A safari gives you a glimpse into the natural world seen in storybooks, providing a once in a lifetime adventure for seasoned travelers and worldly novices alike. Crisp execution of such a journey requires proper planning. The following steps can help you create a smooth, enjoyable and amazing safari vacation.
Decide on a destination
There are many different destinations that can provide a comprehensive safari experience. You will need to carefully think about the attributes of each area. One consideration is what animals you wish to see. For instance, if you wish to see lions, leopards, buffalos, rhinos and elephants, then you could consider the Masai Mara in Kenya, Serengeti National Park in Tanzania or the Kruger National Park in South Africa. Rwanda, Uganda and Gabon are great destinations for gorillas, and the Gombe Stream National Park in Tanzania is good for chimpanzees. Different countries offer different amenities and tours with comprehensive safari packages.
Decide on the type of safari
Two different safaris can progress in very different ways. Do you want a “luxury” safari that even provides hot showers? Do you want to camp right in the thick of the bush? For instance, you can go on an elephant safari at the Abu Camp in the Okavango Delta, Botswana. A walking safari is another option, which is good for an active person who wants to get right in on the action. Bicyclists might like a mountain bike safari. Other options include a canoeing safari, balloon safari, camel safari and horse riding safari. Try to visualize what your dream safari entails (and what is within your means).
Do you wish to take a tour or go on your own?
Many travelers choose to take a tour when they go on safari. This can provide comfort and safety. Many are relatively all-inclusive, which can allow you to enjoy your safari and its planning without worrying about all of the little details. Of course you may also pay more for this service.
You may choose a traditional (mobile) tented safari. In this case, the mobile camp will travel as you go from one place to another. A guided safari usually goes through in trucks, and everything is included to make it easier. Some tours include Taga Safari, Explore Tanzania and Botswana Explorer.
Make a budget
A safari can be an expensive vacation. There are many different costs, and you want to try to predict as many as possible so that you do not spend more than is available.
You want to make sure that you are protected should you experience a health emergency during your trip. Contact your current health insurance company to ascertain the coverage that you already have. You can then consider what additional coverage may be necessary to aid you on your trip.
Get all inoculations
The regions of Africa and other areas where you may choose to go on safari are far different than the sanitized cities of the industrialized world. You may be exposed to bacteria and viruses all but eradicated in your home nation. Depending on where exactly you plan to visit, travelers are often advised to get extra inoculations. Speak to your physician about what is advised for the exact country you wish to visit.
Make the plans
Once you have made all of your decisions, you need to make the actual plans. If you choose an all-inclusive tour, then this is relatively easy. You can go through a travel agent or look on the Internet. If you will be making more of the plans yourself then you can start with an itinerary. Consider the parks and areas where you wish to visit. Look up flights and hotels or campground sites.
Purchase necessary clothing and equipment
You may not have the attire for your African safari in your New York City apartment. Purchase comfortable and sun-friendly clothing. You may also want to purchase wallets and travel sized toiletries for ease of travelling.
A safari can provide the experience of a lifetime for travelers. Plan carefully to give yourself a fun, smooth and safe trip.