The game drive is the highlight for many people going on safari holiday. It is the perfect opportunity to capture the beauty of Africa and the animals in their natural surroundings. Remember to pack your camera with extra batteries and enough storage capacity. You do not want to be caught unprepared.
We have prepared a quick walk through guide to help you on your first African safari game drive.
First Things First: Meet Your Guide
Your game drive options may vary according to the lodge where you will be staying. Most game lodges offer the traditional game drive in a Jeep, but other options include horse back safaris and self-drives. For this blog post we will be focusing on guided traditional game drives.
Game drives usually take place twice a day; one very early in the morning and one late in the afternoon. A game drive may vary in time and distance depending on the preference of the passengers and the animals encountered on the drive. Sometimes your afternoon game drives might be extended into the evening. This might give you an opportunity to see nocturnal animals.
A game ranger will accompany you on the drive and guide you to the locations where he or she thinks will be good to spot the wild animals. The game rangers are trained and know the reserve well. You should feel free to ask them any questions about the animals or the reserve. If there are any specific animals that you would like to see, the game ranger will be able to advise you on the best possible time and place to see it.
The game ranger is trained to keep all passengers safe. It is important to listen to your guide at all times and to obey instructions.
Unexpected Animal Encounters
The animals you see during your game drive depends on the game reserve as well as the time of your drive. Each game drive is unpredictable. There might be a rare leopard spotting on the day you choose to do another safari activity but it all adds to the excitement of the experience.
It is a good idea to research the game reserve that you will be visiting. Make sure that you know the kinds of animals that frequent the area and make a list of animals that you would like to see. Your helpful guide will do their best to let you cross off all the animals on your list.
When you encounter animals the guide will allow you to take pictures as long as it does not put you or other guests in danger. Make sure to always have your camera or binoculars ready.
Remember To Stay Safe
Each safari game lodge has a code of conduct that needs to be adhered to at all times. These rules and regulations have been put in place to ensure your safety. It is important to remember that while you’re having fun you need to always follow your guide’s instructions. The guides are experienced and will make sure that you have the best time whilst keeping you safe.
Daily game drives are included with most safari packages. If you have any questions please feel free to speak to one of our consultants. We will gladly help you find a safari holiday package best suited to your needs and preferences. Remember to have fun and enjoy being in the wild. Take as many pictures as you can and share your fond memories with your friends and family back home.
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