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Naturally mindful

It’s the latest buzzword, but what does ‘mindfulness’ actually mean in the context of a safari holiday? How can you adapt your approach to release the mental benefits of connecting with nature more quickly? By William Gray
WILDERNESS SAFARIS

Taking a moment: Allow yourself the time to just sit and watch what is going on around you. Most camps are so well situated now that you don’t even have to leave the comfort of your tent. At Rukomechi, in Mana Pools, guests look out over the Zambezi River

There’s a widely accepted daily routine when you’re on safari: predawn wake-up call, quick cup of tea, morning game drive and back to camp for brunch; relax during the middle part of the day, then head out again for a late-afternoon game drive, stop for sundowners then return to camp for dinner. Nothing wrong with that you might think. After all, this game drive-siesta sandwich is designed to synchronise with when wildlife is likely to be most active (or not). Photographers love the low, golden light at the beginning and end of the day and the fact is, we’ve come to expect this all-inclusive bundle of daily activities on safari.

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