For many of us, a safari holiday is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. It’s not like a weekend at the beach, it’s an amazing adventure where there’s so much to see and do that’s just not possible in other places. So, if you’re going on an epic adventure like this, you’ll want to be extra organised – here’s my guide on how to prepare for a safari holiday.
Choosing your experience
The first thing is to plan what type of safari you want to go on. There are so many ways to personalise your experience, so it helps to look at what’s on offer and what you want to get out of it.
For example, certain places are better than others for particular animals, as are specific times of the year. You can also choose a walking safari, one in a boat, or even one where the guide focuses on photography to make sure you get the best shots . At the end of the day you’ll need somewhere to rest your head, whether that’s in a basic tent or a luxury villa. These are all things you can choose to create your adventure.
What to pack
When it comes to packing for a safari, there might be some things that are a little different to your usual holiday. For example, although you’ll still need sunscreen (this is very important as you’ll be outside for a lot of the day), you may also want to take a good pair of binoculars with you, as well as a camera to get those amazing pictures. Guidebooks will also enhance your trip, as you’ll be able to learn more about the animals you see.
What to wear
What you wear on a safari is a lot more about comfort and practicality than fashion. You’ll want to blend into the environment as much as possible by wearing khakis and other neutral colors.
At the same time, don’t forget to cover up to protect yourself from the elements – lightweight, long sleeves will serve you well! Pants that zip into shorts will also be useful when the weather heats up throughout the day, plus a hat to keep you cool. Hiking shoes are also recommended, but make sure you break them in before your trip to avoid blisters!
Prepare for every eventuality
Sometimes things go wrong and it can be a stress, but the more you prepare, the better! Make sure you get to the airport in plenty of time and have more than one copy of all your documents.
If you’re traveling with a group, spread your clothes out between all the bags just in case one goes missing. Have a first aid kit with you for any small injuries (although your guides will likely be able to help with these) and extra supplies of any medications you take. Be prepared for things to go wrong and be grateful when they don’t.
These are my top tips for preparing for a safari holiday – the only thing left to do is get excited! If you’re on a guided safari, your guide will know all the most likely places to find the animals, so you have the best chance of spotting them. It really will be a holiday to remember!
Do you have any of your own tips for preparing for a safari holiday? Leave them in the comments.