting to view from your seat high up on the truck.  Toilet stops are often roadside behind a bush - Africa is not blessed with a lot of public toilets outside of the cities. The truck is naturally air-conditioned with fresh air blowing in the window. 
Getting onboard the truck is via steepish steps but once on-board you are rewarded with fantastic views and the sweet sounds and smells of Africa.  On our Eastern safaris there is the opportunity to sit up above the cab in the open air. 

Trekking Gorillas and Chimpanzees

In East Africa you have the opportunity to trek primates - we do highly recommend you do the treks as this is a definite highlight of the safari.  The cost per person is currently US$230 chimpanzees and US$780 for the gorillas.  Fitness is key to you being able to undertake a trek!  

The Chimpanzee Trek is on fairly flat dirt trails - expect to walk around
2 hours.  Sometimes the chimpanzees are high up in the trees and sometimes on the ground - they are super athletes and can move extremely fast. 

The Gorillas live in the Virunga Mountains and the trekking is usually up steep dirt tracks and through thick virgin bush.  You most certainly need a good level of fitness for this trek and be able to walk anything from
2-6 hours.  The trek goes at the pace of the slowest walker and frequent stops are made.  Your reward is coming face-to-face with these mighty creatures.  Your heart will be in your mouth and you'll be grinning from ear to ear  - it really is the most awe-inspiring experience!

BROCHURE

If you would like a brochure posted to your address, just email us with your details.

info@thesafaricompany.co.nz

Terms & Conditions

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