If you have never been on a safari before and are thinking now is the time to go on one, make sure you don’t let the opportunity pass you by as it really is an unforgettable experience. In this blog we will look at some important things to remember to help make your safari a memorable experience, as well as a selection of some of the best safaris in the world to choose from.
Prepare yourself before you go
There are certain essentials that you should take on your trip including the basics such as a safari hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and mosquito repellent and, to make the most of your time, a good pair of binoculars, a torch, and a digital camera for all those important photos! In terms of medical advice you should get in contact with your GP for any injections required, and get up to date advice on inoculation requirements.
What should you expect?
Whilst it is quite possible that you are so entranced and captivated by the adventure that you think there can’t be any negative aspects of taking in a safari on your holiday. However, a safari can be difficult due to the heat, insects, delayed flights and unreliable vehicles. Another issue is that the quality of your safari experience can depend quite a lot on the tour operator you are using. The best tour operators should provide a safari vehicle of the highest quality and provide respected and recommended guides to allow you to see all the animals you wish to see. So it is important to talk to a couple of tour operators and travel agents to get a good understanding of what each provides so you can make the right choice when taking on your adventure.
Masai Mara National Reserve
When going on holiday in Kenya, the Masai Mara National Reserve is a major attraction and certainly one of the main reasons tourists go there. You will find the Reserve in southwest Kenya on the border of Tanzania and it is located in the Rift Valley with the Serengeti Plains running along its southern end. There are a variety of things that you can do such as Game Drives where the safari package will include several daily drives or alternatively Walking Safaris where a Maasai guide will take you round.
Bwindi National Park
If you want to go on a Gorilla Safari then look no further than the Bwindi National Park in Uganda where Gorilla Tracking is very popular. It is based in south west Uganda on the border of the western Rift valley. There are 4 different groups to choose from which include: The Mubare Group, Habinyanja Group, Rushegura Group and the Nkuring Group. One thing is for sure is you should be prepared for a physical workout as Gorilla Tracking can require a vigorous effort to get through a whole day!
NB. Before travelling to Uganda check the FCO website.
Khao Sok National Park in Thailand
Visiting the Khao Sok National Park in Surat Thani province you will find some spectacular views as it is covered by the oldest evergreen rainforest in the world with huge limestone mountains as well as deep valleys making it a fantastic place to visit. There are a couple of tours that you can choose from; whether it be a 1 day, 2 day or 3 day adventure where you are taken right into the heart of the national park with the option of either elephant trekking, canoeing and jungle trekking.
Ranthambore and Corbett National Park India
Have you ever thought of a Tiger Safari? Visiting the Ranthambore and Corbett National Park you will come across one of the finest tiger reserves in the country. With its ‘friendly’ tigers it is amongst one of the most filmed wildlife reserves in the world. It is situated in Eastern Rajasthan where the Vindhyan plateau and Aravali Hill ranges meet and is 130 km to the southeast of Jaipur.
Don’t forget your travel insurance!
Just in case you have an accident or fall ill on your travels, don’t forget to take out travel insurance before you leave home. Please ensure you check the policy wording to make sure you have cover for going on a safari. 24/7 travel insurance offers great value cover and automatically covers you for taking in a safari provided it is organised in the UK prior to departure. For example, a 14 day trip to African costs only £16.64* – a small price to pay for peace of mind whilst on a safari! http://www.247travelinsurance.co.uk/
*Premium £16.64 includes Insurance Premium Tax based on an individual traveller aged under 55 taking out a Standard single trip 24/7 travel insurance policy for 14 days in Africa excluding personal possessions cover and purchased within 14 days of departure date. Cover details and prices are correct at time of going to press (October 2008) and are subject to change.