Top Safari Tips From A Seasoned Traveler
Traveling to Africa? Feeling a little flustered and unprepared? Don’t be. Having traveled the length and breadth of Africa I’ve learned a things or two as the founder of a leading safari operator.
Follow these African travel tips and everything will be smooth sailing.
Brief your bank
Banks can get panicky when they notice out of nation card activity. Some may even block access to assets. A quick notification call can make all the difference.
Passport and visa validity
Check with the embassy or ask your travel consultant about compulsory travel documents needed for your trip. Make sure your passport is valid and please also note that minors traveling to South Africaspecifically need special documents.
Bring quality equipment
Everlasting moments deserve to be captured. Invest in a quality camera, extra memory, lens and binoculars. These are photos you want to show your children’s children. And make sure you know your equipment before departure – the animals aren’t going to wait while you fiddle with settings.
Check for vaccines
Prevention is cure. Nothing is worse than being sick on vacation. Check to see if you are traveling to anmalaria and/or yellow feverarea and take relevant vaccines prior to departure.
For the warm African climate, bring clothes that can “breath”. Invest in quality walking shoes (rubber soled preferably), kaki or beige colors, a wide brimmed hat, sunscreen, and a light weight jacket (for rainfall or cool evenings). Avoid smart clothes (one outfit at the most) and white garments (the animals will spot you from a mile away).
Stock up on necessities
Repellant, sun cream, a good hat and don’t forget to always keep a water bottle close by.
Learn the language
Immerse yourself in the culture by learning a few common phrases. English is widely spoken, but a couple words in the native tongue may land you in good stead with the locals – you may even score some special treatment.
Keep the kids entertained
Being away from their creature comforts may be tough on kids. Make sure to bring entertainment for them. Alternatively, ask your consultant what kid activities they offer. Many travel packages such as these are ideal for family getaways.
Try the local flavors
Experience how the locals live by strolling through the markets and trying the local cuisine – the best way to immerse in the culture. In Tanzania, the Shanga village is anadmired place to pick up some local treasures! For food lovers, here are 4 foodie experiences you have to try.
If these travel tips have left you with itchy feet, contact one of our consultants whose waiting to make your travel dreams a reality.