A Black Tomato safari should be on everyone’s bucket list. Get up close and personal with some of the world’s most awe inspiring creatures whilst soaking up the vast landscapes and experiencing nature at its best. Whether you’re looking for the classic ‘big game’ safari in Tanzania, a family safari in South Africa or a safari honeymoon to remember, Black Tomato can organize the ultimate expedition with a lux twist.
And that’s not all. Our experts have an endless supply of advice to offer even the most seasoned of travelers. From picking the right game reserve to choosing the best time of the season to travel, this week Africa specialist Tom offers his top tips for your luxury safari…
Choose the game reserve that suits you. If you are traveling with a young family and are concerned by the risks of malaria then look for somewhere that is malaria free, such as Madikwe in South Africa. If you want to escape the crowds then look at The Selous in Tanzania. Every reserve is suited to someone so make sure it matches your requirements.
Your guide is key. Don’t be shy to ask them questions or get them to find you a specific animal. If you want to see a leopard for example, let them know that is what you are out on safari for. The guides live and work in the bush and with their tracking skills they will do everything they can to make your experience memorable as well as rewarding.
Make sure you have a suitable camera that is going to get you the best snaps, and be sure to take a spare battery and back up memory cards because there will be endless scenes to capture on film. Find out from photography experts what camera they recommend, as the ultimate wildlife needs to be rewarded by the best equipment. Do it justice.
Don’t be put off by traveling in the wet season. You will often be surprised at the variation of wildlife at this time and everything looks fresh and green. For example November to June is the best time for bird watching at Lake Manyara, Tanzania.
Go on safari. Your money will help local efforts in the conservation of wildlife, as well as help support local communities. Discover, learn, understand, see, experience, feel and most importantly be inspired.