Make the Best of Every Minute on Safari

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With only a limited amount of time in our busy lives designated for holidays, it is wise to make the best of every moment during your break – especially if you are lucky enough to be spending some time in the bush while on leave.

Careful planning beforehand can ensure that you maximise your stay, whether you are planning a self-drive trip or an all-inclusive treat. Shop around to find something that suits your style and budget well in advance - some of the elite safari lodges, and even Kruger National Park, are often fully-booked up throughout the year.

Going the all-inclusive route when it comes to your safari may cost substantially more than a self-drive holiday, but is well worth the extra expense when you consider the time saved. A safari with all the bells and whistles eliminates the need for grocery shopping, cooking and relying on luck for your game sightings. When you go all out on safari, all you need to do is show up and the rest is taken care of.

Even so, there are still some things you can do to make the most of your safari experience.

During your bush break you will be gently woken at the crack of dawn, for an action-packed game drive. To avoid fatigue, take a cue from the wild animals. Make sure you are bright-eyed and bushy tailed at the break of day by taking afternoon naps or just enjoying some down time during the hottest parts of the day. Never miss an early morning or evening game drive as these are the times when the best sightings are recorded.

Guided game drives and walks are in themselves huge time savers while on safari. Instead of searching hit-and-miss fashion for wild creatures, you can rely on the knowledge of your ranger to take you to all the best spots. With years of experience and an intimate insight into animal behaviour and territories within their domain, your ranger intuitively knows where to search for the sought-after Big Five and other elusive species.

Even if the most popular animals still manage to give you the slip, your ranger will always find something to interest and amuse you in the bounty of the surrounding bush. You will learn folklore and medicinal uses surrounding local plants, interesting facts about insects and birds, and you can use this to appreciate your surroundings more during quiet time at camp too.

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Thursday, 23 November 2017