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I recommend having travel insurance for any trip, but it’s even more important on safari trips. There is no doubt that an African safari is a dream holiday, but you should always make sure that you’re covered for whatever could go wrong. Even an inexpensive safari is still expensive, so make sure you’re covered if anything goes wrong, including having to cancel your plans because of events, arrival delays, and medical emergencies. I love to work with EKTA, which offers travel insurance worldwide. Remember to check with your credit card or medical insurance providers. They might offer free or discounted insurance.
Staying healthy on the trip
- Drink plenty of water. It’s generally safe to drink tap water in urban regions but to stay on the safe side, consult with your local guide to make sure it’s ok. Make sure to pack some good-quality water bottles. Click here for the Top Travel Waterbottles review.
- Avoid mosquitos – bring and use mosquito repellent, cover up at night, use a mosquito net, and be aware of your surroundings.
- Go to sleep early – On a safari trip, you will wake up very early.
- Take it easy on your stomach – it might take some time to get used to the local food, so try to watch out for fruits and veggies skins, don’t eat a lot of meat and avoid spicy food. Also, make sure the tap water is ok before drinking them, and check where the ice is coming from.
- Keep yourself covered from the sun. Brink sunblock, sunglasses, and a hat!
Enjoy being disconnected
Many safari lodges are located in the middle of absolutely nowhere. Don’t expect a good internet connection or WiFi. Even if there is WiFi, it will probably be incredibly slow. Don’t waste your precious Africa time trying to send an email or uploading images to social media. Try to enjoy this opportunity of being disconnected. I personally enjoy being in the bush and knowing that I cannot get on the internet to check things. Use the free time to read, think, meet people, and learn about a new culture.
Wake Up Early & Enjoy Sundowner Time
The animals are most active at first light and again around dusk since midday is too hot for them to be active. This is why most safari days consist of two parts, a morning one and an evening one. The morning typically means waking up at sunrise to grab your coffee and a few biscuits to start your day. You’ll have breakfast when you return to camp after your drive. The evening is more relaxed, offering a different vibe as the light is different and the animals behave differently. To end your safari day perfectly, find a sport you love, grab a drink and enjoy the sunset.
Between your morning and afternoon trips, there is plenty of downtimes. Use it to soak up your surrounding, relax, read, take a nap, draw the landscape, and meet new people.
Check Your Visa Requirements
Africa is a large continent, so it’s essential to think about your visa requirements. In some countries, you can get a visa on arrival, but others require you to have one ahead of time. Check the VISA requirements and if you need to make VISA, go to iVisa and do it online. Apply at least 60 days before your travel date to avoid unnecessary problems.
Ready To Go?
You’ve set your travel goal, enriched your vacation wish-list, worked out your budget range and preferred dates, and found a great local guide. Now it’s time to get ready for the holiday of a lifetime…
Still need help planning or finetuning your trip, click here to find local guides that would be happy to assist you.
What Are Most Popular Destinations For a Safari Trip?
There are a lot of different safari destinations to choose from, and the trick to picking one is to take into account what you want to do on your trip and where you want to go. These are the most common places travelers go for a Safari Trip:
– Kruger National Park, South Africa
– Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
– Gorilla Trekking, Rwanda
– The Okavango Delta, Botswana
– Victoria Falls, on The border between Zambia and Zimbabwe
– Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
– Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
– Etosha National Park, Namibia
– Chobe National Park, Botswana
– Samburu National Reserve, Kenya
What is the best month to go on an African safari?
The best to go on safari in Africa is between May to October, during the dry season. You’ll have better weather, wildlife gathers around the remaining water sources, and it’s easier to find accommodation, but the prices are higher.
Are African safaris safe?
If you travel to a known resort, with a well-rated guide, and follow the rules, safari trips in Africa are safe.
What is the average cost of an African safari trip?
Depending on where you want to go and how luxurious the park you chose, an African safari costs anywhere between $150 for a budget trip, and all the way up to $2,500 per person per night, for a top luxury safari.