In the past, a safari used to be just a big-game hunt; however, now it is about a plethora of activities. Africa is famous for its magnificent safaris, and they are sure to satisfy any tourist’s fiery wanderlust. If you are travelling to an African safari for the very first time, you would end up walking away with great experiences and memories, surpassing all expectations. The lush green landscapes provide an ideal backdrop to the astounding wildlife of the region. This is where nature is at its best.
Here is a list of 10 things to do when you embark on a safari:
1. Hot Air Ballooning
Experience the thrill of viewing the vast landscapes from several hundred feet above in a hot air balloon. Typically, these hot air balloon rides last between 1 to 2 hours and go on till the sun sets.
Make it special by taking a ride with your significant other, especially during twilight. If you’re planning to propose to your partner, then an airborne proposal can make this occasion more special – its memory will surely be etched on both your and your partner’s hearts. Combined with the breathtaking aerial views, witnessing herds of wildebeest, giraffes, and zebras running across the plains will make your journey unforgettable.
2. Fly Camping
Immerse yourself in the true African safari experience by camping overnight in a fly camp. Sleep at night under the blanket of stars and with only sounds of the African bush around you – the chirping of crickets and the buzzing of cicadas will allow you to enjoy a quintessential African experience. A true wildlife experience awaits, with nothing between you and the African bush so relish this camping escapade in Africa’s wilderness.
Hire an armed guide for your trip and depending on where you decide to camp, arrive at the destination on foot, vehicle or a boat. While this experience might require some people to step out of their comfort zone, most people become regular campers and fall in love with the experience.
3. Fresh Water Fishing
African Safaris boast some of the best fresh water rivers and lakes with a unique marine life. Bring over your fishing rods and hooks, and catch some of the most unique species of fish that you won’t find elsewhere in the world. However, be sure to keep an eye on the fishing restrictions at every area. Most places follow strict “catch and release” fishing policies.
4. Night Drives
They say Africa never sleeps! Go on a night drive and encounter Africa’s most elusive nocturnal animals. Whether you are searching for the rare pangolin or watching a leopard hunt, you will be surprised by what goes on in the jungle after dark. Many night safaris use spotlights to join in the action along with the wildlife. With animals growling and multiple pairs of glowing eyes back looking right back at you, you will definitely be left in awe.
5. Walking Safaris
Walking safaris are the purest form of safaris that allow you to get closer to wild animals in the guidance of experienced walking guides. As a matter of fact, there is no better way to experience African wildlife and reserves than on foot.
Explore the ecosystem from the ground up, learn about animal tracks, the plant life and watch the astounding bird life. Observe the elephants bathe at a water hole and the African buffaloes standing by the river.
6. Boat Safaris
What better way to relax your legs than to ride a boat along the spine of a river where birds flock overhead and come to nest along its banks, and the trees canopy over it. A safari is incomplete without a ride on the flowing water. Experience wonderful views of crocodiles sunning themselves on sandbanks and watch the wildlife come to drink water close by.
Make the most of your trip by taking memorable pictures of the trip, and bring to life the picturesque views. The wildlife of Africa simply begs to be photographed. No matter which camp you’re staying at, the variation and spectrum of animals is beyond incredible. However, it’s not as simple as whipping out your camera and snapping away! If you want to get those amazing shots and make all your friends jealous, you need to take photographs efficiently.
If there’s one safari you must not miss in your lifetime, it is the Great Migration Safari, and there’s no place better to witness it than in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. It will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience and you can take some excellent photos there.
8. Cultural Walks
Blend in and gain a unique insight into the rich culture that defines these regions. Africa has numerous tribes, with their own traditions, culture and language or dialect. Exploring these fascinating cultures helps to give you a true understanding of these precious places as well as of the challenges the inhabitants face.
9. Game Drives
Whether this is your first safari or you are an old hand searching for an unusual sighting, nothing beats the thrill of tracking and finding an elusive creature. Go out on world-class game drives on game-viewing vehicles and enjoy the exhilarating experience first-hand.
10. Birding Safaris
Africa’s bird life is rich and diverse. Spot the birds with a keen eye and tread carefully, and they may stick around to further kindle your interest. You will see a variety of birds that you would not find in any other part of the world, but it’s the eye contact that matters.