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Choosing a safari itinerary where you can keep in shape is becoming increasingly popular among discerning travelers who don’t want to arrive back home carrying excess baggage.  At least that’s wh

Choosing a safari itinerary where you can keep in shape is becoming increasingly popular among discerning travelers who don’t want to arrive back home carrying excess baggage.  At least that’s what our clients are constantly telling us.  Indeed it’s what we’re demanding ourselves having been on so many incredible safaris across southern Africa, and in our beautiful destination Zimbabwe  But then again what constitutes a healthy safari for some is not necessarily the same for others.  Let’s explore where the balance is.

Health Safaris Are All The Rage Now

Health Safaris Are All The Rage Now

The Traditional Safari

The traditional safari has always placed a strong emphasis on ensuring that guests never go hungry.  There is food literally all day long, starting with muffins and rusks at sunrise, then a full English breakfast mid-morning,  a lunch fit for a king, then a slap-up high tea including rich cakes and pastries.  Wait there’s still a warm three course dinner to come, often plated, which means limited choices.  Not forgetting to mention the delicious array of often fatty snacks that come out during activity times.  And if you are still hungry after all that there is always something to munch on, close at hand. Phew!  The feeling often from the safari guest is “well I’ve paid for it, so I ain’t gonna waste it!”  And so one’s stomach is unwittingly expanded to compensate. More and more people however, are speaking out and those camps and lodges that are savvy enough are responding positively.  We’ve decided to delve into the key specifics of what the modern safari traveller wants and then find out how the accommodation providers in our wild areas are responding to this increasing wave of ‘well-being demands’.

People want less starch and less sugar

Whilst it’s considered a treat to indulge when on holiday the majority of safari travelers nowadays don’t want their diets drastically changed for the few weeks they are away from home, where world influences have dictated the need for a balanced diet that seeks to cut down on starch and sugar. So when they make a booking with us they typically raise a few flags that give us a good indication as to what they want.  Some people have regular allergies and state “no nuts please” or “no seafood”  :- But we are seeing more and more requests from people that don’t necessarily have an allergy and have made a lifestyle choice that involves avoiding gluten and lactose, the things that can make you feel heavy and potentially influence susceptibility to major illnesses like heart disease and diabetes. Check out the delicious platter prepared by Bumi Hills Safari Lodge for example.

People want to exercise

In the same way that people are becoming conscious about keeping their diets when they go on safari many are also demanding that they maintain their level of fitness.  Again traditionally the only way to get any exercise on safari was to ensure you got up for the morning walk.  Even then breaking a sweat is unlikely to happen because there is so much to see along the way that the last thing you want to do is rush.  So beyond that you had to get rather creative about where and how you could work up your heart rate or simply give in to the fact that it just ain’t gonna happen till you finish the safari.  The Big Cave Camp in has started to offer yoga classes, where better to try out Yoga than in the Matobo Hills.

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