5 Things to Know Before
Booking a Safari

Booking a Safari:
Advice from the Experts

When considering your first or next safari, there may be numerous aspects that need to be considered.

Who will be traveling with you? Where should you visit? Which camps and lodges will be best suited to your need and desires?

Fortunately, we have the answers to all of these questions and more, and with almost 30 years of safari experience, you can be assured of making the right decisions with our expert guidance and knowledge. Here are five of the most important aspects to consider when booking a safari:



The primary benefits of national parks are accessibility and affordability. Covering a larger area, they can provide a diversity of landscapes. This increased scale can, however, be a downfall and despite the abundance of life it can be hard to find without an expert guide. Many of the most highly-skilled guides can be found in private reserves, and those in public parks, though still of a high standard, often lack the personal touch when dealing with a larger number of guests. Some national parks allow for self-drive safaris, which often may not yield the quality of animal sightings but allow guests to follow their own route.


Private reserves tend to have more exclusive access and frequently smaller numbers of guests on the conservancy. Conversely, national parks can often become very crowded, especially during peak travel season. Private conservancies have an element of bespoke exclusivity, and guests are often able to take walking safaris, enjoy personalised guiding and gain a front-row seat to many of the spectacular sights.

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where you lay your head

Private Villas: Exclusive and intimate, these private homes offer exceptional facilities catering to your every need, allowing you to experience a safari on your own time. Perfect for families or small groups.

Safari Lodges: Lodges frequently cater well to small groups, tend to be larger in size and are often located in prime wilderness areas, though limited in terms of intimacy.

Tented Camps: Traditional Hemingway-style camps in prime locations. These offer a more immersive experience and cater to fewer guests, offering a more intimate and dramatic experience.

Camping in the Wild: Temporary overnight camps immerse you in nature, sleeping under fly nets on sumptuous bed rolls as the sounds of the wild lull you to sleep.

Mobile Camps: Your camp moves with you as you travel across incredible landscapes. Nights are spent around a cozy fireplace where meals are cooked over open coals. A safari for the adventurous soul.

Skybeds: Sleep under the stars on a raised platform with just a mosquito net between you and the clearest night sky you have possibly ever experienced.


safaris catering for all ages

Traveling with a family or group differing in age will influence the kind of safari that is best for you. Because we have been there and experienced destinations ourselves, sometimes with our own families, we design each trip specifically for each group, with careful consideration of the age range.

By choosing the right camp or lodge, guests can take a more inclusive game drive, enjoy a wide range of activities and experience a safari as a family.

Some lodges even provide ‘cubs clubs’ specifically tailored to junior visitors, allowing parents and guardians a little respite or the opportunity to indulge in spa services. Catering is also handcrafted to suit such an age range, and while adults may sample gourmet delights and more exotic dishes, youngsters can feast on their favourite foods.

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From balloons to horseback

There is a world of opportunity when it comes to selecting the safari that is best for you:

Four-Wheel Drive Safari: Cover a wider region when traversing the plains in open-air Land Cruiser, stopping just feet away from a pride of lion or a herd of elephant.

Hot-Air Ballooning: Glide peacefully over the plains as you witness the migration of two million wildebeest from the air.

Flying Safari: The best way to experience some of Africa’s most stunning landscapes is from the air on a private air safari.

Walking Safari: Led by expert guides, you gain a deeper understanding of the flora, fauna and minutiae of the bush.

Canoeing Safari: Dug-out canoes carry you through the beauty of the Okavango Delta and speedboats traverse the waters of the Moremi Wilderness and the Lower Zambezi

Horseback Safari: Enjoy the thrill of saddling up and riding out in search of wildlife.  Available for an hour or a few days.



Every journey we handcraft for our guests comes with big expectations. When working with Rothschild Safaris, our guest talk to real people. We don’t guess or take a chance on where we are sending our clients; we work closely with partners throughout Africa to ensure absolute excellence in every step. With a highly-talented network of top safari guides with whom we work, our clients receive unique, incredibly personal and utterly exclusive experiences.

We have been there and done that, visiting every lodge and camp, every reserve and park, and every country to ensure that your entire adventure meets our exceptionally high standards of excellence.

We believe in the slow safari,
not simply checking the boxes!

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Wow, wow, wow!! We are back in LA now, recovering from jet lag and still in shock and awe regarding our experience. From the moment we landed in South Africa to the moment we touched down in LA, our experience was seamless and amazing. 

- Amy Lundberg

We were thrilled with the trip. It was as good as or better than described at every turn. The prep, attention to detail, willingness to make changes and ensure we were ready and prepared was outstanding. Our Travel Designer was awesome! 

- Betsy Robertson

Choosing a safari expert is never easy given the choice and lists upon lists of "top suppliers"....but we made the BEST choice for us....why....because above all, Rothschild listened ....really listened to what we wanted to experience.

- Dawn Jacobs

It was a well organized trip. It was easy to get around since we were guided through all of our itinerary. Everyone was pleasant and very helpful. This is an excellent way to travel. Rothschild Safari did very well and brought a fantastic African experience to us.

- George Kowalski

My trip was beyond AMAZING! I truly enjoyed every moment. The itinerary allowed me to experience a variety of different activities all of which I enjoyed! When I originally thought of going to Africa I was just thinking of safaris. This trip opened my eyes (and my family/friend's) to so much more Africa has to offer.

- Jackie Smith

Trip was PERFECT!! Every single detail was planned out and the accommodations and people were wonderful. This trip exceeded all of our wildest expectations. Every place we stayed was just lovely and each each camp had a different vibe, which was really neat. Everyone we worked with was outstanding. 

Jamie Scarlett

On behalf of the Moravec’s and the Stone’s……thank you for arranging a trip of a lifetime. Every detail was accounted for and all the recommendations were perfect. It honestly could not have gone any better.

Joe Moravec

Meggan Woody and Kim Killick were extraordinary at crafting THE PERFECT safari for our family of 8. They both listened (actually 'read' my email) to EXACTLY what we wanted, within the budget that we needed, and miraculously pulled off miracles in obtaining the properties that we wanted! 

Kim Mather

Every aspect of my trip went according to plan and the plan Rothschild's help me to orchestrate was magnificent! I loved every lodge that I was blessed to be in! They were all very different yet all high end and very accommodating.

Lisa Anderson

It was the most exciting, scenic, inspiring trip we've ever taken. To say it was a trip of a lifetime doesn't begin to capture our experience. Pam Langhoff and the Rothschild team did an outstanding job of helping us plan this trip.

Mary & Rob Johannigman (& family)