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The safari experience at Nsala provides ample game viewing opportunities with plenty of down time between game drives.


The safari experience at Nsala provides ample game viewing opportunities with plenty of down time between game drives.

Game drives last for roughly 3 hours and include a coffee stop (morning game drive) and sundowner stop (evening game drive) during the drives.

Drives happen when the predators are most active - at first light and last light. 

The hours in between drives can be spent relaxing at the pool, or reading a book on the deck overlooking the waterhole. 

Below is a list of safari activities to expect while on safari with Nsala Safari Camp : 

  • Morning and afternoon game drives in the Nsala Private Game Reserve
  • Bird watching from the comfort of camp
  • Boma sessions around the campfire
  • Observing elephants when they visit the camp's swimming pool (not guarenteed)
  • Special occasion set-ups can be organised

Daily Schedule

In most private safari lodges, the day begins with a game drive. A typical day starts with an early morning wake-up call and an activity. 

During the winter months morning game drives begin later and evening drives start a little earlier. In between the morning and evening activities there will be more than enough time for rest and relaxation.

Here is an idea of how a typical day on safari is structured : 

05h30: Wake up for quick coffee before morning game drive 

06h00 - 06h30: Morning game drive departs. Drive is roughly 3 hours. 

09h00: Return to camp and spend the day relaxing

15h30 - 16:30: Depart for afternoon game drive, including sundowners. Drive is roughly 3 hours.

19h30: Return to camp with ready-made campfire in the boma, and a typical safari dinner set-up. 

When to Go

The average mean rainfall for the year is 350mm, with most rainfall occurring during mid-summer (November - February). The rainfall generally occurs in the form of thunderstorms where a downpour is experienced, very seldom lasting longer than a few hours. The average maximum temperatures range from 24°C in July to 31°C in January with the average minimum occurring in July at a temperature of 8.5°C. 

What to Pack

Throughout the year, we recommend packing lightweight, neutral-coloured clothing with short sleeves. Guests should pack sun protection in the form of sunblock, sun hats, and glasses, while scarfs, jackets and gloves are needed for early morning game drive in winter. Bring along cameras, binoculars and recording gadgets to keep a record of the many wildlife sightings. Guests should bring specific books and travel games for their entertainment. 

What to Expect

On game drives you are able to get a lot closer to big game. The animals are generally habituated to the vehicle. This means that they are used to the vehicle approaching them and know that it never causes them harm. This enables to you to get within five to 10 metres of the large animals – and safely! All game drives are conducted in open 4 x 4 Land Rovers. Overall, guests can expect a rustic and relaxed safari experience, and to learn about wildlife from expert guides. 

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