Welcome to Essential Africa

Our aim at Essential Africa is to make each trip you embark on “The Trip of a Lifetime”.

From experience, we know that the most important elements necessary to achieve this are the upfront planning of the trip, the quality of the guiding, and the selection of camps and areas, given the time of year.  At Essential Africa we tailor-make each safari based on a thorough understanding of your unique requirements and our first-hand knowledge of the areas we specialise in.

Where budget permits, we would always recommend a privately guided safari.  Your private guide will accompany you throughout your trip, taking care of every detail and providing continuity which will enhance your safari as it unfolds.  If you choose to travel without a private guide, we will always plan your itinerary to include camps where we know the local guides from previous experience.  It is often possible to request a specific guide, although we cannot guarantee this.

Most of our safaris are repeat trips with satisfied guests, and all of our new business comes from word-of-mouth recommendations.

Essential Africa is a privately owned company based in South Africa.  Our team is passionate about what we do, and our business partners share our values, work ethic and total commitment to customer service.