You're going on your first African safari: now what?

A few essential travel tips for first timers: what to know and do to be completely prepared and aware!

Preparing for a trip to Africa involves a number of considerations to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable experience, especially if you’re going on a safari. 

Planning and researching should take a considerable amount of time ahead of your departure. We’re here to help, as you know! So, here’s our list of tips for your first time on an African safari!

Check visa and vaccination requirements

Depending on your destination, you may need a visa and certain vaccinations to enter the Country. It’s important to check with the embassy or consulate of the country you plan to visit to find out what the requirements are, as well as visit your local international vaccination center and your Country’s general recommendations.

Many African safari Countries will also require prophylaxis against Malaria.

Plan Your itinerary

Africa is a vast continent with many different Countries to explore. Plan your itinerary carefully, taking into account travel time, transportation options, and activities you want to participate in.

If you’re choosing a self-guided safari and plan to rent your own vehicle, always opt for a 4×4. Seriously consider investing in a GPS and download Track4Africa’s itineraries to be sure about road conditions and actual travel times.

Get travel insurance

It’s always a good idea to purchase travel insurance before going on any trip. This can help protect you in case of unforeseen events such as medical emergencies, trip cancellations, or lost or stolen items.

Pack accordingly – and make lists!

Pack appropriate clothing: Africa is a diverse continent with varying climates, so it’s important to pack appropriate clothing for the region you plan to visit. Light-weight, breathable clothing is recommended for hot, humid areas, while warmer layers are needed for cooler climates.

Don’t forget insect repellents, especially if traveling to a Country where Malaria is present; long-sleeved clothing and long pant are also recommended.

Please, also consider the religion of the Country you’re visiting.

Checklists are always helpful in these cases: we will soon share our lists so you can start from there!

Learn about local customs and culture

It’s important to respect the local culture and customs when traveling anywhere. Learn about the local customs, such as appropriate dress and behavior, and try to learn a few words in the local language to show respect and connect with locals.

Most people will appreciate it if you can say hello and thank you in their own language!

Practice safety measures

Africa, like any other travel destination, has some safety risks. Be aware of your surroundings, avoid carrying large amounts of cash or valuable items, and only use reputable transportation and accommodation services.

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