The Real Lion🦁King

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The one thing I miss most about living in South Africa (besides my family and friends ) is taking a mini-break in the African bush! There is nothing better than escaping the hustle and bustle of the city and heading out on an African Safari. Just to hang out with The Big 5 (Leopard, Lion, Rhino, Buffalo and Elephant) for a few days!

Safaris can be done with a group of friends, as a couple or as a solo traveller, either way, the journey will be totally awesome!

‘Safari’ is a Swahili word meaning ‘to make a journey’

Back in the day Safaris were associated with hunting trips. Today Safaris are linked to conservation, education and sustainable tourism. The only shooting anyone will be doing is with their cameras!

So what can you expect on An African Safari?

Whether you choose to camp or stay in an eco-lodge the classic African Safari is based on game drives. Heading out into the bush in an open top 4×4 in search of wildlife.  The drives can last up to a few hours and are usually done early in the morning before breakfast and in the late afternoon just before sunset where you’ll enjoy a safari tradition of sundowners. (These are the cooler times of the day when the animals are more active).

The open top 4×4 land cruisers can fit up to 6 guests and everyone gets a “window seat”  Each car has a ranger and a tracker who will sit in a special seat at the front of the vehicle. I’m always in awe of the sharp eyes of the trackers. It baffles me at how quickly they’re able to spot animals and read the tracks on the ground.

Although the rangers and trackers are pretty awesome at what they do they can’t guarantee what you’ll see, so every trip will be different! My favourite thing to do after our bush trips is to look at all the photos on everyone’s cameras to see what they saw!

Along with the game drives, I’d say be prepared to eat, disconnect and relax because when you’re not looking at animals you will be met with food and no wifi, tv or mobile signal. For me, it’s the perfect getaway to recharge my batteries!

In my lifetime I’ve been lucky enough to see some of the most majestic animals in their natural habitats. Here’s a glimpse of some of my amazing encounters.

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If you’ve never been on an African Safari, I’d definitely add it to the bucket list it’s a pretty magical experience for all animal lovers.

TravelNicole Kerrigan