Brodie from Africa Safari Co. started working as a safari guide when he was only 15 years of age, working full time in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Swaziland, Zimbabwe and Zambia in 1990 and eventually ended up running a little bush camp for clients on mobile safaris to come into the Okavango Delta and do walking and boating.
Since 2000, Brodie has been living in Australia and since 2010 has been working for Susie Potter at The Africa Safari Co.
The Africa Safari Co. is an Australian based Tour Operator located in Sydney who specialises in tailor-made and scheduled Safaris to Southern and East Africa, encompassing but not limited to countries such as South Africa, Botswana, Kenya and Tanzania as well as Egypt, the Indian ocean islands and Madagascar.
Africa is a destination that requires both first-hand experience and local knowledge. Together, The Africa Safari Co. and Jayes Travel teams pride themselves on the fact that they have travelled extensively throughout Africa. With this experience, they can give you the correct and most up to date information on the areas to be visited, and the accommodation required.
Here are Brodie’s top 5 tips for making the most out of an African Safari experience:
Trust your travel agent to be able to recommend the right season for the destination you are visiting. The high season is the high season for a reason and gives you the best possible experience, although there are times when you can travel out of peak season which may still be good value for money and offers fewer tourists. Talk to your travel agent.
Purchase or borrow a camera with a decent zoom lens. If you are spending thousands of dollars on a safari, don’t just use your phone camera, a good lens will provide you with beautiful images that you can hang on the wall to remind you of your African holiday.
Don’t try to do too much, limit your holiday to 1 or 2 countries in a region and go back a few times to experience other areas, this way you will get to enjoy all that a destination has to offer and also keep the cost down.
Stretch your budget to the limit. Sometimes by paying a little extra you will be able to stay inside a game reserve instead of outside. This puts you in the best location to be on a game drive first thing in the morning and last thing in the evening.
Immerse yourself in the culture that you are visiting, talk to the people around you, listen to their stories, but remember that they are people, not tourist attractions. Always treat them with respect and courtesy and learn what the local customs are so that you don’t inadvertently offend anyone and you will be welcomed into their country and sometimes even their homes.