Game viewing, eating, relaxing, chatting….
What can you expect from a typical day on safari in Botswana?
Whilst many things will differ from day to day such as the animal sightings, delicious dishes served at each meal, the guides and friendly members of staff – the fundamentals of a day on safari remain the same.
You will be woken early, depending on the time of year it can be as early as 5 am but don’t worry there will be plenty of time to catch up on sleep later. This is the cooler time of day and the wildlife will be more active so, the chances of sightings are increased – this is a good time to be out and about, animal tracks are fresh and some of the nocturnal animals may still be about. This activity could be a game drive, a mokoro trip, a boat ride or even a guided walk – each one enthralling and unforgettable.
As the day warms up the animals will wander off and find a shady spot to have a siesta and this is when you have a chance to do the same, after a hearty brunch/lunch. It can get very hot as the day wears on so it’s nice to find a quiet and peaceful chair or lounger, perhaps retire to your tent or private deck, and take this opportunity to relax and catch up on the zzzzzs.
Early morning game drive
Photograph by Amanda Marks
At around 3 – 3.30pm high tea is served and then you head back out in search of game. If you are staying in a National Park then you must be back in camp by dark, but if you are in a private concession, you will have the opportunity to enjoy a sundowner before partaking in a night drive on the way back to camp, seeking out some of the nocturnal animals by spotlight.
Once back in camp you can enjoy pre-dinner drinks and then sit down to dinner. Afterwards, the fire is a popular place to congregate for coffee or liqueurs before turning in for the night. Most guests find the exploits of the day and the early start mean they are ready for an early night and head for their beds by 10 pm. Then it all begins again the next morning.
“Here I am, where I belong”
Transfer days may differ slightly from the above depending on the time of your flights, but the camp staff will always keep you informed of timings and activities so you can relax and enjoy your safari.