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Planning for Your African Adventure at Safari West

Written by Emily Buys

Planning for Your African Adventure at Safari West

This year has been one of trials, stress, and growth. I’ve now had three surgeries this year, sold and bought a house, moved my family to a new town and school, and now of all times,  my ex is disrupting our lives with custody issues – grrrr. When life starts flying at me fast, I do well to have a little reprieve. Keith and I were very much in need of a couple’s getaway when the opportunity for a complimentary visit to Safari West came up. I’ve always dreamed of going on an African Adventure, and one day I will make the trek to Africa, but for now, Safari West was just what the doctor ordered. 

Planning for Your African Adventure at Safari West

I’d heard about Safari West years ago, and even though I live only an hour and a half away, I’d never made the visit. Shame on me! It was on my bucket list to visit Safari West, go on their African Adventure, and stay the night in one of their luxury tents. I got to do all of that, and with the love of my life. We had an amazing time! As a first time goer, I thought I’d share with you what to take on your African Adventure at Safari West, so you can be prepared, and enjoy your entire stay.

Planning for Your African Adventure at Safari West

Being out in nature, and surrounded by 900 animals on a 400+ acre preserve, is just magical. Even though it was the middle of summer, we couldn’t have asked for better weather in the Napa Valley. We had warm afternoons and cool evenings. The following items may come in handy:

Planning for Your African Adventure at Safari West

  • Sunscreen for your trek and any afternoon walking you may do on the preserve.
  • A light jacket or sweatshirt to keep you warm after the sun has set. 

Planning for Your African Adventure at Safari West

  • A flashlight, in case you need to leave your luxury tent for any reason in the night. While there are often drivers around to get you to and from your tent during the day, you may be on your own at night. Don’t worry – the walk isn’t too far.

Planning for Your African Adventure at Safari West

  • Insect repellant, if you plan to hang out on your patio at night, this might especially come in handy. It couldn’t hurt to have a little bug spray on hand either. Our tent was visited by many thirsty/hungry ants, who found their way to my M&M’s. **Keep all food zipped up tight and stored so little critters don’t make their way into any goodies you might have!

Planning for Your African Adventure at Safari West

  • Nice camera with backup SD card. If you’re doing things right, you will take tons of photos!
  • Blow dryer if you care about styling your hair after your night’s stay. 

Planning for Your African Adventure at Safari West

  • Flip flops or slippers to put on when you get out of the shower (the floor is freezing in the morning).

Planning for Your African Adventure at Safari West

Things to know and be prepared for at Safari West:

  • There are electrical outlets in the tents. Bring your chargers, if you must, and you should be able to get fully charged before you hit the road again.

Planning for Your African Adventure at Safari West

  • There is no cell service on the reserve, with the exception of AT&T wireless. Even then, it may be spotty. 
  • No phones in the tents, so if your cell service doesn’t work, you may need to walk up to the front to receive any help from staff. 

Planning for Your African Adventure at Safari West

  • The tents do have showers and warm water, and quite a nice bathroom, with toiletries. There’s only a standup shower – no tub.
  • I highly recommend a shower at night when the tent is much warmer. Be prepared for a brisk morning. There is a heater in the tent, but it’ll still be chilly when you get out of the shower.

Planning for Your African Adventure at Safari West

  • Be content to fall asleep to the sounds of nature – it’s beautiful and completely romantic!

Meals at Safari West

  • The food is incredible! Whether you’re doing dinner or breakfast after your stay, you’re in for a real treat. So much food and it’s all delicious!

Planning for Your African Adventure at Safari West

I really can’t say enough good things about Safari West. I found it to be such a romantic destination where couples can become one with nature. Enjoy the surroundings, the animals, the quiet, and enjoy one another! We sure did!

 

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