Itinerary & Travel Inspiration

EXPERIENCES WE LOVE

We're handpicking some of our best experiences as we've traveled across the African continent. We think you'll love them too. We've also added some practical advice for traveling during this time of the Covid-19 pandemic as we adjust to our 'new normal'.

WHY A PRIVATE SAFARI?

Clients ask us why a private safari? Here’s our answer: it offers ultimate comfort, convenience, flexibility and privacy.

When time is your most valuable asset, then a private safari takes away the hassles and provides an experience that is planned to your pace and personal interests.

WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT?

Private Guide and Vehicle

On most safaris, you move from camp to camp with a different local guide at each stop along the way. A private guide ensures cohesive learning and wildlife updates based on your shared experiences in each destination. You can plan the day to fit your own pace and also your particular interests. If you’re looking for birds or particular wildlife, a private guide will take the time to set up how the day will suit you and your group best.

Private Camps and Lodges

By booking a camp or a small lodge exclusively for you and the people you love means you don’t have to share mealtimes or campfires with other guests. Everything is catered to you. We can select and book just the right property for your safari – sometimes a 2-bed villa or maybe a 15 room lodge depending on your group size.

Private Planes

Booking private charters can help to create a seamless safari, taking away transit times and minimizing logistical hurdles. We can provide trouble-free, end to end charter experiences within Africa, from the moment you touch down until the moment you depart. Depending on group size and aircraft type, it can often be more cost effective to charter rather than connect between destinations with scheduled commercial flights.

HONEYMOON INSPIRATION

KENYA & TANZANIA

After a year like last year, so many of us are yearning to fly away and enjoy the occasions we couldn’t celebrate because of the pandemic. If you’re looking for a timeless memory for your honeymoon celebration or an escape for two, then an African safari is just the answer. A classic east Africa safari with the Masai Mara and Serengeti as a backdrop paired with a soft-sand island escape is perfect for a romantic getaway with a bit of adventure. We’ve lined up some of our top picks to inspire you (it’s an itinerary we followed ourselves last year).

Begin with a night at Giraffe Manor when you land in Kenya, a boutique hotel famous for the giraffes that poke their necks into the breakfast room hoping for a treat. Then three nights at Angama Mara, an intimate safari lodge high above the floor of Africa’s Great Rift Valley and in the famously game-rich Mara Triangle.

Transferring to Tanzania, spend three nights at Singita Faru Faru in the Serengeti in this contemporary and organic-styled lodge where nature feels deeply restorative. A hot air balloon ride and private bush dinner are a must. End up in a bungalow at Mnemba Island where you can enjoy the warm waters of the Indian Ocean in this private island paradise. With only 12 rooms, this is the most exclusive property in Zanzibar. Here is activity heaven with paddle boarding, snorkeling, scuba diving and kayaking inclusive during your stay. Other activities available include yoga, spa treatments, deep sea fishing and scuba diving certification courses.

A honeymoon to east Africa offers easy access from the USA with non-stop flights from the east coast and several other flight options to satisfy all travelers (and mileage plans). This trip is sure to make you feel connected, refreshed and grounded.

WHY CHOOSE?

QATAR Q SUITE

What’s not to love about extra space and privacy, not to mention sipping on French Champagne and having an unlimited supply of Godiva chocolates during a long-haul flight.

Ever since we took our first Qatar Airways flight and settled into a Q Suite, we’ve been sold. Qatar boasts the world’s newest, most fuel efficient and safest aircraft with state of the art models like the Airbus A350 and Boeing 777. The airline unveiled their new ‘Q Suites’ in 2017, the world’s first suite-style business class seats with closing doors and layouts. It’s helpful that the suites can be configured into 2 or 4 person family or work areas and even double beds.

We give extra points for the extra space and privacy compared to most business class experiences. Each seat is 21.5 inches wide and reclines to a fully lay flat bed 79 inches long ensuring a comfortable sleep.

If you can’t sleep, no worries, there’s a large 21.5 inch TV screen and fully stocked entertainment system with over 4,000 content options to keep you busy.

We appreciate that almost every dietary need is catered to by a full à la carte menu and you’ll be spoiled for choice with the options for wine and French Champagnes. A special touch is the array of unlimited Godiva chocolates and top shelf spirits that you can dip into during the flight.

If you’re looking to earn some extra mileage points, Qatar is now a part of One World Alliance with mileage partnerships with US carriers like Alaska and American so that’s a bonus.

Top of our list with flying Q Suites, we love the friendly service, state of the art aircraft with extra space, one of the broadest flight routing networks in the world, and probably the real winner is the feeling of being refreshed and ready to hit the ground running on arrival to our next destination.

Just so you know, the Q Suites are offered on most flagship routes including all 12 US gateways.

JOURNEY INSPIRATION

CAPE TOWN AND WINELANDS, May 2021

When we arrived in Cape Town we headed straight out to the Cape winelands where we checked into the elegant La Clé in Franschhoek, a boutique 5-bedroom, hidden gem. La Clé has the feeling of a B&B and it’s as if you are stepping into someone's home. The hospitality is warm, and the food is surprisingly impressive. Our first stop was lunch at Protégé, neatly positioned in the Le Quartier Français hotel where we stayed last time we were in town. During our short stay in Franschhoek we rode e-bikes through the vineyards stopping to taste classic Cape varietals at Leeu Estates before continuing to Le Lude for an impressive MCC tasting. We had lunch at Hamm & Uys in nearby Stellenbosch and savored a private tour of the Dylan Lewis Sculpture Garden.

Another highlight of our trip was our stay at Delaire Graff to experience their newly renovated lodges. Situated on the Helshoogte Pass, Delaire Graff has one of the most unforgettable settings in the area with breathtaking views over the valley. Delaire is luxurious and spacious and a must-see for art aficionados. We stopped for lunch with friends at The Werf restaurant at Boschendal and ordered almost everything on the thoughtfully curated menu.

From the Cape winelands we made our way back to Cape Town and checked into a newer property, Camissa House. A serene hideaway on the side of Table Mountain with views of the city. We always feel at home at Ellerman House and settled into ‘room four’ for the next three nights. Some of the memorable experiences as we explored the city included dinner and drinks at LOCAL in Heritage Square; a day trip to the Cape Peninsula for a hike, bumping into ostrich along the way; lunch at a friend's cottage outside of Scarborough with renowned local chefs; and many hours on the Ellerman House patio drinking colorful gin and tonics as we caught up with friends and colleagues. One of our most impressive and unexpected meals was at Himitsu in Camps Bay, paired with eating at classic favorites like Kloof Street House and Bao Down. You will never go hungry in Cape Town with seemingly endless foodie favorites.

Throughout our trip we experienced ‘gentle travel’. You would expect that travel would not be fun in a Covid-environment, but it was! It wasn't stressful, people were nicer in airport lines and the excited look on someone's face when they heard our American accent was heartwarming. If you're thinking about a safari or trip to Cape Town, you'll make a big impact. The hotels and lodges are ready to welcome you…and you'll appreciate every minute of this unique time.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

SOUTH AFRICA, June 2021

We found entering, exiting and traveling within South Africa and Botswana to be seamless. Aside from a few Covid tests and additional forms, traveling to these countries is easy and worth it. When you book a trip with Your Private Africa we ensure you are prepared and every detail is addressed to guarantee you have a fun, stress-free trip.

1. Travellers from medium and low risk countries will only be allowed into the country, subject to usual visa requirements, but there are protocols to follow. Visas are not required for American citizens.

2. On arrival, you must present a paper copy of a negative PCR test that is not older than 72 hours from the time of departure from the country of origin to South Africa; and be presented before travelling to South Africa (the check-in desk at your originating destination will also ask for this). The test must be conducted by a certified medical practitioner and should have the name and signature of the practitioner who conducted such test. You should take several copies, in case you have to hand them over at different stages. Those arriving without a test will be subject to an antigen test and will be quarantined for 10 days at their own expense if they test positive.

3. Travelers need to complete a Traveller Health Questionnaire within 48 hours of their trip to produce on their device at the airport.

4. Screening is ongoing at all points of entry which includes thermal scanners.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

BOTSWANA, June 2021

1. You must provide proof of a valid, negative PCR COVID-19 test no older than 72 hours on arrival. We strongly recommend that guests have a printed copy of their test result, in addition to the original copy of the test results.

2. In addition, guests are required by the government to take another rapid test on arrival. This rapid test is performed free of charge.

3. Travellers are screened for COVID-19 symptoms upon entry, and those symptomatic will be required to undertake further mandatory testing and possible isolation and/or quarantine.

4. Travelers must complete a self-declaration screening form and provide contact information for their stay in Botswana to the local health authority.

5. A PCR test is required to exit Botswana. Continuing to your next destination and/or returning home generally requires proof of a negative test as well, so this requirement from the Botswana government is not an additional step for travelers as the same test can be used to exit Botswana and enter your next destination or return to your country of origin. We can arrange in-camp testing.

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