Your first safari is an exciting yet exhausting experience. Preparing can be overwhelming, but can lead to a much more enriching experience. Read on to find out what to expect on your first safari and to get important tips for a stress-free trip!
The Safari Experience
There is a common misconception that wild animals are on safari all the time. However, it requires a lot of patience, skillful eyes and long game drives. Remember: what you see from other people's trips are snapshots and highlights! You will work with your tour group and guide to look for distant movements.
Game drives are long, on uneven roads and in uneven places. To make it more comfortable, it is worth packing a small pillow to sit on. For sunset safaris, you should always pack spare batteries, a water bottle and many layers. Finally, if you want to go the extra mile, pack binoculars. Not only do they outperform animals, they also make you look really cool.
National Reserve Camping
Depending on the type of tour booked, you may camp in national game reserves. Certain areas of the nature reserve are cordoned off for camping purposes. You will usually have a small shop that sells basic groceries, drinks, and some basic camping extras. The showers will be small and often have no hot water, but it's still a shower!
If you don't feel like camping, there are often upgrade options. These usually come for the first time every day and vary greatly in price. Regardless of the facility, falling asleep with the quiet sounds of lions and elephants is an incomparable experience.
Shelley is a traveler from Queensland, Australia who now lives in London. She spends her weekends and free time traveling the world and then sharing her trips on her blog.
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