A typical day Safari in South Africa
After extensive planning of your trip to South Africa the time has arrived to experience your first Safari…What can you expect from this adventure?
Each lodge and accommodation has its own rituals and timing. We would like give you an idea of “a typical day on safari”. Safaris are conducted during the mornings and afternoons, when the animals are most active. The safaris are locally called “game drives” and the staff at your chosen lodge will wake the guests up at around 5 AM in summer and 6AM in winter. African mornings are beautiful and give away beautiful scents and colors. The mornings are cold so it is important both in summer and winter have warm clothes.
Many animals are on their way to drink water at this time so keep in mind that the hours where the heat is not so intense are the most appropriate for the encounter with animals. Guests gather at the meeting point to enjoy a coffee and have a light snack, and after listening carefully to the recommendations of the ranger (specialized guide) you will depart in search of animals with hoping of sighting :The Big Five”. The rangers will use all of their knowledge and share this with the guests to make the experience enriching. Expect to follow footprints and be alert to the sounds and smells that can be perceived. During the safari it is important to follow the ranger’s instructions (this is the key to a successful safari). Do not yell, stop and observe the animals, and expect to take many pictures. The ranger will always try to position the vehicle in various ways in order for everyone to get a great sighting. Safaris usually last between two and half hours to three hours and return thereafter to the lodge for breakfast.
After the delicious breakfast, time will be available to relax, read, and depending on the facilities of each Lodge one can enjoy spa treatments and optional activities offered by each property such as hiking and biking, just to mention a few. Lunch is served at your leisure and in the afternoon return to the meeting point for another adventurous afternoon in search of animals. Three hours of adventure and unforgettable experiences are waiting. Safaris are unique and generate a very special communication, especially among families who wish to share moments of togetherness. Honeymooners and couples can expect some of the most romantic and special times as stargazing in the African Savannah adds a special touch to the trip. During this second safari the ability to watch the sunset will inspire unforgettable moments, as this will be one of the highlights of your trip. Upon returning from your Safari in the afternoon, it will usually be dark, (these are known as “night safaris”).
Dinner is ready, and during the dinner, relive your experiences by swapping stories with other guests or asking the guides for their comments.
What to pack and wear on Safari? The best way to get close to the wildlife is to blend in with your surroundings as much as possible by going neutral. Wear greens, browns and khakis so as to not attract unnecessary attention. For South Africa, khaki is the recommended color. Layers are a great way to pack light, but stay warm. Temperatures can be cool on morning game drives, hot in the afternoon and cold at night. Layers allow you to remove clothing to make yourself comfortable as temperatures fluctuate.Comfortable trainers are suitable for most safaris, even walking safaris. You can expect to climb in and out of the safari vehicle frequently to do some light walking around the bush. Don’t forget to bring a swimsuit if your lodge has a pool!
There is no doubt that the Safaris are an exceptional experience that will remain as a wonderful memory of your visit to South Africa. We always recommend a minimum stay of three nights at the Lodges, or combine Lodges of in different areas for a more diverse experience.
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