How To Properly Prepare For Your Safari In Africa

Giraffes on the grass field

Booking in safariFRANK to go for a safari ride in Africa is one of the most exciting and unique holiday adventure experiences money can buy! Naturally you’ll be incredibly anxious to pack your bags and head to the airport as soon as you can, but are you fully prepared to get the most out of the experience?

There’re heaps of advice articles out there from different sources about how to get the most out of your safari in Africa, but this article is going to focus primarily on practical considerations that help you avoid unwanted hiccups and catastrophes. Spending just a few hours of researching and comparing the options you have prior to leaving could mean you save a lot of money and hassle down the line.

With all that said, let’s take a look at some practical tips to help you properly prepare for your safari in Africa.

Prepare to see some amazing sights, but it won’t be constant

It doesn’t matter how many videos, images or virtual tours of a safari in Africa you’ve seen – nothing can truly spoil the real thing for you. The first moment you see stunning exotic native animals like lions and elephants will be truly unforgettable and you’ll likely have a vivid memory of the experience for the rest of your life.

With that said, it’s important that you temper you expectations so that you don’t end up disappointed that there aren’t Giraffes poking their heads into your hotel room every night. Not every single waking moment of your safari in Africa is going to be a highlight – there will be quite a few ‘boring bits’ in between the big picture moments that you’ll rave about when you get home.

Most people who have been on a safari in Africa will tell you that they wish they had booked a few extra nights just, so they could see everything they missed. No matter how long you book your stay, you’ll probably wish you had another week or more when it comes time to go!

Leopard in the wild

What you should and shouldn’t do on your safari in Africa

  • Keep and open mind and expect the unexpected. Don’t try to control the experience too much because it will never go perfectly to plan. Some rides will be longer, shorter, tougher or easier than others with different types of weather between them. There will be pesky insects like flies and mosquitoes as well as some dusty terrain that will stain your clothes. Obviously, you don’t want to wear your new tuxedo on the drive!
  • Make sure you follow all the rules and stay inside the vehicle at all times. This includes not sticking your arms or head out of the side around certain animals like lions which can be unpredictable if they feel threatened. There are many animals that camouflage themselves very well (it’s their natural habitat after all) and you won’t notice them before they’re up in your face investigating you – be calm and don’t startle the animals. Don’t assume hippos are gentle giants, they are one of the biggest killers of people on the continent.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions so that you can get valuable knowledge about the animals you see on your safari in Africa. It’s not just a chance to see amazing things, it’s a chance to learn amazing things as well!

Hopefully this gives you more insight on going on a safari in Africa.