Deeper Africa Because
It’s About the Guides
Why Deeper Africa?
Karen Zulauf seeks to share Africa with people who want to go beyond the obvious and take away more than snapshots. The result is safaris that deliver a profound experience of wildlife and a deeper understanding of conservation in context as part of the story of Africa today. It’s a story that unfolds day by day, as you meet working people who are shaping the future of the continent.
With an office in Boulder, Colorado, and teams in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Zimbabwe and South Africa, you’re in good hands before you depart and throughout your travels. Karen spends part of every year in Africa and is personally involved in advising and counseling every Deeper Africa traveler.
Of all my travels, it is Africa that touched my soul. The first time I landed on African soil, I felt renewed, as if I’d returned to a long-lost home. I was changed forever. I love introducing Africa to others. Africa is my dear old friend.Karen Zulauf, Co-Founder
The safari lands are a great place to explore. There are still places that few people know about that remain unspoiled and virtually unexplored.Wil Smith, Co-Founder
After you book your safari, we send you a package full of good things. There’s a guide book personalized for your trip with details on passports, Visas and vaccinations, and checklists for planning and packing. It’s a reference tool we’ve perfected over the years, strategically organized to put everything you need to know at your fingertips. We also send a handsome field guide, maps of each country you will visit, safari gear in just the right colors, a journal with maps of all African game parks, and a few surprise gifts to make the upcoming trip feel more real while you wait.
Photo by Asilia Africa
Travel is the best education. Geography and social studies come alive as a new friend from a new culture. And history carries the weight of human experience. On safari, learning is a process of joyous discovery. Your guide is a teacher, translator, tracker and friend. It’s a powerful bond. Accommodations are kid-friendly with healthy food options for picky eaters. Every vehicle is a rolling library with reference tools to help kids and teens learn on the go. And, as soon as you book your safari, we send a kids’ package full of engaging materials and gear to help excited young people get up to speed while they wait for the adventure to begin.
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Trust is important. We run all of your financial transactions, making sure camps and lodges are paid on time and your money is safe. All of your safari funds are held in United States FDIC insured accounts until the date necessary to move funds into Africa. Your deposits and payments in Africa are made on time and through secure accounts. Our practices assist in maintaining relationships of respect with camp and lodge owners and staff. And give you peace of mind.
Break Out the Popcorn
We send you a carefully considered reading list of fiction and nonfiction titles and direct you to outstanding movies and documentaries. Dipping into these resources gives you a strong factual background as you begin your travel and brings 21st century Africa alive through compelling stories and excellent reporting.
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Deeper Africa’s owners offers webinars to help you learn more about conservation issues impacting your travel.
These are offered at regular intervals so it’s easy to get you registered (at no cost) to participate during the run-up to your safari. Each webinar is an informal lecture format with lots of opportunities for you to ask questions.
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If your safari includes primate trekking, a thrilling experience, you need to be ready to hike several hours a day. We map out a detailed fitness training program for you to follow in the weeks and months before departure so you’ll be in shape to participate fully and make the most of your safari.
Photo by Beverly Joubert
Closer to departure, we send you a detailed day-by-day itinerary. And we schedule an unhurried safari briefing by phone with one of the Deeper Africa owners. On this call, we go over every detail of your travel plans and review any special needs, making sure every “i” is dotted and every “t” is crossed. We take time to answer every question on your list and some you hadn’t even thought of before the call.
Photo by Governors Camp
On safari, we’re with you every step of the way, managing logistics to make each day rewarding and every connection seamless. We stay in touch with the guides and field crews. We are sticklers for detail. So you can lose yourself in the beauty and the wonder that is Africa today. And when you come home, you’re part of the larger Deeper Africa community, getting information about important conservation issues, as well as news, photos and stories about the people and places you enjoyed.
Photo by John’s Camp
Safe Travel Is Our Highest Priority
We take safety and security seriously. Our teams in Africa work closely with our Colorado team to anticipate needs and plan for any contingency, including medical evacuation. Our guides are field veterans whose knowledge, through formal education and rigorous field training, is honed by years of experience. We vigilantly supervise food safety and vehicle maintenance. We have systems to ensure secure handling of deposits and payments across borders. And we provide location-specific health and safety briefings to all of our travelers.
Deposits and Payments
- Your funds are held in US FDIC insured accounts until moved into Africa.
- Payments in Africa are made through secure accounts.
- Land Cruisers outfitted for comfort in rugged terrain.
- Vehicle tune-ups before and after every safari.
- First aid kits and radios in every vehicle and mobile networks where available.
- Back-country evacuation coverage is included.
- You’ll be taken to a well-equipped hospital with medical care in transit.
- We can recommend quality travel insurance policies to extend your own coverages.
Food and Water
- We inspect every kitchen for good sanitation and hygiene practices.
- We always provide clean, safe water to keep you hydrated.
Health and Safety
- We stay up to date with all current health and safety practices.
- We practice Covid-19 safety measures.
- Our guides and staff are trained as wilderness first responders.
- We provide a pre-departure safety briefing so you are fully informed on travel health and safety.