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Part 3 – How To Choose A Quality African Safari Trip & Service Standards

Part 3 – How To Choose Your African Safari Quality & Service Standards – Trip Planning Guide

30 June 2016 | Published By AfricanMecca Safaris | Blog CategoriesSafari Planning.

 

AfricanMecca Safaris use a dedicated Safari Tiers ranking method to compare all our tour accommodation on three different levels enabling distinct travelers looking to use our services to know exactly what to expect for any safari destination in Eastern and Southern Africa, from Masai Mara in Kenya to Okavango Delta in Botswana. The rankings are designed to balance all variables on a single scale of comparative standard and value from the point of view of a prospective guest based on his/her anticipation and expectation of the experience. In assessing value, many factors are considered, from the mass to discerning exclusive location, guiding standards, comfort quality and aesthetic style of your safari camp or lodge, to the number of rooms’ vs guest ratio, standard of wholesome service and cuisine, together with such features such as bush spas to wilderness swimming pools. African outback parks and reserves are evaluated on the basis of overall quality, from wildlife concentration, remote vs central, terrain, ecology, activities to ease vs difficulty of access, provision of transport and relationships with local communities. The proximity of wilderness venues to archaeological, historical, geographical or cultural sites are as important as the quality of guiding and range of local vs migratory wildlife including terrestrial, aquatic and avian. This enables a prospective guest to select with confidence exactly the combination desired at their preferred price. But we are not talking about budgets. We are looking at maximum values for every dollar, pound or euro for the most desirable experiences sought.

For most safari destinations in Africa, there are three tiers of accommodation available:

Safari Tier 1 offers sheer luxury, denoting exclusivity in the acme of African safari accommodation. Stunning exclusive location with maximal wildlife experiences, top-notch guides, individual attention, flexibility, superlative boutique standards of comfort, sumptuous cuisine and more are all included. Where money is no object for the experience sought, ultra-frill travelers can seek out the very finest options for the ultimate in game viewing in exclusive wilderness reserves with superlative guides and comfortable, personal, customized 4X4 transport. Access is by air at most times.

Safari Tier 2 offers a deluxe approach, less personalized and opulent than Tier 1. Standards are still very good to excellent with spacious rooms, delicious meals, delightful surroundings, friendly staff and often a home-from-home atmosphere. There may be more rooms and guests necessitating shared services, less flexible itineraries and superb guides though less experienced than Tier 1’s. There are usually optional extra services e.g. drinks paid separately to extra activities. Access is by air and supplemented by road too.

Safari Tier 3 caters for adventurous or value seekers who prefer to economize on services and accommodation, focusing instead on authentic wildlife experiences in locations in main touristy areas. Activities and buffet meals are time-tabled, with savings on no-frills accommodation, simple but adequate menus and shared safari services with well-experienced guides in a concentrated wilderness. Access is by road at most times unless if the park is not accessible or when cost savings are not significant, then air transfer is used.

All three Safari Tiers offer a choice of lodges or tented camps, and a trade-off between isolation and amenities to standards of service, but it must be remembered that, even in a developing destination, such standards of care, service reliability and safety do not come cheap. We are talking about the adventures of a lifetime, an investment in life-changing experiences, which are well worth what they cost, especially with the AfricanMecca Safaris Tier aptitude for superlative perfection.

 

Continue reading the complete blog articles below

Part 1 – Trip Purpose – How To Plan An African Safari Trip

Part 2 – Where To Go On Safari In Africa

Part 3 – How To Choose Your African Safari Quality & Service Standards

Part 4 – How Long To Go On Safari In Africa

Part 5 – Why Go On An African Safari & Pre – Post Trip Extensions


More Parts Coming Soon – Stay Tuned


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