African safari tours and holidays

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Where do we begin the search?” Right here. Safari tour choices are broad, with the different regions being individual and distinctive, yet all offering the best wildlife viewing, if you know where to go. That’s where safari planners come in, offering useful insights about each one. A key-points summary of some major safari regions is useful, and it’s a good starting point.

Kruger National Park, South Africa.

Experience: the Big 5, very close up. Very.
Added value: there is outstanding wildlife viewing all year round, moreover the safari lodges are sophisticated and modern, and the majority of game reserves are easy to access by road and air. A bit more …

Okavango Delta, Botswana.

Experience: an ecological jewel with stunning wildlife.
Added value: although a little more remote, this is a rare experience of a shallow-water delta in the heart of a desert. Exquisitely pristine, it offers superb game viewing, mostly water-based from dug-out canoes, but also with vehicle viewing at some lodges. A bit more …

Chobe National Park, Botswana.

Experience: abundant elephant herds.
Added value: large elephant herds, so wonderful to observe close up. They are attracted to the Chobe River to drink, so game viewing is a combination of water-based and land-based experiences. Another great plus is its close proximity to the must-see Victoria Falls. A bit more …

Luangwa Valley, Zambia.

Experience: Africa up close and very personal.
Added value: this area is an explorer’s paradise, thus it is highly regarded for the walking safari experience. You get very close to Africa by touching, hearing and feeling it. It teems with wildlife and is still very uncommercialised. A bit more …

The Serengeti & Masai Mara, Tanzania & Kenya.

Experience: ancient force of nature on epic scale.
Added value: you’ll see very long, shimmering vistas of stunning landscapes that form the quintessence of Africa. For front row seats to the last remaining great natural migration on earth, you come to this region, where the safari originates. A spectacular phenomenon to experience during our age of dwindling wild areas. A bit more …

Etosha, Namibia.

Experience: all the wildlife, all in your own time.
Added value: this region is bigger than Kruger, however it is essentially a desert. Consequently all the wildlife is concentrated around specific waterholes, or pans. As a result, game viewing is more leisurely and moreover more comfortable in winter months. A bit more …

Mana Pools & Matusadona, Zimbabwe.

Experience: some of the best safari guides in Africa.
Added value: an untouched country in the main, there is, as a result, very little commercialisation and a great sense of true wilderness. This is home to the Big 5 and a vast array of wildlife, and equally importantly some of the finest game rangers in Africa. In addition, the impressive Victoria Falls is on the doorstep. A bit more …

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More background.

Marianne Birrell is an ex-high school teacher turned journalist turned public affairs consultant who took a sabbatical, amid all that, to live and work in a pioneer safari lodge in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. Since 2001, MBS has been a focussed, highly personalised safari tour planning company. “We love to share our intel and discuss safari tours and options. We listen to you, then we offer advice. My associates and I grew up here, so we are well versed with local conditions and can offer you useful tips.”

More planning care.

Certain things are irrefutable, on safari as in life, for example the principle of getting what you pay for. However, some safari lodges just offer better value, and it has a lot to do with the quality of game drives or, put another way, the calibre of game ranger. Furthermore, some helpful details may not be publicised on a website, such as size of traversing areas for game drives, or legitimate traffic on a reserve. A good safari planner, however, knows what to look for, and where to find value.

Likewise, a good safari planner knows that part of the attraction of safari life is a sense of open, wild, clean space unhindered by people or traffic. True exclusivity proffers a sense of one-ness, of feeling truly at home and connecting with the spirit of this environment, one of the key takeaways from a successful African safari.

While every client is different, each with an individual wish-list, we assume that all our clients nevertheless share a search criterion, namely excellence. An African safari easily qualifies as the sine qua non of bucket list experiences, and to us, therefore, excellence is non-negotiable. We looked for safari excellence, and we found it.

You’ll be dealing directly with us. Choosing a safari is a process not to be rushed. Indeed, it requires care and discussion before your perfect safari is agreed on. You are best served by experienced and accountable decision-makers when chatting about safari options or seeking answers.

More fun.

Two daily game drives and a 1-hour game walk will take up a large part of your safari day. What’s it like? Astounding! Spectacular! There truly aren’t enough superlatives to do it justice. You can imagine, then, that your game ranger plays a big part in this experience. We think he’s the key to safari success. We therefore make sure all our African safari tours include a winning attitude.

More feedback.

Above all, we read the temperature of our success by client feedback, and work hard to maintain our reputation. Positive comments keep us inspired and drive us forward. For more reviews and feedback see comments posted on the SafariBookings platform. Here are a few more excerpts.

“It is sometimes frightening to know who to trust when planning such a large trip via Internet. Each step of the way, though, everything was done exactly when she said it would be and how she said it would be. Wonderful experience and cannot say enough about how responsive and caring Marianne is.”

“This was our first safari experience, but–as former airline employees–my wife and I are experienced travelers, including destinations in the Far East, South America, the Caribbean (lots!), Russia, and Europe (30+). Marianne gave us excellent advice with respect to when to travel, what to bring, where to stay, and what to see.”

I cannot use enough superlatives to describe the perfection of our mother/daughter trip Marianne designed for us! She thought of every detail ensuring both our comfort and safety.”

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