IT WAS INCREDIBLE!
… is about all you will get when you ask someone (anyone) what they thought of their safari experience. I for on am guilty of this complete lack of ability to form an English sentence when describing the experience.
Because safari really is that amazing.
But I’m sure you want to know more of what goes on – how many days does it last? What do you actually do on safari? What animals do you see? Do you see the big 5? Where do you go on safari? How long do safaris take out in the bush? Oh, I’m sure I have just skimmed the surface of questions…
The Safari Experience Explained (With a Photo Diary)
It begins with the arrival…. which is usually by air. Safari lodges are located throughout Africa and South Africa, but if you’re coming in from an international location you will first fly into Johannesburg International Airport. From there you will take a connecting flight either by commercial airline or a small chartered aircraft, depending on the location of your safari lodging.
The Game Drive
When picturing a safari, you’re likely to be picturing The Game Drive. Game Drives are an element of safaris, meaning they are the ‘safari experience’ where you go off into the bush in a vehicle to view the game (animals). This is undoubtedly the best part of the safari experience as you get to see the wildlife up close, but you will also have encounters with the wildlife beyond the game drives as your lodge will be located in the middle of the action itself.
….What happens on game drive. But it’s not all candid snapshots of lions lazing around and giraffes grazing, prepare to see it all……… especially in mating season!
More Wildlife Watching
….I couldn’t choose between photos. Usually camps/lodges will offer two game drives per day lasting between 3-5 hours in length – one in the early mornings and one in the afternoon/going into the night. Why? The animals are most active at night! This is when the animals are hunting, so it’s when they are awake and the action is most interesting.
To keep you busy throughout the day, your lodge is likely to offer a range of bush activities such as archery or rifle shooting (to hit a target of course, shooting animals is illegal in all public game reserves). Many lodges also have a swimming pool and spa facilities to allow for a day of leisure between game drives.
Eating and Drinking in Abundance
This needs no explaining… be prepared for some of the most stunning and surreal scenery of your life!