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Accommodation, Transport and Advice

Every lodge or camp is personally selected by one of the Anderson Expeditions team for its location, access to wilderness areas, sustainable operating practices, quality of service, atmosphere and all-round experience.

Lodges and Camps

Luxury and Adventure

Lodges

Lodges provide a wide range of activities allowing you to explore the dramatic surrounds of the area you are in – game drives, bush walks, boating, canoeing, trekking, horse riding, hot-air ballooning, helicopter flights etc. Complimenting the adventure, the lodges provide down time where extreme comfort, quality service and cuisine compliment facilities such as private plunge pools, spa’s, star viewing decks and waterhole hides.

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Mobile Tented Camps

The absolute priority on any safari or expedition is being in the best possible location. Vast wilderness areas, inaccessible to most people, generally provide the most authentic wildlife experiences. Our ground teams set up mobile tented camps to put you in the perfect spots from which to explore the surroundings and wildlife. We love to include mobile camps on our itineraries – they guarantee privacy, star-filled skies, fireside drinks and the potential for calling lions or feeding elephants on the other side of your tent!

Trails and Fly Camps

Many of our adventure based expeditions – walking, tracking and canoeing safaris – are based out of trails camps. Individual safari dome tents are centred around a mess area including a bar and fire pit for shared stories after a full day exploring the bush. Fly-camps are easily transported and very simple, and normally accessed only by foot. Nights under a mosquito net on the Makgadikgadi pans or on a koppie under mount Kilimanjaro are guaranteed expedition highlights.

Charter Aircraft

Efficient Access

Charter aircraft provide an efficient solution to access remote locations in a private and comfortable manner. Anderson Expeditions has access to a range of aircraft throughout Africa however our preference is for Pilatus PC-12 and King Air 200 airplanes.

Pilatus PC-12
King Air 200

Helicopter Safaris

Experience difficult to access locations

Helicopter safaris are a unique way of experiencing otherwise difficult to access locations. Typically we use a Bell 407 or Eurocopter AS350 piloted by highly experienced pilots. The pilots and one of our private guides lead helicopter safaris into remote regions of South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia and Rwanda.

Bell 407
Eurocopter AS350

Useful Information

Some useful tips for making the most of your expedition

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Gorilla Tracking

Can I track the gorillas?

In order to track gorillas and really enjoy the experience, we recommend that our guests are fit and in good health.  Tracking in thick forest at heights of up to 3,000 metres, traversing steep-sided mountains and ravines, can be arduous, especially if it is wet. To protect gorillas from disease, no children under 15 are allowed to go gorilla tracking. Being in good health is not simply something that will ensure a more enjoyable experience – people who are ill on the day of the tracking may be not be allowed to track. Please do keep us informed should you any health concerns.  To minimize the possible transmission of human diseases, visitors are asked to maintain a distance of about 20 feet from the gorillas whenever possible.

Gorilla tracking permits 

Only a limited number of permits are available in each gorilla park. It is therefore essential that we book your safari well in advance. Permits need to be paid for at the time of the initial safari booking so that they can be purchased immediately. A delay in payment can result in permits not being secured for the intended dates. A percentage of the gorilla permit fee goes to communities living around the gorilla parks.

Gorilla tracking rules

At the National Park headquarters (or at your lodge for private tracking), ranger guides will explain the rules for tracking gorillas. These rules are designed to protect both you and the gorillas and you will understand why they must be adhered to.

Once the gorillas have been located, the group is allowed to spend an hour with the gorillas. Flash photography is not permitted, so fast film is useful (400-1600 ASA) or appropriate digital camera settings. It is such an exceptional experience and we do encourage personal video cameras to capture the moment.  Professional filmmakers, however, require permission to film in the National Parks and need to purchase filming permits.

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What clothing to pack for safari

A broad guideline for Africa

The weather in most of our safari destinations is generally pleasant throughout the year – warm to hot days, and cool to warm nights – with the Southern Hemisphere summer (September to April) being the hotter months. During the winter months however (May to August), it can get really cold at night and in the early morning, particularly when on safari, so we would like to suggest that you pack accordingly.  Here is a list of generic items that we recommend you pack…

Good to know:  Bright colours and white are not advised whilst on safari.

  • Sun hat / bush hat
  • Headscarf / bandana – particularly for dusty dry regions
  • Golf-shirts and / or T-shirts – preferably with a sleeve to protect your shoulders from the sun
  • Long-sleeved cotton shirts
  • Short pants
  • Long trousers / slacks
  • Pyjamas – lightweight for summer and warm / thermal for winter
  • Socks – thermal options are recommended for the winter months
  • Good closed walking shoes (running / tennis shoes are fine)
  • Sandals – preferably low heeled or flat if you are going on safari
  • Swimming costume
  • Lightweight jersey or fleece in summer
  • Light rain gear or jacket for summer months
  • Warm jersey or fleece plus anorak or parka in winter
  • Additionally, a scarf, gloves and beanies / woollen hats for the cold winter months
  • More formal attire for your stay at prestigious city hotels
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Useful equipment for safari

Good to know:  There is very often a restriction on luggage limits on your safari – please ensure that you check the details from us in this regard as they do change according to your itinerary. A good rule of thumb is 15kg’s per person, in a soft duffle bag.  This weight limit particularly applies when traveling on light aircraft.

  • Good quality sunglasses, UV protected, preferably polarised. Tinted fashion glasses are not good in strong light.
  • If you wear contact lenses, we recommend that you bring along a pair of glasses in case you get irritation from the dust
  • A good bird guide book if you are a keen birder
  • Personal toiletries (basic amenities supplied by most establishments)
  • Malaria tablets (if applicable)
  • Antihistamine tablets if you suffer from any allergies
  • Anti nausea tablets if you suffer from motion sickness
  • Moisturising cream and suntan lotion – SPF 50 or higher recommended
  • Insect repellent for body application, e.g. Tabard, Rid, Jungle Juice, etc.
  • Basic medical kit (aspirins, plasters, Imodium, antiseptic cream and antihistamine cream, etc.)
  • Tissues / Wet Wipes
  • Visas, tickets, passports, money, credit card, insurance details, etc.
  • Camera equipment including spare batteries, chargers, film, flash cards, memory sticks, etc.
  • Waterproof/dustproof bag or cover for your camera
  • BINOCULARS – we highly recommended that you bring your own pair for viewing both wildlife and birds. 8×40 and 10×42 are the recommended general purpose binocular specifications