If you have the financial resources to do it, you must go on an African safari at least once in your lifetime. The word safari comes from the Swahili language. It means journey, and journey you will. Return to the continent of your human ancestry and see its magnificent wildlife. You can expect to observe elephants, lions, tigers, and hippos in their native habitat. A safari does not even compare to a visit to the zoo. Seeing these animals as they exist in the wild is an unbeatable experience. You will discover Africa and experience a holiday that you will never forget.
You have several choices when you go on a safari. You can take a walking safari or on a hosted safari in a game preserve. A game preserve safari provides you with guides, transportation, and typically food and tents for camping out. You might be in the wild for several days, and most of your basic needs will be taken care of. Experienced guides will take you directly to the wildlife, making sure that you get to see plenty of animals. You can also choose to travel alone in your own vehicle, but do so at your own peril. The animals are far from domesticated and you can get into trouble without a native guide, especially when you are trying to get close enough to take pictures. You do not want to be on the wrong end of a stampeding rhino. Invest in a long lens camera before your trip, so you do not have to get too close to nature to take great shots. Your photo album from your holiday will be unforgettable.
A safari company is invested in making your trip safe as well as exciting. On an extended safari, guests will typically stay in either a lodge or a tent village equipped with most of the comforts of home. A chef is provided for meals, as well as guides for protection from predatory animals who might be interested in the lights of your camp. Expect to be regaled with Africa folklore by your guides. You can sit around the campfire and exchange stories at night, and then go to bed under mosquito nets while listening to the hum of insects and the calls of wild animals. If you are uncomfortable sleeping in the open or you are not prepared to give up running water and air-conditioning, then sign up for a safari where you will be housed in a lodge and take shorter day excursions. You will not be able to venture as far as if you were camping, but you will not have to exchange the comforts of home.
When you go on safari in Africa, make sure to pack well. In addition to a great camera, you should invest in a pair of binoculars. You might decide to adopt a new hobby while on the continent – bird-watching. There are so many species to observe in their native habitat. It would be a shame to be restricted by regular vision. After you have your camera and your binoculars, you can start thinking about clothing. Light, loose clothes are essential for your travels. A hat with a wide rim will protect you from the sun. Polarized sunglasses will protect your eyes without compromising your view. Finally, discover and revel in your African safari.
Monday, October 21, 2013