African safaris are a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Not just because you get to see the big five
or the little five in the wild,
but also because you learn to recognize smudges in the soil for giraffe footprints, fall asleep on your lodge deck only to wake up as your elephant neighbour leaves your plunge pool, while a family of warthogs graze peacefully on the opposite bank and scare away the giraffes.
It can be incredibly frustrating as you spend hours on an uncomfortable vehicle driving over uneven ground only to see the quickly disappearing backs of animals and at the same time be incredibly rewarding to spot the most skittish animals grazing right next to you, albeit while keeping a wary eye out for any sudden movements.
You don’t even need to go to a reserve to see these exotic creatures. Just driving by a highway you can come across zebras grazing, or standing motionless on top of hills, ostriches chasing one another, or baboons loitering near a car-park waiting to grab your food!
Normal birds will look exotic and exhibit extraordinary social structures;
but by far my most favorite animal sighting is of the uber friendly seals of Hout bay and the very rare colony of African Penguins in Boulder’s beach.
African Safaris are a once-in-a-lifetime experience and everyone should do it at least once in their lifetime. If not for anything, at least for this