The difference between types of safari and tour packages

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Tours - Package Holidays - Independent Travel. How to choose the holiday that is right for you.

1. Tours

Some people think Tours are overly regimented and lack adventure. The fact is they encompass a tremendous spectrum of tastes, interests and travel styles. You can experience an adventure combining a safari in the Serengeti and luxurious relaxation in Zanzibar to a trip to see the flowers (during August/September) and a tour of the winelands. Tours can be as varied and individual as the travellers who purchase them.

A lot of research goes into planning a Tour, resulting in reliable itineraries and fewer hassles for you. That's particularly true in less developed destinations like parts of Africa, where a lack of infrastructure can make independent travel more of an ordeal than a holiday. This type of holiday will provide you with peace of mind, having pre-paid for your trip, you know what the cost will be in advance and can budget for your holiday with greater certainty

Siyabona Africa offers you added discovery of the destination through Tours! Many Tours also provide for a tremendous amount of learning, local experts sharing with you their knowledge of the local culture and activities. Some people wonder if they'll have enough independence on a guided tour, so many of our tour operators build in free time during the tour giving travellers the best of both worlds

2. Package Holidays

Like Tours, Package Holidays tend to have fixed itineraries, with transfers and hotels booked in advance. Comparable to Independent Travel, there's no organised group activities allowing you the freedom at each destination but with convenience and reliability attached. Package Holidays are especially popular with first-time visitors to Africa, where you will want the most hassle-free arrangements available.

Tours and Package Holidays offer many important benefits, the key being that you are actually saving! Siyabona Africa purchases in volume from all our service providers; hotels, lodges, ground transportation, safaris, allowing us to obtain rates to suit both your pocket and most importantly your sense of discovery!

3. Independent Travel

No group, no guide and no fixed itinerary! You choose where you want to go, who you want to go with and how you want to do it. This gives you the opportunity to ensure that your visit to Africa is well paced as you decide how many days you are wanting to spend in each destination.

You still have the advantage of Siyabona Africa's buying power from our service providers and our Quality Guarantee, giving you the best value for your money.

By dealing with Siyabona Africa on your independent travel requirements, you are also assured that your travels provide exactly what you need from a discovery point of view. You tell us what your travel learning interests are and we tailor-make your visit to suit these needs.

Planning your Holiday

The key to a successful holiday is all in the planning! The information provided by Siyabona Africa will provide you with all the information you need in order to know exactly what you're getting for your money, avoiding unpleasant surprises.

Research the country(s) you are visiting and see what optional activities, culinary experiences or cultural tours you can look forward to. When you begin planning your holiday you should make a list of goals, this will help you to focus on the things that are most important to you.

Call in the expert advice that Siyabona Africa has to offer. Our Travel Writers have visited all the destinations; see what they have to say on our web sites and product description. Our travel experts are passionate about Africa and can offer individual advice and input. Feel free to ask your Travel Consultant to assist you in making your trip as exciting as you want it.

Questions to ask when Planning your Holiday

What is and is not included in the price? Be sure to check the inclusions and exclusions of your safari or tour:
  • Airport Tax
  • Flights
  • Meals
  • Sightseeing Tours
  • Transfers

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