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10. Is Africa a good family destination?
Africa offers outstanding value for families. However, some destinations and establishments cater more fully for the enjoyment of children than others. In Kenya, children five years old and younger are generally not allowed on game drives in the parks and reserves. Travel to Tanzania is not recommended for children younger than eight years old. In Botswana and Zambia many lodges do not take children under 12 years. Most lodges have swimming pools and baby-sitting services. Please contact us for more specific information.March.

11. What type of safaris do you offer?
AfriChoice! offers the following types of safaris: road photographic safaris, lodge safaris, fly-in safaris, luxury tented camps safaris, budget camping safaris, sit-in-car safaris and self drive. Please note that not all of these safari types are available in each country that we operate in. Go to a specific country page on our web site to see the type of safaris available.

12. How far in advance should I book my safari?
It is better to book as far in advance as possible to ensure availability at the time you wish to travel (4-6 months), especially during the peak seasons (July & August and Christmas/New Years). This is especially important for those wishing to travel on private custom safaris and those adding extensions to scheduled trips.

13. What is a lodge safari?
On a lodge safari you travel from lodge to lodge and do game drives with one of our driver/guides. The lodges we use are essentially hotels in the bush. They accommodate between 100 and 200 people. They provide most of the amenities found in a hotel (e.g., restaurant, lounge, swimming pool, etc.). This is a good choice when traveling with children or if you want certain creature comforts when you return from game viewing.

14. What is a luxury tented camp safari?
Luxury tented camp safaris are done either by vehicle or light aircraft. In the case of a fly-in safari you will fly from one reserve to the next. This reduces the amount of travel time considerably and maximizes game viewing opportunities. Permanent tented camps provide accommodation ranging from comfortable to luxurious. Most consist of large walk-in tents on elevated wooden platforms, with beds, chairs, furniture and an en-suite bathroom with hot and cold water and flushing toilets. Permanent camps accommodate a smaller size group (20-30 people) than lodges allowing a more personal interaction with the natural habitat.

15. What is a budget camping safari?
This is a limited participation camping safari that requires that you put up and take down your tent. The accommodation is in 2-person igloo style tents with a foam mattress. All camping equipment is provided with the exception of sleeping bags, which you can bring (recommended) or hire (approximately $20). All meals are included while camping. The safari leaders are full-time employees and trained professional guides. Detailed information on the history of the area, fauna and flora is given to the participants during the safari. A camp assistant helps with general camp chores and duties.

16. What is a self-drive safari?
On a self-drive safari you will be met at the airport upon your arrival and assisted with the formalities of picking up a rental car. You will be given a detailed itinerary, vouchers and maps for your trip. You would then proceed, unguided, on the tour according to the set itinerary. Accommodations are at hotels, lodges, chalets and rest camps.

17. How many people do you take on a safari?
We believe "Less is more!" Small group travel allows for flexibility and informality, which is why our journeys operate with a maximum of 14 travellers. Because groups are small, we’re able to accommodate the interests of our travellers while allowing plenty of opportunities for independent exploration. We offer the ease and flexibility of independent travel without the hassles. Some of our safaris have guaranteed departures with a minimum of two people and are limited to a maximum of 14 people (if more than 7 people are on a safari, we use two vehicles). Other safaris especially the tailor-made can depart on a day of your choice. As a rule, each person has a window seat guarantee.
Some of the camping safaris require a minimum of 4 people and allow a maximum of 12 people per departure.

18. What is a single supplement?
A single supplement is a fee imposed by hotels, lodges and camps on single travelers. Tour prices are quoted based on two people sharing accommodation. If someone takes a room by themselves they have to pay the per-person price plus the single supplement fee. It is the excess cost you pay in occupying a room designated to take two people by yourself alone.

19. What are "Match-to-Match Safaris"?
Some pople frequently ask if they can travel alone or join a group? With AfriChoice! the answer is Yes! provided there is another single traveler of the same sex, on the same safari, and the other person is naturally willing to share! We have recently named this type of safaris as "Match-to-Match Safaris". Single travellers on our standard safaris have the option of paying a single supplement for a single room or paying the lower twin share price and sharing with another traveller of the same sex who is also willing to share. If we are unable to match you with another traveller, you will travel in a single room at no additional charge. We call this our "Match-to-Match Safaris" option. Please note that this option is not available on our deluxe collection of safaris. So, go on and join today! Our "Match-to-Match Safaris" is a great way to meet like-minded people from all over the world, of all ages and interests!

20. Can I use a credit card to pay for my safari?
We accept Visa, Mastercard and American Express for your safari deposit. The balance is due 60 days prior to departure and is payable by money order or wire transfer to our bank account.

21. What are the terms when booking a safari with AfriChoice!?
Click here to view our safari booking Terms and Conditions.

22. What type of vehicles do you use on safari?
AfriChoice! uses mini buses in East Africa. In Southern Africa we use mini buses, open-roof vehicles and 4x4 vehicles on safari. The specific vehicle used on a particular safari depends on the country and the reserves to be visited. All vehicles are equipped with two-way radios and are maintained to provide the maximum level of comfort and safety.

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