There are many African safari tour companies to choose from, so how do you determine which is the right one for you?
First impressions are everything to me. How quickly did they respond and did they telephone you? Did they then spend a huge amount of time with you, asking you all the relevant questions, about what you would like to do in Africa, which country, what sort of accommodation you enjoy, what your favourite holiday in the past has been, how old the members of your party are, what your hobbies and interests are – and crucially, how much do you have to spend?
Dont be shy in advising the person, because this way they don’t waste your time and you don’t waste their time either by allowing them to suggest places which are inappopriate for you.
Do they come from Africa? This again is vital! If they have a love for Africa gleaned by two week trips each year, then I think you are on doubtful ground. Could somebody be an expert having visited your entire country for two weeks? They could hardly touch the surface! They should have lived in Africa, spent time there, getting to know the seasons (most important!) and understanding how the land lies, how the rivers affect floodlevels and therefore wildlife, how the geography is, the condition of the roads, the quality of the guides, etc.
Then lastly – but not least – what do they put back in Africa? This is equally as important as above. Companies that trade with Africa should be instrumental in trying to enhance the countries they work with, by donating and assisting with aid to the betterment of others.
I am astounded that in this day and age, there are several companies that pay lip service but do not carry this through. There is a moral belief here, completely personal, but Africa being third world and with Bill Gates trying to persuade the G8 and other leaders to distribute wealth in Africa – I believe that one should not only take, but also put back in today’s world!
African and Indian Explorations has been trading for twenty-two years. We all come from Africa and India and we are also active in supporting a number of charities on these continents that our clients can even visit, should they wish.
We are one of the leading companies in our field and do feel free to look at our website www.africanexplorations.com to find out more. Having been chosen by the Financial Times Newspaper amongst other publications to lead safaris for their clients, we believe we have the finest credentials.