‘The only man I envy is the man who has not yet been to Africa, for he has so much to look forward to’– Richard Mullin.
I stand with Richard on this one. If you haven’t been to this continent yet, well, then, Africa is your oyster. There is nothing quite like a safari and you will only truly understand this once you pack your bags and see with your own two eyes the wildlife and landscape silhouetted by the setting sun.
To give you a taste, here’s a typical day in the bush:
Rise and shine! Generally, you will be waking with the birds (times differ based on season). For all those shocking morning people, don’t worry, it will all be worth it – we promise! The best game viewing is undoubtedly early in the morning. Rising with the sun you will meet your ranger and tracker for tea and coffee, before jumping into a 4×4 safari vehicle. No two mornings are the same, and so the anticipation is half the excitement.
With all that exhilaration, you are going to be ready for a well-earned, scrumptious breakfast. Return to your camp for tummy refueling, while catching up on the unbelievable wildlife you just encountered.
The adventure doesn’t end there. Depending on the reserve and the season, the lodges offer a safari walk with an armed tracker. Marvel at the smaller wonders of the game reserve, spotting hidden creatures such as insects and birds. Be told fascinating stories by your tracker and learn more about the traditional, cultural, and medicinal properties of trees and plants.
It’s time to eat again, and yes you will be in your element with the spread of delicious food provided for you. Feeling satisfied and lethargic, enjoy time relaxing, reading, swimming in the pool or give into a well deserved nap.
As the day cools down and shadows form across the bushveld, enjoy afternoon tea with an African sunset as a backdrop and chirping crickets as your music. With dusk approaching the animals become more active and so the nocturnal hunting ground begins.
Just picture it: you’re sipping on your favourite, refreshing beverage with a picturesque view, watching the copper African sun set behind a glowing horizon. Is there anything more magical? This is a classic safari tradition, and your gin and tonic will probably be the most memorable one you’ll ever have!
The night life
Now it’s time to catch the action hidden behind the blanket of the night. A powerful spotlight is used to catch sightings of creatures in the dark. See the reflective eyes of some of Africa’s most elusive, nocturnal animals such as leopard and the sunset hunters- the lions.
Just when you thought your thrilling day had come to end, you’ll find that there’s more to the agenda. Enjoy a scrumptious meal and be told stories by the fire underneath a blanket of stars.
After a memorable day, retire to your suite and be rewarded with a sleep of a lifetime in anticipation of the next exciting day.
Life’s too short for hesitation- book your safari today!
Note: safaris and activities may differ at respective lodges and camps.