Travelers spend months, probably some years planning a safari to Africa and to be more specific to East Africa all in the hopes of an amazing experience. And you know what? It is. There is simply nothing like sitting in a 4×4 jeep in the middle of a park, a few feet from dozens of graceful giraffes searching for leaves and the sounds of other unknown animals in the distance. This cannot be replicated in any way, it is just something you have to experience for yourself.
Well, it doesn’t have to cost you thousands of dollars for you to afford a trip to East Africa, have fun and at the same time a transformative trip. So, I decided to share my own East African safari tips to ensure that travelers don’t end up spending more dollars and ending up chewed by mosquitoes.
- Be prepared
Going on a safari involves a lot of panning and saving and because of that you expect to get a lot out of your experience. You don’t have to spend so much money for a safari, all you need to do is research on the various packages different companies offer. Where to get a travel insurance for a good rate and all other things that may sound like necessities while on a safari in East Africa. When travelers are going for a safari, their expectations are high and they end up buying things they don’t need. Of course, you may need to bring some extra items just in case but don’t go overboard.
- Enquire about the hotel’s operation
Enquire about any rationing when you arrive so that you can plan accordingly. I learnt this the hard way when I planned to spend a relaxing day in a camp, taking a late shower and doing some journal writing in the tent. However, after a morning filled with activity, I returned to our tent to find there was no hot water and no electricity. Once I enquired from the front desk, it was only then that they explained the hours to me.
- The big five
Taking a trip to Africa is a once in a lifetime thing and what we end up doing is putting a lot of pressure on ourselves to have a perfect experience. Well, in as much such we may have all that pressure, it is important to relax as well. We all expect to see the big five and once we land in Africa, we want to see them at once. What you need to know is that seeing the big five depends on nature, the fact is that you are out amongst nature, not Disney world and nature is unpredictable. Once you fail to spot a big five, don’t get angry. Just accept it as part of the experience. I know that sucks right? But hey! Trust me the experience is one to die for.
- Enjoy the experience
Make every hour of your trip memorable, you can’t afford not to have an amazing time. Make memories using your camera and your head, don’t ask how but I am pretty sure you will be able to do that. If you ever had any doubts which I can’t imagine you have, an African safari should be at the very top of your bucket list.