Tip to Turn Your Safari into a Memorable One
There is nothing as authentic as going on a smooth Safari in the jungle. The holidays are here with us and many will be seeking to do exactly that. Probably you have already booked your safari holiday or planning to do so. You have a reason to be excited about it. This post gives you some tips to help you get the most out of your Safari.
As always, there is a beginning to everything. Start by carefully selecting your safari lodge; consider the size of the lodge as well as its location in respect to game viewing areas. This will keep you counting days until the departure day.
Tip 1: The Early Bird Catches The Warmth…
While the bright and early morning safari game drives may slightly put you off, the very first tip is to ensure you are part of each and every available safari trips. You may find it odd to rise up early in the morning during your holiday time but do that anyway. Set an alarm if need be!
The trick here is simple: be active when the animals are.
Mornings are the best times to go for a safari. Lions tend to hunt mostly by night or in the early mornings, and for much of the rest of the time, they are the embodiment of lassitude. Mornings are also the times that most animals head for the water.
But considering that most preys are opportunists, they’ll hunt whenever the chance arises and that could be the middle of the hottest day. So apart from the early mornings and occasional nights, you may find it rewarding to go for a midday safari. You will get the animals sheltering under trees to evade the scorching sun.
Did you know? >>> Lethargic lions can sleep up to 20 hours a day
Tip 2: Carry With You a Pair of Binoculars
Just before you leave your home for the safari, shop around for a good pair of binoculars. Be sure to go out with these on the safari, even if you plan to just loiter around in the lodge. This will assist you to marvel at the details that may not be obvious to the naked eyes. When it comes to bird watching, binoculars will quench your yearning to see different species.
Did you know? >>> All binoculars have a set of two figures indicating their specification
Tip 3: Ask Questions Without Fear
Each time you are on a safari drive, you will have your guide with you to point out animals and educate you more of the wildlife as well as the surroundings. But of course, the best learning is one that involves asking questions and getting the answers. Be interested in the activities around you.
Did you know? >>> Asking only essential questions get you the best answers
Tip 4: Be a Keen Listener
Just asking the questions is not enough; listen to the answers provided for these questions. Be attentive when your tracker or guide points out certain animals or anything about the environment.
Listen to the environment. Spare some time and quietly seat on the lodge grounds to just listen. The bush comes both with wonderful sights and sounds appealing to the ears. The sweet bird songs, animal calls and rustlings are what you may not want to miss out. The natural sounds are incredibly soothing.
Tip 5: Have a Camera With You
You need to capture all these beautiful moments for lifetime memories. A good camera with a zoom lens is a must carry as you set out for the safari. This will help you showcase to your friends your entire experience.
When people arrive with short lenses for a safari, they tend to push to get closer to the animals. But with digital cameras today, you don’t have to be as close as you think. One can always crop later on. The key is really to get natural behaviour by standing back a little bit and letting these things pan out.
But some caution here. As you take the pictures, be keen that all your time is not spent on the camera. Rather, give yourself quality time to watch, listen and smell.
Tip 6: Take Your Time
One beautiful thing about the jungle is that it teaches you patience. If you are not patient enough, you may miss out on how a pride of lions feasting on a prey sequentially, starting with the king then the others follow.
The Bush is not as fast as the cities. It goes at its own specified pace. When you are just about to leave to the next location for a new sight, the unexpected happens abruptly. If you decide to just watch an empty hole, you may be surprised by the animals around!
Tip 7: Health Tips
- Forget the impression that Africa’s savannah regions are ever hot! There are times when conditions get extremely cold. Remember to pack some warm hats and gloves.
- Never try bathing in the rivers without being given a go-ahead. Danger lurks everywhere, apart from the water-borne diseases like bilharzia
- Have a list of the local emergency numbers
- Protect yourself against insect bites with long sleeves, trousers and repellent
- Drinking tap water in some parts of Africa may not be safe but you can drink within the lodge. Thus, carry along refillable bottles to help reduce the costs
- Get comprehensive travel insurance. The insurance should cover all the activities you take part in addition to emergency repatriation. Some cities have good health facilities but the rural areas offer basic healthcare.
Tip 8: Safety Tips
- Most African countries tend to be conservative, more so the rural areas. It may be tricky for women to wear short sleeves or shorts. Take note especially of the coastal areas of Kenya and Tanzania where a bigger part of the population is Muslim
- Do not travel outside of towns at night. The roads mostly lack night lights and there is a danger of colliding with roaming wildlife.
- Some people may not agree with homosexuality. It’s advisable for same-sex couples to read the local laws and act discretely in public. Camping in game reserves is thrilling as you are surrounded by wildlife – including elephants, lions and hyenas.
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