What is a safari?

What is a safari?   ‘What is a safari’ is probably the most commonly asked question people ask about going to Africa to experience wildlife and culture.  In KiSwahili “safari” means journey.   Going out on safari means adventure, wildlife, cultural exploration, and so much more.  There is really no other experience like it.

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Coming upon a scene like this, with the elephant waking down the road is common while “on safari.”  Actually, you never quite know what you will see in terms of wildlife.

_DSC0508We watched these elephants for a long while. They were actually debating whether to come over to us or slide down a muddy bank of a nearby river (we were actually backed up to the river).  Wildlife and nature being what they are, one is always ready for a show.  One of these elephants came right up to our safari vehicle and we all sat down on our seats.

IMG_1747Safaris are also about friendship.  This is Richard and me on safari last summer. While on safari you really get to know your safari guide.  Richard was the first Red Rhino safari driver guide nearly twenty years ago.  Richard knows wildlife like the back of his hand, and gets safari goers close to the animals. Richard knows animal behavior and has many stories to tell.

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Very close!  This lion was actually mating.  We came upon him and his significant other after a string of amazing wildlife sightings (that I will post on some time).  After we stumbled upon them, we soon ran into the rest of the lion pride–an additional fifteen lions for a total of seventeen!  I look forward to sharing more with you on this series I call What is a Safari?

 

 

 

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