You don’t need to be a lean mean fit machine to enjoy a Sunway Safari but a reasonable level of fitness will ensure you get the most out of your experience.
This is our guide of what to expect on a Sunway Safari. We also recommend you take a look at our guide on the different safari grades that Sunway offers. Alternatively get in contact, we are more than happy to answer questions and chat about your plans.
What about age?
Joining a Sunway Safari is less about age and more about attitude.
Sunway Safari travellers have a sense of adventure and a desire to have first-hand contact with Africa. And like you, they like the fact that they are travelling with a company that is 100% African owned and operated and that they are travelling with a company that has strong links to the communities and areas visited.
For those that like the statistics. The average age is around 45 and most travellers are aged 25 to 65+.*
*If you are over 65 or older when you plan to travel you can complete Sunway’s self-declaration medical form or alternatively supply a doctors letter. The minimum age on scheduled safaris is 12.
Regardless of safari grade, what you can expect on a Sunway Safari…
Half to full day long distance drives, sometimes on rough or bouncy roads
On each of the detailed itineraries, there is a breakdown of the approximate travel time and kilometres covered each day. (excluding lunch, refuelling and toilet stops).
- Often it is hard to appreciate how “BIG” Africa is until you get there.
- Fact: Kruger National Park is roughly the same size as Switzerland!
- Travel days between tour highlights can be long.
So sit back, relax and watch a very different world to home pass by.
Half to full day walks, mostly on un-level surfaces, and often in sandy or rocky areas.
Every safari includes some walking. If you are joining the Walking South Africa Safari you’ll be taking part in easy, moderate and challenging day walks. On some of our other safaris examples are:
- bush walks with local poler guides in the Okavango Delta.
- walking up the giant sand dunes of Sossusvlei in Namibia.
- walking up the rocky stairs of the Great Zimbabwe Ruins
- clambering up rocky paths in the Matobos to view some of the best examples of San rock art in Southern Africa.
To get in and out of tour vehicles/4WDs, some of which require you to climb over the open body side, some of which have a short ladder section at the door
Our guides will help you get in and out of vehicles as needed but a reasonable level of mobility is required on safari. The mix of vehicles used on each safari is detailed on the itinerary.
To get in and out of a boat from a jetty
On a number of safaris, we take to the water explore the local ecosystem and get up close to game and birdlife. Examples are:
- the wildlife cruise on the Chobe River.
- the boat trip on the Kavango River.
Boats are chartered for the exclusive use of our groups.
To get in and out of a boat or dugout canoe (mokoro) from a riverbank
On safaris that visit the Okavango Delta, we first travel deep into the Delta by 4WD Landcruiser to the ‘poling station’. It is here that you will board a mokoro expertly steered by a local guide who hails from one of the nearby villages.
- Your feet a likely to get wet getting in and out.
- The mokoros are a snug fit and your poler will arrange a camp mattress into a makeshift seat with backrest.
- Slap on the sunscreen, pop on a hat and enjoy the relaxing ride into your remote wild camp.