6 a.m. The day is just waking. It is still and quiet and calm. The warm rays of the African sun welcome you into another day of safari adventure. I hear a soft knocking. The butler with morning tea, as promised.
As soon as we’re ready, it’s off into the bush for an early morning game run in the crisp, cool air. A light jacket or sweater is needed now but it will be quickly discarded as the day progresses. The dew is quickly disappearing as we depart in search of wildlife. Herds of zebra and families of lanky giraffe, our familiar friends from yesterday. Animals are converging on the waterhole and predators are already on the prowl.
I should also mention that several other types of touring are available. A game drive is conducted with open-top vehicular transport. A bush walk is on foot at ground level and a very different pace. You can view flora and fauna at your leisure but you must have an armed guide with you for safety. You may also elect to go on a horse or camel safari. (I discussed elephant trekking with the smaller Asian elephant on Day 22 of my Thailand Virtual Tour on October 28). For a panoramic aerial view of this spectacular terrain, a balloon safari can be arranged.
Driving back to the camp, we suddenly turn and find ourselves at the river bank where a surprise awaits us – the staff has set up tables and chairs and brought a hearty English breakfast out to us. We have a full selection of fresh fruit and juices, hot beverages, eggs to order, breakfast meats, toast with jams, pancakes, basically anything we could desire has been transported out to the bush for our al fresco breakfast. And there’s plenty of time to enjoy the view, the meal and the company.
We will also have another game drive this afternoon. Tomorrow, it is time to leave and journey on to the next location. I wish I had just one more day here.