7 things they don’t tell you about Safaris

by Kirsty on December 8, 2014

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When we first started researching what to do in Tanzania one thing that kept coming up time and time again – going on safari, hardly a surprise. Tanzania has 15 national parks 14 wild life reserves and 3 marine parks. Giving tourists a perfect opportunity to spot the big five and a whole lot of other exciting animals. It’s amazing to get so close to things I would usually only be able to see on television or in a zoo.

Elephants in Serengeti National parkElephants, elephants everywhere!

 There are a few things however I never thought of when dreaming about going on a safari, things the tour operators won’t tell you:


You will be sat in a car for most of the day

Most of your waking hours on safari is spent in the car. You will drive along lots of game trails searching for the next animal to stumble across your path, sometimes you might drive for an hour without seeing a single animal. Your routine will consist of stand up look put of the top to spot an animal, sit down drive along a bit then stand up again! It’s great fun


You will be in for a bumpy ride

Between parks you will cover large distances and most of the time you will be on bumpy, dusty roads. In the park the roads are equally bumpy but that’s expected! Girls make sure you are wearing a sports bra!


You will get fat

After number 1 (sitting in a car all day) you will then eat a three course meal and the portions are massive! Breakfast and lunch are equally generous which lands up with you eating a whole lot with little or no exercise! Surprisingly I was always pretty  hungry when it came to meal times though! Maybe you do work out constantly bracing yourself against  the bumps! Or doing all those squats standing up and sitting down?

Safari Truck TanzanaiReady for a bit of cabin fever?

You will start singing lion king songs

They will pop into your head completely unbidden but within 5 hours of starting the safari I had been singing’ I just can wait to be king’ and a huakanmata whenever I saw pumba! After the safari all I wanted to do is watch the lion king and listen to the sound track!


You will wake up at 6.00am

Even if you are not due to go off until a bit later than that you will wake because the whole camp is up and about. It’s better to do an early drive as the animals are active and moving around – it’s also cooler but mostly it’s the only way you will fit in the drives! But don’t worry you can sleep in the car between parks (or at least try, see point 2).


You will see hundreds of stars!

Look at this:

Starry Ski TanzaniaAt the public campsite in the Serengeti

This was one of my favourite parts of the camping experience! I have never seen so many stars and so clear. This is what happens when you have zero light pollution! I would love to experience that again!


You will start hallucinating

Every rock will become a lion, every tree will become a giraffe – everything will morph into an animal so much so that when you do finally spot an animal you will second-guess if it is actually real!


Now I’m going to look back at pictures and watch the Lion King!


{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Miles of Happiness December 17, 2014 at 3:16 pm

Ahah! Nice article. Safari is on the list… But living in Asia, Africa is very far. One day… 🙂


Desert Safari Dubai December 23, 2014 at 2:53 pm

Love all the pics you’ve posted…especially the last one…..im still one of those people who wonder on which camera does it capture stars at night! lol…thanks for sharing these pics 🙂


Fabiana February 19, 2015 at 2:12 am

The one about the lion king songs made me laugh so much! 🙂 But I guess you are right, that is likely to happen.


Poi April 13, 2015 at 9:01 pm

Kirsty couldn’t get it out of her head from pretty much the moment we started haha.


Hannah March 4, 2015 at 4:45 am

Where did you do this safari? I did two a few years ago at Mkume in Tanzania. I remember the sky being so clear that you could see the red of the milky way. Probably the most beautiful night I’ve ever seen.


Poi April 13, 2015 at 9:00 pm

We went through Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti. Like you say the sky is like nothing we’ve ever seen before, despite all the wildlife it as one of the highlights of the trip.


Damon and Jo April 20, 2015 at 3:23 pm

Ok, although we don’t want to wake up at 6am, get fat, or be in a car all day, WE WILL DO ALL THREE FOR THAT DAMN VIEW OF THE STARS! Beautiful! Seeing and experiencing moments like that is what life is all about!


Poi April 20, 2015 at 3:42 pm

It was pretty amazing, having no light pollution anywhere nearby makes for some incredible star gazing. Don’t forget all the wildlife though, they’re pretty interesting too 😉


John January 23, 2016 at 9:19 pm

Funny and informative article, thanks!


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