Everything you wanted to know about African Safari 2018
“The only man I envy is the man who has not yet been to Africa for he has so much to look forward to.” Richard Mullin
Going on an African safari has been a long-life dream for years and in 2018 finally, you want to make happen. As first-time safari goer for years, you’ve nurtured fascinations about the African safari. As you spend a lot of time planning and investing in the trip with a little bit of worry not knowing exactly what to expect trying to avoid the challenges of travelling. This is a normal feeling, in fact, I envy you as have so much to look forward.
While taking an African safari accept that it is not a zoo…
Probably you have seen all the animals you expect to see in Africa through Discovery Channel or in the zoo where they are caged and hopeless. In Africa, the feeling is quite different they are vibrant, the bush vibes cannot relate in any way with zoo animals just like the like poles of the magnet you can’t bring them together, in fact, it makes you hate zoo. While taking an African safari accept that it is not a zoo and animals are not on display, just entering and driving through the park is an experience on its own. The anticipation grows, as you keep wondering what would be the first animal you’re going to see. Would it be lionesses’ harem targeting a buffalo bull or an elegantly poised giraffe which stood graciously browsing at the leaves of yellow bark acacia tree ready for photo-shoot! Amazing, isn’t it?
From this point onward as you make your way to the park to see more and more fantastic animals including hundreds of buffalos, zebras, gazelles, monkeys, hyenas, elephants, and many more. You get to see Big 5 (most appreciated animals) so close in their natural habitats, it might get your adrenalin thrusting like crazy but you are safe. The experience is not restricted only to Big 5 only, it lends itself to a natural environment and natural behaviour of animals can mostly be expected. It’s an annual phenomenon whereby between one and two million wildebeest and zebra stampeding crossing Mara River between Serengeti in Tanzania and Maasai Mara in order to follow the life-giving rains and abundance of food. The great migration, it’s a matter of survival and death (survival of the fittest) to bring ecological balance.It’s a scene you will never forget.
Dare to take an opportunity of walking safari, which I think is worth doing. It’s definitely something totally different as you feel more like being a part of nature than you would do sitting in a car. You get a feeling of being a part of something that is extremely private and teaches you respect and admiration for Mother Nature. Or maybe a balloon safari and float slowly in a hot air balloon over the endless plain of Serengeti observing the beautiful scenery and animals’ movement from the top. Immerse in every encounter and enjoy every special moment of animal encounter, you just can’t get enough, you cannot keep your eyes open wise enough with all the scanning for the next animal to see, the landscape, sunrise and sunset. Be patient, travel slow, experience and feel the place.
It doesn’t end there…
Remember African safari is not only about animals you will be surprised in a very positive way, people are so happy, friendly and helpful. If you love to interact with locals, your guide will teach you basic greetings and get to use them. Everyone is always smiling and eager to greet you just enjoy the company of everyone you meet. This is what defines best African safari experience the people, bush vibes, rest camps, the pop-up rooftop jeep, plenty of animals and bird sighting, hard to explain simply an amazing experience.
Booking a Safari
Booking a safari in advance leaves you with plenty of time for planning. Take time to jot down the places you want to visit and activities you want to participate in. Thanks to the internet that is no longer a hustle, booking a flight or making travel arrangements with a tour operator only takes few minutes.
Best time to visit
Visiting most safaris in Africa is best done in the months of June to October. During the dry season the weather is beautiful and sunny. It is easy to spot animals because the vegetation is thin and animals gather around the river and waterholes. This gives you the opportunity to see many animals congregated at the same place.
“Africa – You can see a sunset and believe you have witnessed the Hand of God. You watch the slope lope of a lioness and forget to breathe. You marvel at the tripod of a giraffe bent to water. In Africa, there are iridescent blues on the wings of birds that you do not see anywhere else in nature. In Africa, in the midday heart, you can see blisters in the atmosphere. When you are in Africa, you feel primordial, rocked in the cradle of the world.”
Jodi Picoult (American author)