We sat down with Gemma and Rebecca, two African Travel Specialists, to get insider tips and knowledge on their safari experiences. They were generous and gave us some amazing stories of their travels as well as some great advice for your next African safari. To find out what they said, read on:
For Rebecca there was no doubt in her mind what her favourite destination was.
“For me, it would be, Rwanda. There’s nothing like trekking to the gorillas and having the opportunity to sit with them and be in such close proximity to an animal so closely related to us. Being so close was the most amazing and magical experience of my life.”
Gemma, like most of us couldn’t choose just one.
“Hmmm, that’s a hard one.”
“South Luangwa in Zambia has been a highlight for me. Because I love leopards and had a few really great sightings there. Although I don’t have any photos as my camera broke on that trip, I have the most amazing memories and mental snapshots of those leopards. Zambia also has stunning scenery and offers game drives as well as tracking animals on foot.”
“As an aside my most favourite safari experience was in the Makgadikgadi National Park in Botswana. In the early morning we sat and waited for the meerkats to emerge from their burrows and then followed them on foot as they started scratching around for insects and playing with each other.”
“One rarity I’m yet to see is an aardvark. However I was lucky enough to see a brown hyena on my trip to the Kalahari, it doesn’t sound exciting but it is the rarest species of hyena and with its shaggy coat it looks quite different. We sat by the den for ages before she finally emerged!”
Rebecca shared with us, her first safari in the Masai Mara.
“My very first safari was in the Masai Mara and it took my breath away. I remember waking up before the light and driving into the open plains. It was calm and peaceful and it was like every animal in the Mara was there to greet me. I was so blessed to see each of the big 5 and plenty more in my first 3 days of being in Africa. It will always have a special place in my heart.”
Gemma noted how surprised she was when she discovered how close she was able to get to the animals and how relaxed they are around vehicles; something we wouldn’t expect for wild animals.
Rebecca and Gemma shared with us some insightful insider knowledge; we hope you find it as valuable as many of our clients do…..