Please throw us a safari-related question.
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 isn't a big problem. We advise you visit your dotor 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 are more in danger in Europe and the west, than we have ever been in the bush!
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. It's what we love and what we want to share with our guests. We go where the wild is, not where the wifi is!
How do I pay?
We can accept payment through paypal or bank transfer into UK, Swiss or Malawian bank accounts. We will provide email confirmation and receipts upon request. We also please ask that some of the bill is paid in cash. 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. If you bring Dollars, UK Sterling or Euros, we 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 participants 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. We recommend you contact us with your preferred dates, the number in your group and your preferred start/end location. We can recommend any thing you might be unsure of.
Our walking safaris, cultural trips and nature trails start at just $10. Full day hikes, overnight forest treks, kayaking trips, and river hikes start at $40 USD. 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 (you must be able bodied and willing to be off the grid for at least a few nights) start at $130 USD per day per person. The average cost of these trips is normally between $180 and $250 per person per day, but it depends entirely on the specifics which we will be happy to discuss with you before hand.
Please don't assume that if you're interested in of our safaris that lasts a couple of weeks or more that this figure is simply multiplied by the number of days. We recommend you contact us for full breakdown and 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 can collaborate on some safaris if you have a larger group. On our International Safaris where we cross borders we take up to 3 people, but with extra vehicles, larger groups can easily be catered for.
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). We don't take unnecceasry risks. We treat and boil ALL the water we use for our drinks and meals. Drinks are available everywhere we travel.
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 bees! 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. Whatever your dietry requirements, please inform us 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.
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. Camping can be, and is comfortable if you are prepared, but there are other options.
There are more than x4 of us. Can we come on a safari?
Yes. Although a couple of weeks 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 in one country. Unless you are bringing your own helicopter, long drives are part of reaching the wilderness areas and remote places. Day/Game drives can be arranged, but it is hugely dependant on where the collection point and end locations of your safari are. 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.