If lucky, one of the feelings you will experience on Safari is the slow pace. A wonderful feeling, really!
There is a sense of routine that forms on Safari. Since the staff will take care of everything for you, it allows the luxury of this relaxed, laid back feeling to sink in so you can really take in the incredible, natural surroundings. For example, you have your day planned by your guide and Safari lodge [thanks to all the planning you and I will do before you get to the ground], you are 'driven around' in your Safari vehicle, meals taken care off, activities arranged, etc. You can allow yourself to surrender in these wonderful places. You are detoxing from the hustle bustle of your day-to-day.
Three ways to enhance that for yourself.
Take time to enjoy the park.
To really get the feel of the park or a corner of the park, is to settle. Unpack your bags and spend at least 2 nights in each of our lovely lodges so you can really sink in that vastness of the terrain you have to explore. Most of the parks in Tanzania and other countries in Africa are huge and if you give yourself time to dig deep into the park, you too will start feeling like you are 'at home'.
Decompressing takes time; stay at least 8-9 days.
I may not be too far from the truth when I say our lives are on the run. Whether you are a family with young or adult kids, a couple, or even retired, we travel to escape. The first few days on Safari, you are still getting in the groove of how to relax. Or at least that is what most of us feel. Then we slowly start putting the phone away longer and are not craving for wi-fi. The body is learning to relax. The game drives become more enjoyable; you are decompressing. One of the reasons you are taking a Safari right.
The longer you spend time with your guide, the lodge crew, the other travelers you will meet on Safari, your family and friends, the deeper the connections that will start to form. So much fun if you can open up and chat.
One of my favorite things on Safari is to chat with the guide and lodge crew. Tanzania has over 100 tribes and each one has an amazing story to tell. My Lost in Translation blog post came from my time chatting with my many guides. I still keep in touch with many of them.
My Tanzania with Mefi Safaris have been that - lifelong friendships because we have had 10+ days together and we continue to travel together.
The #traveldeeper hashtag - that's what we want you to achieve. If you can afford to give yourself the time and depth of slow travel, do it.
I look forward to being on Safari [or any trip] so I can slow down.
Ready to enjoy some slow travel time on Safari. We can make it happen.