Safari Transport in Africa - Getting Around
As infrastructure and transport options are different between regions, this section has been divided into Southern and East Africa.
Getting Around in East Africa
East Africa is regarded as a "developing" destination, infrastructure is still under-developed, road signage is scarce and roads fairly unruly. This makes for a wonderful non-commercial holiday and safari experience, but it's not a destination recommended that you can visit with your own vehicle on a self-drive basis. We take the risk and hassle out of your safari experience by arranging all of the transport logistics.
Driver Guides and Safari Vehicles
Safari365 will provide you with a driver/guide who will take you on safari. These professionally trained guides know the roads and conditions well and get you safely from A to B. Safari vehicles are mostly 4x4 Toyota Land Cruisers or Land Rovers that are modified for superior safety and game viewing. You need the 4x4 capability to handle the tough road conditions throughout East Africa, and many of the roads are unmarked and potholed. More information on vehicles on safari.
Scheduled and Charter Flights
Distances are large in East Africa and driving everywhere is not a good utilization of your vacation time. A full day's drive could be covered in a short 90 minute flight, so most safari itineraries include scheduled or chartered flights directly to the landing strips of the lodges you will be staying at. These flights mostly employ small twin-engine light aircraft like the Cessna Grand Caravan. Please note that there are luggage restrictions for these aircraft, generally not more than 12-15kgs (depending on the altitude of the airstrip) that must be packed in soft bags. Heavier passengers (over 100kgs/220lbs) need to pre-advise us.
Flying into and out of the correct international airports will save you a lot of time and could also save you money on unnecessary internal flights. Speak to one of our dedicated consultants before you book your international flights.
Getting Around in Southern Africa
Southern Africa has an excellent transportation infrastructure, but where you want to travel to (and how long you have) will influence the options available.
We utilise the services of well established international car hire companies for your car hire requirements. A full range of cars are available to cater for your driving requirements (including large MPV for groups, luxury and sports vehicles for city driving and automatics for some of our American clients!). The road infrastructure in South Africa and Namibia is well signposted and maintained. We are able to include GPS systems in hire vehicles as required. We rent vehicles on standard and full insurance cover, although we recommend full cover as the preferred option. We are also able to facilitate cross border car rental as required.
Transfers and Chauffer Drive
We are able to arrange convenient transfer services that sees our chauffeurs take you from A to B, any hour of the day and any time of the week. We recommend this service to clients that are arriving in a foreign city and would like to get their bearings before venturing out with their own rental car. For visitors to the Cape Winelands, it is a good decision pre-arranging a chauffer drive if you intend on indulging in the fruits of the vine for the day!
Domestic Scheduled and Charter Flights
Southern Africa has an excellent regional flight network with multiple routings to all regional hubs. When visiting some of the more remote safari destinations in Africa, you will be required to travel by light aircraft. These slower and lower flying aircraft provide an excellent opportunity to get a view of the destination from the air and spot animals from your aircraft before you even land at your lodge. Please note that there are luggage restrictions for these aircraft, generally not more than 12-15kgs (depending on the altitude of the airstrip) that must be packed in soft bags. Heavier passengers (over 100kgs/220lbs) need to pre-advise us.
Rail Travel in South Africa
A number of luxury rail operators offer exciting routings in Southern Africa. Please see luxury African rail safaris for more information.
4X4 Vehicle Hire in Africa
Should you be looking to get off the beaten track under your own steam, we can assist with 4X4 vehicles and camping facilities.
We generally recommend for our clients to book their international routing themselves in their country of origin (as this proves more cost efficient). Please discuss your international flight routing and arrival/departure airport with your consultant before you book.
Once you are on African soil, allow us to manage all of your local flight logistics for easy coordination of all your travel services.