Game viewing is the heart of the experience while on safari. Game drives, night drives, walking safaris, hot-air ballooning and simply relaxing in camp are some of the many ways you can enjoy the abundant wildlife East Africa has to offer.
Game drives usually take place twice a day in specialised game-viewing vehicles that give you a window seat to the action. The very best time for rewarding game viewing is in the cooler early mornings and late afternoons, when the animals are at their most active – just like us, they prefer to siesta in the searing midday heat. Depending on the season, your day may start slightly earlier or later, but the general pace of life in camp is focused on giving you the best possible game-viewing experience. If you have booked a private game-viewing vehicle do discuss personal schedule preferences with your guide.
It is important to understand that the vast plains of East Africa are a truly wild place. Each moment in the bush is different to the next: some days you could come across a lion kill or a tumultuous wildebeest river crossing within the first 15 minutes of your game drive; other days you may find ‘exciting’ viewing particularly elusive! You may not tick off all the sightings on your wish list on your first safari, but you are sure to witness many incredible moments and gain profound new insights.
Our game-viewing vehicles are equipped with power points so you can recharge your devices if necessary. Most are equipped with fridges (a few have cooler boxes) so your guide can keep you well supplied with chilled drinks when you’re out in the bush. Delicious snacks on the go will keep any hunger pangs at bay until you get back to camp for the next mouthwatering meal.
Don’t miss the chance to take a guided bush walk close to camp for a wonderful opportunity to see East Africa from the earth up. This is your chance to explore the more subtle details of this precious ecosystem, learning about animal tracks, beetles, bugs and the astounding birdlife, as well as the area’s grasses, bushes, trees and flowers. If you have an adventurous spirit, consider a visit to Mara Naboisho Conservancy or Tarangire National Park to experience a walking safari with a guide and armed ranger.
You’ll catch your first glimpse of wildlife from the air as you fly into the national parks or conservancies from within Kenya or Tanzania, but hot-air ballooning over the plains takes this experience to a whole new level.