The African Sundowner

More than just a happy hour, this is a cherished and time-honored African tradition as well as an integral (and daily!) part of any safari experience.  A time to relax, wind down the day, savor a cocktail or glass of wine, and anticipate the feast to come.

Typically at dusk, following a hot shower but before sitting down to a delicious dinner, everyone will gather around the fire, help themselves to a drink and some hors d’oeuvres, find a comfortable place to lounge, and quietly relive the excitement of the day, all the while taking in the magnificent view and celebrating another spectacular sunset.   A member of our staff places lanterns on the ground to light the pathways. The guides amuse you with anecdotes from the bush.  Even strangers are now friends as you review the events of the day, all shared experiences.

The venues may vary, but one thing does not: wherever you are, that’s the place to be.  All our properties feature several gathering points; it may be an open campfire on the endless plains of the Serengeti, wandering herds in the distance; a walled boma hand-hewn of wood and lit with torches; a stone fire pit under the clear African sky, ideal for stargazing; or a wooden platform near the river where one can observe diving fish eagles and perhaps an elephant or hippo getting a drink.  There is no lack of ambiance in Africa, where you are always immersed in nature and calmed by the awareness that this is how it has been for millions of years.  The hustle and bustle of city life is long forgotten as you quietly reflect on your surroundings and reconnect with your spiritual and primeval self.

“Nothing compares to cocktails out on the boat as you watch the spectacular sunset over Lake Tanganyika.” – Lauren M., Columbus, OH

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