To most travelers, a safari seems pretty self-explanatory: Touch down in Africa, see some wildlife, and leave with a camera roll full of enviable shots. But there’s so much more to do on safari–especially a safari with Inspirato—than simply take in Serengeti views.
Inspirato offers specially curated safaris that, along with plenty of animal encounters and sightings, allow members to fully immerse themselves in African culture alongside their likeminded fellow club members. Highlights include special visits to Maasai villages and elephant orphanages, as well as sleeping next to natural wonders like Victoria Falls and lunching at the bottom of Ngorogoro Crater.
A typical day
Though activities will vary depending on the particular camp or location, Margaret said that members should typically expect an Inspirato safari to begin with an early wakeup call at camp, which is situated in a remote location of the African bush. Members gather in the main part of the lodge for a light breakfast of coffee and biscuits. This is one of the most peaceful moments of the day; members can take a quiet moment for themselves as the sun creeps over the horizon.
Afterward, members can take a bush walk, setting off on foot into the bush or onto the plains, accompanied by both a Maasai tracker from a nearby village and a safari guide. The tracker teaches the guide how best to find animals based on tribal practices and knowledge, typically by their prints or dung.
Upon returning from the bush walk, Margaret said that many members opt to relax in the lodge, make use of their private plunge pool, or indulge in a spa treatment until it’s time for dinner. The evening meal is usually accompanied by some sort of entertainment or cultural immersion, like traditional Maasai song and dance performed by members of a nearby tribe.
“It really makes you feel like you’re a part of something special,” Margaret said.
And as with all Inspirato Only experiences, one of the best parts about traveling with the club is the opportunity to meet other members.
“It’s the opportunity to see multiple camps and make multiple stops without having to think about it,” she said. “You’re going to see the most fruitful parts of that part of Africa in one trip.”
Embark on the adventure
Interested in experiencing the magic of an Inspirato safari for yourself? Here are all of the upcoming experiences that still have open spots in 2019 and 2020.
Family Safari & Victoria Falls 2020: Kids are more than welcome on this family-friendly excursion through South Africa, which concludes at breathtaking Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the world.