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We offer African experiences in German, Swiss-German, Afrikaans, Malayalam, and English.
We also offer local wilderness experiences and guided nature and cultural walks/overnight trips with our Malawian guide who speaks excellent English, Chichewa, Tonga, and Tumbuka.
What is the best way to contact you?
Email - We aim to respond to all emails within 24 hours.
What about malaira?
Follow a few simple health rules, and malaria is not a big problem. We advise you visit your dotor or tropical disease clinic and discuss anti-malarial options. We ALWAYS have access to both preventative and treatment medicines.
Are the safaris dangerous?
Let's not beat aroud the bush. We don't take you to Disneyland; we visit the wild! There is always an element of danger wherever you are in the world, but dangers come in many forms and our protocols have kept us safe so far! We firmly believe that we have been in more danger in Europe and the west, than we have ever been in the bush!
What is the best time of year to book a safari?
However, consider December to April in Malawi is roughly the rainy season. We do offer various trips at this time and if you really want to escape other tourists but don't mind the odd down pour, this is a great time to visit. You'll see Malawi at its most green and although off-grid wilderness trips are almost impossible, there are some amazing locations to explore.
Best time for mild climate in Malawi (but not necesssarily swimming in the lake) - June to early September
Best time for big game spotting and lake swimming (as it is much hotter and dryer) - September to December.
The later in the year, the warmer Malawi gets. The rains start in December and things rapidly cool down.
Although during the dry season it is said to be easier to see wildlife (the bush thins out as it dries and the majority of animals enjoy regular visits to the waterholes) there is wildlife year-round - you just need patience and have an understanding that you will see things. You just shouldn't rely on specific wildlife always be on show. That's the wild - it's dynamic.
Feel free to let us know what wildlife you are most interested in, and we can advise on the best time to visit. Some of you love insects, reptiles or snakes, or specific birds, and we know where they are, and when during the year they are most active.
What do we need to bring?
The type of luggage you bring will depend on the type of safari we are doing together. You won't need any specific camping gear or special survival equipment (unless you want to bring some). We provide everthing apart from a sleeping bag and second pillow if you need one. We recommend footwear for varying terrains. We will provide a list of recommended items as we plan all aspects of your trip. We won't expect you buy any expensive gear. We always recommend some typical essentials such as a hat, some long trousers and loose, long sleeve tops, and your swimming togs!
What about crime, political unrest or child soldiers?
We keep an eye on politics and local news. We do not visit places where there might be severe threats. The places you hear about with child soldiers or jungle rebels are thousands of miles away in different countries. Crime is everywhere in the world and we take sensible precautions.
Where do we sleep?
We stay in various places and establishments. Depending on the type of safari, the countries we are in and the experience you want; sleeping arrangements will differ. We can offer luxury lodge accommodation, hostel-style dorms and beds, but we also incorporate (and recommend) as much wild camping as possible. Although we are very happy to accommodate you however you wish (anything from 5* luxury to comfortable camping), we do like to mix the type of accommodation somewhat to give people a fuller experience of the african bush. We like go where the wild is, not where the wifi is!
How do I pay?
We prefer and recommend bank transfers to our Malawian business account. The amount quoted will be the amount which needs to reach us following any transfer charges.
Although more expensive - due to Go Untamed needing to transfer it to Malawi - we can accept payment through bank transfer into a UK account.
We will provide email confirmation and receipts upon request.
Although it is NOT vital, it sometimes benefits us to receive some of the money in cash. For those guests who are already in Malawi, we welcome this. No, it is not to avoid tax. Occasionally, it is very hard to come by an ATM in the very rural locations we visit and cash is hugely appreciated in remote lodges and villages. It is also not uncommon for ATM's in Malawi to run out of cash (especially at the end of each month) nor is it uncommon for ATM's to simply be out of order. It is also a common site to see over 40 people queueing at an ATM around pay day. This can obviously put a downer on a trip should we need to stop for cash. Chip and PIN machines are not available everywhere, and if there is a powercut, naturally, these machines are also out of order.
This is not reason to panic - just more of a reason to always have cash.
If you bring Dollars, UK Sterling or Euros, we can recommend changing it at the airport or at your lodge before paying us. For spending money, we know places where USD, UK Sterling, and Euros can easily be changed at fair rates.
The total amount for our adventure is due before the safari begins.
How much will a safari cost?
The cost will depend on the type of safari, the number of guests and the duration of the trip. Each safari is tailored and we will quickly offer a quote once we have established the main details. EVERYTHING is included in our price (except alcohol, flights, isurance, and visas). We recommend you contact us with your preferred dates, the number in your group, and your preferred start/end location. Let us know what you are interested in experiencing or seeing and we can recommend options, and any thing you might be unsure of.
When we do not use a vehicle, our guided hikes, bird trails, cultural experiences can start at just $10 for an hour. Full day hikes, overnight forest treks, kayaking trips, and river adventures increase in price due to the amount of logistical preparation and transport to the start/end point. Prices range drastically depending on the activity. These experiences do not involve the use of our 4x4, Penelope the Landcuiser.
The cost of a wilderness safari, national park experience or expedition-style excursion to one of our secret wilderness areas (for the latter, you must be able bodied and willing to be off the grid for at least a couple of nights) start at approximately $180 USD per day per person. The average cost of these trips can vary between $180 and $350 per person per day, as it depends entirely on the specifics which we will be happy to discuss with you before hand. We don't want to throw any unnecessary surprises at you.
Please do not assume that if you are interested in our longer safaris (a couple of weeks or more) that this figure is simply multiplied by the number of days. We recommend you contact us for a specific quote which we are happy to provide.
Can I pay in installments?
Yes, as long as payment is made in full prior to the trip.
With an agreed deposit, we are happy to reserve the dates you require.
How many people do you take?
Go Untamed prefer smaller groups merely because the experience you have is more intimate and specifically tailored for you. We like to take no more than 3 people. We also won't try to throw in a few strangers to fill our vehicle. It is YOUR safari! However, we do cater for larger groups.
Is the water safe to drink?
In most towns and villages the water is completely safe. Bjorn and Ben have been drinking it for years (along with much safer beer and gin). However, there are areas and times of risk when the water is not safe. We do not take unnecceasry risks. We treat and boil ALL water that we use for our drinks and meals.
What is the food like?
We prepare and cook meals daily. We sometimes stop in swanky restaurants but we also often try to give you the complete African experience and try the excellent local food. Some of it really is the bee's knees! There will be a range of fresh vegetables, fruit, meats, soy, snacks and soft drinks. We can cater for dietary requirements but please be aware that in some areas, logistics simply dictate that certain foods are often scarce.
I'm a vegetarian, will this be a problem?
Being a vegetarian in Southern Africa can be much easier than having a varied meat diet. We have catered for vegetarians, vegans, celiacs, etc etc.
Whatever your dietry requirements, please inform us early in our communication, before the safari.
What if I have allergies?
We recommend you visit your doctor before you begin your holiday. We recommend you bring with you all your required prescriptions. Please do inform us of any allergies you may have. We are used to handling them regularly and we are happy to not carry any ingredient that you may be intolerant or allergic to.
I have never camped before; will I be ok on your safari?
We do not assume that any of our guests have had experience in the bush. We recommend you inform us of your experience and we can discuss/recommend the type of safari you may prefer. The last thing we want is to throw you into a scenario which you are not expecting or do not want.
Please be aware that camping with us is NOT like the camping which most westerners experience at festivals or in the wet and windy countryside or Europe. Camping can be, and is comfortable when you are prepared as we are. However, there are other more luxurious options as we can discuss.
There are more than x4 of us. Can we come on a safari?
Yes. Although some notice would be good to be able to organise the trip for more people.
How many days does the safari last?
Our shortest safaris are normall 2-3 nights. Unless you are bringing your own helicopter, long drives are part of reaching the wilderness areas and remote places. Although it is ALWAYS your choice, we endevour to have longer game drives than the lodges and hotels sell (which are normally restricted to a couple of hours).
We also arrange expeditions which can last up to 3-4 weeks, and extended projects can even mean we are remotely located or on the road for longer.
I can only get two weeks off work, but want to do one of your International Safaris...any ideas?
We can arrange two week trips beginning and ending at different international airports or locations. Many different wilderness areas can be explored in two weeks, and we know some good routes! Failing a little creativity to plan an unforgetable two week African experience, you could always quit your job...
The best starting point, is to send us an email.