Things to consider before your safari in Africa

Things to consider before your safari in Africa

Things to consider before your safari in Africa: Africa is the world’s second largest and second most populous continent after Asia, about 30.3 million km2 including adjacent islands. It covers 20% of the Earth’s land and 6% of its total surface area with 1.4 billion people as of 2021, accounting for about 18% of the world’s human population. Africa’s population is the youngest among all the continents and this continent is surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea in the north.  Africa crosses the equator and the prime meridian, and it is the only continent to stretch from the northern temperate to the southern temperate zones. The majority of the continent and its countries are in the Northern Hemisphere with a substantial portion and a number of countries in the Southern Hemisphere.

Things to consider before your safari in Africa

Africa has over 200 national parks and game reserves, making it the world’s number one safari destination with remarkable places known for majestic wildlife and scenic landscapes with diverse cultures. Safaris in Africa bring you on the search for the African big fives, greatest wildebeest experience, tree climbing lions, elephants, sightseeing of elusive wild dogs.

Africa’s most destinations are rich in diversity, keeping different primate species, bird species, mammals, reptiles, nocturnal with water resources like river Nile, lake Victoria which are the most famous in Africa. Before you choose to visit Africa, know the following which include the dos and don’ts, or the unique things about Africa.

What to Pack: Amazing  Packing  list for African Safari

  • You are advised to pack a light source like a spotlight torch on your safari for night game drives where you spot nocturnal animals at night who are seen hunting and running in the dark since they are more active at night than day. This game drive gives you an adventure in the quiet atmosphere of the parks with only sounds of the mammals and footsteps with your torches.
  • You are advised to always check the weather focus on your time of travel to avoid packing the wrong outfits during your africa safari. African destinations are best visited in dry seasons in order to get the best out of their activities like game drives for the best wildlife experience in the savannas and grasslands and most times in big numbers. However, tourists who love birds the most are advised to travel in wet seasons where you will experience migratory and endangered species requiring you to move with a binocular and a camera.
  • Since Africa is a humid continent, consider packing clothes that are casual and comfortable that you can layer in the chillier months. It is a good idea to take one set of smarter clothing for evening meals, if you are staying in a nice lodges or hotels. These light clothes help you not to feel hot or sweaty, making you uncomfortable.
  • Tourists are advised to book their safaris at an early time and also make payments in advance or pay half to book for a comfortable safari through your trusted tour company to give it time to make bookings in accommodation, permits and other facilities like a vehicle and a safari guide/ driver and a guided trip gives you the best exposure than expected.
  • Due to Africa’s best destinations and great attractions, tourists are advised to carry their professional cameras and binoculars in order to capture moments and beautiful images for your lifetime. Carry enough batteries during your safari to avoid missing out on the best moments for the photo, making you regret your safari. You will capture yourself with the local people, sometimes with friendly primates, guides, on top of the mountains and more leaving you wondering the beauty of Africa.

All You Need to Know Before Your Wildlife Safari in Africa

  • Tourists are always advised to be highly respectful of wild animals as you visit their natural habitat and always observe but not interfere with them to avoid attack or anything from them towards you. Always make sure you don’t litter in the park and you are required to take it back to or use disposals around.
  • In some safari destinations, visitors can choose to participate in organized night game drives to view Africa’s nocturnal wildlife and you are not allowed to self-drive yourselves in parks at night due to unfamiliar roads which may lead you to getting lost from the park and also panic due to darkness and unfamiliar sounds.
  • Tourists are always advised to pay attention to the surroundings during the game drives in order to be able to spot wildlife and always learn their experience from your guide which will give you the best experience in African safaris making you not to regret putting in your money and time.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask your guide questions with voices low because noises scare animals and always ask the guide to park the vehicle if you see wildlife or to take in the beautiful surroundings.
  • Self-drivers should always stick to the rules and always follow the marked safari routes, keeping the windows closed because animals tend to get close on the vehicle.

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