Please throw us a safari-related question.
We offer African experiences in English, German, Swiss-German, Afrikaans, and Malayalam.
We also offer local cultural experiences, as well as guided nature walks and overnight wilderness trips with our Malawian guide who speaks excellent English, Chichewa, Tonga, and Tumbuka.
What is the best way to contact you?
Phone and Whatsapp: +265 99 432 5266
What about malaira?
Follow a few simple rules, and malaria is not a big problem. We advise you visit your dotor or tropical disease clinic to discuss anti-malarial options more than two weeks prior to travel. 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 ever have been in the bush!
What is the best time of year for 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 extremely difficult, there are amazing experiences to be had and quiter locations to explore.
We also venture abroad, so it's best to let us know your preferred travel time, and we can discuss options.
Some seasonal wildlife movements are also worth thinking about. Maybe you want to see migrations of various animals: wildebeest, zebra, bats!
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, snakes, or specific birds, and we know where they are, what their breeding schedule is, and when during the year they are most active.
What do we need to bring?
We will provide a list of recommended items for your trip.
The type of luggage you bring will depend on the type of safari we have planned. Some safaris will be in fancy lodges, others might be in basic bush camps. Some involve a mix of both. You won't need any specific camping gear or special survival equipment (unless you want to bring some). We provide everthing. We recommend footwear for varying terrains. We don't expect you buy any expensive, specific gear. We always recommend some typical essentials such as a hat, some long trousers, loose, long sleeve tops, and your swimming gear! We can also remind you of the injections and medical requirements for the countries you will travel to.
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. Crime is everywhere in the world, it isn't beyond anyones reach, and we take sensible precautions.
Where do we sleep?
We stay in various places and establishments. Depending on the type of safari and the experience you want; sleeping arrangements can differ. We can offer luxury lodge accommodation, hostel-style dorms and beds, but we also incorporate wild camping and off-grid experiences. It often get's us closer to wildlife. We are very happy to accommodate you however you wish (anything from 5* luxury to comfortable camping) which we will discuss with you early on in our communication. We do like to mix the type of accommodation on most safaris - to give people a fuller experience of where they are - to have a little luxury alongside "cosy basic" - to be out in nature, and to often experience something new. If your idea of camping is in the cold rain, at a busy festival, that is not camping! 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 also accept payment through bank transfer into a UK or Dutch 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 (which can be agreed prior to your arrival). 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. Many rural markets and small shops where we get supplies do not use card machines, 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 and be prepared.
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 bespoke and we will quickly offer a quote once we have established the main details and approximate itinerary. EVERYTHING is included in our price (except alcohol, flights, insurance, 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 discuss options, and anything you might be unsure of.
When we do not use a vehicle, our localised guided hikes, bird trails, cultural experiences can start at just $20 for an hour. Full day hikes, overnight forest treks, kayaking trips, and river adventures increase in price due to the amount of logistical preparation, transport, and possible back up required to the start/end point. Prices can range drastically depending on the activities involved and the basic-to-high end food options we can provide. We can also provide quotes with activies excluded, and leave time in the schedule for you to choose whether you indulge or not. You can pay personally or we can arrange a billing system prior to the activity.
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 approximately at $200 USD per day per person. The average cost of these trips can vary between $200 and $400 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. It is NOT! 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, non-refundable 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 throw you in with a few strangers to fill our vehicle. It is YOUR safari! However, we do cater for larger groups and are happy to do so.
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 which we use for our drinks and meals, and with people who are not used to the water where we travel, we treat and/or buy appropriate water. ALL water is included in our quote - even if we have to purchase it for the entire trip.
What is the food like?
Depending on the safari, you may eat in swanky restaurants and in the lodges we stay in (some of the food really is the bee's knees!) but if you fancy it, we also often try to give you the complete African experience and allow you to enjoy the local food. Whether we are with guests or not, we cook our meals on the fire, daily. If we're camping, you will get to (hopefully) enjoy our own cuisine from the fire. We love to cook. We actually don't own ovens at home!
Maybe we should advertise our food a little more. Most people are surprised by our culinary creations and didn't expect the campfire food to be so good!
We plan meals prior to the holiday, often two weeks in advance if we are going off the beaten track. When required, we travel with a fridge/freezer.
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. All (to date) have gone home happy.
Whatever your dietry requirements, please inform us early in our communication, before the safari. We will be travelling through "under-developed areas of the world" if you live on a diet of caviar, oysters, and rare, aquatic fruit, please be aware that certain foods are often scarce.
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 cold, wet and windy countryside of Europe. Camping can be, and is comfortable when you are as prepared as we are. However, there are other, more luxurious options if a tent doesn't float your boat.
There are more than x4 of us. Can we come on a safari?
Yes. Just give us some notice 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. We have had guests with us for 2 months. Surprisingly, they didn't get bored of our jokes or food!
Unless you are bringing your own helicopter (it has happened), long drives are part of reaching the wilderness areas and remote landscapes.
Although it is ALWAYS your choice, we endevour to have longer game drives than those sold by the lodges and hotels (which are normally restricted to a couple of hours) We give you more chances to see wildlife if we're trying for something specific.
Safaris can last for as long as you wish. We have also had guests for a week, then dropped them off at a music festival for 4 days, meeting them again for another week in the wilderness. We're flexible and can arrange the holiday YOU want.
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.