From Sunrise To Sunset – A Day On Luxury Safari In Africa
Africa, South Africa, Luxury Safari, Wildlife, Big 5, Travel
Here in Africa we believe that this is the nearest
place to heaven on Earth. The African veld, better known to locals as ‘the
bush’, is serene and savage, peaceful and thrilling, with bright sunshine and pitch-black
nights with stars so brilliant they are like fluorescent lights in the sky.
Yes, a place of contrast and a place that you will always yearn to return to.
Welcome to a day in the bush on a luxury safari – Welcome to 24 hours of ‘Heaven on earth!’
So, you have finally gotten here. Africa. It is colourful,
and its people are welcoming. The weather is fine and your expert tour operators
are friendly, attentive and you know you are in good hands. You look forward to
your first day at your luxury lodge and your first ‘wildlife’ experience. So
how will this and pretty much every one of the few days you are here look like?
From lodge to lodge or camp to camp this can vary a little, but this is a
pretty typical day on a luxury Safari in ‘the bush’…
From Sunrise To
call - Your day starts early, around
four or five am, depending on the time of year, before sunrise, but don’t be
put off by this, the reward is great! Your game ranger will let you know it’s
time to wake up and you will hear the distinctive sounds of bird calls in the
bush. They are different and welcoming and beckon you to rise to a new day.
coffee & tea – Something light
like the traditional ‘Rusks’ (better known to many as cookies or biscuits, but
deliciously different) and other light snacks will be enjoyed together with a
great locally brewed coffee or traditional English tea.
The morning game
drive – You have been warned to wear
something warm, because even in summer a ride on an open 4 x 4 vehicle can be
chilly, but blankets and flasks of coffee are provided, and you find the wind
in your hair exhilarating.
Your expert game ranger welcomes you, cautions you
to keep your hands inside the vehicle and immediately starts to educate you on
what you may experience as the drive progresses. The sunrise is sublime, as
before your eyes the bushveld comes alive.
Birds flit from thorny bushes to trees you’ve never
seen before and you spot a small herd of some of the common smaller antelope,
usually Impala, or you see a Warthog or a few Zebra. These fascinate you as
this is all new to you. Your game ranger entertains you with quirky tales of
the bush, or amusing information, like a group of Zebra are known as a ’Dazzle’
because they are hard to spot by colour blind predators.
Suddenly it happens. You turn a corner on the dirt
road and one of the ‘Big 5’ are right there – so close up you think you could
reach out and touch them. An Elephant, Lion, Buffalo, an elusive Leopard or the
sadly endangered Rhino stand before you – or turn to run from you. The
binoculars are out – cameras flash. The feeling of this first-time encounter is
This will be the course of the drive – learning,
pointing out interesting things and now on your mission to see all of the ‘Big
5’ you realise how addictive this can be. You take a break in a scenic spot and
again enjoy some snacks and hot coffee or tea and now the conversation is abuzz
with all the new sightings.
Return to camp
– breakfast/brunch – You feel
ravenous when you return to camp late morning, the bush bug has bitten you and
the fresh air arouses your taste buds. Wherever you go the food is prepared by
expert chefs. Breakfast varies from the standard English and European
‘continental,’ breakfasts to a full breakfast with hot and cold food on offer.
unwind – There are optional bush walks
at some camps for those who feel they need the exercise or are just more
interested in seeing the smaller creatures of the veld and learning about
tracks and flora and birdlife.
Honeymooners and those who want to relax may decide
to just spend the time at the pool – it’s a great time to enjoy the African
sunshine and get a tan – or even be spoiled with a massage or beauty treatment
at the Spa available at some of the more upmarket lodges. Guests are also
welcome to retreat to their room or the lounge with a good book or for a short
From Midday To
Lunch - At some camps a full lunch is now offered, or you
can usually get at least a light lunch ordered from the kitchen of the lodge.
The dining continues and it’s always good. This is usually a buffet of sorts
offering all the usual popular international dishes and some local favourites –
like various game meats.
Siesta time – The bush has a way of lulling one to sleep. The
afternoon siesta is a great favourite with guests. Some will sleep, some will
read their favourite book, but the bed in your air- conditioned room is
inviting as the sun becomes a little fiercer!
Afternoon tea – ‘High tea,’ as it is known in the finer
establishments, consists of light snacks and your favourite drinks, just
getting you ready and well fed for the next game drive that lies ahead.
game drive – The experience is similar to
the morning drive, but now it is nearing sunset and the ranger is more likely
to take you to watering holes and hides, where the big and small game come for a
drink and to bathe and socialise. Once again you will stop halfway through the
drive for a cooling sundowner and snacks, while enjoying the view and sunset
from a scenic spot.
Then as night falls your game ranger switches on
the big spotlight. He flicks it from place to place looking for those shining
eyes in the dark. Maybe you will spot the elusive leopard or hyaena or a
beautiful owl. Again, it is a thrilling and totally different experience!
After the drive you will have some time to freshen
up before enjoying pre-dinner drinks and dinner, with a campfire always near to
create the perfect bush ambience.
The Boma Dinner
– It is a huge circular area
where a massive fire burns in the centre. Sparks dance up to the night skies as
you sip cocktails, drink some of the fine wines, beers or whiskies on offer and
discuss the day’s sightings. The food again is sublimely delicious and varied.
You may even be offered a local delicacy, ‘Mopani worms!’
Bed time – Once again the lull of the bush beckons you to an
early retirement in your plush accommodations and as the lights go out you hear
the roar of a Lion in the distance and the scornful laughter of the Hyaena.
What a day! As slumber overtakes you, you think “This certainly was 24 hours of ‘Heaven on Earth!’
Let Jewel of
Africa safaris, one of Africa’s preferred operators, design a tailor-made
package for you to experience many days like this on safari and many other
incredible destinations in Africa. Contact
us and let us make your ‘Bushveld’ experience an unforgettable one!