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AFRICAN TRAVEL TIPS

  • First and foremost regardless of any freakouts be patient and remind yourself that something worst might have happened!
  • Be flexible and open to change your plans.
  • Take the time to learn a few phrases in the local language can improve your travel experience.
  • Wake up before sunrise to have the best African attractions all to yourself while avoiding large tourist crowds.
  • Allow more ‘me time’. Give yourself the occasional break from lodge activity by sitting out a shared event – even if it’s a game drive.
  • Africa is a wonderful place for solo travelling.
  • Talk to an expert who has been to the areas you want to visit and who knows a range of products, so they can steer you to the experience that will best suit you
  • Establish that your booking agent has personally visited the areas and properties they are recommending to you.
  • Decide what wildlife you want to see (not all parks offer all species), what kind of wilderness experience you want and what sort of camps you are looking for.
  • Consider travelling in the low season. Prices at most safari lodges can be as much as 30-40 per cent cheaper over this period.
  • Book you accommodation well in advance if travelling during peak season (May – October).
  • Enjoy and absorb all the little things; try to understand the different sounds and smells and what they could mean.
  • If you will travel around and not staying out in one place – bring just one bag and a small daypack!
  • With regards to packing, less really is more – you don't have to pack for each eventuality.
  • Bring a bit of laundry detergent that you can use to hand wash clothes in the sink if you need to.
  • Bring a lightweight long-sleeved shirt and pants to help protect from the sun and from bugs.
  • Ladies, remember that many African countries are very conservative in their dress, so make sure to pack attire that is appropriate for the nation/culture you are traveling to.
  • Take a scarf or sarong with you. It's great for sun protection, a makeshift towel, carrying stuff around, an eye mask, a wrap for conservative countries, and substantially more.
  • Pack a pair of binoculars before you pack anything else. They will greatly enhance your game-viewing experience.
  • Bring and wear sunscreen and a hat!
  • Safari dust is part of the experience. Carry some wet wipes to freshen up.
  • Carry a couple of granola bars or a energy bar for a helpful snack when you get to your hotel lateat night or your transport gets delayed.
  • Bring your own water bottle.
  • Bring a good book and trade it with somebody when you're done it.
  • Bring a head torch. They may look amusing, however they are extremely helpful when you have to accomplish something and there is a power cut, or no power regardless.
  • Bring a first aid kit. A small medical aid pack is always helpful to have to treat minor wounds.
  • Bring toilet paper. Travelling is all about new experiences, but sometimes a few comforts from home, like toilet paper, can make all the difference!
  • Ladies remember that you will frequently not have the option to locate the same sanitary items that you use at home, so stock up on them before you start your travels.
  • Mosquito repellent is a must and research if the countries you are visiting have malaria so that you can take proper precaution against it.
  • Bring ear plugs and a sleep mask.
  • Check the vaccination necessities for each nation – especially for yellow fever, as you should show confirmation of it to enter certain countries.
  • Get travel insurance for medical expenses, lost luggage and flights.
  • Scan all important archives and take a duplicate with you and leave a duplicate with somebody at home.
  • Make sure you know which visas you need for the countries you are visiting and look into multi-country visas to save money
  • When your visas are issued to youcarefully check the expiry date on it.
  • Back up everything in multiple places for any emergencies
  • For those going on a safari for the first time, go game viewing with a guide rather than self-drive otherwise you’ll miss out on learning about and seeing a lot of wildlife through the eyes of an expert.
  • 38. Consider a private guided safari – you can create your perfect itinerary and have your own guide to escort you around.
  • It is the safari guide who really makes the whole experience and who will keep you safe.
  • Choose your operator carefully: one who truly knows the guides and who will expertly pick the right one(s) for your individual needs.
  • The nocturnal element of safari often gets forgotten, but you’ll see the clearest skies of your life in the African bush. Go on a night drive and marvel at the infinite glittering heavens.
  • Make sure you stay close to the animals and not to other tourists.
  • Leave the flashy jewelry and designer labels at home as they catch attention quickly that can make you a target instantly.
  • Wear a money belt OR just take a day of cash out with you.
  • When taking money out at an ATM, be aware of your surroundings. If something seems suspicious, move along quickly.
  • Don’t always keep your cameras locked in your bags, keep it in handy to click to click the beautiful landscapes and amazing sights!
  • Try not to walk the lanes around evening time without anyone else, especially in larger urban communities or towns. If you're out late, take a taxi or Uber, without fail.
  • Pickpockets exist here as they do all over the place, so if you're visiting markets, bazaars, train or transport stations be extra careful.
  • Be cautious when travelling to remote regions during your African trip
  • Don’t travel alone at night
  • Register your travel plans with your government
  • Keep in regular contact with members at home.
  • Always barter at markets to get a fair price, but remember that for most of these people, the market is their only source of income.
  • To get the best deals at markets, go early toward the beginning of the day, as many sellers accept that if the first individual to go to their shop purchases something, will bring good luck for them for the rest of the day.
  • Never carry all of your money or cards in a single place. Spread it out into different pockets, a money belt, the covering in your bag, and so forth.
  • If possible, bring two types of credit cards (Visa and MasterCard, for example), you have a higher chance of a having a card that will work at any ATM.
  • Always keep small amount of cash in your pocket so that you are not standing in the middle of a market shuffling through a stack of money to find the correct change.
  • Don’t change your currency at the airport.
  • Either take an unlocked cell phone and get a SIM card when you get to your destination, or buy a cheap phone when you arrive. Most companies give out free SIM cards or sell them at a cheap cost and you can simply add airtime as you need it.
  • Opt for a small camera that fits in a pocket and if you can get one that is waterproof, even better!
  • Keep extra memory card with you to store your pictures!
  • Bring a USB stick with you to transfer your pictures from your camera to your laptops.
  • Bring a worldwide travel adaptor and a solar charging device with you.
  • Savour local cuisine! Taste as many local cuisines as you can.
  • Make sure that you drink enough! It is exceptionally easy to get dehydrated when you are traveling – you are frequently walking considerably more than you realize and will probably be sweating!
  • Have your camera ready at all times, not packed away in your bag, or you could miss out. If you are afraid of dust, cover it with something that can be removed quickly.
  • Ask permission when taking photos of the locals.
  • If you have time, then volunteer some of your timefor meaningful projects when traveling African nations.
  • Accept that you won’t be able to see everything during your trip.
  • Take into account jetlag and travel fatigue and plan your trip accordingly.
  • Last but not the least, don’t forget to enjoy your trip.

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