Is it safe to travel to Africa on Safari?
As with many places around the world Africa has its places of danger and these should be avoided. There are many horror stories coming out of the continent but in general Africa is a safe destination to travel to – if you take the necessary precautions. Planning your trip through a reputable travel company will prevent any misunderstandings and allow you to enjoy what will certainly be your most memorable holidays.
What dangers will I encounter in Africa?
You will probably go through your African Safari without encountering anything that can be construed as a dangerous situation. You will, in all likelihood, get up close and personal with some of Africa’ most dangerous animals albeit it from the safety of a safari vehicle.
Listening to your guide will ensure that these encounters stay memorable for the right reasons. When in the wilderness areas it is advisable to listen to the safety talks and not think that you can do your own thing. Although animals can be approached in the safari vehicles they are wild and will react to a threat – a person walking in their territory is considered a threat.
How can I prevent contracting Malaria in Africa?
Although malaria is prevalent in Africa the chance of you as a visitor contracting the disease is very small. Malaria is rife in highly populated areas and these areas are generally not on the tourist route. It is essential to take prophylactics which must be administered by your GP’s before departing on your safari. Covering up in the evenings and using repellent on the areas that cannot be covered will assist in preventing mosquitoes biting.
There are areas in Africa where a safari can be had in a malaria-free environment
Is there a best time to visit Africa on Safari?
As Africa straddles the equator and the two tropics there will be a destination to visit at any time of the year. In the past it was thought that countries should be avoided during the rainy season but this has proved to be misleading in many cases as the rainy seasons provide some of the most dramatic experiences. A travel consultant will advise on the options at specific times of the year.
Also read more about The African Safari Seasons
Which country is the best to visit in Africa for a safari?
This is like asking what the weather will be like in a particular place on a particular day – there is no definite answer. It may depend on what you are looking for but if the goal is merely to experience Africa then your options are many. A travel consultant can guide you in making a decision.
Will I be guaranteed to see lions on my African Safari?
Most of the better-known parks and reserves have lions but this is still no guarantee that you will see lions on your safari, however the chances are very high. Visiting a number of parks during your safari will allow for more chance of seeing these incredible creatures. You may well see lions every day of your safari but as with all wildlife nothing is sure. The best approach is not to put yourself under pressure to see lions but rather to appreciate everything – the lions will happen.
What accommodation can I expect on my African Safari?
An African Safari today is a far cry from the safaris of the past and quite simply you can expect any accommodation you desire – from rustic camping safaris to 6-star luxury. When enquiring it is best to state what your expectations are regarding accommodation and the consultants will assist you in meeting your needs. The costs of the accommodations vary a great deal too.
What standard of food can I expect on my African Safari holiday?
The standard of food is generally very high – even in the remotest lodges. Most lodges will have qualified chefs on hand. Part of the safari experience today is the cuisine and a great emphasis is placed on food – and there will be more than sufficient.
What medical supplies must I pack for my African Safari?
A medical kit is usually available at lodges and in safari vehicles to treat minor inflictions but a basic medical kit with painkillers, antiseptic cream, anti histamine and plasters is advisable. Prescription medicines must be brought with on safari and it is important to note that a description of the medicine should be obtained from your practitioner in case of emergency while on safari. The description will allow for medical personal in Africa to find a replacement prescription if necessary.
Can I charge my camera batteries while on safari?
Most accommodations in Africa will have facilities to charge batteries for cameras and video recorders but it is advisable to bring spare batteries as backup. Many establishments have the necessary adaptors to fit all international plugs but it is advisable to bring your own adaptors.
Some establishments will have photographic equipment for sale such as batteries, film and memory cards but these may be relatively pricey so it is best to come prepared.
What currency is best for a safari in Africa?
- Most countries and establishments will take payment in US$ but it is always advisable to exchange an amount into the local currency in case of emergency. Your guide will advise on currency exchange matters. It is recommended for South Africa to exchange currency into the local Rand.
- In most countries it is easy to exchange money into local currency, be it at the airport or bank.
- Credit cards are widely accepted.
African Safari FAQ
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Which Safari is for You?
Between family safaris and high-end specialist safaris, the style of a safari trip depends on your needs, or level of fitness.