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We’re Off On Safari – But What Do We Need To Know?

There are experiences all over the world where you can get up close and personal with the animals, but none more so where you are watching so many different animals existing in their natural habitat than on safari in Africa. It’s a place that offers so many different experiences for you to be able to be a part of that it’s a wonder that it’s not snapped up as an opportunity by more people. But with that in mind, there are certain things that you need to take into consideration before you go.

Choose Your Country

Africa is made up of over fifty countries (54 to be exact!), and there are some that just don’t live up to the hype that safari has got to offer. For example, if you were to be going to Egypt on safari, you wouldn’t be seeing the same range of animals as if you were in Zimbabwe, Zambia or Botswana. The more central you go in Africa, moving towards the south, the more likely you are to see the traditional safari views. This should give you a general idea of where is best to go and get the best for your money. However, it’s important to remember that the time of year that you visit will have an effect on the breeding seasons of certain animals, as well as the ability to see them in abundance in whichever your chosen country is. You need to do some research before you go to make sure that you really are preparing yourself for spectacular views.


Pick Your Provider

It’s important that you pick a reputable and recommended provider for your safari. That way, you know that you are covered by insurance and will have the safest ride possible to you. There are a lot of people who are quick to suggest that they can take you out, but unless they have consent and permission to do so from those who are managing the land or are completely in tune with what to do should any accident occur, they are best avoided. Going to a website such as will be able to help you make your choice. You will be able to have a look at the different types of safari that are on offer and select one that best suits your budget.

Keep Yourself Safe

It’s not just the animals sitting straight ahead of you that you need to watch out for – although it’s important to have a degree of common sense about you before you make any moves to stroke lions or pet crocodiles. Mosquitoes and other insects can gives bites which could end up to be a deadly mistake if you aren’t properly immunised against the diseases that they carry. Before you go out on safari, make sure that you have repelled yourself to any landing on you as an extra precaution. This way, you know that you won’t be going home with any nasty, preventable injuries and ending your holiday on a low.

Gay Emami
When not backpacking, she teaches her daughter sight words and belly dancing (even if she's not good at it). She's currently eating her way around some hippie town in Australia. She loves talking about herself in the third person.

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