"Take only pictures; steal only time; leave only footprints." - Unknown
The word safari means journey and comes to us from the Swahili language, spoken throughout East Africa but especially in Tanzania and Kenya, where many of these photographic journeys occur. In addition, Frontiers has designed safaris in other African countries such as Uganda, Rwanda, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa. From open safari vehicles, dugout canoes, elephant, camel or horseback, hot air balloons, quad bikes, and even on foot, you can explore the vast savannas, expansive deserts with ever-changing dunes, misty jungle hills where gorilla bands reside and water holes teeming with wildlife activity that make up the many facets of Africa.
Frontiers has a long history in Africa, dating back to our first safari in November 1971, a trial run for a new flying safari called "Sasafari." The operators designed a wonderful itinerary throughout South Africa, Botswana, what was then Rhodesia, and Mozambique. Sasafari remained viable until 1976 when winds of political change swept the region. In that five-year span, Frontiers was honored to be chosen as the safari operator for such prestigious special-interest groups as the Board of Directors of the San Diego Zoo, the National Wildlife Federation, the American Museum of National History and the National Audubon Society. Over the years, we fine-tuned our focus on East and Southern Africa and coordinated multiple departures for the Smithsonian Associates and World Wildlife Fund. Along the way, our staff became well experienced, and Frontiers was sought out by discerning travelers to develop private itineraries embracing a wide range of interests, a trend continuing to this day.For more information on safari opportunities in Africa please contact our in-house Africa experts, Kathy Schulz and Eileen Datt.
Though Africa is the destination traditionally associated with safaris, India has recently appeared on the safari scene with a selection of deluxe lodges, operated through a joint partnership between And Beyond India and Taj Hotels. Travelers are now able to choose from four tented camps and lodges in the country's top national parks, like Pench, Bandhavgarh, Kanha, and Ranthambhore, with the chance to catch a glimpse of the elusive Bengal tiger in its natural habitat as well as the reclusive sloth bear, sambar deer and a vast array of birdlife. These jungle lodges offer the country's first and only wildlife safari circuit and are situated in Central India on the borders of well-known tiger reserves in Madhya Pradesh. Four spectacular lodges make up an exclusive wilderness circuit that celebrates the highlights of this remarkable Indian state. For more information on safari opportunities in India, please visit our India webpage or contact in-house expert Mollie Fitzgerald.
Photos Courtesy of: Australia Tourism Board, Lindblad and Wilderness Safaris.