Game drives can be a great way to see the bush, but when you’re in a vehicle you are often limited to predetermined tracks, and the noise from the engine can often scare the wildlife away, meaning that you could end up missing out on some truly exquisite sightings. Luckily, there are many other ways that you can experience the bush and get in touch with nature.
Here are just five ways to ditch the game drive on your next safari with Pakamisa Private Game Reserve.
Breath in the fresh air on long walks through the unspoilt bush. There is nothing quite like being on foot on safari. Sights, sounds and smells that you might normally miss in a vehicle come alive on a bushwalk. Walking also means that you are able to better appreciate the smaller creatures of the bush, from the hardworking dung beetle to impressive termite colonies. These walks can suit visitors of any fitness level and can range from stalking trips, using a camera and binoculars, to a comfortable stroll to a shaded picnic spot.
Grab a pair of binoculars and join the fascinating world of birding. There is nothing more inspiring than waking up to the call of hornbills or the flurry of weaver birds. One of the joys of birding is that it often be done straight from the comfort of a lodge’s own balcony, which means that it’s a great alternative to a game drive on a hot day when the sun’s rays stop you from venturing out into the bush.
To date, over 200 resident species have been found at Pakamisa, from soaring eagles overhead to the vivid sunbirds flitting through the shrubs, the area offers birdwatchers constant excitement. You can pick up a book and tick off your sightings or go on a walk with our bird specialist and learn more about the different species from a pro.
3. Horseback safari
Horseback riding is a spectacular way to view game. There are 30 horses at Pakamisa Private Game Reserve, most of which carry Arab blood in them. 18 horses are under saddle, and we welcome both beginners and advanced riders. Riders get the chance to go out into the bushveld and ride through the open plains among the many zebra, wildebeest and impala that inhabit the area. This unique experience allows you to take in the African wildlife and scenery at close quarters as you become one with your environment. Safari by horseback lets you to ride into a herd of giraffe or antelope and get much closer to them than you ever would in a safari vehicle.
4. Botanical walks
The bush offers so much more than its wildlife. For the flora buffs out there, Africa has indigenous vegetation that can be found nowhere else on earth. Take a walk through the indigenous garden and learn about the fascinating health benefits of some of the continent’s endemic plants. You can also learn to identify the indigenous trees and shrubs for your next trip into the bush.
5. Mountain biking
Climbing on a mountain bike is another fantastic way to get close to nature. Pakamisa offers challenging bike trails for those who want to peddle their way around the area. While the word ‘exercise’ isn’t one that most people want to hear while on holiday, a refreshing morning ride is the perfect way to start your day, breathe in some fresh air and get the adrenalin pumping.
There’s so much more to do besides a game drive!