What happens on Safari?
What type of safari you choose will alter how the safari unfolds but it is important to remember you are there for a holiday, so try and balance activities with time for some R&R.
In our case we intersperse big five game viewing with opportunities for you to be hands on (if you wish), learning the art of tracking animals, or developing your bush senses, linking up with our leopard research team to shadow them when they monitor leopards, that sort of thing. The idea is to give you an overall immersive bush and wildlife experience.
Of-course the serenity of just being in the bush, away from it all, together with the relaxed atmosphere of bush lodges and camps makes relaxing very easy.
The most usual way to see wildlife is from the back of a game drive vehicle. These tend to be an open landrover or similar 4 x 4 vehicles that have been modified with comfortable seats for guests, allowing you to see a lot more than from a conventional car.
Your guide will help you spot the wildlife and will be able to explain what is happening on your sighting.
There are broadly three types of game drive. Early morning, afternoon and night drive. Depending on your location one may be better than another but there are no firm rules for success. It is the bush and nature calls the tunes. The contrast is greatest on the night drive where it may be possible, with the aid of a strong spotlight, to see animals that only come out at night or certain activities that usually only take place at night. Often the afternoon game drives are extended into the early evening when darkness falls, allowing you to enjoy a night drive on your way back to your lodge for dinner.
Game drive times vary as the seasons change but tend to start at around 06:00 with a coffee taken in the lodge before departing for the drive. Your guide will often be accompanied by a tracker, sitting up front on a bonnet mounted seat to spot spoor (tracks) left from the night before, to help lead you to animals. On most reserves your guide will also be communicating with any other guides in the area via radio to check what they have seen and co-ordinate their efforts to cover as much of the reserve as possible. The more eyes on the ground the better as there are normally huge areas to cover.
At around 08:00 you will probably stop in the bush for a ten minute break and your guide will set up a table to serve coffee tea and biscuits, that sort of thing.
Then you’ll set off again arriving back at your lodge for breakfast somewhere around 09:30, but that could be later, dependent on what you find on your game drive. Brunch is then served on your return to the lodge.
There is often the option of a guided bush walk in the late morning.
During the heat of the day there is time to relax and enjoy the serenity of your surroundings before the afternoon game drive.
The afternoon game drive will normally start with high tea before setting out on game drive at around 16:00.
At around 18:00 you’ll again stop in the bush for a fifteen-minute sundowner (a drink of your choice accompanied by snacks). Then it’s off again and as the sun sets your guide/tracker team will use a spot lamp to find any nocturnal animals as you return through the reserve back to your lodge for dinner.
No trip is ever the same and we will work with you to come up with a sequence of places and activities that addresses your requirements, to create that exceptional journey.