Safari: How to choose between a self-guided tour, a group tour and a private tour?

Advantages of circuit and self-drive

The advantage of group circuit is to offer affordable price as well as to benefit from the skills of a guide and open car most of the time during safari.

For private safaris, it is made by tailors. “The advantage is that you are alone with your guide and you manage your safari as you wish with a guide. Mass tourismExplained by Thebody Keminant, Safari Guide and founder of Collowway Safari.

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For autotour, there is complete freedom. You can stay as long as you want to observe the animals. No problem if you have to stay in front of the tree for five hours waiting for the leopard to come down! This is the least expensive of the three “No guide, only rental car”.


For personal safari, the main drawback is its price, which is much higher than other sources.

“The problem with autotours is often the absence of a guide, so it is difficult for humans to find animals, Thibaut Keminant says. Also you often have rental cars and these are closed vehicles, so in classic safaris with open vehicles you have no immersive direction.

Also pay attention to security. “The problem is that people can’t explain the language of animals. Many also believe that they are in the zoo and get out of their cars. Every year there are deaths because people do not follow instructions, and are eaten or attacked by leopards.” Elephant. You also have to have self-control, for example if an elephant charges the car. ” Finally, you need to be prepared to deal with mechanical problems on your own, such as changing wheels in the event of a collision, somewhere in the middle.

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For group circuits, “You still have to be able to hang out with people you don’t know during your vacation!” Added to this is the lack of flexibility for this type of travel, including imposed schedules and programs. You can’t do that and go where you want.

How do I find animals on a self-guided tour?

When you are on a self-drive tour, without the expert advice of a guide, finding famous animals can be difficult.

“My advice is to leave early before sunrise because often hunters return home after hunting. That’s where it’s best. So we never go on safari between 9am and 3pm. We don’t go on safari until 9am or until sunrise. From 3pm to 6pm, choose the morning. Recommend safari guide. Water points are also strategic locations, especially during dry periods. There are fewer water droplets so the animals concentrate in one place. “

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Which destinations should be chosen for circuit or self-drive?

Some destinations are perfect for self-drive. This is the case in Namibia, for example, where the roads and especially the tracks are in good condition Kenya is as suitable as South Africa. “This is definitely the right country for self-driving: you arrive at Kruger Park, you pay your toll at the entrance, then you have a paved road. Also, there are a lot of animals in the park.” Thibaut Keminant explains.

According to the safari guide, on the other hand, it is advisable to travel to Tanzania with a professional. “It’s still a track, covering a huge area. People don’t necessarily understand the difficulty of the track, there are animals all around. There are still elephant herds, The lion… “

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For Botswana, self-drive is not recommended at all. “It’s a completely wild country. Thibaut Keminant says. There are very few roads. There are some small towns, but otherwise they are private reserves, without borders. So if you go alone, you are in an area where there is no network, on track. If you break down, you are nowhere in the middle alone, so you know better about your mechanics and it is populated by wild animals. For me, it’s a hostile environment, not at all suitable for self-drive. On the other hand, this is my favorite destination, ideal to work with a guide! “

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