What to expect on South Africa Tours and Safaris

South Africa tours are one of the biggest adventures you can take in your lifetime – and many of our guests have no idea what to expect when they arrive.

Here’s a breakdown of a typical day on a Trailblazers Travel South Africa safari.

The logistics of safari

A typical day on safari starts early – usually between 4am and 6am.

You might have time for a snack before you head off on your early-morning game drive or walking safari. Don’t worry if you’re still feeling tired – the spectacular dawn chorus of the local birds and cheeky baboons will make sure you’re awake and alert within minutes.

This is one of the best windows for spotting wildlife – the temperatures are cooler, and many of the animals (including big cats) will have spent the night hunting, so they’ll be fairly active.

The weather will start to heat up around 10am, so you’ll head back to your lodge for your real breakfast or brunch.

At this point, you can explore your lodge, relax with a book by the pool (depending on your choice of accommodation) or speak with the local guides or staff to find out more about the area and the wildlife.

 A common sight on our adventure filled game drives.

Lunch is usually on you and if out on safari, a suitable stop off will be factored in to refuel, before heading out again for the evening game drive.

Again, this is a wonderful time to spot some wildlife, and you’ll be treated to one of the most stunning natural sights in the world: sunset over the savannah. Many animals are starting to wake at this time, having slept during the high heat.

When you return from your evening game drive, dinner will be served. This is a great time to socialise with the people on your safari, as well as chatting with guides – many of them have some truly epic safari stories they’re happy to share!


Relax after your day of adventure around the fire with new friends

The safari experience

Trips with Trailblazers are totally different from any other holiday company. Our ethos is rooted in cultural immersion – we want you to expect a totally authentic experience.

We don’t want you to only visit the places you are in, we believe you should feel the places.

Kick those shoes off and ground your feet into the ancient red earth, where the oldest roads are elephant tracks.

We want you to smell the dew and dampness of the ancient virgin forests and experience the sounds and smells of the bushveld.

We want you to feel excited as you sit down to lunch with your new friend from the local village, listening to the amazing folklore and hearing about the lifestyles of the people.

Depending on the safari you’re on, you’ll hear the intimate language the proboscis monkeys use to communicate, expressing affection and warning others of danger.


Mixing and mingling with the locals is the best way to immerse yourself in a new culture.

You’ll experience truly raw emotion watching the mountain gorilla babies wrestle and rumble, while big daddy silverback watches over them.

You’ll feel the adrenaline thrashing through your veins on a guided walking safari, in anticipation of finding your first animal while on their turf.

Feel the affection and deep love between the matriarch elephant and her baby as they frolic and play in the water holes.  Watch in anticipation as the impala twitch before sprinting away when they feel the lion pride lurking close by.


There are bound to be a few adrenaline filled moments on your walking safari.

When on safari with Trailblazers, you should expect to spend your trip observing, listening, touching and feeling deep within your soul every place, every person and every creature.

Put simply: the experience will completely alter your life, and it will be something you never forget.

So there’s a general run down on what to expect on a safari, both emotionally and logistically.

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