Q. We are a very active couple and want to go on safari, but don’t like the idea of spending the whole time in a vehicle. Can we jog around sufficiently? Do most places have a pool?
A. The short answer to your question is that you should do your safari in South Africa. The reason for this is that in most of the safari destinations (including most of those in South Africa) the kind of activity you enjoy simply isn’t possible. You will be most of your time in a car. But if you go to South Africa, you’ll be able to intersperse a few days on safari with all sorts of other touring which will let you be very active. Think of a safari in South Africa as similar to visiting Yosemite. There are many great roads in Yosemite where you can’t get out of the car in order to see the elk and bears, but the next day you can hike in the mountains all day, or take a quick trip into San Francisco. That exists in South Africa, but in virtually no other country with safaris.
Once on safari, no, you can’t leave the vehicle often. And no, you can’t jog outside the perimeter of the lodge/camp, and there are plenty of reasons for this. Read my blog on April 30, 2009: “Elephant Suit”. But yes, many of the better places have pools.