It starts with your guide…
We have the most amazing group of fully qualified guides. They are kind and compassionate with a phenomenal wealth of knowledge about African Wildlife, culture and history. When you land on African soil, they will be there to greet you at the airport.
‘There are not enough positive words to describe Gideon. He was absolutely faultless in every way (what an asset). He was caring, understanding and nothing was ever too much for him. He also knew the lay of the land extremely well and kept us informed all the way. He knew every animal name, every plant name as well as the Latin name and was a hive of information. He was a lot of fun and yet we respected him greatly. – Alan & Sandra (27 Day Namibia, South Africa, Botswana & Zamiba Safari – 2019)
The thrill of the game-drive
Yes! Yes! Yes! See the animals, hear the animals, smell the animals – This IS what we want to do right? Not so sure on the last one though. While you may travel from point to point on via a coach, minivan, enclosed 4WD range rover or similar ALL of our game drives will be on specifically designed 4X4 game drive vehicles.
They might be open top, canvas topped, pop topped – you will get to experience a variety while on safari – each perfect for the particular location. The thrill of the game drive is just like fishing – you never know what you will see or when…. Your senses are heightened; when you drive around a rocky outcrop (kopje) there may be an elephant rubbing tusks on a tree trunk, or a group of zebra and giraffe spread eagled drinking from a near dry water hole.
In some areas, particularly private game reserves, you can leave the track and travel cross savannah plains and unforgettable landscapes to sneak closer to an elusive leopard sauntering through the grasses or a pride of lions sleeping under a shady mopane tree. The buzz of your first sighting is unforgettable.
The Early Bird Catches The Worm
Game drives typically are about 3 hours in duration – You won’t believe how fast this goes.
To make the most of game drive days, it may involve an early start, (usually about 5:30 am as animals aren’t parry to the time). This is when wildlife are most active as its cooler, they are hungry or thirsty and we want to see them on the move to the nearest waterhole or to hunt. During the middle of the day the wildlife often hide away from the heat making spotting more difficult. Don’t worry – you will get coffee on your morning game drive; and a delicious breakfast when you get back to the lodge.
Then it’s off for more wildlife encounters around 3:30 for the afternoon game drive. You will return in time for a refreshing sundowner before dinner or maybe we may stop for refreshments en-route while the sun is setting to breath in natures gorgeous colours.
Beside game drives, what else do we do?
The middle of the day between game drives and guided nature walks could be at leisure or an extra sightseeing activity may be planned, like visiting a Masaai Mara village, sightseeing to a craft centre, visiting a local school, coffee plantation or other activity (depending on your itinerary.) There also will be some downtime for you to enjoy the accommodation facilities, catch up on your morning sleep, take a dip by the pool, savour the moment of being in Africa, watch the birdlife or just soak up the atmosphere. There is something very rejuvenating about simplicity of engaging in the moment and listening to the sounds of the tribal Africa.
Hungry for more
Try something new. When in South Africa you will have the opportunity to try a range of delicious locally grown wines, in Durban you may wish to venture out for the locally famous bunnychow, in Kenya enjoy the variety at the Carnivore Restaurant. On all of our safaris you will enjoy daily breakfast and dinner (as per itinerary) and when you are on a full day game drive, we will provide picnic lunch. Both local and international flavours will be available to suit most diets and our guests
If you hear this being called, make sure you walk toward the place you heard it as it means ‘FOOD’ and nothing beats good street cuisine.
The lodges had a huge variety of food – not like some tours I heard of where the guests lost weight – we put it on!!! Excellent food and wonderful friendly service at the hotels and lodges. The staff are so eager to please and[ST1] have wonderful memories of your name and how you like your tea/coffee, etc. Another wonderful safari – thank you Traveljoy – well planned.’ Lorraine (20 Day Kenya & Tanzania Safari 2019)
Feel free, become wiser and more adventurous
We want our guests to experience something one hundred percent genuine. This may mean that while you are travelling past a local village and you spot some sort of event on, we will stop to ‘check it out’ rather than sticking to the clock, pass by wondering what that was all about. Embrace the culture – spontaneity will allow you to see for yourself. This is the beauty of travelling on a small group safari – flexibility.