A typical day on safari consists of two game drives: One in the morning before breakfast and the other in the late afternoon before dinner. The evening outings typically leave around 4:30PM and go until sunset, or “sundowner” time. That’s when you stop to stretch your legs and have a cocktail. It might just be the best happy hour on the planet. It’s usually in an amazing location overlooking a brilliant sunset, with hors d'oeuvres that include impala cubes and dried mango. Then you drive using a high-powered spotlight to illuminate a whole new set of nocturnal creatures, including owls, chameleons, and even crocodiles.
Sabi Sabi does a terrific job catering to kids. An activity kit featuring “The Big 5” (lions, rhino, leopard, cape buffalo and elephant) they’d likely see while on safari was included in each room. They also had two swimming pools, which gave them a chance to cool down and burn off all their excess energy during the downtime in between outings.
And finally there were the rangers and trackers, who without them, the whole thing would be a bust. I’ve been advised that a safari is only as good as the guides you have with you. In our experience, the Sabi crew were top-notch, tracking down everything from wild dog to dung beetles and engaging the kids every step of the way. They even managed to stump our kids with a riddle that’s quite appropriate for where we were: Which side of a zebra has more stripes? . . . The outside!