“The early morning light, so beautiful everywhere
on earth, has in Africa the look of the very first day:
there is a radiance, a sweetness, a richness to it streaming
over the golden grass that makes it almost palpable: the
animals standing out on the plains are sculptured by it
into living statues: the grasses are turned into shimmering
molten wire.” Evelyn Ames, A Glimpse of Eden
“As I realize that I am at last
off again for the wilderness… I can begin to live
once more.” Martin Johnson, Camera Trails in Africa
“We truly loved camp life. Thank you for the extra
touches, your vegan meals were the best.” Guest comment
When should we begin planning our safari?
It is best to begin planning well in advance,
possibly up to a year or more if you wish to book during
peak holiday times. Early booking ensures the availability
of Ninian as your guide, and confirmations for the best
campsites and privately hosted lodges. Please specify the
number of people in your party and any other details of
personal importance, as well as your preferred dates. We
will then send you a proposed itinerary for you to look
over. This is the start of an exciting planning process.
Ninian visits America, Canada and Europe every year and
enjoys meeting with you prior to your safari to discuss
your travel plans and address outstanding questions. Then,
on your arrival in Africa, a familiar face meets you and
your adventure begins!
When is the best time of year to visit?
There is no best time of year for a safari.
Africa’s geographical diversity means its climate
is varied. The busiest seasons, mainly due to school vacations
and holiday times, are over Christmas and New Year, and
from the beginning of June to the end of August.
What is the ideal group size?
We organise safaris for private groups ranging
in size from one person travelling alone to large “incentive”
or film groups. Most of the time, however, we take families
and their friends on safari in groups of four to 16. We
love having children on safari
and our itineraries include diverse activities appropriate
for people of all ages.
What should we bring on safari?
As pre-safari correspondence begins, Lara
will send you information that will assist you in packing
and preparing for your safari. These materials will include
suggestions on what clothes to bring (keeping in mind that
laundry in most camps is a free and daily service), recommended
baggage, advice on photographic equipment and film, binoculars,
information about visas and health issues, and suggested
reading material about Africa. In addition, you will receive
a complete itinerary with detailed descriptions of the places
you will be visiting.
Other Preparations/Special requests
We are happy to do what we can to accommodate
any unique dietary, medical or personal requirements you
may have, to ensure that your safari is as enjoyable and
comfortable as possible.
Links that may be of interest
and Moon Viewer: Interactive server which lets
you view the Earth and Moon, as illuminated by the Sun at
the time of your request, from a variety of viewpoints.
Sky makes custom maps of the sky for any location
on Earth and any date from 4713 B.C. into the distant future.
Maps can include stars as faint as magnitude 6.5, constellation
names, outlines, and boundaries, the Moon and planets, deep
sky objects from a database of more than 500, and a comet
or asteroid whose position is calculated from its orbital
elements. A variety of display options allow customizing
the map for its intended use.
google earth to map out your safari
Interested in Pre-history? Include visits to famous fossil
and archaeological sites such as Koobi Fora in Sibiloi National
Park in your safari itinerary. Learn more about the Turkana
Basin Institute set up up
by Dr. Richard Leakey.
The Northern Rangelands Trust facilitates
the development of community-led conservation initiatives
in northern Kenya. Find
The Tusk Trust is a dynamic organisation
that has considerable experience initiating and funding
conservation and community development programmes right
across Africa...learn more
about their projects.
Elephant Research Project
“Environmental Education Through Film” –
African Environmental Film Foundation (AEFF)
produces educational films about environmental issues, specifically
made for local people and narrated in their own languages.
The films aim to illustrate the sustainable financial benefits
that people can get from wildlife and wild habitats. AEFF’s
films have reached an audience of over 3 million people
in East Africa, the films are shown to school children,
youth and community groups and women’s groups, as
well as to community leaders and other people in authority.
AEFF has a permanent, fully professional film team headed
by Simon Trevor, an international award winning filmmaker.
Kenya: the East Africa Natural History Society
If you are interested in gemstones from Africa
such as Tsavorite
as well as other precious and semi precious stones we can
arrange a private view with Lapigems, who are highly regarded
in their field.