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Monday, April 10, 2017

Should You Go On A Safari??

As much as I loved, loved, loved my experience in Africa, I must say, safaris aren't for everybody.  Not to scare you, but here's the breakdown why...

1. It's not cheap.  If you price around, most of them are $8000 and above for a 15 day tour.  

2. Depending on where you live, it takes FOREVER to get there.  The older I'm getting the less I'm tolerating these long flights.

3.  I was on Meclizine (motion sickness drugs) the whole time I was there.  I usually take this for seasickness but it works well for carsickness too.  The trails (if you can even call them trails) that you drive on are very rocky and bumpy.  You are in a 4WD vehicle bouncing around the place for hours at a time.  Meclizine tends to make you tired but I'll take sleepiness over motion sickness anyday.  Also you have to hold on for dear life at some points...if they start to drive fast or if you stand up while they are driving.  I got a good core workout!

4.  The places I went to had no air-conditioning.  I don't know if other places use AC but The Safari Collection is very much into conservation so AC was out of the question.  It can get very warm in some areas, especially if you go during their summer.

5. The Yellow Fever vaccination HURT LIKE A MUTHA!!  This has had to be the most painful vaccination I've ever gotten.  I'm not joking, 2 weeks later both Randy and I felt like our arm was still bruised.

6.  You have to do your business in the bushes if you're on a game drive.  You're in the middle of a reserve.  There's no bathrooms or porta-potties around.

7. If you have a problem with jet lag (fortunately I don't), they are 13 hrs ahead of Hawaii time.  That could really throw off your sleeping schedule.  You may need to bring some Ambien or something with you to help you sleep.

I think that's about it.  If you think you can handle it then I would definitely recommend you going.  It's an experience that will never be forgotten and pictures do it no justice.  


Kalin's Mommy said...

Safaris are definitely not for me...thank you for sharing and letting me experience your adventures!!! Haha!

Leslie's pics said...

Haha Michele, I thought I had to throw this out there otherwise someone might go and have a horrible time!!

jalna said...

Not for me, but so glad it worked out for you and Randy. Looking forward to hearing about more adventures from you in the future.! "HURT LIKE THE MUTHA" . . . HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

Leslie's pics said...

hahahaha I didn't know how else to explain it! :-D

Anonymous said...

Im not the adventurous type, so never considered going on a safari. But really enjoy seeing/reading/listening to someone else's experiences. Thank you for sharing!


Leslie's pics said...

I'm glad you enjoyed it Izsmom!!

Anonymous said...

Yeah, I was thinking about all the shots you gotta get. I'm so urban I have never gone camping, can't imagine 'roughing' it like you did and lordy but I can't stand heat at all w/o a/c or a fan. You're brave and adventurous, once in a lifetime trip. -N

Leslie's pics said...

Roughing?? ahahaha if that's roughing it I would do it all the time!! But I know what you mean. We're spoiled with electricity, AC and hot running water!