Whenever I take clients to the bush, I tell them a couple of things that I think will help them to get the most out of their safari experience.
One: don’t let the hunt for the Big Five consume you. Sure, it’s nice to have seen the elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion and leopard (that, by the way, are called the Big Five because they were the most dangerous animals to hunt on foot and thus the most attractive trophies). But being in the bush is about more than ticking off lists. It’s about appreciating the big and the small, about being in the moment and enjoying every encounter with a wild African animal. It’s also about learning about trees and plants and birds, and a whole lot of other things that you probably never knew.
Two: don’t let the animals make you blind to the amazing beauty of the African landscape. When you stop to watch an animal, let your eyes wander further and take in the wast African plains, and the extraordinary shapes and colours of the landscape and the skies. These pics tell the story: