A day on safari may begin in a variety of ways. Sometimes we wake up just before dawn (5.30 am) or earlier, in order to be out on the flood plain for sunrise – the best time of day for finding predators on the move.

Your guide is usually very keen to get his guests out and about for the best possible sightings. In this early morning scenario, we’ll have a cup of tea/coffee and porridge before we leave to spend the full morning exploring and return to camp for brunch at about 11.00/30 am. Alternatively you could have a lie-in, a good breakfast, and then head out for the morning, either returning for lunch, or perhaps carrying a picnic lunch if we want to stay out longer.     

Usually, at some point in the day, the best-laid plans are changed – for the better. Perhaps we leave camp aiming to head for a particular spot, but en route we come across wild dog tracks… Suddenly plans go out of the window as we choose rather to follow the dogs from a discreet distance and watch their fascinating family interactions. 

After lunch, we suggest a siesta, or a quiet contemplative time drawing or writing in your journal, or just gazing out at the scene in front of your tent or lodge. Then off on another game drive, walk or fishing expedition, depending on which camp you’re in. End the day with sundowners by the river or near a waterhole, take a refreshing shower and enjoy a good meal. Then sit round the fire and chat about the day’s events and highlights until bed calls.

As you can see, plans vary from day to day, and indeed during each day, depending on wildlife movements, weather conditions, and the disposition of our guests. One also needs to take into account that this is the ‘third world’ – exact timings of charters, etc., can never be guaranteed – there are usually many imponderables when travelling in Africa! But that’s all part of the fun and the best way to approach it is to relax into it. Enjoy every unpredictable moment!

Karen Blixen

“There is something about safari life that makes you forget all your sorrows and makes you feel as if you had drunk half a bottle of champagne bubbling over with heartfelt gratitude for being alive.”
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“There is something about safari life that makes you forget all your sorrows and makes you feel as if you had drunk half a bottle of champagne bubbling over with heartfelt gratitude for being alive.”

Mark Twain

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
2018-06-25T16:29:07+00:00
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

Gustave Flaubert

“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.”
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“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.”

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

“I think you travel to search and you come back home to find yourself there.”
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“I think you travel to search and you come back home to find yourself there.”

Marcel Proust

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”
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“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”

Anita Desai

“Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.”
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“Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.”

Charles Kingsley (Writer 1819 – 1875)

“We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us really happy is something to be enthusiastic about.”
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“We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us really happy is something to be enthusiastic about.”

Karen Blixen, Out of Africa

“You know you are truly alive when you’re living among lions.”
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“You know you are truly alive when you’re living among lions.”

Richard Ferris Burton, Explorer 1821 – 1890

“The gladdest moment in human life is the departure upon a distant journey into unknown lands.'
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“The gladdest moment in human life is the departure upon a distant journey into unknown lands.'

Anon

“Travel not to find yourself, but to remember who you've been all along.”
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“Travel not to find yourself, but to remember who you've been all along.”

John Muir

“In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.”
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“In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.”

Bartle Bull, Safari. A Chronicle of Adventure

“Even today, to visit Africa is a feast for the senses. The bush literally brings one’s faculties to life, as you learn to see better, to smell for the first time, to be silent and to listen.”
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“Even today, to visit Africa is a feast for the senses. The bush literally brings one’s faculties to life, as you learn to see better, to smell for the first time, to be silent and to listen.”

Bill Bryson

“To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.”
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“To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.”

Sylvia Dolson, Joy of Bears

“If you reconnect with nature and the wilderness you will not only find the meaning of life, but you will experience what it means to be truly alive.”
2018-06-25T16:22:53+00:00
“If you reconnect with nature and the wilderness you will not only find the meaning of life, but you will experience what it means to be truly alive.”
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