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Scheduled Safaris follow a pre-determined itinerary, and often (although not always) depart on specific dates. The principle advantage of Scheduled Safaris is that they take advantage of economies of scale (in the case of small group safaris), or specially negotiated discounts (in the case of set itinerary safaris) to provide the best possible value. As such, Scheduled Safaris are often a good choice for the more budget-conscious traveler.   

SMALL GROUP SAFARIS

Small Group Safaris follow a pre-determined itinerary, depart on specific dates, and involve travel as part of a small group. The principle advantage of a Small Group Safari is that members of the group share certain fixed costs (e.g. transportation and/or a specialist guide), thereby decreasing the per person price of the trip. Although the itineraries themselves cannot be changed, it is always possible to add on destinations either before or after these safaris. The key features of our small group safaris are: they focus on the region's top gameviewing and wilderness areas using the prime locations, they make use of only the best guides, and group size is small (maximum groups size for almost all of our safaris is 8).

The Great Wilderness Journey - Botswana and Victoria Falls - 11 Days / Four
This is the most exclusive small group safari in Botswana. The safari is based almost entirely on remote, private concessions in Botswana's prime wilderness areas, with guests staying in permanent tented camps. All travel between camps is by light aircraft. Full range of Botswana activities, including game-drives, night drives, mekoro, walking, and canoeing. Maximum of eight guests are accompanied by a professional guide and camp staff.

Cost (2018): $10,974 to $12,467 per person sharing

The Remarkable Namib Safari - Namibia - 10 Days / 4 and 5
A comprehensive exploration of the dramatic and beautiful Namib Desert. From the towering red dunes of Sossusvlei to desert elephants, shipwrecks on the Skeleton Coast to the rugged mountains of Damaraland, and even the unique desert black rhino, this safarii covers Namibia's most unique and impressive highlights. Maximum of eight guests - a combination of flying and driving makes for great value, and the safari is ideal for the somewhat more adventurous traveler.

Cost (2018): $7,060 to $8,450 per person sharing

Wilderness Dawning Safari - Botswana and Victoria Falls - 10 or 14 Days / Three
Two great overland safaris through northern Botswana for the more budget conscious traveler. These full-service camping safaris accommodate a maximum of nine guests, and cover the Moremi Game Reserve, the Okavango Delta, the Savuti Channel, and Chobe National Park, ending in Victoria Falls. The 14 day safari includes the Kalahari Desert.

Cost (2018): $2,830 to $3,630 per person sharing

Robin Pope Mobile Walking Safari - Zambia - 8 or 10 Days /3 and 5
Operated by the legendary Robin Pope Safaris, this is one of Africa's most famous walking safaris. Combining luxury tented camps with a fully serviced mobile walking safari, this 8 day safari runs June through October, and covers the hightlights of the northern portion of Zambia's South Luangwa National Park.

Cost (2018): $4,392 to $TBA per person sharing

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SET ITINERARY SAFARIS

Set Itinerary Safaris follow a fixed itinerary, but do not involve travel with a group, and are not limited to specific departure dates - the only constraint on travel dates is availability at the camps/lodges. They are essentially custom safaris, except that the itinerary is pre-determined, based on special discounted rates that we are able to negotiate. It is typically possible to lengthen these itineraries by adding nights, but they cannot be shortened; destinations can also be added before and/or after the safari.

The Classic Kalahari Safari - Botswana and Victoria Falls - 11 days / Five
A top notch, fly-in safari staying at luxury tented camps and covering Botswana's three major safari ecosystems - Deception Valley (Central Kalahari Game Reserve), the Okavango Delta, and the Linyanti Reserve (adjoining Chobe National Park) - as well as the spectacular Victoria Falls. This is a comprehensive exploration of Botswana's abundant wildlife, scenic beauty, and unspoiled wilderness, specifically designed to optimize the "Green Season" timeframe (January through April).

Cost (2018): $9,995 to $14,690 per person sharing

On Safari in Style - South Africa - 9 days / Six
A safari for the lover of life's finer pleasures, proving that being in the kingdom of the animals and being pampered like royalty are not mutually exclusive. Covering South Africa's two top safari areas (the Kruger Park and the Madikwe Reserve) and incorporating three of the country's most luxurious lodges.

Cost (2018): $9,840 per person sharing

The Photographer's Safari - Botswana and South Africa - 7 days / Five

Combining two contrasting and game-rich ecosystems, particularly well suited for serious photographers. Start with three nights in Botswana's Tuli Enclave, with tuition from a professional photographer; equipped with your newly-honed photographic skills, proceed to South Africa'a famous Sabi Sand Reserve adjoining the Kruger National Park for three nights of unrivalled "Big Five" photographic opportunities. Outstanding game-viewing and a wide range of activities will keep non-photographers keenly engaged.

Cost (2018): $7,880 per person sharing

The Kubu Island Safari - Botswana - 6 days / Three
This five night safari is an in-depth exploration of the mysterious Makgadikgadi Pans (the largest salt pans on earth). Guests enjoy three nights at Jack's Camp, where they are introduced to the magic of the Kalahari, and its unique fauna and flora. Two full days are spent traversing the Makgadikgadi's vast expanse of "nothingness" on low impact quad bikes (ATV's), and guests spend two nights under the stars at the sacred and deeply spiritual Kubu Island. Safaris operate for a minimum of four guests on any dates from mid-May through September.

Cost (2018): $6,250 - 8,185 per person sharing

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COMFORT RATINGS

 In order not to confuse our ratings with those commonly used in the hotel industry, we have chosen the paw of a lion to reflect the quality status of each of our safaris, camps, and lodges. On each of our scheduled departure safaris, the paw symbol appears next to the name of the safari. This will allow you to determine the accommodation standard at a glance.

Six  - These are the highest quality camps and lodges in our safari portfolio. They feature the ultimate in luxury, style, amenities, and service, and are consistently voted as being among the top properties in the world by international travel publications. Room size is in the region of 1,000 square feet (or larger), with a staff to guest ratio of two (or more) staff per guest. These properties are typically used in Custom Safaris, and examples include Mombo, Jao, Abu, Vumbura Plains, and Zarafa in Botswana, several luxury lodges in South Africa (e.g. the Singita lodges), and Little Ongava and Little Kulala in Namibia.

Five  - These are luxurious and elegant permanent safari camps and lodges with all the necessary features for a very comfortable stay. At a minimum, the rooms are large (around 650 square feet) with full en-suite facilities (hot and cold running water, flush loos, showers, basins), closet space, ceiling fans, and real beds. The camps are stylish, often (though not always) raised off the ground on teak decking, and have swimming pools. Staff to guest ratio is roughly one staff member per guest. Most camps and lodges in our Property Portfolio fall within this category.

Four  - Camps and lodges in this category are similar to 5 Paw properties with a few subtle differences. Rooms are not quite as big, furnishing are a little more basic with less attention paid to style and luxury. The camps are typically built at ground level and often don't have swimming pools. All rooms still have real beds and full en-suite facilities. These camps are, for the most part, used for our Small Group Safaris.

Three  - These are camps used for some of our high quality cross-country camping safaris (Small Group). The camps are temporary, being moved every day (or every couple of days) along with the safari. A camp staff accompanies these "fully serviced" safaris (in addition to the professional guide) to deal with all camp chores - erecting and taking down tents, cooking, cleaning up, etc. Camp beds and bedding are provided. Tents range from smaller igloo shaped tents to walk-in Meru style tents. Bathroom facilities are comprised of a bucket shower and long drop or chemical loo - typically one bathroom facility shared between two tents (sometimes all tents share one bathroom facility). Examples include the Migration Routes Safari, the Mana Canoe Trail, Wilderness Dawning Safari, and Robin Pope Walking Safaris.

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