Photo diary of a typical day on Safari
Time to get up! That’s tough for the first few days but then you fall into an early night, early morning routine. Safaris are all about game drives and to make them successful you got to rise nice and early. Leaving just before sunrise provides the best chances to see animals at their most active. We developed a routine of one of us packing the tent while the other one made coffee and breakfast – our daily safari breakfast was granola with milk in tupperware. All of that usually happened in the dark.
5 :15 am:
With the coffee in hand and breakfast stored for later, it’s time to leave to not waste any precious game viewing time. We would usually have a route picked out or at least have a rough idea of which area we would want to head to. It’s super useful to ask at the gates which areas the rangers recommend and to talk to fellow self-drivers or guides once you are in the park. If a lion family was seen in an area yesterday, there’s a good shot that they are still close-by today.
In the ‘late morning’ (everything’s relative on safari..) we would choose a waterhole to park at and would finally have breakfast. That’s about the time when it gets hot and you’re almost guaranteed to encounter animals coming to drink. That strategy worked out great for us! While having breakfast in our car, we watched plenty of giraffes, zebras and antelopes coming and going. On a particularly lucky day, a herd of elephants would play by the waterhole.
Animals are much less active during the hottest hours of the day. Most are hiding somewhere in the shade, so it’s time to end the morning game drive! Now we would either travel to our next destination or head back to our camp, depending on the day. Back in camp, we would prepare a quick lunch like sandwiches or noodles and just have a few hours to relax, nap or read. Now is also the best time to take a shower – most camps only have cold water, which is just not very enjoyable in the chilly evenings. And you don’t really have time in the evenings anyways…
Time for the evening game drive! Again we would head towards a chosen destination, while always being flexible enough to adjust to sightings or tips from fellow travellers. But no matter how far we strayed from our base, we needed to make sure to be back ‘home’ before sunset.
Back at camp, we would set-up the tent for the night, light the fire and make dinner. It became such a routine, that all of this was done in just a few minutes – once we acknowledged that we need to use of firelighters… Dinner was usually something quick and easy like pasta, vegetables or meat completed with a cold beer or a glass of wine.
Time to call it a day and to climb up into your tent bed. Try to not leave your tent during the night, and then start all over again. We loved it!
Is that what you imagined a typical day on Safari to be like? How was your Safari routine?
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