“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

TravelHaven Journal – African Safari 5

More About Camp Life

The food was wonderful! Fresh bread is baked every day in a charcoal oven and meals are cooked using a very primitive charcoal stove.

Every evening the staff asks what time we want to get up the next morning and if we prefer coffee, tea or hot chocolate. In the morning one comes to our tent, softly calls out “Good Morning” and leaves a tray with our beverages and tea cookies. We get up and sip a warm drink and nibble cookies as we get dressed and then go over to a fantastic breakfast — eggs, toast, bacon, cereal, fruit, and more. We often chose not to return until evening, so a cold lunch would accompany us with chicken or beef, fruit, and some sort of salad.

After we go out for our day’s adventure, the staff make our beds (did I mention they were more comfortable than many hotels I’ve stayed in?), straighten our cabin, replenish our amenities, and collect our dirty laundry. Usually by the time we got back from the bush, our laundry would be there — washed, dried and ironed, using no electricity! My clothes looked better in Africa than they do at home.

And those dirt toilets and bucket showers I worried about? No problem! The toilets look much like those at home, except they don’t flush with water. Instead, you just put a shovel of dirt (conveniently placed next to the toilet) in the toilet when you finish. No big deal — and no smell either! The bucket showers turn out to be 20 liters of water heated on the charcoal stoves and placed in a hanging container (like a cistern) outside. You pull the shower handle to release some hot water through the showerhead long enough to get soaked, then lather up, pull the shower handle to rinse, and you’re done! Very conservation minded and completely satisfactory!

There’ll be more about camp life as I tell you about the various camps we visited.