The ABCs of a Motswari Safari
An African safari is an extraordinary excursion and at the top of the bucket list for many travellers. And if the bags are to be packed for an unforgettable adventure in the wilderness of the Greater Kruger, even more so.
Whether you're a seasoned safari-goer or a first-time visitor to Motswari, understanding some unique safari terminology before your arrival will certainly enrich the experience.
From tasty treats to local customs and insider lingo, we’ve broken it down to these essentials:
Amarula: Amarula is a creamy liqueur that's often referred to as the "spirit of Africa." It's made from the fruit of the marula tree and is a popular safari drink, enjoyed over ice or used in cocktails. It's a delightful way to unwind after a day of wildlife watching.
Biltong: Biltong is a favourite South African snack made from dried, cured meat, typically beef or game. It’s a protein-rich delicacy enjoyed by locals and visitors alike, offering a taste of the region's culinary heritage.
Bush braai: A Motswari bush braai is a unique dining experience here in the Umbabat. Guests enjoy a flame-cooked meal under a star-filled African night sky and with crackling bonfires, there surely cannot be a better way to connect with nature while experiencing local cuisine.
Khaki fever: Khaki fever is an affectionate term for the obsession some people develop for the safari lifestyle. It's the feeling that draws travellers back to the African wilderness time and time again. And we have an inkling most of our guests have been bitten by this bug.
Mark My Territory: Actually reserved for animals to indicate to others of their own species that they rule in that specific area, this quirky phrase is also sometimes used tongue-in-cheek by travellers when they need to use “the facilities” when out on safari. Guides will always make sure that it’s safe to do so first, you never know what could be lurking behind that bush.
Mova: Otherwise known as the game viewer, these rugged and specially designed off-road vehicles are the quintessential modes of transportation when on safari. Their elevated seating provides unobstructed views of the surrounding wildlife, allowing for close but safe observation of animals in their natural habitat. Here at Motswari our Landrovers are much more than mere modes of transport, they are trusted companions on the ride of a lifetime.
No Matata: A playful twist on the famous Swahili phrase "Hakuna Matata," which means "no worries." "No matata" embodies the laid-back spirit of a safari adventure, encouraging travellers to embrace the relaxed pace and take in the sights and sounds of the African wilderness, something we encourage our guests to do here at Motswari.
Rusks: Having a rusk and a steaming cup of coffee or tea before a morning game drive, is a sacred safari ritual. These twice-baked traditional South African “biscuits” have the perfect harmony of dunk and crunch and are the ideal pick-me-ups in anticipation of the next couple of hours.
Sundowner: A sundowner, or phuza stop, is a cherished safari tradition. It involves stopping at a scenic location to enjoy a drink while watching the sunset. It's an excellent opportunity to soak in the breathtaking African landscapes of which there are plenty at Motswari.
TIA: An acronym that means This Is Africa and that embodies the acceptance of the unexpected and unpredictable events that can occur in Africa. It captures the essence of experiencing the continent’s unique charm and challenges with a sense of humour and understanding.
Ubuntu: Ubuntu is an African philosophy that emphasises the interconnectedness of all people and the importance of community, compassion and empathy. It's a value that's often celebrated and exemplified in the warm hospitality of safari lodges and the respect for nature on a safari.
From dunking an early morning rusk and making your way across the Umbabat in our trusted movas, to enjoying biltong at a phuza stop and sipping Amarula at a bush braai, an African safari at Motswari is an adventure like no other. No matata when you mark your territory but remember TIA and anything is possible. In the spirit of ubuntu, make sure you leave with your own case of khaki fever.