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A normal
safari day

A day full of rich experiences

Luxury safaris are quite active because guests want to make the most of their learning-adventure trip. I prepared this timetable to give you an idea of a typical day.

5:30 am

After coffee and a light pre-breakfast snack, you depart on a 3- to 4-hour game drive with your ranger and tracker in their safari vehicle. Bring your camera and binoculars.

Morning drive

You stop in the wilderness for hot coffee, tea, or hot chocolate served with a light snack.

9:30 am

You return to the lodge, where a hearty breakfast awaits you. Or, sometimes, you enjoy a full-fledged bush breakfast in the "middle of nowhere".

10:00 am to 1:30 pm

This is the time to relax at the pool, take a nap, curl up with a book on your or the lodge's veranda, have a massage in your room, or join a one-hour ranger-led midday interpretative walk through the wilderness.

1:30 pm

Lunch is served, either in the main dining area or on your private veranda.

4:00 pm

After tea service with other guests, you embark on your several hour evening drive.

Evening drive

You get out of the safari vehicle to have cocktails with your safari mates in a remote natural setting.

8:00 pm

On your return from the drive, you have cocktails and dinner with your companions. This could be in the indoor dining area, or in an enclosed open-sky boma, or in the bush, or almost anywhere.

9:30 pm

You enjoy after-dinner drinks with your old- and new-found friends - or go to bed after your active day.

The times above are for summer. Winter times are slightly different because the daylight period is shorter. For example, the winter morning drives leave at 6 am, and dinner begins at 7:30 pm.

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