There’s something a lot of people don’t think about when they book a safari. You spend weeks or months agonizing over the country you’ll visit, the budget you’ll blow, the lodges you’ll blow that budget at… The great news is that you can control all of those things. Hooray! But you know what you can’t control?
Didn’t think about that, did you?
Here’s the deal. Unless you opt for a private safari vehicle, you’ll be sitting next to strangers on your safari. The lodge you so meticulously booked? You’re not there alone. And you never know what’s going to happen. Cue the horror movie soundtrack. Right here.
It can go wrong. I’ve seen it countless times over the years. You end up sharing your once in a lifetime safari with a psychopath. Or many. They tend to travel in packs. Or at the very least in pairs. Psychopaths attract psychopaths.
But… It can also go spectacularly right! Yep, all that build up, just to tell you about the brilliant guests I’ve been having recently. It’s a real miracle when you have eight guests thrown onto a vehicle together and they all just fit. They fit with each other; they fit with their guide (me, yay!) and everyone has an absolute blast.
One of the beautiful things about going on safari, is that you might just meet some lifelong friends. I like to think that these guys will keep in contact with each other, and that’s the way it should be. Travel. Meet people. Let your life change a little for the better.
And I bought a selfie stick! Strictly for business purposes. So here are a few photos from the past few days. With some wonderful people.
It takes good and patient people to tolerate a guide with a selfie stick.
Here’s to you guys. Thanks for a kick-ass safari 🙂
This morning’s game drive sightings:
SO. MANY. ELEPHANTS.
White Backed Vulture
African Goshawk (practically flew through the vehicle – AWESOME)
Hoofnote: What if it goes horribly wrong? What if you’re squashed between two crazies on your safari? Speak to your guide. Speak to the lodge’s manager. They’re there to help. Every time I’ve ended up with guests who don’t get along with each other (or with me….weeble), whatever lodge I’ve been at has been able to fix things. Move people around. Just speak up and have the safari you deserve. LOVE.