Africa is a wonderful continent and a unique experience. Understand and learn about it and you will love it. But it is not always easy to find out how to get there, where the best places are to go, and at what time of year. This is where Farside Africa can help.
Africa is a hugely exciting destination with endless opportunities from diving with great white sharks to twitching at some of the world's rarest birds, horse riding through herds of animals to camel trekking in the desert, or gliding down a river in a canoe between hippos and crocodiles.
Many people think that Africa is a place of early mornings and bumpy roads and not the ideal relaxing spot for your dream holiday. But think again!
The palm fringed beaches of the Indian Ocean are waiting, as are exotic isles and lakes with snorkelling and diving over pristine reefs, deep sea fishing, sailing on traditional dhows, chilled-out beach retreats and delicious seafood.
At Farside Africa, we focus solely on holidays in Africa, having lived, worked and travelled extensively throughout the continent. We’ve worked with our suppliers for many years, favouring smaller, owner-run lodges, guest houses and hotels so you can experience authentic Africa at its very best.
We visit our camps and lodges regularly to ensure the quality and service is second to none and seek out new places for you to enjoy. Africa is a difficult destination to navigate independently, and most lodges prefer their guests to use an agent to co-ordinate the travel arrangements. With Farside Africa you get our expert advice at no extra cost, creating the tailor-made holiday of your dreams.
We listen to your ideas, make suggestions and put together personalised itinerary options based on your wish list, giving you independent, friendly and honest advice so you can fully understand the choices before you book.
Based in Edinburgh, our small, dedicated team will work with you to create and deliver your dream holiday, taking the stress out of planning at every step, so all you need to do is pack and enjoy your trip of a lifetime.
Farside Africa is TTA and ATOL bonded, so you can relax in the knowledge that your money is fully protected when you book with us. If you do book directly with Africa then your money won’t be protected so it’s a big risk to take.
At Farside Africa we take our responsibility to reduce our environmental impact seriously and our love of Africa is at the heart of everything we do. We offset our long-distance flights by paying monthly to Ecolgi who plant trees on our behalf to offset our carbon footprint. The lodges we use in Africa provide employment to people from the local area who in turn support their extended family with their income in the travel industry.
Our lodges continue their commitment to sustainability by buying locally sourced products wherever possible and switching to renewable energy for their power, including electric vehicles and boats.
At Farside, we give all our clients reusable water bottles to help stop the use of single use plastic bottles and fully support the move to ban plastic bags across many African countries.
You can also help by, for example, opting to drink filtered rather than bottled water where possible, buying locally made souvenirs and if you have space in your bag you can take out items for the local schools and clinics. Many lodges regularly donate to local community and conservation projects to build and maintain schools, clinics and hospitals and help people to live in harmony with the wildlife around them.
There is still plenty of work to be done but by changing small things in our lives we can all help to look forward to a sustainable future and Farside and the safari industry as a whole is doing their bit too.
My love of Africa started over 30 years ago and I have been exploring this amazing continent ever since. From my early days of backpacking and working in lodges, then driving through Africa to deliver a Landrover for Save the Rhino International, to founding Farside Africa in 1998.
Africa has never failed to inspire me and I think of it as my second home. I have had the pleasure of sharing this beautiful, awe-inspiring continent with my clients for over twenty years and still get elated hearing their wonderful feedback, special memories and amazing adventures on their return. I will never tire of introducing people to the beauty of Africa.
Let’s explore together.
I don’t believe an authentic holiday to Africa can be packaged, it has to be tailored to what you specifically want to do and see and importantly, be within your budget.
My aim is, and will always be, to create something special for you and at no extra cost than booking direct.