I start today the Safari category and before we deep in to it lets see what types of safaris there are. You can see desert or lush tropical forests, dunes or elephants …
Fly In Safari
This option is ideal for safari goers who are limited for time, or who want to avoid long drives on dusty, bumpy African roads! Also very necessary if you want to go on safari in a more remote area, or combine different regions that are very far apart.
Very popular in East Africa, and the only way to do a safari in Botswana’s Okavango Delta, your light aircraft lands at a tiny airstrip in the bush, where you are welcomed like royalty and then transferred to your safari camp/lodge. Your safari activities will all be done with the lodge/camp’s own guides during your stay.
After your safari stay, you are transferred back to the airstrip where your aircraft will whisk you either onto your next holiday destination or back to the reality of an international airport for your flight home.
One of the most popular ways to go on safari in East Africa, especially if you are travelling in a group of 4 or more, is to ‘hire’ the services of a professionally accredited driver-guide and a private vehicle for your safari experience. Whilst this may sound expensive, it actually works out very cost-effective, as the costs are shared between you.
Your driver-guide will not only be your personal ‘chauffeur’ during your safari, he will be your fountain of knowledge too, sharing everything he knows about the wildlife and the bush as together you journey across the African plains.
He will help you check in when you arrive at your safari lodges/camps, he will sort out any problems along the way, but most importantly, he will be your new best friend by the end of your trip!
If you want to make sure that you are right in the ‘thick’ of the action if your bucket safari list consists of witnessing the Great Migration, then you should consider one of the many mobile tented camps that operate across the Serengeti.
Because this is wildlife, the migrating herds do not stick to a rigid timetable, nor to a set journey plan. The mobile camps make it their duty, however, to ensure that they are set up as near to where the herds currently are, and the camps will move every few weeks, guaranteeing guests ‘ringside’ seats at all times to the ‘Greatest Show on Earth’.
Whilst you will be sleeping under canvas, some of the mobile camps do redefine the meaning of luxury, with kingsize beds smothered in fine linen and private verandas with interrupted views over the plains.