AFRICAN SAFARI TIPS: HOW TO PLAN
Planning an African safari can be completely overwhelming. How long should you go for? What do you need to do ahead of time? Here are some of my best African safari tips that will help you as you’re starting to plan your trip. TIP #1: HOW LONG SHOULD YOU GO ON SAFARI FOR?
This is probably my most important tip when it comes to planning your African safari: think carefully about the duration of your trip. It can be tempting to extend your time on safari as long as possible, but you may actually need less time than you think.
HOW MANY DAYS TO GO ON SAFARI
A good friend from South Africa first gave me this safari tip. He suggested that 4 days is typically enough time for the majority of people on safari. At first, I was surprised, because I had originally envisioned a week-long safari, and was worried that the safari deserved more time, or that staying only four days would feel rushed.
THE PERFECT SAFARI DURATION
Turns out that he was completely right. Obviously, this just goes as a general rule of thumb. Everybody is different, but for many people, I agree that 4 days is the right amount of time to be on safari. Typically, days on safari are long (see my description of a typical day on safari below), and accommodation on safari can be relatively expensive because it is generally all-inclusive.
Four days on safari is also enough time for you to see a variety of animals. If you do two game drives each day, you’ll likely have had the chance to spot many of the “big ones”, and also see them in a variety of environments, too.
TIP #2: CHECK WHAT’S INCLUDED IN YOUR ACCOMMODATION
When you’re planning an African safari, choosing the right accommodation is one of the most important decisions you’ll make. As you compare different options, an important tip is to make sure to take a look at exactly what your lodge will include in its nightly rate. Not only will this help with budgeting, but it will also help you determine which lodge is the best fit for you.
WHAT’S INCLUDED IN YOUR SAFARI LODGE?
Many lodges include all meals but check beforehand that this is the case. Optional things that some hotels include are things like alcoholic drinks, game drives, bush walks or walking safaris, bird watching, spa treatments, and transportation to and from the lodge.
Knowing what your lodge includes in its nightly rate will help you pick the best lodging for you and your group. Also, all of these things can add up, so it’s important to know beforehand what to expect.
TIP #3: WHAT VACCINES ARE NEEDED FOR SAFARI?
Another important tip when it comes to preparing for an African safari is to check ahead of time what vaccinations or medications are recommended for the area you’ll be visiting.