Game drives are the quintessential safari activity. Unless you are doing a bush walk or another activity, you will likely go on two game drives per day while on safari. Game drives occur in the early morning (6-10am) and the late afternoon (3-7pm), as this is when the animals are most active. On a typical safari day you get up around 5:30, have some tea or coffee and a small snack, and then set off on your drive. After spotting lions on a fresh kill or hyenas on the hunt, you return to camp between 10 and 11 for brunch. Between 11 and 3 you can take a nap, read a book, and enjoy your beautiful camp or lodge (this is vacation!). In the heat of the day, the animals are resting as well so you won't be missing anything by relaxing in your camp or lodge. Around 3:30, you will meet for tea and then head out for your second game drive. As the afternoon gets cooler the animals become more active, with elephants heading down to the river to drink and wild dogs hunting in packs. As the sun sets you will stop for a sundowner, a classic part of the safari routine that is easy to get used to! Sip a gin and tonic and watch the sunset before heading back to camp for dinner (possibly via a short night drive with a spotlight).
A few important things to consider about game drives:
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