Going on Safari
Q: What can I expect on a Typical Day on Safari A: There really is no such thing as a “typical” day on safari because each day holds a different adventure. However, when you are in the national parks of Southern and Eastern Africa it is common that you will get up early in the morning at about 6:00am and head out into the bush on your game viewing activity. Depending on where you are, you may have the option to take a game viewing excursion in a powerboat or canoe on the river or lake, a walk with your professional guide, or game viewing in your four-wheel-drive safari vehicle. It is not typically necessary to book activities in advance, except for special activities like hot air ballooning, and your hosts will be happy to accommodate you and be flexible. You will typically be back in camp by 11:00am for brunch or lunch followed by an afternoon rest. Around 3:00pm you will have tea and rusks (local snack) before heading out into the African bush again in search of game. When the sun starts to get low on the horizon, you will stop briefly and enjoy sundowners (drinks) as you watch the beautiful African sunset. On arrival back at your camp, you will have time for a shower before returning to the dining room for a delicious dinner. After coffee and a nightcap, you may return to your comfortable bed for a good night’s sleep. Q: How many people are in a vehicle while game viewing? A: All vehicles can take a maximum of 7 guests (the 7th seat possibly sitting next to the driver) but you will find each camps and lodge has a slight different format. The most important thing to know is that everyone has a window seat an no one sits in the middle giving you the best possible vantage point! Q: What clothes do you need on safari? A: Bushtracks will provide you a packing list for your safari as well as seasonal temperature and rainfall chart so you are prepared. While out on the vehicle, it is recommended you dress in neutral colored clothing so that you don’t scare the animals away. Otherwise, we recommend lightweight comfortable clothing that you can layer and add and remove as the temperature changes. Being on safari is a casual affair and know that there are daily laundry services offered throughout. Unless you are dining in a fancy hotel or luxury train, the dress code is relaxed and informal.