Safari tips to make your African safari a whole lot more comfortable
The preparation for going on vacation or safari can be overwhelming at times, especially when it comes to packing and checking if everything is in order for the glorious days ahead. Sometimes we can be forgetful, which has an effect on our scheduled plans. Make sure that your safari vacation is one to remember by using these quick and helpful safari tips.
Take time for yourself
- Spoil yourself with the occasional break from lodge activity by sitting out from a shared event – even a game drive. Sleep in late and relax in an open space with your binoculars. You do need time to yourself too. Activities can always be enjoyed the following day.
- When researching flying safaris look at the airline’s whole route network. It could be more convenient and possibly more affordable to use the same company for onward legs as their flights tend to connect without long waiting periods.
Don’t let altitude spoil it
- Find out the altitude of the locations you are going to venture off to. Altitudes of above 2000m, like some parts of Kenya, can be unsuitable for some people.
- When booking a photographic trip ask yourself: how many guests are carried per safari vehicle? Where is your lodge in relation to the park? Are there any hides? Do the guides have a passion for photography? How many vehicles are allowed on the concession? Is driving off-road allowed? At what times do you need to be in and out of the area? The more research you do the better.
- Have your camera ready at all times, so you don’t miss out of those magic moments. Things can happen very quickly out in the bush. If you are afraid of dust, cover it with something that can be removed quickly.
- Taking your children on safari could be one of the most rewarding experiences you can give them. Enquire about private or exclusive activities. This will allow your family to enjoy the services of their own guide and have the convenience of their own boat or vehicle.
- Make sure that you have a kikoi or a sarong. You can wear it as a scarf, use it as a bath towel, wrap it around your head as a turban or wet it and cool off your body. Best of all it doesn’t take up much space.
- Pack in a pair of binoculars. They will enhance your game-viewing experience. You will thank us for this one.
Try something different
- Consider enrolling in a casual field guide training course as opposed to a ‘normal’ safari, to understand what makes the entire wilderness ecosystem tick. You’ll have a heightened experience, an authentic safari with a whole lot of knowledge and personal growth thrown in.
Safaris, in general, are a fantastic and most times life-altering opportunity and with the correct tools, it can be a breath-taking experience at that. Make the most of your fun-filled travels in Africa with these tips and advice.