The matchless African landscape replete with its celebrated wildlife captivates world travelers with its charm. If you are craving for a Safari expedition into the bewitching wilderness, give it a whirl and Africa will not disappoint. Here’s a glimpse at what you can expect on an African Safari.
Wildlife is the heart of Africa so prepare to be floored by the sheer volume of animals moving around uninhibited in their natural habitat! While spotting the Big 5 is exhilarating, remember the big picture comprises a lot more. In fact, a safari in Uganda can be very different from a typical African safari. Just expect the unexpected when it comes to wildlife and you are safe! Capture pictures but most importantly seal the sights in your memory!
Climate and schedule
If you’re someone who reaches out for the “snooze” button every morning, stay well warned that most Safari expeditions begin as early as 5 am. But to watch Africa stirring to life from its silent enchantment is truly love at first light.
You will then cruise through the afternoon heat for long Safari hours. Be warned that nights can get cold and winters are especially cold and dusty during the dry months. So it’s all about getting your clothing layers right.
Apart from catering to your appetite for adventure, Africa also extends some wholesome indulgence to your palate. Safari lodges serve three fully cooked meals a day with a blend of Western and traditional African cuisines to pamper your taste buds. Morning game drives break, in the open, for a soothing cup of tea teamed with fun eats like cookies and sandwiches. Evening game drives pull the breaks for a refreshing cold beverage and a quick munch in the wild.
As tempting as it is to bask in the wilderness and get closer to the wildlife, it is safe to remain seated as many curious cats are often leaping on top of the safari vehicles to get a better view of the animals around it. The bumpy roads often lead to a lot of bouncing around often referred as the African massage, so with the road ahead, buckle your seat beats as you are in for one hell of a ride.
Watch out for
Walking into the dense bush comes with an ugly side. There’s the obvious threat of literally falling prey to the wilderness. With tsetse flies, mopane flies and anopheles mosquitoes, insects are Africa’s “little big problem”. Taking precautions to safeguard against insect bites (which can carry malaria) is always wise, especially during the rainy days.
Don’t be surprised if you find a spider, frog, insect or reptile crawling its way into your camp; and remember that a few smart precautions and a little common sense is all it takes to keep you out of all harm’s way.
Say “Jambo” and get a jumbo reception as you try to connect with the locals. The guides and the game rangers are quite friendly and can offer deep insights into the world of Africa, and their knowledge about animals and safaris is unparalleled. Whether it’s the lodge staff or tour guides or even regular locals, the people of Uganda embody openness and exude warmth as they embrace you with immense hospitality.
In the pristine lands of the African Wilderness, you have a chance to meet and greet the wildlife in the wilderness. Take home a medley of memories to fill your memoirs and find a renewed you!
Are you game?