A Day on Safari
Each day on safari brings a new experience. Perhaps you’ll see thousands of migrating wildebeest in the Serengeti, or a leopard lounging in a tree in South Africa. You may see a snowcapped mountain in Kenya or tree-climbing lions in Tanzania. In Botswana you may glide silently along in a canoe or be charmed by baby elephants as they play on the shores of the river. There is no way to know exactly what the safari experience will bring from day to day. But a typical day might be something like this, depending on your destination:
A TYPICAL DAY ON SAFARI
5.30 – 6.00 AM
If the chatter of birds has not yet woken you, a friendly wakeup call will ensure you are ready for the morning game drive. Your guide and tracker will meet you with a steaming cup of coffee or tea and some light snacks before you venture out into the bush. This is the magnificent beginning to a new day as you watch Africa awaken.
6.00 – 9.00 AM
Remember to take your camera and binoculars and a light sweater or warm jacket depending on the season. In the early morning the game is wakening from the night and predators are returning from the hunt. Photo opportunities abound as you go in search of the big five – lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo. A myriad of other game also awaits – graceful giraffe feeding from the tall branches, hippos slumbering in the rivers, impala and zebra grazing in the grass and fascinating birds as well. A stop at a scenic spot for a snack and warm beverage will give you the opportunity to stretch your legs and chat with your tracker and guide to learn more about the surrounding bush and wildlife.
Return to the lodge for a hearty breakfast. You’ll have built up quite an appetite!
Relax at the lodge or take an enlightening bush walk with your guide to experience the world of the small creatures and plants. You may get a lesson on animal tracking or a fascinating look at the lives of ant lions or dung beetles or wonder at the intricate patterns of a spider's web.
A delicious lunch awaits. Savor each bite of freshly prepared cuisine from local recipes and enjoy the surrounding landscape as you relax over lunch.
Relaxation time at the lodge. Lounge on your deck or tent with a good book, take a refreshing dip in the pool, relish the tranquility of the bush or enjoy a siesta to make up for the early morning. If your lodge has a spa you may indulge in a spa treatment or in East Africa enjoy a visit to a local Maasai village.
Time to eat again. Enjoy afternoon tea with delicious sweet or savory treats before heading out for the late afternoon/evening game drive.
4.00 – 7.00 PM
As the day cools and the afternoon turns into evening, the wildlife rouses from their lazy afternoon naps and the predators begin to go in search of their next meal. Your afternoon game drive provides the opportunity to witness the bush in action. You may be lucky to follow a lion on the hunt or watch a herd of elephants come down to the river to drink and play. Perhaps keep an eye out for hyenas as they steal a kill from earlier in the day. Gaze at a vivid African sunset as you enjoy sundowners at a scenic spot. Then move on looking out for wildlife by way of a carefully shone spotlight, making sure not to disturb the nocturnal animals in the darkening bush.
Return to the lodge where a welcome shower awaits. Then look forward to a multi-course meal served at an elegantly set table or in an open “boma” under the stars. After dinner, gather around the campfire to exchange stories of the day’s sightings, stargaze, or retire in preparation for another breathtaking day on safari in Africa.