Dusty vistas, jeeps moving slowly between huge elephants and an exotic looking tent as your abode. Africa has no parallels. It is the land of adventure - raw and savage - yet gentle. Go for an exciting safari with Nawabzaada Saad Bin Jung
By: LuxuryFacts Team
Posted on: July 10, 2010
Dusty vistas, jeeps moving slowly between huge elephants and an exotic looking tent as your abode. If this doesn’t get you an adrenaline rush, then those fierce lions prowling about for a prey definitely will. Africa has no parallels. It is the land of adventure - raw and savage - yet gentle. It is the only place in the world where elephants drink off springs fed by snows on the equator.
Africa’s natural surroundings alone make a trip worthwhile. The scenery is so spectacular that your mind will refuse to believe what your eyes are seeing. The essence of this incredible continent also comes from the spirit of the people – pushing, shoving, dancing, singing and laughing. It infects visitors with an ‘Africa bug’ which will make them come back again and again.
That’s what happened to Nawabzada Saad Bin Jung. Growing up as the grandson of the Begum of Bhopal, Nawab of Pataudi and Wali-ud-Dowla Amir-i-Paigah, Saad had his own forests and many a private forest lodge. He naturally grew up with the tribals of India. Born into royalty, he lived life his way, straight from the heart. After he gave up cricket due to ill health, wildlife was but an effortless extension.
In 1988, Sangeeta and Saad Bin Jung moved into the Indian bush living with local people, feeling the pulse of the wilderness. They started their own wildlife camps in Bandipur, Nagarhole and the Cauvery Wildlife Division. Guests loved to drive the forest tracks and walk the village paths with them. Africa came next. Over time, Saad developed a deep link and a feel for the bush, be it African or Indian. He has a knack of creating itineraries of various destinations, the wilderness, the camps and people that make wildlife safaris unique.
Saad shares a healthy rapport with camp owners. Between the two, they work out how to handle the changing seasons and the movement of animals and then take guests into this mystical and magical world of East Africa. They work towards the proper selection of a cohesive safari group, a matching guide and the optimum safari route. Saad’s royal lineage helps in meeting the right people globally and creating luxurious, yet extremely adventurous, holidays for his clients.
The prowl begins
The first stage of the safari is a detailed discussion where guests tell their budget considerations and the unique desires, wishes and expectations that they have from this safari. The exact locations, based on requirements, are selected. The selected locations dictate the camp. The camps have wonderful and charming hosts, and an exclusive, exceptional and distinct appeal. The camp, since selected especially for you, has exclusivity, offers a unique experience with excellent wilderness, great cuisines, ample bar, bush dinners, sun downers, fly camps, unique locations, safety, hygiene, great views and stunning landscapes, guides with local knowledge, and excellent vehicles.
Saad mainly takes travellers to Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda in East Africa. The local dominant tribe, the Maasai, have managed to retain their wilderness without losing their great numbers. The Maasai do not kill or allow killing of any animal in the name of game. These areas are extremely rich in bio diversity and have superb and stunning natural scenery. Snows on the equator, endless landscapes, incredible sunsets and the best wildlife in the world.
Saad ensures that you get an unmatched experience by visiting the best camps in Africa. The entire experience of the guests is fine tuned to the extent where each little experience becomes a life defining moment. If the guests want Saad to accompany them, he does so at a certain extra cost.
The price of it
Alluding to the cost, Saad says, “There are many factors which affect the cost. Apart from the camp, the animals that the guests like dictate where the safari should go. If you want to see elephants then there is no point in going to Mara. You should instead go to Amboseli. Rains affect migration and therefore seasons have to be taken into account. Seasons also affect budgets.” The package, however, may vary between USD 6000-12000 per person for around eight nights.
The price is not huge considering that you get an exclusive, custom-made experience, where the programme is built upon your desires, likes and dislikes. “There really is no point on trying to tell where you should go without personal interaction,” Saad concludes. “To me, client-camp owner satisfaction leading to increased conservation efforts is of the greatest importance, nothing else matters”.
So dress up in your khakis, wear those boots, and go for an adventurous, yet luxurious, African safari as you fight with the elements of nature and enjoy the experience.