It was a cool morning in Tanzania, and my husband and I rose a little earlier than most to sneak into the sheltered kitchen and grab coffee before the breakfast rush. The tents were beginning to stir, but we had a few minutes alone to enjoy the first of the sun’s rays, the squawking of unnamed birds, and to stares of the giraffes nearby.
“It’s difficult to describe just how vulnerable you feel when your eyes meet the unwavering stare of a predatory lion.”
Almost everyone who has done a tour of East Africa will tell you it’s fantastic. It’s renowned for being wild, authentic, spectacular and rugged, but Intrepid’s Skye Gainey wondered if it would live up to her high expectations when she finally had the chance to travel to Rwanda, Kenya and Tanzania…
“Let me start with the game viewing. Never would I imagine seeing so many animals in such a short period of time. In Rwanda we hiked deep into the forest to spend time with a Gorilla family – a silverback, mature males and females, juveniles and babies! Watching these primates interact with each other and recognise us as friendly visitors truly makes you believe in evolution.
If you thought you had missed out on this year’s famous wildebeest migration, think again!
The incredible spectacle of hundreds of thousands of frantic wildebeest rushing through Kenya’s Masai Mara to reach Tanzania’s Serengeti plains normally occurs between July and September, but this year an uncommon event is taking place.
Kruger has a sub-tropical climate and temperatures of around 25 degrees Celsius or warmer most days, but it’s not only the weather that makes this South African national park such a hot spot to visit. Kruger is almost 2 million hectares in size and as Intrepid’s Sue Elliot discovered, it’s where you can enjoy some of the most extraordinary wildlife viewing on our planet…
“Setting off on our first game drive in Kruger National Park the adrenalin is pumping. Sure the morning air is brisk, but with the thrill of being out on safari we barely notice. And if yesterday’s savannah weather is anything to go by, we should be enjoying the cool air while we can. The golden light is starting to bring the grassy plains into focus and we can see the well-trained eye of our Kruger guide keeping watch. “Look there!”
The most memorable moment of any African safari is spotting that first wild animal. We’ve seen them in zoos or on the Discovery Channel, but as Simone Bunnett discovered, to see them in real life is worth waiting for…
“Chobe National Park in Botswana is the most incredible national park that I have visited on our planet. It was my first park in Africa where we were camping and instead of unpacking my tent when we arrived, I walked up to the water hole right next to where we were going to set up camp. It was literally a 5 minute walk and I could not believe my eyes, my mouth dropped to the ground I am sure.