If you’ve never personally experienced an African Safari, chances are you have many questions around what to expect. A safari from lodge to lodge or area to area can differ quite a bit but there are some general guidelines that apply to a safari no matter where you plan to enjoy the experience.
A TYPICAL DAY ON SAFARI
- Start the day with an early morning tea-or-coffee wake-up (between 05h00 and 06h00 depending on the season), then meet in the central area for a light meal of cereal, fruit, biscuits and juice.
- Set off on your game viewing activity, with a short stop in the wilderness for a snack and coffee.
- Return to camp at about 10h30 for a hearty brunch at 11h00. Take the afternoon off for a siesta or a dip in the pool. Afternoon tea is served at around 15h30, followed by the option of a late afternoon game-viewing experience. Stop for sundowners and snacks, before returning to the camp in time for a three-course dinner at 20h00.
(This is a guide only and varies from camp to camp)
WHAT TO PACK FOR YOUR SAFARI
- Informal dress is recommended. Neutral colours are best.
- Windbreaker or warm jacket for winter and night safaris.
- Comfortable walking shoes.
- Swimming costume.
- Binoculars, camera and video camera, chargers and memory devices.
- Sunhats and sunglasses.
- Sunscreen and lip balm.
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO VISIT?
Both the winter and summer months have their benefits.
- Winter (May to August) – the foliage is less dense and the game more visible as they seek out the scattered waterholes.
- Summer (September to April) – the animals have their young, the vegetation is appealingly lush and the late afternoon African storms are spectacular.