Top Tips for Booking a Luxury Safari
Does anything sound more appealing and tantalising than the prospect of unwinding and recharging your batteries at a place covered by unspoiled lands, vast desert plains, rugged mountains and towering canyons?
If this option sounds just a little too good to resist, this is your sign to indulge and start planning a luxury safari adventure.
Namibia, the ‘Soul of Africa’ is one the most luxurious safari destinations on the planet; traveling here will enable you to experience incredible activities, unique culture and breath-taking sights that will nourish your mind, body and soul.
If you’re planning a luxury safari to Namibia you’ll want to ensure everything runs perfectly; after all this isn’t only old holiday! No, if you’re heading on a luxury safari you’ll want the crème de la crème: top-notch cuisine, exceptional service and everything in between.
To help ensure that your luxury safari is the adventure you’ve always dreamed, check out our top luxury safari travel tips below:
Book with a Luxury Safari Expert
Choosing a trusted luxury safari operator is the single most important thing you can do to ensure you have the grandest time possible.
Competition amongst safari operators is fierce with many promising the world and failing to deliver to it’s important to ask yourself some key questions.
Firstly, does your tour operator have local knowledge and first-hand travel experience? If the answer is no than you might not get the experience you hoped for. The best luxury safari operators have first-hand knowledge and experience of all of Namibia’s luxury lodges and destinations because they’ve been there themselves. If you can find a luxury safari expert based in Namibia, such as Secret Namibia, even better; Namibian-based luxury safari companies can give you up-to-date info on the most luxurious lodges on the market today- no outdated brochures!
Secondly, find out if your luxury safari tour operator is independent. Some tour operators own and manage their own transfer companies and lodges so you may not be able to experience the grandest accommodation options because they will promote their own first. Independent operators are more likely to give unbiased advice and they can create bespoke itineraries tailored to your luxury tastes and style.
Personalize Your Experience
The best luxury safari experiences are tailored and personalised, this way you can rest assured that you’ll visit destinations, stay in accommodation, and try activities that you and your travelling party are more likely to enjoy.
Remember that a luxury safari trip to Namibia is not your run-of-the mill vacation. Do you want to visit Etosha National Park and head out on the game drive of the lifetime? Ask your safari operator to put together a tailored and personal itinerary. Want to hot air balloon ride over the Fish River Canyon? Ask your safari travel expert to make it happen. Want to sleep out under the stars and marvel at the constellations? Ask your safari booking company to find you a luxury lodge that can facilitate this. Remember the power is in your hands.
Stay at a Luxury Lodge
Laying down in a dusty tent with no toilet facilities close by may not be exactly what you had in mind when you pictured the perfect luxury safari escape!
Fortunately, Namibia is blessed with a whole host of stunning and ultra-opulent accommodation options that serve as the perfect retreat for the luxury trip of a lifetime. From luxury eco-conscious lodges, to grand and spacious resorts fit for royalty, there’s plenty of choice for those with a taste for the finer things in life.
One of our favourite luxury lodges is Oguma The Fort, a site boasting 11 luxury bush suites complete with all the luxury amenities you need to relax in style. The camp even boasts a gigantic central tower that looks out on to the Etosha pan; granting guests the opportunity to embrace the best sunset views in Namibia.
A popular choice for newlyweds on honeymoon, or those celebrating a special occasion safari, Little Kulala is another stunning luxury accommodation option. This spectacular camp comprises of 11 climate-controlled suites, each boasting a plunge pool and contemporary interiors that have been purposely installed to maximise natural light.
Let Someone Else do the Driving
Although self-drive safaris are popular with some travellers, nothing quite beats the comfort and convenience of booking a private-guided tour where you can sit back and relax whilst you’re transported to different destinations across Namibia.
Exploring Namibia via a luxury self-guided tour even allows you to travel to places you might not even be aware of; your safari guide will even be able to give you some fascinating insight into the country’s majestic wildlife and landscapes, enriching your trip.
If the thought of embarking on a private-guided vehicle tour isn’t quite luxury enough, you can even book a private chartered fly-in safari. Hop in a light aircraft and you’ll be taken to some of Namibia’s most iconic destinations and landmarks, depending on your chosen itinerary. Your pilot will be flexible to meet your activities schedule and this option is perfect for small groups seeking to travel in ultimate style.