Safari Tips Africa
8 TIPS FOR SAFARI IN KENYA
The Masai Mara and the Serengeti in Tanzania are the most famous National Park of East Africa. The Masai Mara has many wildlife including elephants, giraffes, lions, gazelles, buffalo, cheetahs, leopards, hyenas, rhinos etc. A safari in the Masai Mara in Kenya is one of the best experiences you will ever have.
A family of elephants lazily crossing the path, a group of lions basking in the sun or a giraffe walking past the sun setting. This is what you expect to encounter when you go on safari. To ensure that your safari is a success please find below 8 customized tips for you.
TIP 1 - CHEAP IS EXPENSIVE
Not all that appears to be cheap is cheap, some safaris are offered as cheap but they take you to a substandard accommodation or outside the park! Many safaris are offered as budget safaris but with hidden catch. A few examples: - The entrance fee for the park is not included in the price, about $ 80 per person per day - the safari is not in the park but the surrounding regions – The accommodations and meals are calculated separately making you assume you are going on a cheap safari. It is better to pay a little more money for a wonderful experience than to save a some money ending up having a series of disappointments for example poor transportation or not visiting the park at all.
TIP 2 - TRAVEL JUST BEFORE HIGH SEASON
If you want to see a lot of animals, it is advisable to go in the high season. That is from July to September (especially Masai mara because of the great Migration). The disadvantage of this season is that the prices are higher and you have more traffic of minivans and jeeps in the park. Just before the peak season is a lot quieter in the park and you do not see many other visitors. This produces beautiful pictures when spotting animals. The negative part is you won’t spot the great migration in Masai mara. But you still have a good chance of spotting the big five.
TIP 3 - CHOOSE A JEEP
A safari can be in different types of vehicles. You can go on safari in a Safari minibus with a seating capacity of 8 seats, or Safari 4x4 land cruiser which have a seating capacity of 8 pax or Large 20+ seats Military Jeep Like Bus. It is best to do a safari in a small 4x4 Land cruiser because the jeep is easier to drive through the park and get close to the animals. It is a lot more comfortable than a minivan. The small 4x4 make your personal needs be taken care of.
TIP 4 - DO MULTIPLE GAME DRIVES
Especially in the off-season, one game drive is not enough. It is not a zoo and the animals have hundreds of km to walk around thus you might be unlucky on your first game drive. By doing several game drives at different times (early morning and end of afternoon), you increase the chances of a successful safari. For example it is very special to do an early morning safari and then have breakfast at ten o'clock under a tree in the middle of the park while the gazelles cheerfully pass hopping around or a bush breakfast next to a river full of hippos.
TIP 5 - BOOK SAFARI LOCAL
Almost all Dutch travel agencies/ European Travel agencies book safari but send safaris to local partners who do the actual safari operation. So you can just as well book directly with these partners. There are numerous operators and locations to stay overnight. You can use the reviews of other travelers to choose an appropriate operator. Like Oranje Safari :)
TIP 6 - UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU BOOKED
Please be careful when booking your Africa Holiday, know exactly what you are booking to avoid unpleasant surprises, ask the right questions. A number of important questions:
- Is the safari game drives in the park or outside?
- Is the entrance fee to the park included in the price?
- We the safari be in a jeep or minivan?
- Is it a private safari or with a group and of how many?
- How many game drives will you make per day?
- When we book a balloon (safari) ride, how many people will be flying?
- Where will we be sleeping in a lodge or Tent???
- Do the tents have Mosquito nets?
- Does the tent have a toilet and shower in a tent or outside?
- Is there electricity? All day or only limited time?
- Is the food included in the price or not? If not, what does breakfast, lunch, dinner cost?
It is good to have a look at the pictures of the accommodations or to ask questions to the operator, they will give a good idea of what to expect.
TIP 7 - TAKE A GOOD CAMERA AND TELESCOPE MEE
A good camera is essential on safari. If you want really beautiful close pictures of the animals then you need to take a SLR camera with zoom lens along. The park is beautiful thus the pictures are very nice with a compact camera as well.
TIP 8 - TAKE ENOUGH CASH WITH YOU
It is important to bring enough cash, especially if for example the dinner is not included in the price. Most tented camps have don’t accept Credit card. The guides will expect a tip. For a private guide is that often between 10 and 15 dollars a day. You'll also want to leave something behind for the staff of the camp, so make sure you have enough money in your pocket.
These tips gurantee you a great success on choosing your safari! Have Lots of fun!