A Greatest Travel Experience: Safari in Africa

Snap. Leopard darts from a tree. One of the only photographs taken of it was mine.

Leopard, Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya

Leopard, Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya

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.

Lion pack, Etosha National Park, Namibia

Lion pack, Etosha National Park, Namibia

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?

Elephant in the Okavango Delta

Elephant in the Okavango Delta

Baboons. At it again. Seems to be there favourite pastime no matter what tourist is watching. (You can guess what I’m talking about…)

A baby baboon grips on for dear life to its mother wandering around the park

A baby baboon grips on for dear life to its mother wandering around the park

Running. Splashing. It’s hippos, one of the strongest and dangerously powerful creatures. Good thing we’re in a boat…

Hippos, Chobe National Park

Hippos, Chobe National Park

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!

Waterhole, Etosha National Park, Namibia

Waterhole, Etosha National Park, Namibia

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.

Water Buffalo, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda

Water Buffalo, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda

Breeding herd of elephants running

Breeding herd of elephants running, Etosha National Park

Lion drinking in Etosha National Park

Lion drinking in Etosha National Park

Zebra running into water, Etosha National Park, Namibia

Zebra running into water, Etosha National Park, Namibia

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.

Uganda, Botswana and Namibia all held their own incredible moments.

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.

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