Choosing Your Destination

Pick your country (or countries); ASC offers safaris in 10 of the world's best wildlife countries. East Africa includes Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda , and Rwanda - this region is the home of the Serengeti, the Maasai Mara, Ngorongoro Crater and the endangered gorillas. East Africa has wide open plains, Mt Kilimanjaro and a diverse range of safari styles from affordable overland group departures to the most remote and luxurious fly-in safari camps.

Southern Africa includes South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. This is a vast region of biodiversity from the red sand dunes of Namibia to the lush green waterways of Botswana's Okavango Delta. This is also the home of Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, cosmopolitan Cape Town and the white sand beaches of the Indian Ocean in Mozambique. There is something for every budget here although the most remote and wild places are accessible only by light aircraft.

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Choosing Your Accommodation

Accommodations on safari range from large hotel-style lodges to casual family-friendly lodges t0 intimate tented camps that only take a handful of guests at a time and even private exclusive-use houses. Your safari lodge or camp includes meals and some also include drinks and laundry, as well as activities. The most affordable lodging is typically in the most easily accessible area, which is also often the most crowded. The more exclusive and wild the location, the better the experience and of course the higher the price.

Choosing Your Travel Style

If you would prefer to travel with a group you will have the same guide and group participants throughout your safari. If you prefer a private adventure, you can either hire a private vehicle for an overland safari or fly from camp to camp. Unless you specifically require a private vehicle at a fly-in lodge or camp, you will share your activities with other guests at your lodge or camp. However in some places, flying is the only access to remote parks or lodges. Driving itineraries are typically group departures, while flying itineraries are usually on a private basis. Botswana, Zambia and Namibia are typically fly-in destinations, while Tanzania and Kenya have more easily accessible parks so you can choose to go by land or by light aircraft or a combination. South Africa has regularly scheduled flights to get around the country and there are great parks and private reserves which are easily accessible by road from the major airports.

How long can you travel for?

The shortest time we recommend for a safari is 8 days. However if you have more time, there are a myriad of spectacular destinations! Depending on where you are and the time of year, two nights is usually the minimum you will want to spend in one particular place. For example, are you traveling to Tanzania during the calving period for the Great Migration? We would plan to spend four days in the Serengeti at that time to really make the most out of your safari. We know that you have limited vacation time so we want to make sure that you use it wisely!

What's your budget?

As mentioned above, the destination, accommodation and travel style all factor into your trip price. The prices typically include meals at the safari lodges, park fees and most/all activities. The higher end camps and lodges include drinks and some also include laundry. Most safaris offer discounted low season pricing during rainy or particularly hot seasons. Here are some basic price brackets to get you started - all prices are per person sharing per day and are 2014 average prices for travel in high season.

Kenya & Tanzania: From $474 per night for overland group departures in large hotel-style lodges to $888 per night for luxury fly-in safaris; both include all meals, park fees and game drives. Some high end lodges also offer special activities like horseback riding, mountain bikes and night drives.

South Africa: Our 8 day Cape to Kruger safaris are 4 nights in the bush (all meals and activities included) plus 3 nights in Cape Town; these trips don't include the regularly schedule flights (best booked as part of your international air) and the city hotels include breakfast - there are varying levels of accommodations from $294 per night on our Essential option to $1,234 and up for our Best of options. South Africa has an unbelievable range and number of lodges and hotels so this is the best place to get what you want, at the price you want, with a custom trip.

Botswana: Arguably the most wild and diverse location, you can join a luxurious African mobile group safari or comfortable standard camps for about $680 per night, nice mid-range camps in excellent locations for about $915 per night or look at about $2,000 and over per night for a fly-in safari at luxury camps in exclusive concessions and reserves. Regional light aircraft flights are included where necessary.

Zambia: This destination offers day and night game drives, canoes, boats, walking - a diverse mix of activities in remote locations. Choose your adventure style from the rustic at $695 per night to the deluxe at around $1,300 per night including light air transfers.

Namibia: Breathtakingly desolate Namibia can be tackled overland with a group for about $425 per night, on a private overland safari for about $772 per night, or you can fly the vast distances from luxury camp to luxury camp in light aircraft for about $1,090 per night including the regional flights.

Uganda and Rwanda: These countries are best known for gorilla trekking but if you have 8 days or more, Uganda is a great destination all on its own. Trips range depending on the number of people in your group but plan on about $590 per day + gorilla permits at $500 (Uganda) or $750 (Rwanda) per person per day.

Extend your adventure

If you are looking at a safari but it's missing just one thing, let us know. We can add (virtually) any destination on your safari from a beach resort, a few days at the Victoria Falls or a quick trip up to Rwanda to spend some time with gorillas. Logistics for these extensions can be tricky so we'll let you know exactly what makes the most sense. Please have a look at some extension options for Southern African safaris here and for East African safaris here - you can certainly mix and match although the logistics to get from Southern Africa to East Africa are typically more time-consuming and costly.

Contact us!

For help in making decisions on any of the above, simply give us a call and let us help you narrow down your choices to book the safari of your dreams. With extensive travel knowledge and years of experience, we will work with you to create the best possible adventure for your budget and your interests.

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