People tend to have an old-fashioned idea of safaris, conjuring images of safari jackets and pith helmets, riding around in open-topped jeeps. Although elements of this still exist today (those safari jackets are now very much optional), the safari industry has made great strides to revolutionize itself. African safaris are firmly in the 21st century, and almost all elements of safaris are now designed with sustainability in mind. Accommodation is sustainably built; local tribes and communities are increasingly being hired as staff.
Every attempt is made to maintain the natural wildlife while giving tourists glimpses at flora and fauna that cannot be found elsewhere on earth. An African safari is a trip like no other, you come face to face with creation in all its splendor, with nature at its most untouched. Few people come away from a safari the same as they first arrive. It's an opportunity to travel off of the beaten path, creating unique experiences and unforgettable moments. For most people, safaris represent a once in a lifetime opportunity; for that reason, here are five insider tips to help you make the most of it:
Book through a certified safari specialist
Never attempt to create your safari and circumvent professionals and specialists, it's dangerous, and no amount of research can replicate insider knowledge that comes from living on the land. Tour operators have relationships with the best local companies regarding food, accommodation, and logistics. They know how to interact with wildlife, for the best experiences safely. Don’t try and cut costs by organizing it yourself, as you’ll only miss out on the full safari adventure.
Do your research
The safari industry is currently booming. There are so many packages available that are designed to introduce you to the natural wildlife throughout Africa, in their natural habitat. Because there are so many options, you have the opportunity to find a safari experience that fits your interests and needs. Whether you need something child-friendly, something that is luxurious as possible, you don’t have to compromise, take your time to find the perfect safari, helping to make the best memories possible.
Leave your bright clothes at home
If you want to make the most of your safari, don’t dress in vibrant, easy to spot clothing. This makes you incredibly visible. Your safari guide will always make sure you are not in danger, but it can prevent animals from venturing close to your safari party. You’ll reduce your chance to get up close and personal with some of the world’s most majestic beasts. Opt for more muted and neutral clothes, and you’ll have far greater success at meeting Africa’s rare wildlife.
Give yourself as long time as possible
To truly make the most of a safari experience, opt to travel for as long as you can. Let yourself relish in all of the beauty that Africa has to offer. The continent is so diverse, with so much to see and do, shorter safaris don’t do it justice. Nothing is genuinely guaranteed when it comes to wildlife, and it may take some time to find specific animals. To avoid regret at missing out, opt for the most extended safari that you can. There is so much to see and do, and boredom should never be a concern.
Engage with local cultures respectfully
The continent of Africa is home to over 3,000 unique tribes. These are diverse groups of people, many of whom still engage in traditional ways of living, to different extents. A safari should not be considered a way to ogle at them as a kind of exhibit. Some safari companies offer experiences that allow you to meet with communities and learn more about their ways of life. This should be considered a privilege, and when done correctly, can be mutually beneficial for everyone involved. Keep an open mind and make the most of this opportunity to understand and connect with others.
You will enjoy a safari if you:
Are passionate about nature and enjoy wildlife.
Enjoy traveling to uncommon, undeveloped, or unique locations.
Enjoy active vacations.
Safaris are unique experiences that allow you to explore diverse African landscapes and wildlife. Take the time to research different types of safaris in different regions, to help you understand what you are looking for. With the right preparation, nothing will compare to the unforgettable experience you will embark on. Let us help you create a one-of-a-kind African safari curated just for you. Contact us today!