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questions about on a safari

Thunder Bay, Canada
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questions about on a safari

I was watching some youtube videos to get an idea of exactly how a safari is

i see people in jeeps driving about with a guide and the top roof is open for people to take photos all way around

However are u allowed to get out of the vehicle when out in the parks? or are u only allowed inside at all times? restrictions?


bascially looking for a full description of what a safari is like for a like 4 days or more

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1. Re: questions about on a safari

Hello Thunder Bay -

Is the snow melting yet? We have been on several safari trips. The open top was great and we were able to take photos of lions, cheetahs, elephants etc. The only times we were outside the vehicles were when we were in short grass, hence no lions, in "safe" areas, determined by the knowledge and radio communication of the guides. We were reminded on each trip that the land belonged to the animals, that we were the intruders and that respect and caution were essential. I'm not sure that you tube representations will all be authentic, but the various guide books, as well as those who will reply to your posting will all give you helpful information.

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2. Re: questions about on a safari

Daily routine will vary depending on location, next lodging, guest interests, etc. In park "x" your guide might suggest an early morning game drive to what is "out and about" before the sun gets going. Based on his knowlege of the area he might plan a couple hour drive to catch lions on a fresh kill, elephant frequenting a water hole, etc. So, motor down the road stopping to observe various sights including the unexpected leopard upa tree with a fresh kill, a flock of guinea fowl dusting by the roadside, or a puff adder crossing the road. Then, maybe back to the camp/lodge for a later morning breakfast followed by a couple hours relaxing in camp (reading, note taking, dip in the pool, etc). After lunch a later afternoon game drive to a different area to check out wildlife there. Or, maybe after a hearty breakfast and all day game drive with a tasty box lunch to be enjoyed at some special place often with a great view. Yes, there are opportunities to get out and stretch. In some areas, one might even have the luxury of a primitive rest room. or check out sightings at a river overlook, or examine seed pods of mahogany trees in an open grove of trees. The guide will always be mindful of the need for a "bush stop" but certainly will select an area where his clients will be safe. Chancing upon a lioness beginning to make a stalk on a group of wildebeest with one obvious cripple, the guide might suggest a stop. Or, in the case of us spotting a leopard in a tree our guide suggested we wait awhile as an approaching thunder storm might cause the cat to come to ground. Sure enough the tom came down and crossed the road right infront of us. Or, another guide, knowing that my wife is a bird fancier, kept a close watch for nesting birds. Typical, yes and no. Each drive is different. Part of the mystery of Africa.

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3. Re: questions about on a safari

Typically you will stay inside your vehcile. To get out of the vehicle, except in safe places, is dangerous. These are not zoo animals, they are wild animals and this is their territory. I would not want to be out of a vehcile with an unseen lion or elephant (they are difficult to be unseen) in the area. If they turn on you, then you are defenseless outside the vehicle, inside the vehicle you can leave the area.

Edited: 18 February 2011, 11:36
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