Although the world is simply jam-packed with amazing destinations, there’s nothing like experiencing an African safari for the first time.
Not only is it completely different from the traditional ‘sun, sea and surf’ vacation the majority of us are used to, but it also offers the chance to see some of the most beautiful and diverse animals on the planet.
Let’s take a look at what you need to know before going on an African Safari, whether you’re travelling on your own, with loved ones or with friends!
Preparation and Planning
When it comes to an African safari, there’s nothing more essential than preparation and planning. First of all, you’re going to be very busy, before you depart as well as when you get there, so it’s good to keep this in mind.
One of the best things about Africa is that your money will stretch a lot further. So instead of going on a huge shopping spree before you leave (for things you probably won’t even need), only pack the bare essentials and travel light.
If you’ve booked your safari through a tour operator or an established company, request an itinerary of what you’ll be provided with while you’re there. This will allow you to plan your shopping list before you get to Africa, and also save some money in the process.
Furthermore, you’ll most likely be sharing your safari jeep with other tourists too, so packing light is essential to save space during your tour!
African safaris are not theme parks, nor are they bespoke or tailored holidays. In fact, Africa’s plains are home to some of the world’s most dangerous animals, untamed and as far from socialized as you can imagine.
This is why it is essential to manage your expectations when on a safari; unlike a zoo, animals won’t be as inquisitive, and it might be hours before you see one of the ‘big five’.
Subsequently, an African safari can be an unsafe place too, so it is very important that you listen to your guide at all times. Compared to your guide, you’ll likely know nothing of the dangers of the plains, so never provoke or encourage animals, or generally do anything without your guide’s permission.
Safaris Are Quiet, Very Quiet
Other than managing your expectations on an African Safari, it’s important to know that you could experience periods of vast uneventfulness. The plains of Africa are very tranquil and quiet places, and the more noise you make, the less attention you’ll attract.
This isn’t something to fret about however; as well as being quiet, the African safari plains are extremely beautiful, and one of the most relaxing places in the world. Take the time to make use of the epic wilderness and isolation, put your feet up and enjoy yourself.