Safari – what is Safari?

“If there were one more thing I could do, it would be to go on safari once again.” Karen Blixen

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Traditionally in the past a ‘Safari’ was almost always associated with a big game hunt, typically in Africa, as depicted in film and literature over the years - this is however no longer the case.  The East African people use the word ‘Safari’ in their local language, Swahili, to explain ‘a journey’, and the modern day ‘Safari’ is now exactly that – an overland African journey to observe and photograph amazing wildlife along with incredible scenery, and engage with Africa, its people, its cultures and customs.

The modern-day safari is modeled around the early African explorations that were purely designed to observe and record wildlife and landscapes by the expedition's members. These explorations generally started with a ‘not too strenuous’ rising at first light, an energetic day walk in the surrounding bush, a late afternoon rest and concluding the day with a formal dinner and storytelling in the evening over drinks.

African Footprint Safaris fully supports the modern-day Safari and our guests to Africa will feel exactly like early explorers - but with a little more luxury.  The typical African Footprint Safari day starts early in the morning with a continental breakfast and coffee, before heading out to explore the African surrounds on a game viewing activity (walk, boat or drive) with a personal Safari guide. After pioneering Africa, our guests head back to the lodge for a brunch in the hot afternoon followed by some rest and relaxation at the pool, spa, in the lodge rooms or on the private viewing decks.  In the late afternoon after high-tea, the explorations continue again as your personal Safari guide takes you traveling back through the African savannah.  The afternoon safari ends with an African sundowner cocktail somewhere scenic, to toast the hot sun goodbye and welcome in the moon.  The evening Safari drive begins by spotlight under the African stars on return to the lodge, while viewing Africa’s nocturnal action.  At the lodge after a three-course dinner, storytelling is encouraged around the campfire - where all guests gather and boast about the day’s wildlife encounters with drinks in hand.