Are private tours and safaris a safe travel option for Africa? Yes! Private travel in Africa is definitely safer than public or shared group travel. That’s why more and more travellers are booking private tours to create safe travel bubbles.
Travel Africa Safely on Private Safari Tours
Travel safety has become more important than ever before due to the global pandemic. With a coronavirus vaccine on the horizon and many international borders opening up, travellers are eager to get back out there. But, globetrotters are looking for the safest travel options possible because of COVID-19.
That’s why private travel is set to be a major trend this coming season. It makes sense because travelling privately offers a safer alternative to regular travel in Africa and elsewhere.
Not only are private tours safer, but they are also a more exclusive and authentic way to experience Africa.
But, aren’t private tours of Africa expensive?
NO. Not all private tours are luxury trips designed for upmarket travellers with loads of cash to throw around. There are plenty of affordable private tours and safaris in Africa for budget travellers!
In East Africa, private safaris have been hugely popular for decades and now Southern Africa is following suit. Over recent years, private safari travel has become far more common and more affordable in Southern Africa too. Whether it’s East or Southern Africa you want to explore, private tours definitely offer several advantages worth seizing.
7 Advantages of Booking Private Tours in Africa
1. Private Travel is Safer
Travelling in your own group is a great way to create a safe travel bubble. It enables you to travel more safely during the pandemic by minimising your contact with others and thus reducing the risk of contracting Coronavirus.
On a private safari tour, you have your own vehicles that transfer you to and from the lodges and game reserves and you don’t share vehicles on game drives. You can even book some safari lodges and camps exclusively (for just your group). Private safaris are serviced by a limited number of staff members who meet the health requirements and prioritize your safety.
Our African travel partners (tour companies and lodges) have gone to great lengths to ensure that they provide highly sanitary and safe environments for guests. Stringent safety and hygiene protocols have been put in place to keep everyone safe.
In short, booking a private safari reduces the risks of contagion and you don’t have to break the bank to do it!
2. Private Tours offer Excellent Value for Money
Private trips in Africa offer excellent value for money. Especially given the extra flexibility and added privacy you get to enjoy on your travels.
If you are on a relatively tight budget note that the larger your travel group is the more affordable private safaris become. Booking a private group tour for eight people is much cheaper per person than booking for a smaller group of four, for example. So, gather your friends and family together for a once-in-a-lifetime private safari in Africa, at a reasonable price!
3. Private Safaris are More Exclusive
Private safaris give you more privacy and exclusivity because you don’t travel in a group with others. This means there won’t be any strangers on your private tour.
You won’t have to share safari vehicles with other guests on your game drives or travel between destinations in a shared vehicle. You can also choose to stay at smaller, more intimate lodges which accommodate fewer guests and provide more exclusive stays. And, as mentioned, you can even book some lodges and safari camps for exclusive use.
Note that with private tours you don’t gamble over who you will end up travelling with like you do on group tours. You choose who to share your travel experience with, so there are no unpleasant surprises in store.
4. Private Trips are More Relaxed
You can really relax in your safe travel bubble. You don’t need to constantly think about social distancing and sanitising everything all the time when you are travelling in the safety of your own group. Of course, everyone still needs to be careful – sanitise and wash their hands regularly – but you can relax knowing that your exposure to the virus is limited.
5. Private Tours offer Greater Flexibility
When you’re travelling in a private group your trip can be adapted to suit your needs and the local conditions (where possible).
You can make changes along the way, based on your group’s preferences and needs, subject to your guide’s discretion and logistical constraints. If you’re loving birdwatching walks or adventure activities then you can do more of those, for instance. If you want to spend more time at a particular wildlife sighting, you can – it’s up to you on a private safari.
6. Private Safari Tours are Customisable
One of the biggest perks of private tours is that they can be tailored to suit your desires and needs (as explained below). You can design your ultimate travel experience, be it a romantic getaway, thrill-seeking adventure or family holiday.
You can combine kayaking with game drives or mountain biking and bush walks or cultural excursions and adventure activities or hiking and wildlife experiences. Just tell us what your interests are (foodie, wine, Big Five, marine life, forest habitats, diving, beaches and so forth) and we’ll customise a private African tour for you and your group. There are many, many incredible possibilities, so bring your wish list and we’ll design your ultimate trip.
7. Remote Destinations & Uncrowded African Travel Experiences
Africa is studded with hidden getaways and remote hideaways tucked away in the middle of nowhere. On private safari tours, you get an even more secluded travel experience at Africa’s remote destinations.
Whether you head out into the unspoilt bush or isolated desert or wild delta, you’ll have plenty of space to soak up the peace and quiet. You can truly escape the crowds and take a break from civilization!
8. More Personalised Service on Private Tours
On private tours, your group can get more attention than on shared trips. The staff and guides are able to provide more personal service to private groups because the number of guests is limited.
Your guide can dedicate his or her attention to you more thoroughly and really dive into the nitty-gritty of the wild animals and habitats you explore. You’ll find that there is more time and space for gaining insight into the local culture, history, environment, flora and fauna.
Booking a Private Safari Tour – how it works
Now that we’ve covered some of the perks of private travel, let’s answer the question of how travelling privately works.
Either you can book an existing safari tour which has an itinerary already and take it privately. Or you can get a private tour tailor-made for you and your travel companions. Either way, you can have your private safari experience customised to suit your needs and preferences.
A) Pick any Safari Tour (book it privately and customise it)
Pick an existing trip from our tour itineraries and book it privately. This way we’ll make the safari exclusive to you and your group so that you can travel in a safe bubble.
We can tailor any safari to make it a private tour for you and your family or friends. Simply, talk to one of our friendly travel experts and they will gladly adapt any of our safaris for you to make it private and unique.
B) Get a Private Tour Tailor-made for You (choose a sample or have a tour designed for your group from scratch)
If you have specific destinations in mind or know what kind of travel experience you want then we can easily design a private itinerary just for you.
Head to our Private Group Tours page and build your own trip.
Alternatively, you can choose one of our sample private tours as a base to build on and adapt. Private tours can be customised to include the kind of accommodation you prefer, the activities that interest you and more.
How Private Tours can be Customised for You:
- To cater for your interests: bush walks, bird watching, predator viewing, photography, star gazing, desert experiences, water-based activities (boat cruises and canoeing), history and culture, San rock art, bike riding, activities for kids, adrenalin sports and more.
- To meet your needs: your preferred language, your style of travel, cater for small kids or older travellers, your dietary preferences, your level of activity and comfort.
- Accommodation to suit you: classical safari camps, remote tented lodges, rustic camping, semi-luxury game lodges, treehouse chalets, luxury camping (glamping), city stays, basic no-frills accommodation, eco-friendly places and more.
- Using the transport of your choice: open 4×4 safari vehicles, mini-van transfers, large overland trucks, small safari trucks, self-drivers, fly-in safaris, enclosed safari vehicles and more.
- Visiting the destinations you want: private game reserves, famous national parks (from Kruger to Masai Mara), desert, delta, bush, famous destinations (from Vic Falls to Virunga) and animal (gorillas, Big Five, honey badgers, you name it) habitats.
Find out more about Private Group Tours & Tailor-made Safaris on a Budget.
The sheer volume of choices can get overwhelming, so here are a few samples of private tours to get you started…
Private Group Tours
Sample Itineraries of Private Safaris
1. Victoria Falls to Cape Town Private Tour (22 days)
Cost: R28 906 per person for a private group of 20 people (travelling July 2021).
Top destinations: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe – Kasane – Moremi Game Reserve – Ghanzi – Eros Mountains – Etosha National Park – Etosha South – Kamanjab – Brandberg – Swakopmund – Solitaire – Sesriem – Keetmanshoop – Fish River Canyon – Orange River – – Cederberg – Cape Town.
For the full sample of this itinerary, contact us.
2. Namibia Private 4×4 Safari – Self-Drive Tour (19 days)
Cost: R91 620 per person for a private group of 4 people (travelling May 2021).
Top destinations: Windhoek – Mariental – Aus – Luderitz – Southern Namibia – Sossusvlei – Swakopmund – Skeleton Coast – Palmwag – Twyfelfontein – Etosha South – Etosha East – Okonjima Nature Reserve
Includes: two 4×4 vehicles, two drivers,unlimited kilometres, living, kitchen and sleeping equipment, full water tank, standard insurance cover, airport transfers, emergency assistance, selected meals and activities as per the itinerary.
Excludes: guide and cook, flights, visas, airport taxes, fuel, extra activities, drinks and tips.
For the full sample of this itinerary, contact us.
Now that you’ve browsed some of the amazing options for private tours on a budget, let’s touch on the cost of private travel in Africa.
The cost of Private Tours & African Safaris
How much will a private tour in Africa cost?
A private safari in South Africa costs as little as R1500 per person per night with exclusive use of the safari lodge! That’s based on our 5-day Private Greater Kruger Lodge Safari for 10 to 17 guests, which costs R5995 per person. This private group safari includes exclusive accommodation, private transport and game drives, a professional guide and more. In Namibia a well-priced private safari costs from about R8640 per person based on our 3-day Etosha Private Safari for six people. Expect to pay slightly more for private tours in East Africa, as with regular group safaris.
When it comes to the upper limit for private tour prices, the sky is the limit. If you have the budget you can splash out on pampering spa treatments, your own butler, private bush dinners, hot air balloon trips and all kinds of luxuries.
If you are on a tighter budget, remember, the bigger the group you book a private tour for the cheaper the price per person.
Not travelling in a group? Don’t worry, we can create budget-friendly private tours (or semi-private tours) for free independent travellers and couples too.
Why not have your dream private safari in Africa tailor-made for you? Talk to one of our friendly African travel experts today.