The words “African safari” conjure up images of lions roaring from a distance, trumpeting elephants, giraffes browsing the trees and pop-up roofed vehicles hurtling down the African bushveld. While all these create one of the most exciting and most memorable experiences a traveler can have, did you know there is one more thing that could hoist that experience? Imagine five-star luxury in one of the wildest, remote places in the world — posh accommodation with topnotch facilities, guaranteed stunning vista and world-class personalized service among all other things. Sounds perfect right? That’s because it is.
So what is it really like in a luxury safari?
With luxury accommodations – either extravagant lodges or lavish tented camps – guaranteed to be set on the best spots of the park, you will be right in the heart of the African wilderness where the action is. Of course, you will have that tasteful sense of exclusivity, too. But you know what else? Fine amenities – comfortable beds that are huge and adorned with plush linens; an ensuite bath that features Western-style toilets, hot showers, and bathtubs; huge vanities and complete toiletry paraphernalia; and a private veranda that looks out into a stunning view of the iconic African bush. You can even enjoy wifi connection, round-the-clock electricity, and even have your own butler to serve your every need!
There are superb dining options when in a luxury safari. Welcome drinks and complimentary champagne are typical but apart from those are other unique dining options including bush dinners or breakfasts, picnics in the wild and even barbecue. If you’re on a romantic getaway, say perhaps a honeymoon, you can also let the crew arrange an intimate candlelight dinner for you and your loved one! Depending on your request, fine wines, liquor or champagne may also be served.
Luxury Safaris include meals of your entire stay, from breakfast to lunch to tea time to dinner. Food selection may range from local to international cuisine, all prepared by expert chefs ready to provide delectable gastronomic feasts. If you have any special dietary restrictions, you may inform the facility ahead of time so they could accommodate your needs, if available.
Typically, breakfasts and dinners are served buffet style. Lunches, on the other hand, are done as picnics between your game drives. Pancakes, pasta, chicken, fruits, salads, stews and white bread sandwiches are staple food choices.
African safari parks are vast and mostly unfenced. Animals, big and small, roam freely across the land and so, it’s not surprising to see a few of them visit your lodge/tent. You can also hear lions roaring from a distance or birds chirping and humming a few songs.
Early mornings are usually a very active time for the animals. So while you stretch your arms out in the veranda or grab a cup of coffee to jumpstart your day, expect to see animals doing their thing in their natural habitat. Some of them wander through your camp, some of them may just flaunt their tails while they pass by, and some of them may even allow you to witness their fierce interactions with other animals!
There are a lot of activities you can enjoy while in your “wild adventure.” This includes hot air balloon rides (sometimes it starts before sunrise and ends with a bush breakfast when you step back on land), Maasai tribe visits, night bonfires and more. And with the spine-tingling game drives, the five-star accommodation experience, the iconic landscapes, the stupendous wildlife, and everything in between, it is almost impossible to just have a mediocre experience. Truly, you will have one of the most unforgettable experiences of your life.
Being in a luxury safari means your custom-designed private safari vehicles are armed with superlative amenities and features. From huge windows and pop-up roofs to huge leg space and charging ports to complete emergency kits and comfortable seats, these customized 4WDs are designed to endure rugged or dust-ridden landscapes while ensuring utmost comfort, safety and superb wilderness experience.
Did you know that guides/drivers make an important factor in creating an absolutely splendid African adventure? In a luxury safari, you will be guaranteed to have the best of the best, the cream of the crop guides/drivers. They will be the one to track animals and beautiful sights, and they may even take you to the “secret spots” of the place. The abler they are, the more you will be able to see and experience Africa.
Going on a luxury safari is indeed an exceptional experience that you will remember for a lifetime. An adventure beyond your wildest dreams, so to speak. So, is it worth it? Indubitably YES. Not only will you be able to enjoy the perfect balance of comfort, exclusivity and wildlife encounters, you will also have ample of opportunities to explore iconic lands such as UNESCO sites and world-record sights.