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How can my safari booking make a difference?

Things you can do so that your safari holiday helps with conservation!

How can my safari booking make a difference?

1.  When you travel is key
2.  Where in Africa you go makes a massive difference
3.  Your choice of accommodation stimulates sustainability
4.  Combine your safari itinerary with something new
5.  Why wet season is a great time to go
6.  Do not support the greedy
7.  Give feedback and tell your friends
8.  Walk, be active and minimise impact on the environment
9.  Less is more

 

 

1.  When you travel is key to making a difference

East Africa gets +- 80% of its bed nights during 3 months of the year, July to end September is peak season not just because it is the dry season in East Africa but also because it is holiday time in Europe and the US.  This means everything is full and this is also the time of year where the parks and reserves will be fully booked and you will pay the maximum price for your time on safari. 

There are many benefits too NOT travelling during these 3 months and not that many reasons to travel during peak season. 

Dry season is really dry and dusty, towards September October things get very bad.  The air is dirty and the southern plains are a bowl of fine dust that gets in everywhere.  The perception is that you will see more cats during the dry season, this is true in Southern Africa and where you have more lush bush, in the northern part of Tanzania and at altitude you have short grass even during the wet season and you see much more than you would expect.  So you will see your cats even when it is wet.

The low season your accommodation is half the price, your park fees and transport remains the same but because of such low occupancy levels from end March to June and again from October to middle December do we recommend that if your dates are flexible that you travel during the low season.

Imagine you are alone at a pride of lion and with the clean air because of the rain during the evening you get the perfect picture.  The might work a little harder for your sightings but they are quality sightings. Lots of new-borns, lion cubs, wildebeest young, zebra fowls and all this adds to incredible interaction.

Most accommodation providers are fully booked each year July – end September and they are empty end March – June, so you really help them get through the tough times if you travel out of peak season.  This helps a great deal in making sure they are still there next year, specially the smaller boutique or independent camps and lodges.

 

European Summer holidays   1 July – 31 August 2014,

UK summer                          23 July – 31 August 2014

Germany                              10 July 2014 – 22 August 2014

US summer break                 31 July – 13 September 2014

The bulk of the tourist numbers this year will travel between 1 July and 13 September and again from 20 December 2014 to 10 January 2015

 

2.  Where in Africa you go makes a massive difference to if you help or not.

If you choose to go to a remote wilderness area that is not so frequently visited, even if you just combine this area with normal well marketed and visited parks and reserves, you protect the fauna and flora of that particular area.  Your presence in a wildlife area stops pouching and the destruction of vegetation instantly.  So yes go see the Serengeti but combine it with an area that needs your presence like Lobo or even places like Loliondo, Katavi, Selous and or Ruaha.  Go to new Parks and Reserves; support Africa Parks, Akagera in Rwanda, Liuwa Plains in Zambia and or Zakouma in Chad in combination with your destination that is already well protected.

 

3.  Your choice of accommodation stimulates sustainability

 

The impact of your holiday has a lasting effect on what you leave behind and how much of that will survive as an attraction for the next generation.  In the Serengeti water for example is a massive problem, so do you stay at a camp or lodge that has no water preservation policy or that runs huge generators 24 hours a day or do you support the camp or lodge that invests in solar energy generation and who uses resources wisely?

It is more expensive both in setup and operation to run a property in a sustainable way that has minimal impact and we want to support those accommodation options that did choose to operate in a responsible sustainable way.

 

4.  Combine your safari itinerary with something new

 

Go find something new; go see a species that is endangered, just that helps the people on the ground to look after it better. 

If you have never walked add a day of walking, if you have never been to a country go and eat something local, buy something at a local market and or experience something new. 

 

5.  Why wet season is a great time to go

 

Accommodation is up to 50% cheaper

Great for photography

Uncrowded sightings

Although fewer roads are available in the wet season, you have those more to yourself

You may see a little less game, but what you do see you see for longer so it all becomes equal

You help camps and lodges through a tough cash-flow time

Less is more

 

6.  Do not support the greedy

 

Because we understand and know who are the owners of what property and we know how they operate what they also do other than owning camps and or lodges do we provide you with guidelines of not just who to use but also who not to use.  The guy that has hunting areas and who also operates camps or accommodation in the Serengeti does not need your money. 

 

7.  Give feedback and tell your friends

 

In today’s world your comments and feedback is what gives us repeat and referral safari to arrange, it has a huge impact.  This filters through to the right accommodation providers and the right areas and that is what makes a difference in the long run.  The more people who come on safari during non-peak times the better for the environment, properties, roads and ultimately the sustainability of the industry as a whole.

 

8.  Walk, be active and minimise impact on the environment

 

There is no better way to experience the natural world than to hear, smell, feel and see it up close and personal.  Walking gets you closer to nature; it heightens your senses and makes you feel alive, by combining your vehicle safari with a few walking days or even hours does it reduce your safari’s overall impact on the environment.

 

9.  Less is more

 

For those of you who have been to Africa and who has experienced the “better” way of seeing Africa is it a given to do less, it more often than not gives you more satisfaction and it helps Africa, nature and the people far more than the alternative.  We will show you everything you have to see anyway over the next.  Less is more is a valuable principle with regards to impact and your impact on nature.  

 

10.  Do it, don't just read about it, do it

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