We went on a 10 day camping photography safari in Botswana with Craig Parry at the end of September in the dry season.
It was the best trip to Africa I have been on so far. The staff and the camping was amazing. To be out in the bush of Botswana with no fences and the clear open skies was just perfect. The staff did all the hard camping jobs and cooked us amazing meals...including catering for our annoying dietary requirements.
Our guide Chris Dandridge was legendary, and he helped us find the best angles to take photos in the best light. He really knew what he was doing and together with Craig's photography experience, we got some spectacular photos and saw a wide range of animals.
People always talk about the "big five" when they go to Africa. There is so much more to the African wildlife than the "big five". I was really happy with taking 10 days because we got to spend time with the animals, rather than just ticking them off a tick list and moving on to the next species.
If anyone is wondering whether to stay in a lodge or camp, I would advise camping all the way. I felt like I would not have had anywhere near the experience we had if we were in luxury cabins. You can't beat being out in a tent with nothing between you and the incredible animals that call Botswana home.
I could easily have stayed longer, I really was in my happy place, I will definitely be back. I loved every minute of it!
Review by Laswa Komes5 months ago
Our experience with Safari Frank was unforgettable. Gail made the entire planning process so easy and we never had to worry about a thing once we landed. We stayed in the most beautiful places and saw the most incredible animals and landscapes. We can't wait to plan another trip soon.
Review by ArildHemnes5 months ago
The use of Ultimate Safaris, with guide FRANCO, made the Namibia trip 110% Absolutely amazing and wonderful. The guide Franco was very personable, knowledgeable. I have already given Ultimate Safaris with guide FRANCO to a number of people.
We all agreed that FRANCO made the whole safari work!!
Highly recommend Ultimate Safaris to anyone.
Only complaint was that there was only ONE shoulder bag between for two individuals. We paid individually, only ONE bag. Not good enough.
Review by Mevin Geyskens5 months ago
We had a wonderful time in both Namibia & Botswana, safariFrank did a wonderful job putting together our safaris and everyone we met was top notch.
Review by Moditec5 months ago
Very well organised trip with all connections made without a problem. Had the best Guide. Food and accommodation excellent. Would recommend them.
Review by Thomassi5 months ago
Great trip, surprise surprise , talk of another adventure already.
Review by Orlan Salakari6 months ago
Thank you for a wonderfully organised trip it went like clockwork with no hiccups, would recommend anyone looking to go on safari to book through you
Cheers mary Walker
Review by Bigsisky6 months ago
Thanks for putting together the best itinerary!! Their knowledge of Africa is so much better than Google’s!!
Review by Shubhodeep Querub7 months ago
Safari Frank were flexible and accommodating for all the changes & additions made by members of the Group. The trip went smoothly with all aspects working exactly as advised. The local experience of the Safari Frank team were evident in that we had a very special trip, with many experiences less experienced or informed travelers would not have had, and all the providers and accommodation were great.
Review by Danine8 months ago
The trip was absolutely incredible, I would put more than 5 stars if I could.
The itinerary was well-planned and organized, we were always on time to take the best pictures during sunrises or sunsets. Big thanks to our guide (don't remember his full name, we called him Mr. T, he is from Zimbabwe) who totally nailed it. He always helped us with our photography by stopping at the best places and angles we could ask for. Very well-educated and intelligent guide, he had answers to all questions we had. And yes, his sense of humor was far beyond our expectations, it was such a fun trip!
The support from safariFRANK was also incredible. It was unfortunate that my luggage didn't arrive on time because of the airline mistake and safariFRANK handled the delivery on my behalf. We were in the middle of our trip and the arranged the pick up and transfer so that I didn't have to worry about it. Highly appreciate this.
I can't say more, there is no room for improvement really, I can't imagine a better trip. Totally recommended.
Review by Jayman8 months ago
I recently journey on a photographic tour of Namibia organized by SafariFRANK and it was hands down one of the best trips of my life. Everything was so well organized and thought out. Definitely 5 stars!
Review by Kebabpete8 months ago
It was a holiday of a lifetime,our expectations were more than met, the delivery of services were efficient, all planning was on time,our camps did not disappoint,the people and the animals were amazing,we loved it so much that we have booked to return next year.Many thanks to Gail and your team, we have no hesitation in recommending your company to family and friends. Guy and Heather Homer.
Review by Rubenas Weitsz8 months ago
Perfect trip with Gesa and Frank being absolutely awesome!! Looking forward to this again one day!
Review by Groa10 months ago
Our trip organised by Safari Frank was absolutely wonderful. Our accommodation was excellent. The camps we stayed in were well run and interesting. Our travel agent, Gail, was very efficient and everything went as smoothly as it possibly could. We would thoroughly recommend Safari Frank if you are thinking of a trip to Africa.
Review by Maids Tuncel1 year ago
WOW…what an experience! An experience we will never forget.
The hospitality we received while on our SafariFRANK arranged vacation was A+ with everything running to plan and very much above our expectations. Both camps were brilliant and unique in their own right.
I have already told everyone at work and many of our family and friends that they need to go to South Africa…”add it to your bucket lists!”. We have of course told them to book with SafariFRANK.
Review by CLIENTjoey1 year ago
such an amazing Safari experience, each day exceeded my expectations more. A trip of a life time and so well looked after by experienced and wonderful guides. Thanks Safari Frank for an wonderful trip
Review by Jerline1 year ago
Our experience with SafariFRANK was fantastic! It was our honeymoon and we were going on safari for the first time - they helped us navigate the entire process, listened to what we were looking for/hoping to experience, and then made recommendations based on our budget.
Their entire team was friendly, knowledgeable, and quick to respond to any questions we had. We would use them again in the future and highly recommend them.
Review by Degard1 year ago
What an amazing and action packed holiday. So much variety and so well organised. Everything went smoothly, guides and transfers were perfect. Would highly recommend this tour.
Review by Snid Stia1 year ago
Trip of a lifetime!
Everything was excellent and the organization in advance was great (thanks Stephanie!). We felt very well and had a wonderful time in Africa with Safarifrank!
Review by FionaTC1 year ago
Safari Frank helped me organise a trip to Africa for 4.5 weeks. The trip was fantastic - I couldn't fault any of it. It was highly well organised and the itinerary was well thought out. I would highly recommend booking through safari Frank as they will be able to cater your trip to your needs. I ended up doing a multitude of things on my trip - including a week in Cape Town, and a couple of nights in the wineries, then a 3 week 'contiki' style overland tour that was perfect for what I was after (a bit of fun and adventure with young like minded people). I then had a few days by myself in the Kruger. I would have really struggled to figure out how to get between each of the areas and what was the best option for what I wanted to achieve out of my travel desires. Safari Frank were so accommodating and helped with ALL of this! I couldn't thank them more. Big thanks to Karin and Gail - they are superstar africa travel gurus!
Review by BlackHoleKing1 year ago
A big heartfelt thank-you to SafariFRANK for organizing our family trip to Africa. We spent over 3 weeks away, and the trip exceeded all of our expectations. The team at SF not only organized our safaris, but looked after our itineraries for Victoria Falls, Cape Town and even Sun City.
The trip went off without a hiccup! Everything was planned and executed to perfection. Except for the animals - they would pick and choose their timing. So amazing to see the variety (and quantity) of animals in their natural habitat. The guides were knowledgeable, entertaining and skilled.
Would recommend SF to anyone wanting to see and experience the real Africa.
The family already want to go back..........
Review by Zentreh Lynnea1 year ago
SafariFRANK was SUPERB in their organisation and execution of our recent trip to Africa. I travelled with a group and we asked SafariFRANK to organise our own, custom tour that included specific parts of Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe. And the trip was exceptional. Clear communication before and throughout the trip as needed, seamless transfers from one location to another (we didn't really have to think for ourselves haha), it was perfect. The companies SafariFRANK engages with are also top of the line, providing exceptional service. If I go back to Africa (I have other places in the world to go first) then SafariFRANK will be my first contact!
Review by Bonnae Mlodzinska1 year ago
The SafariFrank team have been instrumental in putting together a 2-month sabbatical trip with our 3 boys through Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Zambia and South Africa. It is without any doubt that the SafariFrank team know (southern) Africa inside-out. They're very knowledgeable across all relevant domains - accommodation, 'special places to visit', getting around when on the ground, things to do, all the formalities, etc, etc. They've always taken our wishes & needs as the starting point of their planning efforts and were quick to come back to any questions of suggestions from our side, also whilst we were travelling.
In short, we'd wholeheartedly recommend them as your go-to travel agency for southern Africa!
Review by Siubhan Nwudu1 year ago
We were very nervous to travel to Africa. Safari Frank were the ultimate travel agency. There knowledge and experience is first class. They were able to give fantastic recommendations which we could not have done by ourselves. We were away for a month and not once did we have any trouble. Thanks to the whole team at Safari Frank!!
Review by Sagy1 year ago
We had a fantastic family holiday arranged with Safari Frank two adults and three children on a mobile safari in Botswana Over Easter 2018 We had an amazing time the attention to detail prior to departure was excellent and everything ran smoothly from start to finish from our arrival to the departure at the end of the Safari the local company they placed us with provided an excellent service, fantastic viewing vehicle, the camping facilities food and service were excellent and the whole experience was one that we will remember for a long time absolutely no hesitation in recommending Safari Frank for your next Safari experience