THE BIG 5 TENTED SAFARI TRAVEL EXPECTATION IN SOUTH AFRICA
It’s not every day that you can say ‘I’m going on safari in Africa’.
For most, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime event of epic proportions and one that will almost certainly be life changing. To ensure your luxury big group safari travel adventure is a positive, fulfilling and exhilarating experience, we present you with just a hint of what you can expect and what you should be aware of ahead of your Grand Safari trip in South Africa.
Meetings, Family Heritage & Business Incentive Safaris
Whether you are on safari travel journey with your extended family as part of an annual holiday event; on a sales incentive Top 100 winners reward incentive trip; or an international travel operator heading up a group safari tour in southern Africa, you will want to make sure you get the most out of your days spent in the wild, blue yonder under burning African skies.
Exploring Wildest Africa
Hayward’s Grand Safari Company takes great pride in the rare privilege and responsibility required in hosting and managing an authentic 5-star big group safari expedition. Each safari event and expedition epitomises an era of exploration, adventure and unequalled expedition-style mobile tented camp comfort set amongst lions, leopards, cheetah, hippo, snakes and other teeming wildlife species in Big 5 territory.
At the forefront of every Grand Safari travel event and expedition, your individual and group safety remains our predominant concern when adventuring into wild and untouched African bushveld, across two coastlines and deserts and marine world heritage sites.
That said, below, we bring you just some of the background as to how we go about delivering you the best luxury tented safari travel experience for your unique group or event.
VENUE: Access to areas never seen before
You, our esteemed guests, are given access to and hosted in southern African wilderness areas not accessible to the general public. This means you are assured of total exclusivity and guest comfort in bespoke, luxury tented African safari travel environments that are First Class and of extreme privilege. Ultimately, you choose where you would like your 5-star safari camp to be set up for you and your group. To give you an idea of what is available to you, read our Location article here.
SAFETY PROTOCOL: The best safari travel glamping camp available in Africa
Hayward’s is a 5-Star graded full service mobile tented safari lodge and in 2019 is voted as the best Mobile Safari Experience in Africa by the Safari Awards. As such, we are fully equipped with all-weather themed dining tents and safety and comfort areas for your group.
Behind the scenes, each safari travel camp is outfitted with full functionality services areas, complete with kitchens, cloakrooms and pre-dinner sundown areas.
Each safari travel camp produced is personally run by an executive management team under the on-site leadership of the founder Peter Hayward and his team of safari adventurers with three decades of safari and big game wildlife tracking experience.
SERVICE: 5-star service in remote wilderness areas
With Hayward’s unique mobility and Africa as its vast playground, we never produce two safari travel events of a similar nature.
Each camp is run as your own exclusive “private hotel”, fully equipped to your requirements and managed accordingly by our dedicated and trained safari travel staff.
Crew are assigned to managing the accommodations, dining tent and sundown deck areas, lounging areas, comfort areas, safari salons, Spice House Spa, kitchen areas and selected themed activities both in safari travel camps and while exploring in the bushveld.
DINING: Silver service dining and world class gastronomy
On a Hayward’s luxury mobile tented camp safari we don’t just feed our illustrious guests’ food; but rather serve delectable dishes of regional repute which all comprise part of the visual and taste sensation side of our presentation.
Each safari travel menu is carefully curated to your preference, the season and what’s available in the region, as well as your budget. Dietary requirements play an important role as well as the entertainment theme of the evening and our esteemed Chef caters for Halaal, Kosher, Vegetarian and Vegan requests.
From full English breakfasts, scrumptious al fresco picnic luncheons, to five and eight course themed dinners, we offer a variety of tastes and specialties of the region in which you are visiting in on your mobile tented safari travel camp, as well as various options to ensure guests experience South African cuisine at its best.
A superb internationally acclaimed chef team supported by silver service trained waiters, guides and hostesses ensures that service levels in our tented 5-star safari travel camps are beyond exemplary.
ACCOMMODATION: 5-star accredited safari lodge accommodation
Each night, safari adventurers are hosted in either one of our two styles of safari travel accommodation, namely Classic Hemingway Expedition Tents and our Presidential Suites which represent an “al la Out of Africa” full turn-of-the century ambiance.
These luxury tented safari travel accommodations include en suite shower and toilet, crisp cream cotton bed linen, bedside tables, gas lighting in both your private bathroom and bedroom, hot water bottles in cold weather, enclosed veranda with chairs to allow a private area inside of your tent, in-room luggage racks for your luggage, and en-suite shower room lavishly decorated with copper basins, mirrors, the finest organic soaps and body lotions, fresh towels daily, a flush portable chemical toilet, and of course, chocolates on your pillows at turn-down each evening.
SPA LOUNGES & ENTERTAINMENT: World-class concerts to private cabaret
Our Safari Club Cigar Lounge is ideal for relaxing during the day or to enjoy after dinner cigars, decorated with scatter cushions, Persians, low slung copper tables, East African day beds, a library with First Editions Safari Books, exploration maps, ottomans and a variety of board games. It can also be set up with a piano, dance floor, small stage, Pool or billiard tables, card and roulette tables.
On every safari travel camp, find a fully equipped cocktail bar is in service with fine whiskeys, cognacs, brandies, ports and sherries and a cigar humidor can be offered with a selection of Cuban, Dutch, Honduran and Dominican origin.
Enjoy daily pampering in our mobile tented safari travel Spa offering hot stone massages, hair salon and beautification stations.
The central all-weather dining tent known fondly as The Gin Tent is the meeting place where you gather for pre-dinner fire and sundowner cocktails, African entertainment and a fine safari style dining experience. Nightly themes offer a delightful opportunity for you to dress for the occasion, where pre-dinner sundowners and snacks each evening are served with a variety of delicious themed entrées.
EXPERT SAFARI EXPERIENCES: The best Africa has to offer
Whether adventuring out into the wild on a balloon safari, 4×4 or tracking and walking safari, or listening to the shared knowledge of your professional Big 5 game guide, you are in expert hands; especially when the surrounding wildlife doesn’t wait for you to find them, but decides to investigate us by sauntering through the safari travel camp itself.
Enjoy African story-telling at its best as we bring you additional hosts to further narrate and explore ancient cultures and rituals, astrologers for an intense study of our night skies or paleontologists who share knowledge about man’s earliest beginnings.
WHAT WE REQUEST OF YOU ON A GRAND TENTED SAFARI TRAVEL EXPEDITION:
Safari Gear: Africa is wild and untamed. Despite the comfort and luxury of your tented mobile safari camp, be prepared for harsh outdoor environments such a sun, rain, wind, mud and cooler evenings. We advise you come equipped with flat shoes, hats, sunscreen, and dust and rain protection for your photographic equipment. We provide you with mosquito nets and as requested, air-conditioning in your tents.
Personal Needs: Together with the support of our luggage porters, you will need the appropriate luggage and attire for comfort in the bushveld, not forgetting our themed entertainment evenings. Let us know beforehand of the extra comforts you will require while on a tented safari camp, such as your weekly Hong Kong newspaper delivered to your private tent when enjoying rest periods in the heat of the afternoons while on a luxury safari travel camp.
Safari Travel Camp Safety: Attention to the porters and the game guides instructions is essential especially when looking for ablutions. Ablutions are available at all the public safari tents and we ask that you do not walk out alone to your private safari tent, without a game guide to accompany you.
Health: Please keep hydrated! Your health remains your top responsibility and will result in the most enjoyment during your safari expedition.
Game-spotting: Nature and time spent in the bush runs according to its own clock when it comes to game sightings. Do not book at safari that only features for two days out of your ten-day itinerary. The more time your spend in the wild’s natural habitat the more you will be immersed in the thrill of being is open game country. A safari is essentially about the experience which we ensure is 100% authentic safari from start to finish. While we will do our best to get you in the presence of the Big 5, the full bush experience requires immersion into your environment where un-orchestrated experiences reveal themselves in an ancient and natural unfolding.
Tour Operators & Travel Professionals: We work closely with the travel and tour agents both locally and internationally to service you, our guests but we also present our own event management team and an understanding of safari event requirements in situ. There is a reason we lay out our camp in a certain way, adhere to set serving schedules and how cuisine is produced from our safari camp kitchen.
Celia du Preez, our trusty Production Manager is voted one of the Top Women in MICE and is there to ensure the full experience of both our clients and agents and ensure your safari integrates seamlessly. Every detail of the camp is pre-planned before we set up at your destination of choice and we move in, unpack and pack up again, every item required for your luxury safari, from the silver salt spoons to the ingredients for your 8 course silver service dining each evening.
It is our privilege that while we are serving you chilled Moet & Chandon and oysters on ice that we are also letting you know of a cheetah on the hunt sighting or that a large herd of elephant are passing through the camp so close you can hear their stomachs rumbling.
Once in camp, you can relax and enjoy your safari experience and leave the organizational running of the camp to us, it is what we love and do best!
Welcome to Africa! Where would you like your luxury mobile tented safari camp set up just for you and your bespoke group of travel adventurers? Let us know on T: 0861 732 583