FAQs2020-06-07T09:06:06+01:00

Alexandra’s Africa Safaris

Conserving Wildlife, Art and Culture through Responsible Tourism

FAQs

Are your Safari Retreats suitable for children?2020-02-09T14:19:06+00:00

No these are not suitable for children – they are aimed more at adult travellers.

What safari reference books would be useful?2020-02-09T14:13:06+00:00

Our local teams have plenty of guide books – but if you would like your own or to review in advance – we find the following pocket guides useful as they are lighter and easier to carry:

 On Birds:
Birds of Southern Africa (Pocket Guide) by Ian Sinclair or similar version by Burger Cillie – both are good:
Click here for a link to the Ian Sinclair book on Amazon.co.uk
Click here for a link to the Burger Cillie book on Amazon.co.uk

 On Mammals:
Mammals of Southern Africa (Pocket Guide) by Chris & Mathilde Stuart – or the similar one by Burger Cillie – both are good:
Click here for a link to the Chris & Mathilde Stuart book on Amazon.co.uk
Click here for a link to the Burger Cillie book on Amazon.co.uk

 On Stargazing:
Stargazing: From Game Reserves in Southern Africa by Anthony Fairall
Click here for the link on Amazon.co.uk

Is malaria a problem on safari?2020-02-09T13:58:11+00:00

Malaria is only a risk in small areas of South Africa. The area we operate our Alexandra’s Africa Safaris and Safari Retreats in, is classed locally as a zero-risk malaria area. The prevailing climate is too dry and hot for malaria carrying mosquitoes. That said, we are not medical experts and as such cannot advise our guests on this. It is important that all our guests consult a travel clinic or Doctor to obtain the latest medical advice for travelling to the region.  Guidance and geo-co-ordinates for the areas we travel to are provided in our pre-Safari checklists.

Is it safe to go on Safari in South Africa?2020-01-28T01:42:30+00:00

The areas we operate in are very safe.  That said, all the normal precautions that one should take when travelling should be adhered to.  We provide all the necessary guidance in our pre-Safari checklists.

Are your Safaris suitable for children?2020-02-09T13:47:17+00:00

Yes for children over the age of 4 – and they are wonderful opportunities for shared learning. But please do note that some of our accommodation has unprotected raised platforms, and swimming pools are unfenced. Children must be supervised by adults at all times.

Our Safaris are not suitable for children under the age of 4. This is because we operate our safaris well off-the-beaten-track, so for very young children it is just too risky and entrance is not permitted by most of the game reserves we use.

Parents travelling with children must carry an unabridged birth certificate for each child, for entry into South Africa at Johannesburg’s O.R. Tambo Airport.

What do I need to pack for my Safari?2020-02-09T14:25:13+00:00

We provide our guests with a detailed ‘pre-safari’ check list that lists everything that will be required on the Safari, that is not already provided.

Please use the do contact us (make an enquiry) if you would like us to send you a checklist – whether you are travelling with Alexandra’s Africa or not. We would be delighted to assist!

What birds might we see?2020-01-28T01:33:50+00:00
The region we operate our Safaris in is one of the most exciting birding destinations in South Africa for beginners and experienced birders – with over 600 species having been recorded of which 420 are resident. Birding on safari is easy, colourful, at times amusing and very enjoyable.
The following bird types are all represented:
Ostrich, grebe, cormorant, heron, stork, duck, vulture, kestrel and falcon, eagle, kite, hawk, crake, gallinule, korhaan, jacana, wader, courser, pigeons and doves, turaco and parrots, cuckoo, coucal, owl, nightjar, swift, mousebird, kingfisher, roller, chat, hoopoe & hornbill, ground hornbill, shrike, oriole, starling, oxpecker, sunbird, sparrow, weaver, drongo, quelea & bishop, batis, widowbird, bee-eater, barbet, woodpecker, finch, waxbill, wagtail, thrush, manakin, whydah, crane, plover, canaries and buntings, tit, lark, bulbul, swallow & Martin, weaver, sandpiper, sandgrouse, ibis, robin, lapwing, hamerkop, parrots, heron and spoonbill.
What animals might we see?2020-01-28T01:34:53+00:00
As the animals are wild in all our game reserve locations, game viewing is unpredictable – which is what makes it so exciting!
You will see (and hear) a number of animals from the list below:
Larger Animals
Elephant, crocodile, white rhinoceros, black rhinoceros, buffalo, lion, cheetah, hippopotamus, giraffe, zebra, warthog, porcupine, baboons and monkeys.
From the antelope family you will see eland, kudu, nyala, impala, blue wildebeest, tsessebe, red hartebeest, sable, gemsbok, waterbuck, duiker, reedbuck, steenbuck, klipspringer and if we are lucky, the very shy bushbuck.
Smaller Animals
Jackal, rock hyrax, hares, mongoose, terrapins and turtles.
Less common Animals as they are nocturnal or rare
Aardvark (antbear), spotted hyena, brown hyena, black rhino, ardwolf, pangolin, leopard and genet.
On our Explorer Safaris you will see (and hear) animals many of the following: 
Bat-eared fox and suricate (meerkat).
Is there an age limit?2020-02-09T14:48:35+00:00

There is a lower limit – we cannot take children under the age of 4 years of age.
The is also no upper age limit – the only guidance we offer on this is: (1) the travel must be eligible for personal travel insurance, and (2) as we are often driving in open, off-road 4-wheel drive vehicles, it can get a little bumpy at times, and our guests need to be able to climb in and out of a game vehicle. That said – our game rangers are always on hand to assist.
Last year we had a number of guests of 80+ years of age wonderful!

How many people do you take on your small-group Safaris?2020-01-28T00:53:26+00:00

On the hosted Safaris we take up to 6 people.

How many people do you take on your Safari Retreats?2020-01-28T01:49:02+00:00

We take up to 8 people on the Safari Retreats.

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