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Safari Game Drives

What Is A Safari Game Drive?

A game drive simply put is an experience while on safari where you observe various wildlife in their natural habitat in the comfort of a vehicle. These are done in various national parks and game reserves, usually accompanied by a seasoned guide who has a wealth of knowledge on the local flora and fauna.

What Can You Expect On A Game Drive?

While every game drive is different depending upon the destination you are exploring, some fundamentals remain the same to each. Game drives are done in the early morning, late afternoon, and at night. Typically they can last around three or four hours with a break to stretch your legs and have a light snack. There’s a wide variety of wildlife to encounter and photograph with plenty of breathtaking scenery serving as a backdrop of your exploration.

What Are The Different Types Of Game Drives?

Game drives are typically done in an open-top vehicle, such as a 4×4 Jeep or Toyota Land Cruiser while exploring Africa’s iconic destinations. However, in destinations like Botswana, your game drive could be done from a traditional ‘mokoro’ canoe or even by motor-boat. Another thing to consider is whether your game drive is private or not. Typically, you can expect a small group of around 4-10 people but if your trip is on a private basis you’ll have exclusive use of the vehicle with your “bubble”.

What Kind Of Vehicles Do You Use?

While on safari in East Africa, we use closed safari vehicles that feature a pop-top hatch roof that raises for 360-degree game viewing and photography. These are designed to handle and deal with the different terrain and climates while on safari, while ensuring the best comfort as you explore the African bush. Traveling to Southern Africa, you can expect game drives to be done in 4×4 open safari vehicles that provide prime photography and viewing experiences.

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