A Greatest Travel Experience: Safari in Africa
Snap. Leopard darts from a tree. One of the only photographs taken of it was mine.
Eyes wide open. Lion’s munching on a zebra on the side of the dirt path. They didn’t care about the truck next to them.
One, two, three… twelve plus. Lion family members waltzing into an area for a bit of a break/relax.
Wandering. Flapping. Those are elephant ears and a trunk wrapping around leaves. We’re standing from a distance, but we’re on our feet. How close is too close?
Baboons. At it again. Seems to be there favourite pastime no matter what tourist is watching. (You can guess what I’m talking about…)
Running. Splashing. It’s hippos, one of the strongest and dangerously powerful creatures. Good thing we’re in a boat…
Post dinner: wander to the waterhole behind the camp. Low lights show a few animals drinking, the odd rhino… and elephants… not just one or two… lots of elephants. One of those memories of how incredible these creatures are when they think no-one is looking.
Aren’t those giraffes pretty drinking from the waterhole? Oh look, there’s a few springbok. Oh and some Kudu and stunning Oryx. OMG. There’s some elephants cleaning in the water…. and a little baby!
Honestly, not much can beat an African Safari. I’ve been on several during both my trips to Africa and I could easily go back tomorrow for another and still be amazed.
Seeing these creatures in the wild never gets boring. They are able to do whatever they want in the open space that they have. It’s amazing seeing them interact together in different habitats.
I don’t think I could quite name one safari as the best. My first was in Lake Nakuru National Park, where we saw the big five and I captured a once in a lifetime photograph of a leopard. That safari will stay close to my heart because it was so beautiful, happy and astounding.
If you haven’t been on an African Safari, DO IT. Don’t be scared.
I’ll be doing it again in the next few years for sure. I’m scared of spiders and snakes with a passion yet camping in the wilderness is incredible, being so close to nature. I wouldn’t do a lodge safari or high-end one, I like the feeling that this is real, this is raw nature at its best.