In mind you know this could be a lifetime journey; a once in a life time kind of thing so you do not want to mess it up. It is the basic things really that you have to put in mind for example what to wear, what to carry, how much for upkeep, the coast and many other important things. It is an exhilarating experience especially if you plan to view Africa wildlife if especially you have only ever read about them and seen pictures online or on animal catalogues and documentaries.
First you need to decide on your safari destination and set your timing right. The eight countries in Africa that are famous for being safari destinations are South Africa, Botswana, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Uganda. The most popular park in east Africa is the Maasai Mara national park which also hosts naturally the migration of wildebeests from July to October. Such factors are what you should keep in mind while choosing your destination plus you should consider places that are dry during the time you want to go for your vacation.
The clothes you carry also matter. It is mostly a myth that Africa is this hot place. Carry clothes for both cold and warm weather. Alternatively you can carry clothes that are warm enough and can be easily layered. After sunset it is chilly and you may also need a jacket if you will be touring around at early dawn. In relation to touring, you want to capture the best wild game views and sometimes your tour guide may not be able to go very close to the animals so bring with you a binoculars or a zoom lens for your camera. This will give you a closer view and you will be able to get the best snaps. You will never forget your experience there.
You should also take malaria prophylaxis to keep off malaria. You might want to go to Zambia and spend a fulfilling night outside taking in the view of the sky. You should consider keeping yourself safe so a few weeks before your trip try to find the right anti-malarial tablets for you, and deal with any side effects if there are any before your trip. Prevention is the best option here because if you get sick during your safari you won’t enjoy it much. Some areas in Africa including national parks are highly accommodative of malaria transmitting mosquitoes.
Finally you need to budget because planning a safari is not cheap. A budget will be able to keep you within your ability in sectors like lodge selection in your chosen destination. Ask an African Safari Expert to guide you through.
Following these tips will ensure your trip is fulfilling at all African Safarai levels. You should consult people who you know have been to Africa for vacations to advise you appropriately and be sure to heed to whatever they say. Find the best place for you and go with the best people too.
African safaris can be luxurious, romantic, affordable, adventurous, family oriented as well as a fun filled affair. But you have to know how to choose the kind of holiday you love in this complex and magnificent continent. Africa offers all sorts of adventure travels and safaris.