This is the heart and essence of safari. You, your expert driver/guide, and the wide open bush – where every trail leads to a new experience, a sight never before seen, a perfect photo, a memory to be made. Prepare to be stunned by your guide’s uncanny ability to drive right up to exactly where the animals are, while you look and look and all you can see are the grasses and trees. We’ll let you in on a trade secret …yes, they can read the natural signs. They know the baboon screech, the call of the going-away bird, the heads up alert antelope posture…all mean “Hatari!” (danger)…big cat on the prowl. But they’re also in constant radio communication with the brotherhood of driver guides who do their best to ensure no member of this fraternal order is left “lion-less.” This works to the advantage of every guest so nobody misses a good sighting.
Your driver guide has an encyclopedia of information at his disposal that he’d love to share so feel free to ask him anything you want: geology, trees, grasses, animal and bird habits, local tribes’ life and customs, and if by chance he doesn’t know, he’ll certainly find it out for you. And should you be in pursuit of a particular photo (I very much wanted a close-up of the face pattern markings of a zebra, as an example), tell your driver and he’ll do his utmost to make it happen. As a point of interest, your driver has been admitted to membership in the Kenya Professional Safari Guides Association (KPSGA) and is governed by their very strict laws and regulations. His conduct in terms of client treatment, driving and guiding, interacting with the natural environment of the parks, the wildlife and with local cultures meets the high standards set by this authority and is part of your assurance that your safari will be conducted with utmost professionalism.
Before departing on safari, our client service representative will give you a detailed briefing and answer every question but these two points are worthwhile reiterating: During the game drive please don’t ask your driver to leave the game tracks to get a closer view of something. The environment is so fragile and has, after all, been set aside for what’s living there, and not necessarily for our complete viewing convenience. This also makes the rarer sightings that much more special. It’s useful to remember that these parks and reserves are living habitats; they are not zoos. Second, along the same lines, when observing at close range, stay as quiet as possible – you’ll see and learn more of the animal’s natural, rather than its defensive, behaviors.
And one of the great rewards is to make friends with your driver/guide and others, no matter how silly they can be at times.
Other than that, bring your insatiable curiosity, a good pair of binoculars and lots of film.