Why Adventure Camping is Fun! Bugz n all!

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A holiday to East Africa is a journey to another world, a world to be embraced with a sense of adventure and a willingness to enjoy the ride; pot holes, bumps, mud, dust and all. Once you have left your ‘creature comforts’ behind and spent a few nights in the wilderness, it will seem quite normal to sit around the camp fire in the evening, sleep under canvas, use a traditional ‘bucket’ shower and perhaps even wear the same ‘dusty’ safari trousers two or three days in a row! It is a really fun experience; especially if you are down to earth then you will really love this grass roots type of travel. Safaris in East Africa are always an adventure; remember to pack a sense of humour and a sense of wonder, you will need them both.

Camping safaris are 'hands on', putting up your own tent, helping with the cooking and cleaning up is all part of the experience. Camping is really one of the world’s greatest travel adventures. Pitching your tent in the bush gives you the feeling of really living in the wild. The campsites can be quite basic, adding to the authenticity.

The romance of an open campfire under a magnificent sky full of stars is undeniable and a night in the wild beholds a magical experience. During the night you have a Masai guard who sits around the camp fire whilst you are asleep, keeping the embers going to scare away any wildlife that may come too close.

Bugs, insects, creepy crawlies etc., are affectionately known in East Africa as Dudu’s! You will definitely come across some Dudu’s on your camping safari, and there are some pretty amazing ones to see. Some of the smallest ones, the ants, are actually the ones you will probably see the most, in fact they are everywhere, thin trails marching across the path.

There are the bigger ants or ‘Safari Ants’ also known as Siafu, that need a to be given a wide berth, when you see a line of these ants it pays to avoid them at all costs, they have pincers on them that give a real nip, only when you notice that they have bitten you and try to pull off the little critters, do you realise that you have only removed the body and then you need to extract the head and pincers from your toe, now throbbing painfully. Of course if you stand on more than one, if can be quite amusing for your fellow companions as you dance a little jig, slapping and squealing in shock as they have started to make their way up your leg.

Never forget to zip up your tent when you are inside or out!! You don’t want a nasty surprise waiting for you inside when you get back!! It is also a good idea to not keep any kind of food items inside you tent, Elephants love oranges and will happily find the source of these delicious fruits and help themselves to them as well as destroying your tent! Baboons are the worst, they will source anything edible that you have put inside and can even work a tent zipper, help themselves to everything that is inside and leave again, rather rudely not remembering to zip the tent back up after their departure. Large holes in the ground should be avoided at any cost, a resident Warthog might just be parked in reverse inside and come out full pelt at you for invading its territory. Otherwise, it's just another day in Africa!!!

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