what to expect on safari?

STARTING YOUR SAFARI

A Degrees of Africa representative or a transfer company representative will meet you at the airport (subject to travel itinerary). Should you encounter any problems with flight delays or lost luggage we will be there to assist you.

TYPICAL DAY ON SAFARI

Even though different days bring different experience, safaris follow a general pattern which is consistent throughout your travel.

Typically, a safari day includes two major activities per day – one which begins early in the morning and the second which occurs in the mid-to-late-afternoon and continues until dark or sometimes up until two hours after sunset.
The day starts with a wakeup call at around 5 a.m (depending on the season of travel) with tea/coffee and a morning light snack. The mornings are the best opportunity to see game interactions and some of the nocturnal animals are still active. The game activity usually lasts up to 3 – 4 hours depending on what you see along the way.

Morning activities are usually over by late morning and guests return to camp for a full breakfast/brunch. The afternoon is spent resting as wildlife activity is very limited. You may relax at the swimming pool, enjoy reading or take drinks.
At around 3h30 pm the evening’s activities start with an afternoon tea and light snacks. The game activity starts before sunset providing you with another opportunity to see more game in the daylight. You will then return to the camp before dark and may sit around the fire and enjoy your drinks, while waiting for dinner.

Drinks around the fire are always offered but most people find that they are tired from all the fresh air and are in bed by 10pm.

ACCOMMODATION ON SAFARI

The accommodation on safari varies from safari tents to chalets (depends on your itinerary). As a matter of fact the formation of the beds is different in all camps. Most lodges in Botswana are featured with twin beds, which are arranged separately or pushed together. Only some camps have mattress converters to create king or queen size beds.

ARE OUR SAFARIS PHYSICALLY DEMANDING?

• The safari vehicles at the camps are open 4X4, the roads are bumpy and even being just a passenger can be a little strenuous.
• Botswana has varying weather conditions depending on the season. Expect hot temperatures during the day and cool temperatures at night in winter (May – Nov) and hot days and nights with rain storms in summer.
(Nov – Apr). Taking in enough fluids is imperative, and dehydration with symptoms like migraine and nausea is the biggest danger on safari.
• Walking (approx 2-3 hours) is the most strenuous activity you will encounter although guests of average fitness will experience no problems.

ACTIVITIES

There are a wide range of activities available which vary throughout your itinerary and may include:
• Game drives
• Night drives (in the evening hours)
• Game walks and nature walks
• Mokoro excursions (a traditional dug-out canoe)
• Boat excursions
• Fishing (water and area permitting)
• Various optional activities in Victoria Falls and Livingstone and other areas.

Your itinerary will state which activities are included and what is available as an optional extra once you are travelling, generally in Botswana the activities are pre-arranged and included, but this may vary.
Please note that all wildlife activities are carried out by professional guides.

   
 
     
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