Discover the ultimate guide to planning an unforgettable safari adventure at Rockfig Safari Lodge. Dive into the Timbavati seasons, learn about thrilling game drives and bush walks, and get essential packing tips for your wildlife exploration. Whether you're a seasoned wildlife enthusiast or a first-time safari-goer, this comprehensive guide has everything you need to make the most of your safari experience at Rockfig Safari Lodge.

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Welcome to our comprehensive guide for planning your safari at Rockfig Safari Lodge. Whether you’re a wildlife enthusiast, a nature lover, or a family seeking adventure, this seasonal guide will provide you with all the information you need to make the most of your safari experience.

The only man I envy is the man who has not yet been to Africa – for he has so much to look forward to.

Seasons in the Timbavati

There are two seasons in the Timbavati where Rockfig Safari Lodge is based – the dry season and the green season. The dry season runs from May to October, presenting cooler temperatures and clear skies that create the perfect setting for walking safaris and game drives. With reduced vegetation, visitors can catch sight of elusive predators like lions and leopards. The shortage of water sources concentrates wildlife around rivers and watering holes, heightening the overall game-viewing experience. During this time, night safaris to observe nocturnal creatures and wonder at the stars, are a treat (but you have to wrap up warm!)

The Dry Season

The Green Season

The green season spans from November to April, showcasing the stunning transformation of the landscape, spectacular afternoon thunderstorms, and an array of vibrant birdlife. It’s a time of new beginnings as newborns appear, creating unforgettable moments for wildlife enthusiasts. Photography enthusiasts may also prefer the greenery and the stunning skies at this time of year. Interestingly, pangolin sightings are more likely during the green season. It is the breeding season for pangolins so they are more active as they search for mates and establish territories.

Game Drives

Game drives are thrilling regardless of the season! You set off early as the sun is coming up or late afternoon, as the sun is starting to set. These are the two moments in the day when you are most likely to see wildlife. There’s the thrill as you pick up the trail and traverse expanses of wilderness to witness something truly beautiful and truly wild. We drive off-road to allow guests to get close to the wildlife, guaranteeing a memorable experience. Game drives also offer an opportunity for the trackers and guides to share their extensive knowledge of wildlife.

Bush Walks

Exploring the bushveld on foot, guided by experts with extensive knowledge of local flora and fauna, is a truly immersive experience. All your senses are on high alert as you experience the sights, sounds, and scents of the bush. It’s also an intense adrenaline rush as you encounter wildlife, from a safe distance, of course. Each step offers a chance to connect with the natural environment and appreciate the captivating beauty of the African bush up close. Bush walks tend to be more pleasant during the dry season when it is cooler at midday.

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Africa – You can see a sunset and believe you have witnessed the Hand of God. You watch the slope lope of a lioness and forget to breathe. You marvel at the tripod of a giraffe bent to water. In Africa, there are iridescent blues on the wings of birds that you do not see anywhere else in nature. In Africa, in the midday heat, you can see blisters in the atmosphere. When you are in Africa, you feel primordial, rocked in the cradle of the world.

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Packing Tips

When preparing for your safari, we recommend that you pack practical clothing. Opt for lightweight, breathable clothing to ensure comfort during the warm days and cooler evenings. Bring versatile items that can be layered for changing weather conditions, such as a light jacket. Consider packing neutral-coloured clothing and avoid dark blue/ black colours because they stand out and tend to attract insects. Long-sleeved shirts and trousers protect from the sun and guard against insect bites. Don’t forget a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses for additional sun protection. Lastly, pack a pair of durable, closed-toe shoes if you are going to do a walking safari.

Binoculars and Camera Gear

Investing in a high-quality pair of binoculars with excellent magnification will enhance your wildlife viewing experience, allowing you to observe animals from a distance with remarkable clarity. Additionally, remember to pack a reliable camera with a zoom lens to capture close-ups. Make sure you have extra memory cards and batteries on hand. For uninterrupted exploration, consider bringing a portable power bank to keep your electronic devices charged. These extras will mean that you capture moments that you can return to time and time again when you are back at home. If you are unable to bring equipment from home, we offer guests the opportunity of hiring camera equipment through a company in Nelspruit.

Rockfig Safari Lodge is an ideal destination for year-round wildlife encounters so it’s more a matter of looking at your calendar and working out what the best time of year is for you! We hope to welcome you soon!

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