Q. How safe am I travelling in Southern Africa ?
We always encourage our guests to apply basic security precautions as maybe the case in any other countries, however crime is most common in busy cities/markets as opposed to the peaceful Africa bush, the local isolated villages and communities where we recommend our guests to visit. There’s no nation that can be 100% safe or crime free.
Q. How do I deal with Malaria ?
We are not medical professionals, nonetheless there are a few simple tips that we can give you based on our experience;
- Consult your doctor before you travel in order to determine your level of risk. Getting anti-malaria tablets will also be a good idea.
- Make it a must to use bed-nets with insecticides (usually provided by your host).
- Staying in well screened areas during the night is strongly advised.
- Apply mosquito repellent after you apply your sunscreen.
Q. How many days do you recommend for a great safari experience and how much am I expected to spend ?
Each safari is tailor made to suit each individual or groups, there are however various factors that come into play when it comes to the number of days and expenditure. The factors to be considered are, your destination, budget (eg private guide, 5 star accommodation and activities involved). Even though its tailor made, it is also about your taste, your expectations and priorities that will make you get the most out of your safari. All these are factors that should be considered when budgeting for a safari. We however, recommend a minimum stay of 7 to 8 days or more depending on all the factors we mentioned earlier.
Q. Describe to me what a ‘typical safari day’ looks like ?
Its a day that starts as early as 6am lasting all day until after sunset with a few breaks in between although depending on availability of time, some may opt for a half day safari. Advantages of an early morning safari are that the temperatures are cooler while animals are more active. Guests have the option to come back to camp/lodge for breakfast or enjoy a marvelous bush breakfast on the open plains or under the shade of some of Africa’s majestic indigenous trees (highly recommended for our honeymoon couples). From about 10:30, guests start heading back to camp for lunch and rest followed by afternoon tea before proceeding back to the bush for more game viewing with the possibility of a canoe safari, returning back to camp for cocktails and dinner around the camp fire.
Q. Which country in particular can you recommend ?
Each country has a different feel, offering different facilities, game, weather, scenery, terrain and people. That said and done, we guarantee you the very best in each of the countries we operate from. Budget permitting, our guests can kill two birds with one stone by visiting two countries at the same time. If this is what you intent to do we advise you to check visa requirements with the respective countries before travelling.
OUR ADVICE ON ANIMAL WELFARE WHEN ON SAFARI WITH BLAS
- Don’t interact in any way with dangerous wild animals. They are unpredictable and if you’re not careful, you could be seriously injured or worse.
- Never feed, touch, tease or provoke wild animals.
- Don’t use captive wild animals as props for your photos, such as a lion cub or monkey. They may look cute but many of these animals could be drugged and are at risk of being killed once they become too large to handle.
- Don’t buy souvenirs that are made from wildlife products or other threatened natural materials including skins, turtle shells, feathers, ivory etc. Many of these products support unsustainable practices such as poaching, and are illegal under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). Learn more about the work of CITES here.
- When viewing animals in the wild, ensure your guide leaves sufficient distance so that your presence doesn’t disturb them or interfere with their natural behaviour.
- Don’t encourage guides to pursue wildlife that are showing avoidance tactics e.g. displaying threatening or alarmed behavior or if they are moving away.
- Speak quietly and don’t make any sudden movements when close to wildlife so as not to alarm them.
- Don’t approach or interfere with breeding sites (nests, burrows, dens, etc.) as this can disturb and affect the animals, sometimes resulting in parents abandoning their young.
- If you can, we encourage you to put something back into the area and wildlife you’ve visited by making a personal contribution to support conservation in the area.