PHOTO SAFARIS TO AFRICA Mark Ainscough, Lax-a shareholder.
I first travelled to Africa in 1988 when my wife and I went to Malindi in Kenya for a beach holiday. Whilst there, we went inland for two nights to Tsavo for some game-viewing. Since then, we have been back to Africa many times and have experienced different areas, different weather and different accommodation.
For us, one thing never changes. Africa is magnetic – it pulls us back on a regular basis. Having just got back from a truly wonderful trip to Botswana, the urge to get back to Africa is now even greater.
Whether you are an African novice or “an old hand” it is essential to have your itinerary well planned by someone who considers both your own individual requirements and your experiences to date. I have used a small operator for our last three safari holidays to Africa. This company has a very wide first-hand knowledge of the safari business in East Africa, Botswana, Zambia, and Zimbabwe (where I will visit as soon as I feel that foreign cash will actually benefit those that are in such desperate need of it).
Whether it is for two nights or two weeks, whether in a five star lodge or a basic tent - if you are out in the African bush it is your guide who will ultimately determine the success of the holiday. In the bush you need to feel safe, you are there to be educated, there is always a need for humour – all are controlled by your guide. Perhaps I am almost addicted to Africa, its wildlife and its open panoramic landscapes but I also know that to maximise the African experience it is essential to source the best guide possible.
If you are considering a safari holiday in Africa, I would be delighted to discuss my experiences and introduce you to an operator who I feel could provide you with a sensational experience. I hope you might enjoy the account of my latest adventure to the Okavango Delta in Botswana.