While some vacations can be easily flexed to fit your needs on the go, if you embark on an African Safari you will want to make sure things are planned properly in advance. By planning wisely you will not only have ample choice in terms of accommodation, but also know what to expect. Think whether or not you wish to include super-deluxe camps as accommodation, if you’d like any cultural or educational activities and what to pack for your safari.
Here are some key points to keep in mind if a safari sounds like your next adventure.
How long should I go on safari?
This really depends on how many camps you want to visit. As a rule of thumb, it is wise to spend at least three nights in each. Generally, most safaris give you an early morning game drive as well as one in the afternoon. With a pair of full days in each camp, it’s a good bet you’ll see plenty of wildlife. The Serengeti Migration takes place year-round, so catching a glimpse of wildebeests and zebras won’t be too far-fetched either.
What animals will I see on safari?
There are no guarantees here. But if you spend enough time in each camp, you should come across the famous Big Five: lions, elephants, leopards, rhinoceros and Cape buffalo. Similarly, zebras, giraffes and antelopes are also very popular and common animals you may spot one your game drives. Meanwhile, often overlooked are the immense amount of bird species you’ll find. All these animals can be seen in Kenya, Tanzania and Botswana. Gorillas are generally only found in Rwanda and Uganda.
What accommodation types can I choose from on safari?
It can be tough to choose from the wide range of lodging options when going on a safari. In short, there are three main accommodation categories for Safari adventures with bamba: budget, medium-range and high-range. Each accommodation type will have a different amount of comfort, amenities and even luxury, which goes hand-in-hand the price. Likewise, it depends where you go. Lodges (budget and high-range), are found in areas like the Ngorongoro Crater (Tanzania) and Kruger National Park (in South Africa). In the Serengeti, you’ll more likely be staying in tented camps.
What type of clothes should I bring -and wear- on safari?
A good recommendation for clothing is to bring fast-drying and lightweight nylon clothes. Keep in mind that during the day your luggage may be limited to a small duffel bag. Also take into account that while most animals barely distinguish colours, you should avoid white since it attracts attention. Meanwhile, very dark colours can attract tik-tik flies. Depending on which safari areas you visit, mornings may be fairly cold while afternoons can get extremely hot. Wearing a hat is a must.
Anything else I need to keep in mind before planning a safari?
Yes! Tipping for guides, drivers and food service is suggested -and often even expected- at each camp. You can sometimes pay extra to have your own vehicle on the game drives. While some people prefer the idea of going solo, fellow travellers may actually enrich your safari with their own knowledge and experiences. Finally, don’t forget your sunscreen and insect repellent.
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