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Why Go On A Safari – 4 Reasons Safari Rocks!

A lion laying in the grass

Why Go On A Safari – 4 Reasons Safari Rocks!

Posted on 2017-06-12 at 06:30
Last updated on April 6th, 2018 at 04:47 pm

You may be asking yourself why go on a safari?  Of all the destinations for families in Africa, what does a safari offer? We asked ourselves that same question for a handful of years and we were finally able to go and let me tell you – it was amazing.  Read on and let us share with you our feelings about our personal safari experience!

Why Go On A Safari- Is It Worth It?

While preparing for our journey to South Africa to go on a safari, I found myself wondering, why go on a safari?   Would it be worth the hideously long flights and travel time, the expense, the time away from school, work and church?  All of these thoughts made me question my decision.  Maybe we would travel all the way to South Africa and see nothing.  That would stink!!!

What we found instead, was that our safari was worth every mile traveled, every dollar spent and worth every sacrifice that was made to make this journey a reality.  We had a life experience that was both educational and enriching.  Among all of the destinations to which we have traveled our safari ranks near the top of our “favorites” list.  We absolutely LOVED our safari and can’t wait to share OUR answer to the question – why go on a safari? We are excited to share our feelings about the magical adventure we had!!

Baby Elephant resting its trunk on a jeep surrounded by bushes and trees

Is this not just the cutest thing EVER!!

Where We Stayed

We stayed at the Thornybush Waterside Lodge located within the Thornybush Private Game Reserve, adjacent to Kruger National Park. The lodge sits next to a large watering hole where there were daily sightings of hippos, elephants, and other really cool wildlife. LOVE. While at the Thornybush Lodge, there were twice daily game drives.  The morning game drive was from 6-9am and the evening game drive was from 4-7pm.  thorny-bush waterside lodge, filled with couches, chairs and a table to rest and view the outdoors.

4 Reasons to Go On Safari

1. The Animals

DUH haha!!!  This almost goes without saying, but it MUST BE SAID, the animals are at the very top of the list!  Animals on parade!  That is what it was.  Not in a contrived sense but in the sense that every time you turned around, there was another amazing creature to observe in its natural habitat. Honestly, does it get better than that?

We were fortunate to be able to see the Big 5 (Leopard, Lion, Rhino, Elephant, and Buffalo) on our first game drive.  This set the bar.  We knew our safari was going to be fantastic.  I wish I had proper command of the English language to describe the feeling of being out in nature in an open vehicle in such close proximity to the animals.  Not only could we see them, we could hear them and smell them (whew, those wild dogs were stanky). Some of them we could have reached out and touched.

We felt like we were in a Nat Geo movie; watching an elephant herd of about 15 feeding all around us, or closely encountering a female leopard in a tree protecting her kill from the circling hyenas below or witnessing 4 hungry female lions take down an impala.  This experience was raw. We marveled over and over at the beauty, intensity, and realness of nature all around us. Unforgettable!!  Really, I can’t say enough.lion laying on the grass

2. The Education

My son Easton (16) missed 6 days of school and I am confident that the education we gained in 3 days on safari is more than he could have gained sitting in a Biology class for years.  My philosophy is to NEVER let school get in the way of an education.  Our learning up close and personal, not some memorization of facts from a textbook to be retained.  Before this, we had only observed these kinds of animals in a zoo.  But this was an open-air classroom where we could learn by observing first hand these powerful animal species.  It was so educational; a real, live lab. 

two young men looking for animals on safari surrounded by bushes and trees

Easton and our Tracker Moses

3. The Serenity

With no televisions, very little wi-fi and minimal cell phone service (we didn’t want to rack up our international charges), our safari was a great place to unplug and enjoy the peace and serenity of the region.  Just us and nature; everything ran at a relaxed pace (except maybe that 5 am wake up call for our early morning game drives).  Without fail, every morning when that big, bright orange sun popped up above the horizon, the lyrics to the music of the Lion King popped into my mind.  

We relished the quiet moments.  Living in our crazy, noisy world that doesn’t happen often.  We were able to disconnect from the chaos and noise and reconnect with each other.  The serenity is one answer to that question why go on a safari?

a passengers view of the sunset in Africa on safari in a jeep

Seriously though, look at this sunset!!!

4. All Included

We could relax! The stay was totally organized; the game drives, our ranger, and tracker, the food, the activities, and accommodations.  I never even had to remove my wallet from the safe in the room until check-out.  That was a refreshing change, and we could unwind knowing that all of the planning was already taken care of and we could simply enjoy. 

Have you ever asked yourself why go on a safari?  Those of you that have been on a safari, what did you think?  Have you dreamt about traveling on a safari?  We would love to hear about your experiences.   

Give us your thoughts and don’t forget to subscribe to our blog! To read our post on what to take on safari go here – 10 Safari Essentials

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8 Comments
  • Ophelia T
    Posted at 22:03h, 14 March Reply

    All of your pictures is so cool. I want to go to a safari too. Thanks for sharing.

    • kamree
      Posted at 08:03h, 15 March Reply

      Thank you so much, Ophelia! I hope you get to go on a safari soon!
      Xo – Kam

  • Christina | From Under a Palm Tree
    Posted at 13:25h, 15 March Reply

    This is really awesome. I don’t know if my first thought for a trip would be a safari but it sounds amazing.

    • kamree
      Posted at 07:35h, 19 March Reply

      Christina, I think you would love it! It is for sure something a little bit more non-traditional but life-changing all the same. :).

  • Tara
    Posted at 15:14h, 15 March Reply

    this sounds like such a fantastic trip – what an experience to be had!!

    • kamree
      Posted at 07:35h, 19 March Reply

      So true Tara! Thank you for stopping by! Xo Kam

  • Kelsi
    Posted at 19:38h, 15 March Reply

    My sister has been talking about going on a safari trip for years. I would love to do a family trip for one, but I’m pretty nervous about being to close to some of those animals. Did you feel totally safe the whole time?

    • kamree
      Posted at 07:34h, 19 March Reply

      Hello Kelsi! To be honest there were a couple of moments that were a little bit on the nerve-wracking side. But when you go, you usually have a tracker and a guide with you who are very well prepared and very knowledgeable and are skilled in handling stressful situations. I would say go! Thanks for stopping by. Xo Kam

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