An African safari is by far one of the best ways to spend your vacation. When people see the word ‘exotic’, they immediately think of the indigenous African wildlife. These safaris are things you read about, watch on National Geographic and see photos online. The exhilarating images conjured up in your mind is nothing compared to the actual safari. It may be a biased opinion, but every living human being should experience an African Safari at least once in their lifetime.
The following are some of the most important and nifty tips on how you can maximize your African Adventure:
1. Decide what you want
Africa is a big continent with lots to offer. You need to make up your mind on what exactly you want to see. As much as you may want to, you can’t see it all in one trip. Not without having the trip last the better part of a year. If you are interested in seeing the Big Five, (Buffalo, Leopards, Lions, Rhinos and Elephants) then your best bet is to head for the countries where these animals are known to co-exist in close proximity. Kenya, South Africa and Tanzania have them in plenty. This coupled with the breathtaking resorts and Game Reserve camp sites should make for a wonderful trip..
2. Choose your time of year wisely
Most non-African countries have winter and fall. In Africa, however, the seasons are slightly different. And this greatly affects your trip and how much you can get out of it. The game reserves are often packed to the rafters with wild animals during the dry season, which in most parts of the continent falls between May, June, July and August. This is the best time of year to see wild animals. If your interest is in game drives then this is the time to travel. The rainy seasons also have their attraction but the downside is that most of the game reserves will be inaccessible and not all the animals will want to come out and play. It is great for bird watching though.
3. Less is more
As we said earlier, Africa is a big place. It’s all well and good that you want to see as many wild animals as you can. But these animals are almost never all in one place. It is not a big continental zoo. A lot of travelling is required in order to view most of the animals. Sometimes up to eight hours of rough dusty road. That is why it is often advisable to pick one of the many game reserves and parks and just stay there for the entirety of your vacation. Most of these reserves have most, if not all, the indigenous wildlife that particular country has to offer. By camping in one place, you get to spend more time seeing the animals and less time traveling!
4. Get a professional guide
Yes, Google is great. You can find everything you need to know about having a successful Safari. But no matter how educated on the subject matter you may be, it is always better to have a native show you around. These are hands-on, boots constantly on the ground people who know the habits of the animals and their likely hiding places. In order to get the most out of your Safari, get a well-respected guide to take you around. They will show you the little secret hide outs not included on the web pages.
When all is said and done, it is always best to seek the professional advice of a local travel agency or tour company based in the country you intend to visit.