What are game drives?
A game drive is where the magic happens and your addiction to safaris will begin to take hold. Around every turn could be a pride of lions, a pack of wild dogs, a herd of elephants or a leopard in a tree. It’s where you’ll come face to face with wildlife you’ve only seen in documentaries and where you’ll make memories that will last a lifetime.
How do game drives work?
At each camp, you’re assigned a highly trained driver/guide and a safari vehicle, (and sometimes a tracker too) that you share with other guests—don’t worry, the vehicles give everyone a window seat with plenty of room for your camera equipment and binoculars. Or if you prefer, we can arrange for a private safari vehicle with your own private guide and driver, at an additional cost.
Most safari vehicles are 4×4 Land Rovers or Landcruisers that are either open (open-sided with no roof, or with a sunroof) or closed (with glass windows that slide open and a pop-up sunroof.) Closed vehicles are used for traversing rough terrain or highways and on long driving safaris. Open vehicles are generally used for game drives, though some camps in East Africa also used closed vehicles.
The wildlife is accustomed to seeing safari vehicles and are typically unaffected by your presence. As long as you stay within the vehicle and follow the instructions of your driver/guide you can safely view wildlife in very close proximity.
During your morning game drives, you’ll stop at a picturesque spot to stretch your legs and enjoy a hot beverage and snack. During your late afternoon game drives, you’ll stop just before sunset at another beautiful location to toast the magnificent African sunset with your favourite drink – a safari tradition known as the ‘Sundowner’.
Should I stay at multiple camps?
We recommend that you visit more than one camp so you can benefit from new locations and potentially different species of wildlife.
Is Wi-Fi available on safari?
Some camps don’t provide Wi-Fi, which is bliss for some and an annoyance to others. If access to the internet is important to you, let us know and we will suggest accommodations with that in mind, but be advised, the remoteness of some locations may cause intermittent or very slow connections. In case of an emergency, there is always a way for someone to reach you.
Are safaris safe?
Safety is a camp’s highest priority. The staff will explain the “dos and don’ts” as soon as you arrive. When it’s dark, you will always be escorted to and from your tent or room by a staff member.
What about single travellers?
If you like to travel solo, a safari is a fantastic opportunity to enjoy quality time on your own while meeting new people along the way. You’ll never feel alone because everyone shares the same love of nature and interest in wildlife, especially at night when camps invite guests to relax around a roaring bonfire to share stories about the day’s sightings.
Should I take my family on safari?
A family safari is a wonderful shared adventure with the potential to strengthen bonds and create lifelong memories. For some families, it’s also a chance to unplug from the digital world, learn about the environment and highlight the importance of wildlife conservation efforts.
Custom itineraries are planned for each family, taking into consideration the age of the children and any special interests or requests. Younger children might learn to track animals, capture and release butterflies and frogs; learn how to make a fire or traditional bows and arrows; cook with the chef; enjoy painting and beading; visit a local community; play traditional African games, stargazing, or listen to African storytelling.
Teens are challenged in different ways. They might, for example, play soccer with local teens, visit a classroom, learn about and participate in conservation efforts, learn how to throw a rungu (wooden club), learn to bead from the local women, go on guided bush walks, horseback rides, hikes and even mountain biking in some locations. They can also try their hand at archery and participate in evening astronomy presentations.
Can I go if I have mobility issues?
We work with exceptional tour operators in South Africa that specialize in accessible travel for persons with disabilities and mobility issues, the visual and hearing impaired or anyone undergoing dialysis treatment, and offer a wide variety of exciting options including safaris.