-Where to go
Africa is a huge continent with a large array of destinations.
While it is true that West Africa has quite a few options available,
the area I know best is concentrated in Eastern and Southern Africa, and is renowned for its abundant wildlife. It is an extraordinary heaven for outdoors adventure –
perhaps THE best on Earth! Here are some of the countries that I definitely recommend if you are in love with the bush: Tanzania Kenya South Africa Zimbabwe Zambia Botswana Namibia Uganda
The best time of the year for safaris happens throughout the season months.
Indeed, within the rainy season, water and food are plentiful, and animals
tend to be a lot of spread throughout the parks/game reserves.
Also, the grass is way longer in some areas,
creating it harder to identify them.as compared, within the season, permanent water holes attract a huge abundance of wildlife, some African countries like Kenya and the United Republic of Tanzania, ideal times for game viewing embrace the periods of December to March, and from Gregorian calendar month to late September/early Gregorian calendar month. it throughout the latest months of the year that one will expertise the nice Annual antelope Migration, where nearly 2 million animals move to the plains of the Serengeti and Maasai Mara National Parks!
I’ve had the possibility to observe it:
it is during a lifespan the experience that may leave you is speechless!
In the Southern continent winter months from could to August, and outpouring months in a Gregorian calendar month and
October is the most suitable one!
Temperatures are sometimes delicate throughout the day,
whereas a bit cooler,in the early mornings and within the late afternoon.
-Visa/Vaccinations Most countries require a single-entry visa. I know that in Kenya it costs about $50.
So make sure you visit local embassies, and please do a little research before leaving your country.
As far as vaccinations are concerned, requirements vary from country to country. If I were you I’d ask a doctor for adequate information.
Here’s a list of some of the inoculations that are highly recommended: Yellow fever Diphtheria Typhoid Hepatitis A Last thing: make sure you ALWAYS have your medical insurance policy to cover possible (yet very unlikely) emergencies!
-What to take with you
I don’t know about you,
but I just LOVE packing up for travel!
Here’s my ‘take away’ list:
- A suitcase (obvious, I know).
- Your passport and certificate of vaccination (oops… almost forgot the plane tickets).
- A hat (a Rogue safari hat for the ultimate “safari freak”), sunscreen lotion, and a pair of
- Mosquito repellent (essential). In some cases,
- you may be required to take prescription medicine to prevent malaria (i.e. Malarone or Lariam).
- Good binoculars to spot the animals (I recommend 10×50 for best viewing).
- 100-300 mm lens in camera ideally; 35 mm for portraits, landscapes, etc.).
- A few jerseys (yes, even in Africa, early mornings and late evenings can be chilly, especially in Southern Africa).
- A torch to prevent lucky/unlucky encounters at night (or for pee emergencies ).
- Books and Travel Guides. My personal favorites: Signs of the Wild by Clive Walker, The
- Safari Companion by Richard D. Estes, and Birds of Southern Africa by Sinclair, Hockey
- and Tarboton.
- A Swiss Army Knife (be careful not to carry it in your hand luggage). It can be very handy
- in the bush, like a bottle opener neither to cut ripe fruit for instance.
- VERY IMPORTANT: Oh yes, don’t forget your “eagle eyes” to spot what nature has to offer, and
- your good mood as always! 😉 And remember to keep quiet… you may annoy or scare the
- animals away!
-Choosing your activities
Lodges/camps habitually have three main activities: game drives walks and night drives but not everywhere though.
Some may also propose sundowner cruises.
Drives are 2-3 hours long
(depending on the formula).
Early mornings and late afternoons are best as it is cooler,
-providing better conditions for optimal game viewing.
Otherwise, animals always stay under a tree or hide in the thickets, away from the scorching sun.
A good nap is usually the plan during
that part of the day… or perhaps a plunge in the swimming pool? The choice is yours…
Game drives: In open jeeps or minibusses with a guide or ranger. Be ready to wake up
-bright early (around 5:30 am) and make sure you wear a jersey or take a blanket. the favorite is the night drive,
where you get to see nocturnal animals
such as the elusive leopard, African genets and civets,
laughing hyenas, porcupines, and way more!!!
It’s a really cool experience, especially when they let you use the spotlight to scan through the night, looking for every sign of movement.
A shiny eye, an unusual noise…detective work at its best!
-Tell your guide what you’re looking for
In most instances, professional guides will ask you
what your main interests are before taking you on a drive or walk. If not, make sure you tell them what you’re eager to find! Whether
what you’re going to see! In my opinion, it’s the exciting part of safaris. Some days are prolific,
while others are more disappointing!
But often it is when you least expect it that you’re rewarded the most.
Never get discouraged! Have faith, and odds will eventually turn in your
-What activities to enjoy or want to experience?
If you love intimate tours, then Cape Town (South Africa) is the place to experience an array of fantastic mountain, township, and bicycle tours.
Many times you need to book tours in advance, so know which ones you want to experience before hand
When choosing safari excursions, research the various types including vehicle, night-drives,
canoeing, horseback riding, and walking safaris—to name a few. Certain countries are better for specific activities than others,
as the terrain varies greatly from country to country. For example,
the Okavango Delta in Botswana is extremely famous for its wild-game viewing and South Luangwa (Zambia) provides some of the most exceptional walking safaris in all of Africa.
-Know the activities you want to do and find the best countries to fit your needs
If you love the beach, you may want to visit Mozambique or the Garden Route
these areas also offer fantastic tours and safaris.