Mountain Biking Safaris

For the adventure junkies out there, what a better way to experience the African bush than on a mountain bike? With a plethora of habitats to explore, we can arrange a Mountain Biking Safari in a variety of areas throughout Africa. Imagine cycling through through the Cape Winelands by day, then resting your weary legs in some of the top luxury villas Africa can offer. Picture yourself cycling through private game reserves and exploring various biomes, along with the multitude of wildlife that inhabit them, then sipping champagne watching the sun go down. All of this is possible with Safari Architects and our custom-made Mountain Biking Safaris.

All of this can be organised with experienced local guides, making this a trip of a lifetime.

Roughing it in the wilds of Africa.

Crossing the mighty Limpopo at the Tour de Tuli.

Mountain biking in the wilderness… so epic.

The red earth of the Mashatu region in Botswana.

Fishing Safaris

 

Where the wild things are, beasts lurk in the deep waters…

 

All over Africa’s interior and its coastline there are a myriad of fisheries that can be explored. Where there are remote areas and conserved reserves, the fisheries are very well protected. This means that while you are on safari (season depending), you can cast a line for two and catch some Africa’s iconic species. Whether it’s an add on to an existing safari itinerary, or a custom made fishing safari where the sole focus is just on catching that one species or monster that has eluded you, we can create an experience to meet your individual experience. With co-owner Chris Renshaw being qualified as a specialist aquatic scientist, his passion for rivers and the beasts that inhabit them will make sure that this safari is action packed and sure to secure some great catches. From the upper Zambezi to the great Okavango, these safaris are what dreams are made of. Experience the awe-inspiring  “Great Catfish Run” in the panhandle of the Okavango Delta where huge tiger fish lurk, or catch a monster Nile Perch in the Great Lakes. Any freshwater safari can be created.

Africas tropical coastlines are also known for their productivity with sports fish. The island destinations that we use are also specialist sports fishing destinations. Focus on billfish, or huge giant trevally’s, or even dorado that inhabit and cruise these waters. Flyfishing for bone fish – no problem. Any safari can be custolmised to include whatever fishing experience you would like.

 

Fishing into the sunset.

A marlin, successfully landed and then released.

A tigerfish lodge paradise, in the middle of the Okavango Delta and the location for the famed “barbel run”.

A tigerfish on fly, one of the best experiences you can have as an angler.

Catching one of the tilapia species, always a treat.

Images courtesy of Nxamaseri lodge and AndBeyond Benguerra

Wildlife Conservation Safaris

 

To help save a species and be involved in an operation whereby we are preserving willdlife for future generations is something I will ever forget…

 

Wildlife Conservation Safaris or game capture safaris are based around wildlife conservation and the work that has to be done to preserve the future of some of our iconic wildlife species. With these safaris, you will actively participate in the big game capture of wildlife species in some of the most well known wildlife areas of Africa. This can be added on to an existing safari itinerary, or we can focus a whole safari around conservation and the work that goes on everyday in wildlife reserves around Africa. Help conserve by day, and live in luxury by night.

These experiences also facilitate the necessary funding for  involvement in wildlife research and conservation. Guests leave humbled from a rewarding experience, proud of being involved in the wildlife research and conservation for our future generations to enjoy. There are also numerous organizations and projects that guests can become a part of, further adding to the longevity of their contribution to these wonderful initiatives. We support the “Rhinos without Borders” initiative as well as the “David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust”.

A keeper at the David Sheldrick wildlife trust helps to guide a young elephant into the wild.

Getting a white rhino into the correct position so that it falls may be moved into a transport crate.

Helicopter pilots guide the rhinos into the ideal place so that once darted they are easily accessible, minimizing the stress on the animal.

It takes a team effort to help move these massive creatures. To be a part of the experience is a once in a lifetime moment.

The eyes and ears are covered to minimize sensory stress.

Data measurements and horn samples are taken for research purposes. Get involved and help the scientists.

 

Birding Safaris

Birds were flying from continent to continent long before we were. They reached the coldest place on Earth, Antarctica, long before we did. They can survive in the hottest of deserts. Some can remain on the wing for years at a time. They can girdle the globe. Now, we have taken over the earth and the sea and the sky, but with skill and care and knowledge, we can ensure that there is still a place on Earth for birds – in all their beauty and variety… if we want to… and surely, we should – Sir David Attenborough.

If you like anything that’s wild and free, the allure of our feathered and winged friends will slowly take a hold of you until it you find yourself intrigued but any overhead movement that you see or any chirp that you hear. Birding is something that you can do anywhere in the world. However, there are a few hotspots that have a some of the worlds rarest and most elusive species. We can tailor make an experience that includes these birding hotspots, focus on individual species and use local guides on the ground that can take you to exactly where we need to go. Out of your comfort zone, binoculars in hand!

An African goshawk feeding off a black crake

A red-throated bee eater long the Nile River, Uganda.

The enigmatic Shoebill stork in Lake Albert in Uganda’s Murchison Falls National Park.

The enigmatic Martial Eagle.

 

 

Photographic Safaris

 

One touch of nature makes the whole world kin – William Shakespeare

Photography is something that evokes different reactions in every person. The quote above by “old bill” rings true, as looking through a view finder at a wildlife subject instantly makes us equal. We appreciate the subject in front of us and the rest of the world fades away as our focus becomes clear and singular. A photographic safari can do this for you. Whether you are a professional or an amateur, we can tailor make an experience around whatever subject or area you would like to go to. Both Mike and Chris are award winning photographers and they can guide you through your photographic journey, wherever that may take you.

The properties and lodges that we use can cater for specific photographic requests. There are some with underground hides/blinds and some that have specifically made vehicles for ease of movement and stability. All can be catered for and custom made.

Chris’s wining image to become Africa geographic photographer of the year 2015.

Mike’s winning image for the Go magazine cover photo competition. He won the “peoples choice” award.

An amazing photograph by Mike of an elephant framed in the road in the Pafuri region of Kruger National Park.

A silverback gorilla in Uganda’s Bwindi impenetrable forest.

“Ankole Watusi” or Ugandan longhorn cattle.

A twisting and writhing pair of male giraffes.

A male lion asserts his dominance over his pride.

 

 

 

 

 

Migration Safaris

 

The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step – Lao Tzu

 

 

Migrations are epic journeys that animals undertake by instinct. Step by step, mile after mile. None are more famous than the annual wildebeest and zebra migration between the Serengeti and the Masai Mara. Witness the millions of animals that march forward in search of new life following the rains. Predators follow them and crocodiles will gorge on them, but yet still they persist in their millions. An experience and spectacle that can only be seen, heard, and witnessed in its entirety to understand. The sheer biomass of animals that move will astound you. This can be witnessed in either Tanzania or Kenya depending on the time of year, but either can give you a world class safari experience. Below is a video of Singita Mara River Tented Camp. This is a good base that we use often to see the famous river crossings and the herds in the masses.

Epic vistas of endless plains.

Sunsets over rolling grasslands.

Predators following the herds.

A huge biomass of animals.

 

 

 

 

Adventure Safaris

 

To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls, draw closer, to find each other, and to feel. That is the purpose of life – The secret life of Walter Mitty.

 

We are all born with a sense of adventure. As we grow older, we crave more and more to get out and away from the stresses of modern day living. An adventure safari will do just that. It will take you out your comfort zone and will make you push yourself to experience new things in the wilds of Africa.

Imagine canoeing the mighty Zambezi River, hiking the Malawian foothills or mountain biking through a Big Five reserve. Not for the faint hearted, these safaris often involve high andrenaline levels, potential for a little bruising but ultimately the most epic experiences you could ever have.

Sneaking up on some elephants.

Canoeing the Selinda spillway.

A walking adventure.

The camp at the Selinda Adventure Trail.

The Selinda spillway.

Mountain biking in the wilderness.

 

Privately Guided Safaris

 

Guiding is not just about being at a place or knowing the animals and specific habitat around you. It’s about the stories, experiences and the fun had while knowing that you are witnessing creation at its core. It’s about getting people out of their comfort zones and getting guests to see this world from another perspective, re-connecting with lost feelings and immersing yourself in a completely new experience. What an adventure!

 

Safari Architects prides itself on creating world class safari experiences and itineraries. What sets us apart is that we privately charter and lead these safaris so that there is one of our private guides to facilitate every experience along the way. Our guides will join these safaris all over Africa and facilitate the essential link between the incredible natural world and the guests that are here to experience it. From the wildlife and natural world, to the incredible cuisine and the most luxurious lodges, they will make sure that every experience is maximized.

Chris, on a boat cruising down the Nile River in Uganda.

Brad relaxing and looking over a baobab filled floodplain the Pafuri region, Kruger National Park

Mike at Lanner Gorge.

Any experience can be organized. A little fun in the river, no problem!

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