Planning Your Safaris
Denonanje Safaris organizes safaris throughout southern Africa, Rwanda, Uganda and Egypt. Depending on where you want to go on safari and the time you as client have available, we can easily combine it with a unique visit to the Cape wine lands and our beautiful coastline with stunning lodge and hotel destinations to choose from.
Your wildlife safari will be so organized that you will be able to experience the best of the African wilderness in comfort with the minimum of contact with civilization. The lodges are normally not camped - in and you will be completely in touch with nature and the game.
Whether you choose to stay in one lodge only within a game reserve or whether you wish to safari to several lodges within larger unspoilt wilderness concessions areas, a complete safari package including transport will be arranged. Inter - lodge transfers in the large wilderness areas are normally by means of light aircraft which offers you the opportunity to obtain a birds-eye view of the wilderness below you. This is a wonderful and unique experience.
We provide you with a detailed itinerary, description and photos of the lodges or tented camps and the areas we select. The lodges and camps we use, pride themselves on their personalized services. Although a number of activities are normally included, the Safari is flexible and the lodges and tented camps are there to accommodate your wishes. If, for example, you don't feel like a game drive the next day, simply inform them and another activity can be arranged instead. Or you can simply sleep late and have a delicious breakfast and lunch and then do something in the afternoon.
The climate may vary between different wildlife areas, depending on where they are situated. The "wet" summer season normally starts in late October and lasts through March. But it is unlikely it will rain every day and sometimes weeks go past without any rain, depending on the area in which you safari. This season characteristically has hot sunny days sometimes with afternoon thundershowers. Average daily temperatures range from 20C-38C or 69F-98F. This green season is favourable for the viewing of new-born mammals, summer flowers and the migration of rare birds. Predator viewing during this time remains quite good.
The "dry" season normally runs from late May to end of October. The days are nearly guaranteed as fine and the temperatures vary according to season. In winter (June - August) temperatures can plummet to close to 0C with a daily maximum of around 26-28C. In autumn (April-May) temperatures are warmer with temperatures ranging from 10-32C. Spring (September - November) tends to get hotter again with ranges between 15-38C. The drier months between June and November are considered to be the peak game-viewing months.
As far as clothing is concerned, light easy clothing preferably in safari colours that blend into the bush, is the best. Short and long trousers, jersey and thicker jacket for the evening and early morning game drives (especially in Winter), short and long sleeve shirts of a neutral or mixed soft colour, covered sandals, sturdy and comfortable walking shoes and a hat or cap against the sun. A full laundry service is available at the camps.
This is your time for excellent wildlife photography and animal observation. A good camera and enough batteries, film capacity and a 200 -400 mm lens are essential. However, the latest breed of cross-over cameras with video capacity works excellent and don’t weigh that much. Together with a comfortable 8x40 binoculars you’re ensured that your memories of the trip are preserved.
Even if you want to safari in winter months, you should take the necessary precautions against malaria in African countries with malaria risk. Mosquitoes can bite at any time of day but are usually most active at dawn and dusk. It is important that you use repellent sprays and wear long-sleeved shirts and long trousers in the early mornings and evenings. Mosquitoes can bite through thin clothing so it's important to spray insect repellent on covered skin as well as non-covered skin.
Most of the lodges have screened windows and doors, mosquito nets, air conditioning, fans, and plug-in deterrents. These all help to prevent you getting bitten, but should not be the used on their own.
It's vital that you speak to your doctor or travel clinic to advise you on the best prophylactic for you. Travellers should remember to take the tablets regularly and continue to take the prescribed dosage of tablets even after they have left the malaria area.
You may well need certain travel immunizations for your trip to Africa. Diseases that are uncommon in your home country, such as yellow fever, are found in some of our destination countries although the WHO have recently declared some countries yellow fever risk free . A visit to your local travel health specialist will ensure you are up-to-date on all recommended and required vaccines.
Africa’s equatorial and southern location means intense exposure to the sun. Without adequate protection, you could experience painful sunburn. Bring plenty of neutral scented sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 50.
It is advisable to carry US Dollars in various denominations with as cash, except in South Africa. These can be exchanged for local currency at the border or sometimes at your lodge. The Street rate is considerably cheaper but not necessarily legal. Credit cards can usually be used at all the lodges.
Tipping on Safaris
Apart from South Africa which mostly works with South African Rand, cash tips are normally given in US dollars. Most lodges in South Africa allow tipping by credit card if you prefer not to carry cash, but it's wise to check this in advance. A tip is a token of appreciation for the dedicated contribution staff makes towards your safari experience. They will definitely appreciate it. All tips are normally given at the end of your stay and the following is a rough guide.
- Rangers & Field guides: Normally $10 per guest per day in a shared vehicle.
- Butlers / valets: $5 per guest per day.
- General staff fund (for cleaners, cooks, waiters, etc): $5 per guest per day.
Discuss with your lodge manager the best time and way to hand over the tips and any personal thank you note you wish to leave. Normally a guest book is available for the latter.
Ensure your passport is valid at least 6 months after date of departure and e-mail us back the Pre-Arrival Guest Information form as soon as possible in order to allow us to assist in making your stay as pleasant as possible.
Rates and taxes
Rates are calculated in the currency as quoted and are normally inclusive of:
- Government taxes
- All game viewing activities
- Laundry services, where applicable
- All meals
- Beverages, alcoholic or non-alcoholic , although some lodges charge extra for this
Reservations and payment procedure
This may vary from lodge to lodge but in general, provisional reservations will only be held for 7 days after which the booking will immediately be released. Provisional reservations will only be considered confirmed as a booking once payment of a deposit is received. Upon your booking enquiry, you will receive a full quotation and a copy of our Terms & Conditions governing the booking. All payments are to be done electronically with an e-mail copy thereof sent to us immediately afterwards in order to avoid any delays.
Terms and Conditions
Consult our Terms and Conditions that will be provided when making a quote.
It is necessary that clients ensure that they are covered by a comprehensive travel insurance policy to offset unforeseen cancellation charges, flight cancellations, medical expenses, personal baggage, emergency evacuation back to home etc.
Registration at lodges
Please note that a wildlife safari may bring you close to wild animals and that camps are not normally fenced in. All guests will be obliged on checking-in at the lodges, to sign a registration and indemnity form reflecting the terms and conditions to whom they will be subject to ensure their safety and which will have to be observed at all times whilst staying in the camp/lodge.
Denonanje Safaris and the camps/lodges cannot be held responsible for delays or additional costs incurred as a result of airlines/charter companies not running to schedule for whatever reason (including but not limited to weather conditions, international flight delays)
Denonanje Safaris is looking forward to assist you in your next safari. Contact us to obtain more information in planning your unique experience in the African bush.