Safaris are planned very carefully to coincide with when you are most likely to see wildlife. This means early, late afternoon, or even night game drives are essential to see the animals at their most active. How a typical day might unfold…
An early start means an equally early wake-up call. A continental breakfast is served from about 6am and at sunrise you head off on your early morning activity of choice. This is generally the best time to spot the wildlife as the temperature is cool and the animals are still very active, including the big cats who will be returning from a night of hunting.
After a few hours, you will return to the lodge either for brunch or to relax before lunch. Some may opt to stay out all day and will have a bush lunch to make the most of a day in the park.
Most guests opt to have lunch in the lodge then either relax in their suites, or use the lodge amenities such as the pool or the bush spa. Tea and cake is then available from 3.30pm before you then head out for an afternoon activity.
As with early morning, the evening game drive is often the best time to see the wildlife. The predatory animals begin to stir from their heat-of-the-day slumber, and similarly, their prey become ever more active and alert as darkness falls. Vehicles and boats usually return just before dark in time for a shower, pre-dinner drinks and then dinner. The evenings are often rounded off with a few drinks around the lodge bar and swapping safari stories.
Sometimes, you will have the opportunity to go on a game drive at night. Vehicles are equipped with powerful spotlights, as well as expert trackers who will generally spot any wildlife well before you will. This is often the best time to spot the elusive leopard, which more often than not will be high up in a tree. A game drive at night gives you a completely different perspective of the bush and is an unforgettable experience.