The ‘Purpose-Driven’ Safari to Africa
Is it worth being on safari in Africa for more than a week?
People come to Africa for a variety of reasons. For some, safari might not be the main focus of their time and attention, although they might want to add on a few days at the end to get a taste for the experience. For many others though, the safari is the main purpose of the trip and everything else fits in around it. I refer to this as a ‘purpose-driven’ safari and the duration and nature of the experience has been tailored just for you.
With a purpose-driven safari, you are looking to immerse yourself fully in wildest Africa – really soak it in. As much as seeing wildlife, you want to experience a wild and timeless place. These safaris are often done in countries such as Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Tanzania or Kenya.
These safaris tend to vary in length but generally between 7-14 nights depending on the amount of time you have, your interest levels and your budget.
On one of these extended safaris, it can often take a day or two, but you will soon find yourself in the rhythm of the safari. You’ll start to recognize the birds which call first each morning, and you will also quickly recognize some of the more familiar night noises – hippos grunting in the lagoon, hyenas whooping in the distance, and maybe even the roar of a lion – a truly primal noise.
When you go out looking for wildlife, every day feels like Christmas. You don’t know what is going to happen, or what you are going to see, but you know that you’ll probably find something great. And if you are there at the right time of year, with the right people, then you certainly will.
You will also find that time morphs and warps. A day can feel like a week because you have seen so much that is new, dramatic, stunning, raw and real. Sometimes at the end of a day, you think back to the first thing you saw that morning and it feels like it must have been two days ago, because you have seen so much in between. Yet at the same time, the day has disappeared in the blink of an eye.
The ‘purpose-driven’ safari also gives you the ability to lose yourself. You can become so entranced with the experience that you do start to forget, for a time, the realities of your life back home. All that matters is whether the wild dogs will hunt this afternoon, or whether you might find the lion pride on your way home.
I don’t want to overstate or oversell the purpose-driven safari, but if you do it right it will be one of the greatest experiences of your life. Do it right with your family and you will have landmark memories that will last a lifetime. It will be an investment, and it might only happen once in your lifetime – so make sure that when you do it, you do it well and that it is tailored just for you.