How to Plan the Perfect Safari Trip

January 10th, 2022

By Native Africa Trails

Are you planning on going on a once-in-a-lifetime trip? Why not go on an African safari?

African safaris are something that you will find on every traveler’s bucket list. However, planning this trip may not be as simple as you might hope. But, that doesn’t mean that there can’t be any fun in doing it.

That statement is especially true for first-timers. After all, you can’t just travel to Africa on a whim and hope for the best.

What you need to do is come up with a great plan. And, luckily for you, that is exactly what we’re here to do.

So, how can you come up with the perfect safari plan? Well, what you need to do first is decide where you want to go.

Decide Where You Want to Go

There are a lot of places in Africa you can visit. What we suggest you do is let the safari choose you, rather than you choosing it.

What does that mean? That means that you can take a look at all the places in Africa you can visit. And, try to learn as much as you can about those places.

Now, doing that might seem like something impossible because it is anything but a small place. There are a lot of safaris you can visit.

However, if you’re going to visit a safari for the first time, we recommend you settle on up to three places.

Here are some places that would be a perfect destination for anyone wanting to visit an African safari:

Tanzania

How to Plan the Perfect Safari Trip

Nowadays, Tanzania is appearing on most people’s safari lists. But, when you think about everything you get to experience in this destination, it’s really no wonder why that is.

So, let’s take a look at everything that makes Tanzania such a unique and special place to visit:

 

1. The Wildlife Viewing

Africa is home to a giant number of wild animals. Big cats like lions, lionesses, and cheetahs are really common. Chimpanzees are also a big highlight in Tanzania.

You will get the chance to see a lot of these animals and get to experience why they are all so talked about.

 

2. The Safari Life

The wildlife is not the only thing you may love experiencing in Africa. The experience itself may also be something you fall in love with.

The Tanzania safari experience includes a tour that might make you feel like you’ve just entered a whole other world. Along this tour, you can learn all about the place, culture, and wildlife. And, you will be comfortable doing all that.

The Tanzania experience is something that you don’t want to miss out on as it truly is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Kenya

The Safari life

Tanzania is not the only destination that a lot of people visiting Africa love. Kenya is also a place many travelers prefer to go to. But why?

Well, much like Tanzania, Kenya also offers great wildlife viewing. And, the safari life is also really amazing.

So, what exactly makes Kenya so unique? The experience. Yes, you will get to experience the wildlife and be comfortable doing so. But, it will by no means be the same experience as the Tanzania one.

So, let’s take a look at how it will be different:

1. The Wildlife Viewing

In terms of wildlife, Kenya is one of the most unique African destinations. Animals like giraffes, elephants, and buffalos are very common.

And, if you go along the river, you might even encounter animals like hippos and crocodiles. Now, that is something you have to see.

 

2. The Safari Life

The history and culture of Kenya will only add to your enjoyment of this safari. You will get the chance to learn a lot about the people of Kenya.

And, you might even get a chance to meet many of these people in person.

Your stay at one of the Kenya safaris will leave you wanting to return and experience it all over again.

Kenya truly is a gem that you will want to experience firsthand.

Uganda

How to Plan the Perfect Safari Trip

Yes! Uganda is the place where you can mostly see gorillas.

You may ask yourself if Uganda is a perfect place to visit. In your case, it’s still very easy to answer that question. Only a true nature, animal lover, or especially a gorilla lover can answer that.

Uganda is known throughout our planet for its large number of gorillas, but not only that. You may have heard about the Queen Elizabeth National Park, Lake Mburo, or about the Murchison Falls, but you probably never have had the chance to visit any of them.

Then, we can honestly say that Uganda is the place you want to visit.

So, let’s take a brief look at what makes Uganda unique:

3. The Wildlife Viewing

You may see gorillas everywhere you go around Uganda. And, you can also obviously see different cats that climb up in the trees also.

On your way to Murchison falls, snap some pictures of elephants, giraffes, hartebeests, hyenas, etc.

As you go around Lake Mburo, we’re pretty sure that you’ll see water birds including fish eagles, pelicans, cormorant, the rare shoebill stork, and more.

 

4. The Safari Life

Every safari has its unique points.

In one safari you may see more water animals; on another one, you may see more of the big 5 wild animals; then on another safari, you may see all of those, and so on.

But, every safari, even the ones that are different and unique, will have you wishing to come back at the end of the day.
Uganda may be the smallest country of all Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. But, there is still so much that you can see.

And, what types of safaris will you get the chance to experience specifically? Do they live up to the hype?

What Type of Safari Experience Are You In For?

Alright, now that you know which African destinations can be an unforgettable experience, it’s time to talk more about the actual safaris you can visit.

What are these safaris like and can they really end up being the experience of a lifetime?

Safari Experience

Let’s first start with the 6 Days Tanzania Highlights:

6 DAYS TANZANIA HIGHLIGHTS

DAY 1: Arusha to Tarangire National Park

On the first day we will pick you up in Arusha, and we will head to Tarangire National Park.
This way, you will be able to see elephants, giraffes, bushbucks, hartebeests, and more, by not forgetting cheetahs that are rarely spotted.

After an extended game drive, you will leave the park in the late afternoon.

DAY 2: Serengeti National Park

On the second day, we will head to Serengeti National Park. This park is known as the heart of wild Africa. You will see the big 5 wild animals there.

Later you will head to the Seronera area. You can take pictures with the Seronera River, and take pics of the animals that pass in that river.

Arrive in time for lunch, and enjoy an afternoon game drive in the Serengeti National Park.

DAY 3: Full Day into Serengeti National Park

The whole day in Serengeti is dedicated to the wildlife.

The areas to be visited will depend mostly on where the groups are generally found.

Wildebeests and zebras are usually seen during the stormy months of October and November when they migrate from the northern slopes to the southern primary fields.

They also return to the north during the longer stormy months of April, May, and June. Our guide will know where to look for the animals and where to get the greatest views.

DAY 4: Serengeti National Park – Ngorongoro Conservation Area

You will be up early to join an early morning game drive and watch the wildlife.

Before heading out on another game drive in the park, you’ll return to the camp for breakfast.
You will continue your journey towards the Ngorongoro Crater after a picnic lunch. When you reach the crater rim, you’ll be greeted with spectacular views of this 600-meter-deep collapsed volcano.

You’ll be staying at the park, which is perched on the Ngorongoro crater.

Day 5: Ngorongoro Crater – Karatu

The 5th day will start with an early breakfast. Then you will be able to see the big five animals from a game drive. You can also see warthogs, wildebeests, zebras, hippos, and some of the bird species of the area.

After a picnic lunch, you will have, the next destination is Karatu. The night will be spent there.

DAY 6: Lake Manyara Park Game Drives – Arusha

After breakfast, we will go to Lake Manyara Park, which is noted for tree lion climbing and is also home to baboons, giraffes, elephants, hippos, and other animals.

After a picnic lunch in the park, later in the afternoon, we will depart you to Arusha, where you will spend the night.

4 DAYS WILDEBEEST CALVING MIGRATION SAFARI

DAY 0: Arrival Day and Welcome to Tanzania

You will be picked up from Arusha Airport. Then, you will be headed to Tanzania.

You will get a view of this enormous, bustling, commercial area on your way to the hotel. Your pre-safari briefing may take place today; if not, it will take place early the next morning.

DAY 1: Arusha – Tarangire National Park

After we get you from your hotel (or Arusha airport), we will drive through Masai Steppe and down to the Tarangire National Park.

Tarangire National Park is the fifth-largest park of all the parks in Tanzania. You can obviously see some Baobab trees and a huge number of elephants there.

We’ll leave the park later in the afternoon and travel to the Karatu region for dinner and an overnight stay at Eileen’s Tree Lodge.

DAY 2: Tarangire – Ndutu Area

We’ll leave after breakfast towards Lake Ndutu.

Lake Ndutu, like most other rift lakes, is alkaline, yet the water is nevertheless drinkable and used by a variety of local species.

You can see groups of wildebeests. December till April is their migration season. The area is usually heavily populated also with elephants and different types of birds.

You will go on a wildlife drive till late afternoon. Then head to the Ndutu heritage migration camp.

DAY 3: Ndutu Full Day

It will be a full-day game drive around Lake Ndutu.

You will be able to see the big 5 animals, and groups of wildebeest, zebras, hyenas, and more and more.
Overnight at Ndutu Heritage migration tent camp.

DAY 4: Ndutu – Ngorongoro Crater Arusha

After your breakfast, we will do a game drive over the crater’s edge. In a matter of minutes, you will be able to see wildebeest, zebra, gazelle, elephant, and different types of birds there.

We could catch a glimpse of the rare black rhino through the grass if we’re lucky. After an extensive game drive and a picnic lunch, we leave the crater in the late afternoon and head to Arusha.

You’ve just read about our most preferred safaris in Tanzania. Now, let’s have a look at some of Kenya’s safaris.

But, what types of safaris will you get the chance to experience specifically? Do they live up to the hype?

What Type of Safari Experience Are You In For?

Alright, now that you know which African destinations can be an unforgettable experience, it’s time to talk more about the actual safaris you can visit. What are these safaris like and can they really end up being the experience of a lifetime?

Let’s first start with the 7-Days-Native-Premier-Safari:

7-Days-Native-Premier-Safari

Native Premier Safari

Do you want to visit Masai Mara and witness the amazing wildebeest migration? Well, now you can. This safari offer gives you the chance to experience a lot of these wonders and more.

Here’s everything you will get with the 7-Days-Native-Premier-Safari:

Days 1 and 2: Amboseli National Park

Amboseli National Park marks the start of your safari journey. Located northwest of Mt. Kilimanjaro, and on the border with Tanzania.Through the first and second day, you might get the chance to see amazing views of the elephants, as well as enjoy daily game drives.The second day, in particular, will begin with breakfast at the hotel before going for a mid-morning game drive.

After lunch, you could go for a swim or relax in the sun, where you can enjoy all the wildlife sightings.

Day 3: Ol Pejeta Conservancy

The third day focuses on you getting to see East Africa’s Largest Black Rhino Sanctuary. Chimpanzees roam all around this sanctuary.The wildlife and the view of Mt. Kenya will make this a day to remember.

Day 4: Lake Naivasha

The fourth day will have you embark on a 4 hrs drive to Lake Naivasha. Upon arrival, you will get to explore the beautiful freshwater lake via boat. Then, later you may walk the shores amidst all sorts of wild animals like:

  • Giraffes
  • Thompson Gazelles
  • Wildebeests
  • Impalas

Day 5 and 6: Masai Mara National Resreve

Days 5 and 6 involve two nights in one of Kenya-Africa’s best-known game Reserves, the Maasai Mara.

Wonder at the big five, which include:

  • Lions
  • Leopards
  • Elephants
  • Rhinos
  • Buffalo

You will get to see these animals and more by driving around for hours on day 5. Then, on day 6, you can enjoy bird watching through hot air balloon rides.

Day 7: Nairobi

The final day will have you driving back to Nairobi, where you can spend the day wandering around however you wish, waiting to embark on your next flight. But, that’s not all you can get with Native Africa Trails. Ready to embark on your next safari adventure?

Let’s take a look at the 5 Days Safari Faru option:

5 Days Safari Faru

Safari Faru

The 5 Days Safari Faru offers a thrilling and unforgettable adventure filled with comfort and luxury.Encounter the wild views and escape from all of your past problems in this 5 day-long journey.

The first day will start with Ol Pejeta Conservancy.

Day 1: Ol Pejeta Conservancy

Start your adventure with an evening game drive. You won’t get to see all of Ol Pejeta during the first day. But, you will get to have a taste of what’s to come.

In the meantime, you can enjoy dinner at the camp.

Day 2: Ol Pejeta Full Day

The second day will focus on a full-day game viewing safari experience in the Conservancy. You can visit Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary first.

Then, after lunch, go for an afternoon game drive. During this day, you may get the chance to spot a lot of different animals, such as:

  • African Wild Dogs
  • Elephants
  • Cheetahs
  • Hartebeests
  • Grevy Zebras
  • Leopards
  • Spotted Hyenas
  • Black-Backed Jackals
  • Caracals
  • Bat-eared Foxes

Day 3: Masai Mara

Day 3 will have you headed to the Ol Pejeta airstrip for your flight to Maasai Mara.

Masai Mara will have you wonder at a large number of herbivores you will encounter. These animals can be anything ranging from hyenas to elephants, to lions hunting for their next meal.

Day 4: Masai Mara National Reserve

Day 4 will also be your second day at Masai Mara. Spend the day exploring the vast grasslands. See the wildlife and learn more about the culture of the people living there.

Your safari adventure is almost complete.

Day 5: Nairobi

Your final day at the safari will conclude with a delicious breakfast before your departure to the airport or hotel. But, there’s no need to be sad. You can always come back to the safari. And, the best part is that you can check out how the other African safaris are like.

The 6 Day Kenya Highlights Safari might be something you want to try out.

6 Day Kenya Highlights Safari

Kenya Highlights Safari
The 6 Day Kenya Highlights Safari will give you the chance to see sceneries that are as unique as they are breathtaking.

So, where will you start? Well, first is Nairobi – Samburu.

Day 1: Nairobi-Samburu

Spend the first day by swinging right into the action. See all the wild animals that the reserve has to offer, like:

  • Grevy Zebra
  • Baisy Oryx
  • Reticulated Giraffe

After, you can visit the villages and meet the locals. You may get the chance to make a lot of unforgettable memories. And remember, the journey is just getting started.

Day 2: Samburu-Aberdares

Bird watching can be a big part of day 2. There are over 250 species you can check out. You can also take a look at the nocturnal animals that will be wandering about. Then, end the day chilling at the hotel’s rooftop balcony, where can enjoy a beverage of your choice.

Day 3: Aberdares-Lake Nakuru

Day 3 is all about the beautiful Lake Nakuru National park. You can take advantage of the lake being surrounded by grassland by going on afternoon game drives. That’s when you can wonder at the beautiful colors of the millions of pink flamingos.

Day 4: Lake Nakuru-Masai Mara

Being Kenya’s most renowned game reserve is no small title. With the extraordinary highest density of animals including the Big five and other varieties of plains game, day 4 might give you a spectacle of wildlife. After lunch, you can enjoy an afternoon drive.

Day 5: Masai Mara

Day 4 was only your first day in Masai Mara. Day 5 marks your second, which will depend a lot on the wildlife migration patterns and the weather.

You can spend the day exploring the vast grassland savannahs. And, you can also visit the nearby traditional Masai communities, and get a glimpse of their culture, if that’s what you choose.

Day 6: Masai Mara-Nairobi

The break of dawn marks the end of your safari adventure. You will drive back to Nairobi in the morning.

However, if you want to return for more, fear not! We have two other safari adventures waiting for you to experience. These last two are also the ones that include the longest stays in the safari. They include:

  • 10 Days Native Kenya Tanzania Safari
  • 10 Days Safari Malakia

Let’s talk about each of them:

10 Days Native Kenya Tanzania Safari

Native Kenya Tanzania Safari

Day 1: Nairobi – Ol-Pejeta Conservancy

Start your safari journey by heading north to Ol-Pejeta Conservancy, where you could also enjoy lunch.

Then after lunch, you can come back to camp for dinner.

Day 2: Ol-Pejeta – Lake Naivasha

Start day 2 of your journey with a 4-hour drive to Lake Naivasha right after breakfast. You can have lunch after arriving. After that, explore the beautiful freshwater lake on a boat.

Later, you can wander the shores at Crescent Island amidst:

  • Giraffes
  • Thompson Gazelles
  • Wildebeests
  • Impalas

Day 3: Lake Naivasha – Masai Mara

On day 3, you can head southwest of Naivasha and make your way to the Maasai town of Narok. After staying there for a little bit, you can visit the Mara and enjoy the wildebeest, zebra, and gazelle from the Serengeti to the Maasai Mara.

Don’t worry, this is not the last you will get to see of Maasai Mara

Day 4 and 5: Masai Mara

Spend your second day on the Mara exploring the vast grassland savannahs. You might also be given the option to go on an early morning balloon ride over the Mara plains and take a look at its natural beauty.

Then, the next day, you can drive through the southern part of the reserve viewing game and make your way to Serengeti.

Day 6: Serengeti National Reserve

Day 6 will find you running around with the big cats. Although you will still have the option to check out all the other animals, the lions and cheetahs might steal your attention.

Day 7: Serengeti – Ngorongoro Via Olduvai Gorge

Start day 7 with the magnificent Ngorongoro crater, and then move on to other historical sightings. Day 7 focuses on you exploring the fossils, diggings, as well as the amazing view.

Day 8: Ngorongoro – Tarangire

Start day 8 by driving to Tarangire. The afternoon game drive is one of the best parts of Tanzania. The park is rich with both bird and plant life. And, you will also get the chance to encounter the lions and leopards keeping an eye out for what can be their next meal.

And, don’t worry, the activities aren’t over yet.

Day 9: Tarangire – Amboseli National Park

Start your second to last day by driving through the Namanga border and enjoying the view.

Later, you can move on to Amboseli where you will get the chance to look at the beautiful elephants.

Day 10: Amboseli National Park – Nairobi

Start your last day at camp, before you head for Nairobi, where the end of your safari journey awaits. But, are the 10 Days Safari Malakia the same as the 10 Days Native Kenya Tanzania Safari? Let’s take a look:

10 Days Safari Malakia

Safari Malakia

Day 1: Nairobi – Masai Mara

Start your dream adventure with the scenic Rift Valley and breathe in the views of the hills, grasslands, and extinct volcanos.

The savannah plains have a lot of wonders that will make for an unforgettable first day of your safari adventure.

Day 2: Masai Mara

The second day at the Mara will also be spent exploring the savannah. However, the weather conditions and migration patterns will also weigh in on your options during this day.

Cultural visits are also something you can experience during your second day at the Mara.

Day 3: Masai Mara – Lake Naivasha

Day 3 is when you leave the Mara and head to a new adventure. Your next destination is Lake Naivasha.

Being popular for bird watching, Lake Naivasha offers you the opportunity for going on a boat ride and wandering Crescent Island.

Day 4: Naivasha – Amboseli

Amboseli National Park awaits you on day 4. Check-in first and have a nice, quiet lunch.

Then, after lunch, go on an afternoon drive to witness the graceful elephants.

Day 5: Amboseli – Tsavo West

Go for the last morning drive around Amboseli on day 5. Then, you can head to Tsavo West. What’s special about this destination? Well, the 50 million gallons of crystal clear water gushing out of from the under parched lava rock are not something you would see everywhere.

At Tsavo West, you will get a chance to experience a true, rugged wilderness.

Day 6: Tsavo West – Tsavo East

On day 6, you will leave the west and head straight east. There, you will find out that Tsavo East is home to a lot of large mammals. For that reason, this area is heavily protected.

These large mammals include:

  • Dust –red elephants
  • Rhinos
  • Buffalos
  • Lions
  • Leopards
  • Pods of hippos
  • Crocodiles

And, there are also a lot more left to see during the day. Day 6 is a true wildlife adventure.

Days 7, 8, and 9: Diani

Day 7 will have you embark on towards the south coast beach resorts. Diani Beach is the perfect place to relax after an adventurous sixth day.

Spend these days however you wish. You don’t just have to relax if you don’t want to. There are lots of other activities that you can do, such as:

  • Kite surfing
  • Diving
  • Snorkeling
  • Be part of a boat excursion to Kisite Mpunguti National Marine Park

Your last few days will be spent in whatever way you want.

Day 10: Diani – Nairobi

Your final day at the safari. Our representative can help you get to the Ukunda airstrip. After a short waiting period at the airport, you can be on your way. These are all the safari experiences you can try. All you have to do is pick the one that is the best for you.

You can also choose to go on more than one safari if that’s what you want. Your adventure, your rules.

Now, we know what you’re probably thinking. “These safari offers are great and all, but how far in advance do I need to plan everything? And, how much do all of them cost?” Not to worry, we’ll sort all of that out. Here’s everything you need to know about the time and cost:

What About Time and Cost?

Time and cost are not something that everyone wants to talk about. After all, not everyone wants to pay attention to how much time they need to plan everything. They also don’t want to pay attention to the cost.

However, those two things do need attention eventually. You can’t go on a safari adventure without first making some type of plan and spending some amount of money.

But, this process doesn’t have to be at all stressful. Starting it is the most difficult part. So, let us help you with that.

Let’s first start with how far in advance you need to plan your safari adventure:

Time

Yes, for some people, planning ahead is awful. Or at least, it feels that way.

Alas, as we said above, you need to take the time to do this. Because, most of the time, you won’t need to plan these types of trips a few days in advance. Instead, you might need to plan them weeks in advance. Sometimes even months.

That’s right! It’s not unusual for people to start planning their October safari trip in June or July. It’s not the planning itself that takes that long. The planning only takes a few weeks. But, you might want to start the process well in advance.

Why? Because of availability. You want to go on a great safari trip where you can have one of the best experiences of your life. Well, for that to happen, you need to book a great place really far in advance. That way, you can avoid disappointment later on.

By planning ahead, you will not only have a better chance at booking a great spot, but you will also have a better chance at actually enjoying your safari trip.

But, what about the cost? Let’s take a look at that:

Cost

Something that you need to consider is cost. A safari plan does not really have an exact cost. It can vary significantly from person to person. And, from safari to safari as well.

So, is there a way for you to find out how much you need to spend to get on a safari? Yes, the best way to figure that out is by contacting us. You can contact us via phone or email.

Click here to find out more about how you can contact us.

There is a safari to suit every type of budget. So, don’t worry about not being able to meet the necessary requirements. We’re sure we can figure something out. Do you see? Planning your safari trip doesn’t have to be that stressful. We can lend a hand in doing it.

So, now that we’re done with the technical stuff, let’s start talking about the stuff that is the most fun. First, we need to talk about which season is the best for visiting a safari.

What Season is Best for Visiting a Safari?

There are a lot of safaris in Africa. And, for most safaris, two seasons can be big factors in how much you enjoy your stay.

These seasons are:

  • Dry
  • Rainy

The dry season can be very hard on plants and animals. However, as soon as the rainy season starts to come in, new life begins to bloom into the area.

Although, visiting a place during a time when it’s always rainy might affect your satisfaction during your stay there.

But, what about the places that we offer you to visit. Let’s take a look at how the climate is like there. First, we’ll start with Kenya.

Kenya

Jeep ride
One thing that makes Kenya such a convenient safari location is the fact that it has very clear dry and rainy seasons. Meaning that it’s almost certain which month is going to be part of the dry season and which is going to be part of the rainy season.

So, which months are we talking about? Well, normally the dry season is something you would encounter between the months of June – October.

Both nights and mornings are very cold during this season. However, you might find that the weather in the afternoon is quite pleasant.

As for the rainy season, you would normally encounter it more during the months of November to May.

These months are usually pretty warm, around 30°C/86°F. However, you might encounter some sticky humidity well within the season.

You might choose to go whenever you like. However, going right as the dry season is ending, and the rainy season is beginning (around October), might be your safest bet for an unforgettable adventure.

Tanzania

Tanzania Safari
Similar to Kenya, The dry and rainy seasons in Tanzania are also not that hard to figure out. In fact, they are pretty much the same as one Kenya has. The months of June – October are normally part of the dry season.

Other the other hand, the months of November – May are part of the rainy season.The temperature during the dry season can vary between 20°C/68°F and 30°C/86°F.

However, the temperature during the rainy season is not as easy to pinpoint as it starts with short rains followed by long ones during March. But, most of the time, they’re a little above 30°C/86°F.

Visiting Tanzania at the cusp of the dry and rainy seasons might also be your best bet. That’s when the climate is truly flourishing. But, you can always choose to go at a later or earlier date as well. Your journey, your choice.

But, before you head on said journey, you also need to make sure you’re all healthy and ready to go. That means that you have to do a health check-up first. Let us elaborate on that:

Do a Health Check-Up

There are a lot of things you need to consider before heading to Africa. And, the cost is not the only thing.You also need to be up-to-date with all the shots necessary for traveling to Africa.

You want to go on a safari to have an unforgettable experience. But, above all, you want this experience to be unforgettable in a good way. This means that you don’t want to bring anything unwanted with you back from the trip.

Well, the possibility of that happening will only grow greater if you are not up-to-date with all your shots.

These shots include:

  • Diphtheria
  • Tetanus
  • Measles
  • Mumps
  • Rubella
  • Polio
  • Hepatitis B
  • Hepatitis A
  • Rabies
  • Typhoid

As you can see, going on an African adventure does might also expose you to the illnesses and diseases we mentioned above.

However, there’s no need to panic. Most people have already gotten pretty much all of these shots when they were an infant or a little kid. This means that you likely don’t need to worry about getting 10 vaccines as soon as possible. However, going for a check-up is something that you should still do. Better be safe than sorry.

Also, if you are traveling from a country that has a high risk of yellow fever, you will also need to get yourself a yellow fever certificate. Without it, you might not be able to enter Africa.

But, what about other health issues? Is there any other type of disease you might contract in Africa? Sadly, yes there is. But, this doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy yourself. It just means you have to be a little careful whenever you are going around the safari.

Here are a couple of other illnesses that you want to stay away from:
Mosqutio-Borne

Mosquito-Borne

Mosquito-borne diseases are also pretty common in a lot of African places. But, avoiding this is possible. Effective insect repellant and clothing that covers certain exposed skin might just do the job.

You can protect yourself from this type of disease. The World Health Organization has conducted some research that can be a great guide for this type of disease. Click here to learn more.

Water and Food-Borne

Water and food-borne diseases might not be the most common diseases in Africa. But, that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be careful either.

Avoid unpasteurized milk and raw meat. And, tap water should also be boiled just to be safe. This might not be a risk in cities, but the safari is a whole other playground.

Science Direct has conducted a guide on food and water-borne diseases in Africa which can be both informative and helpful. Click here to find out more about that.

These diseases shouldn’t prevent you from going on a safari adventure. We’re not saying that you will 100% contract them. All we’re saying is that you should be careful. And, now you know how to do that.

So, ready to start packing? By now, you’re probably aware that packing shouldn’t just include your everyday casual outfit. You need some specific safari clothes.

So, let’s take a look at everything you gotta pack before you set your sights on this adventure:

What Do You Need to Pack?

need to pack
You might think that packing is probably the easiest part of planning a safari trip. Well, think again… Ok, we’re not going to say that it is the hardest thing. But, it’s not your typical walk in the park either.

Shortly put, before you first go on a safari adventure, you need to first pack:

  • A wide-brim safari hat
  • A safari beanie
  • Safari shirts
  • A warm safari fleece or jacket
  • Safari trousers and/or shorts
  • Safari socks
  • Safari shoes
  • Safari insect repellent
  • Safari sunscreen
  • Safari duffel or holdall
  • Safari binoculars
  • Safari torch
  • Travel adaptor

That’s right! It’s time to suit up!

You also have to consider the type and fabric of the clothes you buy. Here’s what you have to keep in mind:

  • Your safari clothes should be really easy to pack. And, they also have to dry quickly and absorb moisture away from the skin.
  • These clothes should also offer a built-in defense against insects. You have to make absolutely sure of that. So. insisting on seeing proof of it shouldn’t be out of the question. Laboratory test results can show that.
    You have to also protect yourself from the sun. This can be shown in safari clothing as an SPF rating. 50+ is the highest rating available today.
  • Get light clothes, not heavy ones. But, also make sure that a ripstop for added strength is built in.
  • Get clothes that have an anti-microbial or anti-bacterial fabric.

After you have all these, you can start thinking about how your adventure is going to look like.

And, what will be a giant part of your African adventure? The African wildlife. The animals of Africa are as diverse as they are beautiful and unique. Let us show you what exactly gives them these qualities:

What You Can Learn About the Wildlife

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If you happen to be an animal lover, then you might love going on a safari. Yes, nature documentaries and movies don’t lie. The safari animals really do look as beautiful as they do on TV. But, none of them talks though, sadly. So, don’t go expecting to find the Lion King in Africa.

However, you might encounter actual lions. They are, after all, part of the big five. And, as we mentioned earlier, the big five include:

  • Lions
  • Leopards
  • Elephants
  • Rhinoceros
  • Buffalo

But, what other animals could you encounter on a safari? Well, you might encounter quite a few carnivores first.

Carnivores

Here’s what the carnivores in Africa include:

Cheetah

Cheetah

Being the fastest land mammal in the world is not a title any of us should take lightly. Cheetahs are smaller and lighter than lions and leopards.

But, they can’t keep up their speed for too long. For that reason, cheetahs decide to instead stalk their prey in the long grass

Hyena

hyena
Whenever you’ve seen a nature documentary, you’ve probably noticed several dog-like creatures wandering the savannah. And, you’ve probably wondered why some of them look different from the others.

Well, they look different because there are 3 different species of hyenas: brown, spotted, and striped. Something else that makes them unique is the fact that the females are bigger than the males.

Jackal

Jackal
Much like the hyena, there are also 3 species of jackal: common, black-backed, side stripped.

Jackals might be related to dogs, but they instead prefer to move in pairs, rather than packs. Your eyes might not catch them straight away. But, if you are close to a buffalo or wildebeest, know that a jackal might be lurking nearby.

Mongoose

Mongoose
The mongoose is Africa’s smallest carnivore, as well as one of the most adorable.

Mongooses are really active during the day and like to eat small rodents, reptiles, and insects. And, mongooses also love to be in big communities, rather than alone.

Carnivores aren’t the only African animals. There are also a lot of herbivores. Let’s take a look at them:

Herbivores

The African herbivores include:

Zebra

Zebra
Zebras love being in front of a camera. Their stripes are pretty photogenic. As you’ve probably realized by looking at them, zebras are related to horses. But, don’t think that that doesn’t make them unique.As a matter of fact, every zebra has unique stripes. That’s how they recognize each other.

You also shouldn’t think of zebras as weak animals, as a healthy zebra can not only fight but also kill a lion.

Giraffe

Giraffe
Giraffes are the tallest living land animals. They love to eat leaves and acacia trees. Some people think that giraffes evolved from the brachiosaurus (a.k.a that long-necked dinosaur from Jurassic Park). However, that assumption is actually wrong.

Giraffes didn’t always have long necks, those evolved along the way. And we’re lucky they did because now we get to marvel at their beauty.

Hippo

hippo
Hippos are not as large as elephants, but they are still the second-largest land mammal. However, contrary to popular belief, they cannot swim. They walk along under the water, where they can hold their breath for up to 5 minutes.

Hippos might look peaceful, but they are actually pretty dangerous and have been responsible for the deaths of hundreds of people. They are also pretty aggressive, so it’s best not to get too close to one.

Warthog

warthog
Ah yes, the warthog. This is yet another African animal popular due to movies and documentaries. It became popular after it appeared on the Lion King. There are two types of warthogs: common and desert warthogs. They usually live in abandoned holes dug by other animals.

Warthogs don’t have actual warts on their faces. They are patches of rough skin that protect them whenever they get into fights.

The next animal group on our list are primates:

Primates

There are a lot of beautiful and unique primates in Africa. These primates consist of:

Mountain Gorilla

Mountain Gorilla
Gorillas are really rare, but if you get to see them, it’ll be an unforgettable experience. Gorillas live in family groups. As you can imagine, they are really similar to humans. They communicate with vocals, as well as gestures.

However, they are a lot bigger than humans. And, they also like to eat, leaves and insects.

Chimpanzee

Chimpanzee
Gorillas might be similar to humans but at the level of chimpanzees. Did you know that they share 99% of our DNA?

Here’s how chimpanzees are similar to us:

  • They can both learn and understand words
  • They can show empathy, regret, and friendship
  • They can make tools

You have to take a look at at least one chimpanzee to really understand why they are so great.

Baboon

Baboon
Baboons are the largest monkeys. The groups they live in consist of about 50 baboons.

Unlike many other animals, they’re not afraid of humans. So, they might get a little too close to your vehicle wanting to know what you’re up to.

Monkeys

Monkeys
You might find that there are two different monkey species. These monkey species include:

  • New world monkeys
  • Old world monkeys

The main difference between these two species is the fact that new world monkeys have tails that can grip and hold on to things. But, none of the old-world monkeys can do that.

However, what they do share in commons is the fact that they like to eat leaves and fruit. Other things that increase their appetite include insects, birds, and small rodents.

Primates are really beautiful and a special gem in Africa’s animal crown. Next, we have antelopes.

Antelopes

Antelopes are some of the most unique animals in all of Africa. Let’s see why:

Wildebeest

Wildebeest
Wildebeest, or as the Afrikaans calls them “wild beasts”. They got this name due to their powerful appearance and horns.

There are a lot of wildebeests in many safaris. No humans should get too close to one. But, you might still witness lions or leopards hunting for it.

Hartebeest

Hartebeest
Hartebeests are really fast. They are, in fact, one of the fastest antelopes.

Their long faces, pointy ears, and unique horns make them instantly recognizable. You might spot a lot of hartebeests running and jumping through the safari.

Waterbuck

waterbuck
Waterbuck is another unique antelope you might see during your safari adventure.

The reason why it’s called a waterbuck is due to this antelope hiding in water whenever felt threatened.

Although its face is slightly similar to a hartebeest, its long and sharp horns make it unique.

Impala

impala
What makes impalas so unique is the fact that they are so graceful and delicate. Unfortunately, that also makes them easy prey for lions and hyenas.

Impalas live in herds made out of hundreds of others like themselves. That makes it easier for them to outrun predators. As you can see, antelopes are truly special, as well as beautiful. Next, we are going to talk about an animal sadly that not too many people might find to be as beautiful. Let’s take a look:

Reptiles

It is no secret that reptiles can be quite dangerous. And, the ones in Africa are no different. One of them in particular is the crocodile.

Crocodile

crocodile
Crocodiles are very common in Africa. The Nile crocodile is the largest one of them and one of the most dangerous predators in Africa.

Crocodiles are cold-blooded animals. You might find them relaxing in the sun on a riverbank. But, don’t mistake their silence for weakness. Crocodiles know how to defend themselves and how to make any unexpected visitor their prey. And finally, we have the beautiful African birds. There are a ton of bird species in Africa. So, let’s take a look at them:

Birds

The bird species of Africa include:

Ostrich

ostrich
Being the world’s largest bird, ostriches are great runners and really strong. They can cover up to 5 meters in just a stride, which gives them the power to kill a lion with just a kick.

However, we’re sorry to disappoint you, but ostriches don’t actually bury their head in sand. Although, that would be pretty funny.

They do press their heads onto the floor, but not bury it.

Stork

stork
There are 8 species of stork living in Africa, the Marabou stork being the most common.

These scavenger birds feed on dead animal carcasses. And, they love to live in wetlands where they can also hunt for fish, frogs, and other mammals.

Secretary Bird

secretary bird
The secretary bird may look odd, but that’s part of its charm. This bird has the head of an eagle and the legs of a stork. Many believe that the 19th century Europeans give the bird this name due to it looking like an office secretary. Secretary birds like to prey on snakes and other small mammals.

Vulture

vultureHow Much Time Do These Options Take Up?
You might spot quite a few vultures on your African adventure. They are famous for circling around dead or dying animals and then feeding on their remains.

They have very strong eyesight, which is what helps them spot dying animals from very far away.

You might encounter these wild animals and more during your stay in Africa. But, how will you get to see them? Well, there are two ways you can do that: Via land or air.

Land vs Air: What You Will Encounter During Your Safari Adventure

Whenever deciding to go on a safari, there are a lot of things you need to consider. And, one of those things is deciding on the activities you are going to go on during your safari adventure.

Now, as we mentioned earlier, our safaris offer a lot of different activities to choose from. But these two activities stand out among the rest. Here’s why:

Flying VS Driving

There are a lot of questions surrounding these two travel options. The first one is how much time each option is going to take up.

How Much Time Do These Options Take Up?

safari adventure

Time might be infinite, but not when it comes to your safari adventure. When it comes to time, it all depends on how much of it you’re going to spend on this journey.

If you choose to go on a short journey, you might want to make the most of your time. Flying on a plane or hot air balloon is the best way to do that. But, if you want to take it slower, then driving around is probably the best option for you.

However, keep in mind that you can always choose both. We offer a safari adventure that can have you driving around the safari for one day, and flying on the next.

The next option is deciding on which view is better for you. Let us explain:

What Kind of View are You Interested In?

amazing safari trip
Flying around on a safari can lead to you looking at some amazing views that you probably wouldn’t be able to see on land.

On the other hand, when you’re driving around, you truly get to be and feel like you’re at the same level as the animals that are walking around. Some might even say that driving around on a safari is more personal than flying.

However, flying can still lead you to witness some of the wildlife, as well as natural beauty. In the end, it all comes down to what you prefer.

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You know everything you need. You know how to plan your safari and what to expect when to get there.

All that’s left is to enjoy yourself.
So get going. An unforgettable journey awaits you!

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