21st, January 2020
The Essential Guide: African Safari
If you are one of those adventurous people who are dreaming of having an African safari, you have too much to look forward. Destinations are approximately uncountable and for a beginner it will be difficult to choose the best one for your adventure. You may have questions like “what is the best country that will show the nature of the continent?”, “which is better for the wildlife?”, “how to protect yourself during your safari?”, and “what is the best time to start this experience?” In this topic, we will rely on reviews collected from about 2,373 experiences that released the top destinations in Africa to consider for a safari. These 2,373 are divided into 1,363 reviews by tourists from more than 80 countries and 1,010 reviews from experts working for companies like rough guides, lonely planet and footprint.
Where can you go on a safari in Africa?
Despite being one of the richest African countries with wildlife parks, you will notice that prices are lower than other safaris in other African countries. The reason may be related to the traffic that is less stressful or its mountain that is considered one of the highest mountains in Africa. But if you focused on the north of the country, you will definitely fall in love with Tanzania. Different parks such as Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire and Serengeti that is considered the best of them will give access to the real wild life.
Serengeti national park
This country is rich with wildlife parks. But if it is your first time to have an African safari, you will not prefer to use traditional travel means that will make it difficult to move from a destination to another because of the long distance between attractions. So, it is recommended to make sure that your budget will be enough to use an airplane and to stay in luxury camps. The best national parks of the country according to reviews are South Luangwa national park and Lower Zambezi national park
South Luangwa national park
A combination between watching the wildlife and paying prices based on the domestic market allows you to get the best of your safari with a reasonable price and even less. In addition to your trip, you will be pleased with the professionalism of the country especially in the capital Cape Town. Kruger national park is the richest of the country with five different animals including lions, elephants, buffalos, rhinos and leopards.
Kruger national park
Despite the low population of Botswana that will be noticed obviously through empty roads and small cities, it is considered one of the wealthiest African countries with wildlife destinations and wonderful landscapes. The government knows how Botswana is a target destination for many tourists. So, prices of a safari in Botswana may be more costly than other countries to control the numbers of visitors and avoid mass tourism. If your budget is good and you are looking forward to have a wildlife experience that wouldn’t be forgotten, Botswana is the best choice for you. The best destination to target in Botswana is the Okavango delta.
Kenya may be the first country that attracted visitors to have a safari since the beginning of this idea and it continues to master this industry among all African countries. InKenya, you will find how it focuses on this industry by offering hundreds of excellent camps and transportation means through national parks such as Amboseli, Lake Nakuru, Samburu and the amazing Masai Mara national park.
Masai Mara national park
How much does an African safari cost?
There is no specific cost that is set for all people. So, don’t worry as costs vary to suit all categories of people. The average price per each night for a person will start from $125 to $150 for average travelers, for mid-range travelers, prices may increase to $350, and a higher cost of $750 is made for luxury safaris. But, you may find prices that go up to $1,500 per night, this price is customized for extreme safaris.
Is it safe?
A safari in Africa is the most exiting experience you could ever have. While the wild life is inspiring for adventurous people, it requires also to focus on safety considerations. So, you should expect what could happen and prepare yourself before the journey and during it to be safe.
Before the journey:
The worst thing in Africa is the malaria disease, it spreads in Africa because of a pesky little animal called the mosquito. So, you should get vaccinations before leaving to Africa. Your bag should also include mosquito repellant and medications recommended by your safari operator that may include OTC medication.
During your safari:
You may decide to walk to be close enough to animals, you should follow some precautions while walking such as:
- Going on a walking with a guide and following instructions
- Be quiet because animals are not familiar with human noise
- Wear closes that is related to the wildlife background like green and brown clothes
- Never run, you will be intercepted by animals as a prey
- Don’t smoke
But if you decided to drive to explore more spaces of the wildlife, there are other precautions to be followed such as:
- Be quite while driving because animals are familiar to vehicles noise not human noise
- Don’t dangle your legs or arms outside the vehicle while driving because this may trigger a reaction by animals
- Use Maps or GPS if possible and you should carry a working phone
- Don’t drive at night
When is the best time to go?
Determining the best time to go on an African safari is a vital thing to do before leaving to your destination. That’s because of the costly trip that make you want to get the most of your money. So, there are some factors to consider at first.
- Weather: in contrast to Europe and North America, the summer is unfavorable in Africa because of hot temperature. In winter, the temperature drops to be affordable. Based on the weather factor, September, October, March and April are considered the best months to focus on because they are not so hot like summer months.
- Dry season: this factor should be considered to avoid floods. At this season, animals are congregating around water sources. So, you will be as close as possible to the wild life.
- Animal migrations: a safari in Africa is made primarily to see animals. In Tanzania and Kenya, you will be able to witness the migration of zebras and antelope from July to November. Bird migration is also a wonderful thing to experience, you can see vast amounts of birds migrated from Europe to Africa from October to April.