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“Dear Kyle and the Ubuntu Travel Team, thank you for everything you did to ensure a great family experience in South Africa. Your attention to details, the first-class lodging and guides all made for a memorable family experience. It was a wonderful family trip as all three generations thoroughly enjoyed themselves and walked away with memories that will last a lifetime. Thank you for an incredible experience. "
"Our trip to South Africa was the most incredible trip that we've ever taken. We plan on returning again with our family. Thank you to the Ubuntu Team for putting together this wonderful event. There is no way we would haves seen what we did without the hard work and dedication to make this the best YPO couples retreat ever."
"My wife and I have had the privilege of traveling to many areas of the world. Without question, South Africa is one of our favorite destinations. We have been to South Africa three times and thoroughly enjoyed what was clearly an ""out-of-this-world"" experience. The attention to detail in offering us maximum exposure to the flora, fauna, people and history of this incredible part of the world was off the chart. The transportation, accommodations, food and fabulous South African wines were all first cabin. The Ubuntu Team and their ground support tended to every possible detail making this a very safe and pleasurable trip for all of us. I highly recommend traveling with the Ubuntu team on any future adventures to South Africa that they arrange."
“Exploring Africa had been at the top of our bucket list. Thanks to Ubuntu’s unsurpassed knowledge and turnkey logistical expertise, we experienced Africa like we never imagined. We immersed ourselves in the stunning beauty during excursions, and retreated to the comfort of our luxurious lodges for feasting and fun amidst the magical sounds of the African nights. We will certainly return to Africa with Ubuntu in the future.”
“Both of our experiences [traveling with Ubuntu] were remarkable in so many ways. The lodges where we stayed, the culinary experiences, the people we met, and of course the wildlife were beyond our expectations and imagination. Their itineraries provide unique experiences and insights that you would not be able to experience on your own or through a traditional travel agency. We will cherish our memories and spectacular photos forever.”
"Selecting a competent travel service is essential if one is planning a safari in Africa. It’s also preferable if that travel agency is located and is owned by residential South Africans. The third essential factor would include agents, who themselves, both love to travel and are expert at experiences available at safari locations. The owners of Ubuntu Travel Group are just such people. We used their services to plan and experience a 12 day trip to the Kruger National Park area in South Africa visiting three different camp locations. The trip exceeded our expectations and we are already planning a similar trip with them next year."
"Without question our trips to Africa with the Green Family and Ubuntu Travel stand out as highlights in our family's memory of experiences. We enjoyed time with the Greens, and three other couples, in Cape Town and Kruger in 2010 via a well-orchestrated trip that exposed us to an experience beyond our expectations. We then traveled with them again to Zambia and Botswana in 2016, this time on a YPO family experience with over 100 people. During each trip, we were impressed by the exceptional accommodations, gracious hosts and staff, and the overall experience working with the Ubuntu Travel Team. Even while traveling with a large group, all transfers and events were seamless. We are so thankful for all of the memories we will cherish from our adventures in Africa."
"I am writing this letter to you to express Sheila and my gratitude for arranging, managing and executing two perfect trips to Africa. We have been constant travelers for many years and have experienced many tour operators and organizers. Your trips rate amongst the top! Both times we have traveled with you turned out to be extremely satisfying experiences. The last trip with our children and grandchildren was well planned and well executed. We got to see many animals, learn about the culture of the habitants and spend some good time together with friends and family. The ground arrangements were handled very professionally and the amount of planning was clearly evident throughout the trip. I would not hesitate to recommend Ubuntu travel group and the Green team for future travel in Africa."
"When making a once in a lifetime trip, it is best to not leave things to chance or just have an average experience. We were very pleased that the Ubuntu Travel team made our Africa trip an unforgettable experience for all of us. There was nothing average about it and every detail had been carefully planed while still being in a very relaxing environment. Adults and kids had a blast! The blend of outdoor experiences and luxury was just perfect. The meals, guides and accommodations took the safari experience to another level. Thank You!”
“Of the many great trips we have taken, this one will clearly be remembered forever as the greatest, most interesting, and most fun. It was so special and we could not have had such an amazing experience without your help and guidance.”
"I visited Africa for a spectacular gathering of global entrepreneurs with my wife. As Global Chairman of the organization hosting the event, I was treated to some fantastic experiences. My wife and I decided we would one day visit again, with our children, knowing that we could never exceed the experience we had on that first trip. To our surprise, our family trip to Africa coordinated by Ubuntu Travel Group was even more special, exclusive, and exquisite than the first visit we made. Jill and I decided, on that trip, that we must go again, with our entire extended family, but only if the trip was planned by Ubuntu and the Green Family. If you are searching for a unique and surprising experience, travel to Africa with no one else."
"Ubuntu Travel provided me with the experience of a lifetime. From Safari lodges to cycling to fly fishing, the organization and individual guides were absolutely stellar. I absolutely will do this again."
"Everyone in our family agrees that the South Africa trip we planned with Ubuntu Travel exceeded every expectation. The Greens expertly handled all travel arrangements and from the moment we landed in Johannesburg, to the moment we flew back home, every detail was taken care of. The lodges we were referred to were beautiful, the service was excellent, but it was the knowledgeable guides and incredible animal experiences that made our adventure unforgettable. We enjoyed our experience so much that we are relying on Ubuntu Travel and the Greens to plan another trip for us, this time to Tanzania to see the great migration. Can't wait!"
Plan a Trip
Reach out and let’s start talking. We’ll listen and begin to tailor an experiential, private, luxury vacation based on exactly how you want to experience Africa. From adventure to relaxation—and everything in between—let us handle every detail of your unforgettable journey.
What does a safari agency do?
We customize journeys for individuals and groups of all sizes, specializing in luxury safaris in Southern and East Africa. We work closely with our clients to design itineraries that fit their specific travel goals with the sole focus of delivering bucket list adventures and experiences.
How to book a safari?
It all starts with a conversation as we work with our clients to customize their ideal trip, start to finish. Reach out to one of our travel designers today and we’ll help make your bucket list vacation a reality. We are available to assist in person (if geographically possible), over the phone, or through Zoom calls. If you’d prefer to correspond via email, we’re happy to do so as well!
Do I get to create my own itinerary?
Yes, absolutely! We work closely with our clients to advise on how to best design an itinerary that checks all the boxes, including their preferred types of lodging, the destinations they’d like to visit, their activities of interest, and, of course, their wildlife must-sees!
What will I see on a safari?
Regardless of where you decide to go on safari in Africa, you will see stunning landscapes and a variety of unique African wildlife. Some of the most commonly seen animals on safari are lion, leopard, cheetah, rhino, elephant, hippos, wildebeest and a variety of other antelope species. In specific parts of Africa, guests may have the opportunity to see rarer animals such as mountain gorillas, chimpanzees, African wild dogs, and more elusive small cats such as serval & caracal. Depending on where you are visiting, the scenery can range from open savannahs to sand forests onto thick brush and dense forests.
What is the typical mode of transportation in Africa?
While in Africa, your transportation will vary between luxury transfer vehicles in cities, to safari vehicles while in the bush. In certain game parks, 4×4 open safari vehicles are used, while in others you will be using closed vehicles with a pop-top hatch roof for viewing. Depending on your itinerary, transportation between countries or destinations may take place on smaller bush planes (i.e. Cessna Caravans) or on larger commercial flights. Private charter flights are also available for groups looking for more exclusivity.
Do I have to travel in a group or can I travel on my own?
We can create a customized itinerary for individuals or groups of any size. Whether you are a solo traveler, a large multi-generational family, or a group of friends, each trip is tailored to our client’s specific travel goals and requests. If you are interested in pre-arranged group travel, we may have some special small group experiences to join (inquire for additional information).
Can I finance my trip?
Absolutely! We have partnered with Uplift to allow you to travel now and pay over time. With low rates and easy autopay features, you don’t have to put your travel dreams on hold. For more information, visit our Financing page.
Can I go on a safari if I am disabled or in a wheelchair?
Absolutely! There are a variety of fantastic lodges and activities that are well suited for disabled travelers. Based on your specific limitations, we can help suggest properties and experiences that are appropriate and safe for disabled travelers.
How much do I tip on a safari?
Tipping and gratuity are subject to each client’s discretion, however, in our experience, the staff and teams who assist our clients in Africa are incredible and go above and beyond to create the most enjoyable experiences for our guests. For detailed information and our recommended tipping guidelines, please see our blog Guide to Tipping on Safari.
How long are safari game drives?
A typical safari schedule consists of morning and afternoon game drives, each lasting about 3 hours. During each game drive, you will have the opportunity to stop for a quick bite and beverage, before returning to the main lodge for your meals and relaxation time. In East Africa, daily schedules can be a bit different if you are looking to travel farther distances to view the Great Migration. In this scenario, meal packs will be organized for dining on the go and full day adventures. Alternate schedules can be requested with your safari guide to accommodate any client preferences.
How long should I travel to Africa for?
We recommend spending a minimum of a week to ten days in Africa. If your budget allows and you are interested in visiting multiple countries, itineraries of two to three weeks are wonderful for in-depth exploration of the continent. You’ll also want to factor in travel time to and from Africa, and an extra day or so on the front end can help with jetlag and getting adjusted to the local time.
How far in advance should I book a safari?
We recommend booking travel anywhere from six months to a year in advance, to be sure that you are able to secure your preferred accommodations and travel routes, as most lodges have limited accommodations and rooms fill up well in advance. If you are sure of your future travel plans, we can book over a year in advance, however, your international flights will need to be booked at a separate time, as those schedules are only released 11 months in advance. That being said, we are also able to book last minute travel, pending flight and lodge availability, and have done so on many occasions.
How safe is a safari?
Very safe! Safari guides and staff are highly trained to keep guests safe during their safari experiences. Understanding and recognizing animal behaviors is a key part of ranger training, teaching guides to respect the space of wild animals and provide a safe environment for both the guests and the wildlife.
Does Ubuntu Travel coordinate the travel to get to Africa?
Yes, we can help with booking your international flights to and from Africa, in addition to the rest of your itinerary, including any stopovers in Europe and the Middle East.
What should I plan to pack for my safari?
Packing guidelines will range based on your travel destinations, the time of year traveling and your safari activities. For more detailed information, please visit our Packing Guide for Safari blog.
What is the best time of year to go on a safari?
Africa is a fantastic destination to visit year round – it all depends on a number of factors such as what wildlife you are most interested in seeing, the activities you’re looking to engage in (i.e. hot air ballooning, water safaris, scuba diving, etc.), as well as your ideal budget. If you are interested in seeing a specific animal or migration, we can help determine the best time of the year for you to visit. If you are interested in visiting a specific country or eco-system, we can help you plan for the optimal weather and best game viewing in that part of Africa.