A Typical Day in the Bush

A Typical Day in the Bush

In the African savannah, one adapts to the rhythm of nature, the sunrise and sunset. Depending on the retreat or workshop that you will participate in with specific activities, the schedule described below will be adapted to the schedule and requirements of the retreat or workshop.​

In the African savannah, one adapts to the rhythm of nature, the sunrise and sunset. Depending on the retreat or workshop that you will participate in with specific activities, the schedule described below will be adapted to the schedule and requirements of the retreat or workshop.​

Wake Up!

We get up early. Birders know that dawn is the best time to start ticking birds as they hear their melodious calls.

Lots of other species can be spotted early morning because this is when most animals are active, except for nocturnal animals.

Nocturnal animals and predators may still be visible and active in the early morning, busy chasing prey or, with a bit of luck, walking along a dirt road. You may be lucky to spot some lions, a

leopard, a genet, a civet, or an aardvark just to name a few ! If not, your guide will be able to show you the fresh tracks they will have left on the ground the night before.

In winter, while the sun rises, animals enjoy sunbathing as it can be chilly. In summer, animals take advantage of the cool temperatures of the early morning to stay hiding from the sun, lying in the shade under bushes.

Wake Up!

We get up early. Birders know that dawn is the best time to start ticking birds as they hear their melodious calls.

Lots of other species can be spotted early morning because this is when most animals are active, except for nocturnal animals.

Nocturnal animals and predators may still be visible and active in the early morning, busy chasing prey or, with a bit of luck, walking along a dirt road. You may be lucky to spot some lions, a leopard, a genet, a civet, or an aardvark just to name a few ! If not, your guide will be able to show you the fresh tracks they will have left on the ground the night before.

​In winter, while the sun rises, animals enjoy sunbathing as it can be chilly. In summer, animals take advantage of the cool temperatures of the early morning to stay hiding from the sun, lying in the shade under bushes.

Morning Game Drive or Bush Walk

A staff member will come and knock gently at your door to invite you to share a quick coffee or tea and a few rusks (typical bush biscuits) with other participants while it is still dark.

Then your guide and tracker will take you out for a game drive in a 4×4 safari vehicle or for a bush walk.

These can last up to 3 hours or more. It may seem long but once out there and despite a bit of sleepiness, you will not notice the passing of time. There’s so much to discover out there, especially with all your senses on alert.

Who knows who you may bump into or cross the path of… A herd of elephants or zebras, a lazy male lion lying a few meters away, relaxing after a busy night defending his territory. You will get to track footprints, smaller animals, insects, birds and life beyond the big game. In winter, wearing extra layers of protection against the cold is wise – you can always take them off once the temperature starts rising.

Guides and trackers all over Southern Africa are very well trained not only to spot the wildlife but also to find out the smaller things and tracks.

You will marvel at how easily they get to see wildlife from a distance or distinguish a chameleon in a tree. You will also be surprised by the close encounter with certain species while on a game drive. You are safe as long as you do not move from the vehicle. Animals tend to see the vehicle and occupants as a big shape without distinguishing us as individuals.

Morning Game Drive or Bush Walk

A staff member will come and knock gently at your door to invite you to share a quick coffee or tea and a few rusks (typical bush biscuits) with other participants while it is still dark.

Then your guide and tracker will take you out for a game drive in a 4×4 safari vehicle or for a bush walk.

These can last up to 3 hours or more. It may seem long but once out there and despite a bit of sleepiness, you will not notice the passing of time. There’s so much to discover out there, especially with all your senses on alert.

Who knows who you may bump into or cross the path of… A herd of elephants or zebras, a lazy male lion lying a few meters away, relaxing after a busy night defending his territory. You will get to track footprints, smaller animals, insects, birds and life beyond the big game.

In winter, wearing extra layers of protection against the cold is wise – you can always take them off once the temperature starts rising.

Guides and trackers all over Southern Africa are very well trained not only to spot the wildlife but also to find out the smaller things and tracks.

You will marvel at how easily they get to see wildlife from a distance or distinguish a chameleon in a tree. You will also be surprised by the close encounter with certain species while on a game drive. You are safe as long as you do not move from the vehicle. Animals tend to see the vehicle and occupants as a big shape without distinguishing us as individuals.

Brunch & Lunch

A gargantuan breakfast awaits after your morning activity, usually around 10h00.

Midday is usually a tranquil time: as the temperature rises, both humans and animals tend to save their energy avoiding the heat and looking for trees or cooler places. You may be offered alternative activities such as a short walk with you armed guide visiting a community project in a nearby village.

The occasion to look at the pictures you took, chat with others what you will have seen or heard. Breakfast can also be organized in the wild.

Or you may want to have a swim in the pool, read a book, wander around the lodge or simply go back to your room and enjoy a nice long nap while the battery of you camera is charging for your next adventure. Lunch, sometimes called high tea, is usually served at the main facilities around 2pm.

Brunch & Lunch

A gargantuan breakfast awaits after your morning activity, usually around 10h00.

The occasion to look at the pictures you took, chat with others what you will have seen or heard. Breakfast can also be organized in the wild.

Midday is usually a tranquil time: as the temperature rises, both humans and animals tend to save their energy avoiding the heat and looking for trees or cooler places.

You may be offered alternative activities such as a short walk with you armed guide visiting a community project in a nearby village. Or you may want to have a swim in the pool, read a book, wander around the lodge or simply go back to your room and enjoy a nice long nap while the battery of you camera is charging for your next adventure.

Lunch, sometimes called high tea, is usually served at the main facilities around 2pm.

Sundowner & Night Drive

You will probably leave the lodge for your night drive around 3:30pm. Starting your drive in the late afternoon means you will be coming back by night and will enjoy part of the drive in the dark.

That gives you the opportunity to look for nocturnal animals like large predators – lions, leopards, wild dogs, hyenas and smaller ones – genets, caracals, jackals, owls.

With a good local gin & tonic in hand, let yourself marvel at some the most amazing sunset you will ever see.

​Being far away from any city and light pollution allows you to admire the Milky Way. Lift up your eyes and be awed by the millions of stars flickering above your head. The Southern Cross, the hunter, Venus and Jupiter. Big skies and big dreams.

Sundowner & Night Drive

You will probably leave the lodge for your night drive around 3:30pm. Starting your drive in the late afternoon means you will be coming back by night and will enjoy part of the drive in the dark.

That gives you the opportunity to look for nocturnal animals like large predators – lions, leopards, wild dogs, hyenas and smaller ones – genets, caracals, jackals, owls.

With a good local gin & tonic in hand, let yourself marvel at some the most amazing sunset you will ever see.

​Being far away from any city and light pollution allows you to admire the Milky Way. Lift up your eyes and be awed by the millions of stars flickering above your head. The Southern Cross, the hunter, Venus and Jupiter. Big skies and big dreams.

Campfire & Romantic Dinner

After sunset, temperatures drop again, especially in winter. Have you heard of bush TV ?

Once back to the lodge from your late activity, you’ll have some time to freshen up (a warm shower or a long bath), then head towards the boma where the staff will have started a nice big fire.

Most lodges invite their guests to have dinner with their guide on a common table. As a participant in a retreat or workshop, you will either stay in a private villa or small lodge camp that would have been privatized for the event. A gin & tonic, local beer or nice glass of wine in hand, it’s time to catch up on the adventures of the day and make new friends.

The daily program of a retreat or workshop differ slightly from a typical safari’s schedule to allocate the space and time for practising an activity or learning a skill.

Campfire & Romantic Dinner

After sunset, temperatures drop again, especially in winter. Have you heard of bush TV ?

Once back to the lodge from your late activity, you’ll have some time to freshen up (a warm shower or a long bath), then head towards the boma where the staff will have started a nice big fire.

Most lodges invite their guests to have dinner with their guide on a common table. As a participant in a retreat or workshop, you will either stay in a private villa or small lodge camp that would have been privatized for the event. A gin & tonic, local beer or nice glass of wine in hand, it’s time to catch up on the adventures of the day and make new friends.

A lodge may sometimes surprise you with a different setting at night: a private table on your room’s deck or a bush dinner in a breathtaking site not far from the lodge, surrounded by paraffin lanterns hanging in the trees.​

The daily program of a retreat or workshop differ slightly from a typical safari’s schedule to allocate the space and time for practising an activity or learning a skill.

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