Going on safari is an amazing adventure
that many of us may not go on – but if you are, then you’re in for a great
time! If it’s your first safari trip, there are some top tips you ideally
should take note of before you go, and they are as follows:
will see some great sights – but not all
Not all safaris are the same. On a Kenya safari, you’ll see
elephants and wildebeests, plus you’ll get the chance to experience private
homesteads; in Uganda, you can see gorillas. So if you have any specific ideas
about what you want to see and do, then make sure you know where to go before
you make that all-important booking.
However, there’s a chance you won’t see all the animals you may want to. Seeing wildlife will be a bonus, with skilled rangers
working with visitors to teach them about how to locate certain species.
If this is your first visit to the African
continent, make sure you check in with your family doctor to see if there are any specific vaccinations you need to have before you leave. They may also be able to advise you
on any other medications to take for your trip.
Some visas may require you to get certain
vaccinations, so thus will be necessary. Others may be recommended, but check
with your healthcare professional.
You can leave your best outfit at home, as
it’s unlikely you’ll need it for a black-tie event if you’re going on a safari
holiday. However, you’ll need to make sure you pack the correct clothing for the conditions.
If you’re going on safari, you’ll learn
quickly that it isn’t hot all the time. The early mornings and evenings in particular
may be a bit on the cool side, so it’s best you take a few layers with you so
you can dress for the conditions – you’re likely to go out on rides during
these times to see animals at their most active before it gets too hot.
Consider taking a sweater or jacket, with t-shirts to wear underneath.
It’s best to stick to neutral colours for
your clothing, or khaki or greens: you will better blend in with the
environment when out in the African bush. Avoid wearing red, black, blue and
white: you will be more noticeable to the animals.
Think about protecting yourself from
mosquitoes when you pack your clothes, too. Long sleeves and trousers will help
protect you against bites.
There are plenty other essentials that you may not
have thought about packing into your bag. Before you leave for your safari trip
of a lifetime (either before you leave home or go out for the day). :
- Sun cream
- Mosquito repellent
- Sunglasses (and prescription lenses if you wear contacts – the
conditions might get too dusty to wear them comfortably)
- Any medication you may need for the duration of you trip