POSTED ON 2nd March 2016 BY Ollie Blackwell
Going on safari doesn’t mean roughing it…
When many people think of safaris, they imagine pitching tents in the wilderness and going without showers –but the truth is that a safari can be as luxurious as a stay in any other five-star resort or hotel.
A safari holiday can still include creature comforts, and it certainly doesn’t mean living in uncomfortable conditions. With a safari, you can choose your journey –and level of comfort, and can decide for yourself exactly how rugged you want the journey to be. If you prefer something a little more luxurious, don’t worry, there’s no shortage of options available for you to choose from.
To give you an idea about the type of accommodation that we at Safari Drive choose for our luxury safaris, here are a few things that we look for in lodges.
Location is everything when choosing the best place to stay. Our lodges are in the most ideal locations, giving you the chance to enjoy beautiful scenery and incredible sights.
While many of our lodges are in secluded, pristine locations, that doesn’t mean that they’re short on amenities. In fact, the only indicator that you will have that you’re staying off the beaten path is the amazing scenery that extends on towards the horizon.
Take a look below at the fantastic scenery you could see in Botswana.
A stay in one of our lodges will ensure that you will have the opportunity to go wildlife viewing with a friendly and professional guide. The guides at the lodges that we choose are experienced, and know the land like the back of their hand.
They’ll be able to help you spot elusive animals, and more than happy to fill you in on fascinating facts and information about the area.
Have a quick read of what to expect from a guided safari of the Himba trail.
Africa is known for its spectacular views. From the vast open plains of the Serengeti that seem to stretch on forever, to the beautiful to vibrant waterways of the Okavango Delta. It’s safe to say that this continent is unlike any place on earth.
Africa is full of national parks, wildlife refuges, and open plains that stretch on forever. The views are something that people come from all around the world to see.
Just because you finish exploring for the day does not mean you will be ready to close the windows.
A safari doesn’t mean eating cold, tinned food. We believe that high-quality dining is essential while on safari, and excellent food is one quality that we look for when we specially choose our lodges.
Fresh and delicious food is a must, and nothing ends the day better than a tasty meal. The lodges that we choose serve expertly prepared food, much of which is made from locally sourced ingredients.
If course, if you are preparing any food yourself, you need to take precautions. Take a look at my post from last week about Why You Need Take Food Preparation Seriously, while on a safari holiday.
Who said you can’t have luxury amenities while on safari?
While an African safari may leave you thinking rough and rugged, there are a variety of different ways you can choose to experience Africa.
One of the main criteria that we use when choosing lodges is comfort. After a day of adventure and excitement, it’s wonderful to be able to come back to an amazing place to relax and unwind, and prepare for the following day.
You could also opt to stay in a tented camp, one of the options I explain in my post How to Camp in Africa These camps can hardly be referred to as camping in the traditional sense, because although you sleep under canvas, you have a lovely comfortable bed and many of the same amenities that you would have when staying in a lodge.
Some luxury tented camps even include elegant but rustic décor, private bathrooms, spacious decks, and on-site massages.
Finally, we look for luxury lodges that offer superb game viewing opportunities. Most of the luxury lodges are situated in ideal locations to spot wildlife, and offer guided safaris. Many lodges also offer night safaris –a great way to experience some excitement.
While many people have the big five on their must-see list, there are other animals that emerge at night in Africa. Many elusive animals such as leopards and honey badgers show their faces as the sun sets in Africa.
If you’re a regular reader, you might remember my post about How To Spot The Best African Wildlife On Safari, which is full of tips for making the most of your adventure.
At Safari Drive, we believe that one of the best ways to experience Africa is with a luxury self-drive tour. This allows you to travel between the finest lodges, resting up and enjoying all of the comforts, while still being able to experience the adventure of self-driving.
Of course, you can also choose a traditional safari where you fly between lodges –the beauty of taking one of our luxury safaris is that it’s entirely up to you.
So why not choose to stay in comfort?
If you’ve always been put off at the idea of roughing it, don’t let this fear hold you back.
Would you like more information on a luxury safari or a self-drive African safari? Contact Safari Drive today for a free consultation. Our friendly and helpful team will be happy to answer any questions you have and help you plan your dream holiday.
Photos by South African Tourism and &Beyond