Probably one of the most coveted experiences anyone could have is to witness wildlife while they are in their natural habitat. There’s nothing like a safari holiday to take your mind off stressful things and just be one with nature, right? However, before all the excitement completely takes over, there’s one thing that you should do, and that is to prepare for your safari trip. It does not matter whether it’s your tenth or first safari because preparing for a safari is one task you should not take lightly. Knowing what to bring and being prepared for the ride is a must. Not only that, but you should also know what and what not to expect during a safari trip. This is why in this article, we are going to give you some tips on how to prepare for a Safari.
Do some research
Before you embark on your trip, it’s helpful to do some research about the place you’re going to. This way, you will have an idea of how to interact with locals, what clothes to bring, what and what not to eat, and what you should expect when you’re on a safari. Doing research about the location will significantly complement your safari experience.
The typical safari get-up composed of green and khaki clothes is not just fun to wear, but it has its purpose. The usual safari clothes are built to be comfortable while you blend in with the environment.
Get up early
One thing you should remember when you’re going on a safari trip is that animals tend to be more active in the morning and evening because the mid-day is quite hot for them to move around. This is also the reason why most safari tours offer two game drives, one in the morning and another one in the evening. The morning tour often requires you to get up at the crack of dawn and have coffee on the go. While the evening safari typically leaves in the afternoon and caps up with a cold gin and tonic.
Take a binocular with you
Spotting an animal from far away or identifying a bird requires you to have a good pair of eyes. But if you don’t happen to have one, then a good pair of binoculars is what you need. We suggest that you pick a decent pair of binoculars that can last longer than one safari trip.
Keep yourself healthy
Keep in mind that you’re going to spend a lot of time sitting and in the bush. That is why it is best to bring and drink plenty of water, keep yourself covered and safe from the sun by bringing a hat and sunscreen. Aside from that, we suggest that you wear insect repellant and be mindful of what you eat. Lastly, bring a small first aid kit with you that contains some basic needs for emergencies and some medications if you need one.
Expect some extreme temperature
Before you go, it is best to call your hotel or resort and ask them about the temperatures during the day and night. Expect to experience extreme heat or cold.
Pack the essential things in your backpack
Always remember to pack your ID, passports, tickets, cash, booking confirmations in a bag that you will always carry with you. Aside from that, we suggest that you bring a backpack that can fit a water bottle, cap, binoculars, insect repellent, small first aid kit, torch, camera, and some foods. In short, have a handy bag where you can put all the essentials that you will need throughout the day.
Be prepared to feel primitive
Keep in mind that you will be disconnected from the world and away from all the hustle and bustle of the city when you’re on a safari tour. A safari is a trip that can help you refresh and enjoy the depth of nature while you’re secluded in a jungle.
Book your safaris ahead
If you’ve already pre-planned your vacation, then it is best if you book your safari in advance. This move will save you all the troubles, manage your expectations, and avoid any last-minute disappointments.
Feel free to communicate with your safari guide
Do not be shy to ask your tour guide any questions, regardless of how irrelevant it may seem. Chances are, these tour guides are knowledgeable, and they are willing to share as much information as they know if you just ask.