We've so enjoyed arranging
first, second and even third trips for many of you and really appreciate
your support, feedback and continued referrals.
As ever, our wild continent continues to expand. New areas open up,
lodges become grander and park authorities allow even more accommodation
to be built. With these constant pressures, we continue to fine tune
our ‘small privately guided’ trips. Wherever possible, tented
camps, excellent guides and low impact wilderness areas are the forefront
of every tailor-made safari.
A day under an African sky provides us with incredible interactions
with life. Whether these are wildlife or cultural experiences, most are
memorable. With over two decades of exploring, my safari memories seem
to merge (perhaps this is down to age!), however, a few safari experiences
stay on the surface - magnets to keep me returning.
Each year, I accompany one or two trips back
to the bush. Some of these safaris include artists, photographers, specialist
groups who need managing, or just wildlife enthusiasts who want to see
and do everything. My 2012 trips include a lovely special interest group
and a mad bunch who want to explore remote corners of northern Botswana
under canvas. I'm sure these will both be great fun.
We're proud to continually
receive returning guests' feedback. Do read a few of their comments as
these really tell the stories of what our Africa has to
offer. Rachel and Adam returned from their honeymoon in Tanzania and loved it. Do click here and
see what they had to say.
On the home front, we're living and working in the idyllic harbour side
village of Mousehole, Cornwall. We look out over the sea towards the Lizard
Peninsular, St Michael's Mount, St Clement's Island and Shag Rock.
If you're ever down this way and want to chat about Africa, do look us
up. Any excuse for a cream tea, a sail or some fishing! If interested, we also
have a lovely little holiday let with stunning views over the sea.
And as ever, we'd love to catch up, tailor-make any trips you're planning or simply banter about Africa.
“Walking through the bush is a completely different experience to driving. All your senses are alert. Every
sound, every movement the flap of a birds wing, a tail swishing through the tall grass acquires significance.
This is where an expert guide really comes into his own. Not only will he point out wildlife and birdlife to you, he
will also teach you to hone and sharpen your senses and to spot the clues that lie around you in
the bush.” Jo Pope, Robin Pope Safaris
The duration and style of walking safaris come in many forms, but our favourites are mobile camping, camp to camp
walks and using one camp as a base to explore from. All of these trips are simple yet truly stylish
“My one week photo safari at Kicheche Mara
Camp was indeed incredible. The game drives were amazing. After two
days we saw the big five. Also
we were lucky to see two river crossings, of which the last one was really
the highlight of my holiday. Thousands of wildebeest crossed the river
and many of them were sadly drowned. Afterwards the river had plenty
of dead animals, which was great food for the vultures. This was by far
the best safari I have ever had! Best regards and thanks for the good
organisation.” D Vandendaele, Kenya
“I recently returned from Kenya with a small group of six enthusiastic
wildlife artists. We spent time sketching the pinks of the flamingo lakes,
followed by thousands of wildebeest in the Mara. It was a wonderful art
safari, with private guides giving flexibility and all their personal
touches along the way.” Mary-Anne Bartlett, Kenya
“We're all still talking about our family reunion - breakfasts
round a log fire and dinners to the accompaniment of hippo… With our own plane it was
made so easy and personal. Rob went the extra mile to meet everyone's
needs - with nine of us aged seven to 73, that was a real feat.” S Keighley, Zambia
“Having our own private guide on honeymoon made all the difference – we
could be entirely selfish in what we wanted to do and see. It also meant
that all our memories are ours and ours alone! We had a lot of romance
along the way, the lodges were so stylish and we returned with some great
adventure stories. The wedding vouchers worked perfectly.” P Helsig,
Kommt mit auf Safari! Venez en safari!
A steady stream of clients are
coming to us from Europe and the US.
We speak German and French.
Please do call us if you'd like to discuss safari plans.
Guiding with a Difference
Our mission is to provide the highest quality guided safaris in Africa - to take away
the "luck of the draw".
We want to take you to the most
amazing areas of this continent (my home) and to help you really get under
the surface - down to the roots. Whether you prefer luxury accommodation
or something more rustic, we want to help you feel the spirit of Africa.
Constant research and a different approach to guiding are our methods.
We only use areas and lodges
that we've personally visited. As the safari industry has developed, you
as clients have been able to demand greater in-country knowledge and access
to more remote areas. This drives excellence and research. Personally
we love it - we're addicted to sniffing out new wilderness areas to excite
both old and new Africa Hands. After ten years researching and organising
safaris we can give you our personal take on more than 80% of lodges and
wilderness areas in East and Southern Africa. If we haven't seen it, we
don't sell it. This personal knowledge isn't a given in the industry,
but it should be.
But besides exploring, I have
an even greater passion: getting the guiding right. It's the one vital
piece where you stand to lose or gain a lot but still have so little control.
Usually when you book a safari
the selection of your guide is out of your hands. Inevitably there are
good guides, mediocre guides and sadly, some poor or unmotivated ones
- even at 'exclusive' lodges. The truly GREAT guides are rare and you
need to know how to find them. The guide assigned to you can really can
be 'the luck of the draw' and with typically three guides per trip, you
may experience a lot of repetition.
Connecting you with truly great
guides, whether on or off the beaten track, is the driving concept behind
African Safari Roots.
We work in three different ways
to help you get the best possible guiding:
To find out more about our approach, please click through the links above.
I hope this gives you a feel for the types of safaris we offer:
Discover the roots of Africa