Apart from the ‘Big 5’, the African game reserves are known for its native populations of antelopes, gazelles, giraffes, and more. Discover Africa’s vibrant wildlife, rugged scenery, and vivid local culture on your next trip here. Home to some of the globe’s most endangered species, parks like Maasai Mara National Reserve and Amboseli National Park in Kenya, Kalahari Game Reserve in Botswana, Kruger National Park in South Africa, and Serengeti National Park in Tanzania are some of the best national parks in Africa.
Here are ways you can prepare for your extraordinary African safari.
Plan a trip in advance –
Especially if you plan on seeing events like The Great Migration when over 1.5 million wildebeest make the 1800 mile round-trip from the Serengeti to Masai Mara in search of food, you would need to book much in advance. Sometimes as much as a year in advance.
Decide which park to visit –
Sort out the kind of wildlife and landscapes that you would want to see. Two of the most visited regions in Africa for the purpose of wildlife viewing are East Africa, especially Kenya and Tanzania; and Southern Africa and its countries like South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Botswana. While in East Africa, you will be treated to some stunning views of the vast and open savannas, plus you can also hike up one of the tallest mountains in the world – Mt. Kilimanjaro, it is in to Southern Africa that you can chance upon viewing the mighty African elephants.
Decide your type of safari –
The length and cost of the safari can always be tailored. Different types of safaris that you can choose from are fully catered luxury safaris, overland or mobile safaris with campsite accommodations, or the adventurous self-drive safaris.
What items to take along –
Bring the proper layers. Since you will be out in the open, sometimes at early hours, you will need to carry a few extra layers. A loose-fitting, long-sleeved camouflaged shirt is your best bet. Also, do not forget to pack sunscreen, insect repellent, extra set of batteries, binoculars, and so on.
Ask questions –
Most of the safari guides are very knowledgeable about animal behaviour patterns, so ask a lot of questions. If you spot an animal, you can always ask your driver to stop so that you can take a picture. While in the jingle, make sure that you do not disturb the animals by talking loudly, or littering.
Carry your travel documents –
Documents like passport, required visas, insurance, and local currency need to be kept with you at all times. You will also need to get certain immunizations before heading to Africa. Depending on your destination country, treatments like vaccinations for yellow fever, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and typhoid may be required.
Staying Safe –
Most African countries are infamous for their crimes and scams. Before you book your package, make sure you check user reviews from trusted websites. Unfortunately, Africa is subject to a lot of political unrest, so it is advisable that you take necessary precautions to stay safe. Obey the rules at all times to ensure personal safety.