A game drive is where the magic happens and your addiction to safaris will begin to take hold. Around every turn could be a pride of lions, a pack of wild dogs, a herd of elephants or a leopard in a tree. It’s where you’ll come face to face with wildlife you’ve only seen in documentaries and where you’ll make memories that will last a lifetime.
At each camp, you’re assigned a highly trained driver/guide and a safari vehicle, (and sometimes a tracker too) that you share with other guests—don’t worry, the vehicles give everyone a window seat with plenty of room for your camera equipment and binoculars. Or if you prefer, we can arrange for a private safari vehicle with your own private guide and driver, at an additional cost.
Most safari vehicles are 4×4 Land Rovers or Landcruisers that are either open (open-sided with no roof, or with a sunroof) or closed (with glass windows that slide open and a pop-up sun roof.) Closed vehicles are used for traversing rough terrain or highways and on long driving safaris. Open vehicles are generally used for game drives, though some camps in East Africa also used closed vehicles.
The wildlife is accustomed to seeing safari vehicles and are typically unaffected by your presence. As long as you stay within the vehicle and follow the instructions of your driver/guide you can safely view wildlife in very close proximity.
During your morning game drives, you’ll stop at a picturesque spot to stretch your legs and enjoy a hot beverage and snack. During your late afternoon game drives, you’ll stop just before sunset at another beautiful location to toast the magnificent African sunset with your favourite drink – a safari tradition known as the ‘Sundowner’.
We recommend that you visit more than one camp so you can benefit from new locations and potentially different species of wildlife.
Cruising offers great value, with so much included, like meals, performances and more. Then there is the convenience of traveling from port to port without needing to research directions or pack your bags. You just wake up and you’re in an incredible new place. There are so many wonderful activities available, both onboard and onshore, whether you’re looking to relax in the beautiful sunshine, take a class, or go exploring!
You will need a valid passport and visas to enter certain countries. Our Travel Designers will help you determine both travel and health (inoculations and documentation) requirements for your cruise.
Most cruise ships have Internet access, so you can bring your laptop and use Wi-Fi. There are often a few computers aboard each ship for guest use. Please note that service might be unreliable in certain areas.