Hints and Hacks for a Successful African Safari (Part 1)
I was about 12 years old when I first watched The African Queen, starring the legendary Katharine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart. I was transfixed by the sublime African backdrop that was as much a character in the film as the two headliners. In the film, Bogart’s character explains that the African air “makes your blood race, your face numb, and your spirit soar!” This description of the mysterious and magical continent inspired in me a deep longing to explore Africa, and more specifically, embark on a safari! Indeed, there are few experiences in life more moving and exciting than witnessing majestic lions, elephants, and zebras (oh my!) close up! However, while the movie may have engendered a desire to trek throughout Africa, I did not want to do so under the dire and harsh circumstances that Bogart and Hepburn had to endure!
The Elephant in the Room (Literally)
With that in mind, we thought we’d write a blog for those of you who are contemplating an African safari adventure for the first time and want to be as prepared and as comfortable as possible. The following are some hints and hacks that will prove helpful while on your journey!
I guess the most important consideration for a successful safari is to observe safety rules. It’s imperative to remember that you are surrounded by real-life wild animals. This isn’t virtual reality! Observing safety rules and common sense will go a long way to ensure that you can enjoy your meals whilst on safari without becoming a meal. Some simple, yet life-saving rules to follow:
- Keep your hands and your camera inside the car when near the big cats
- Keep a safe distance from the Elephants (they look so calm and docile, but they can charge unexpectedly)
- Don’t stand between a hippo and water
A safari is definitely the time and place to take a lot of photos! For most, this is a once in a life change to get pictures of these incredible creatures. Because wild animals are, by nature, unpredictable, you’ll want to take lots of pictures when the opportunity presents itself, as you may never get another chance! Warn your besties that you may be jamming their Instagram and Twitter feeds for a while!
It’s important to remember that when on safari you’ll be subjected to particularly harsh elements. It’s very important that you pack the following items to ensure that you’ll be properly protected on your trip:
- Sunscreen with a high SPF
- Quality Sunglasses with UV ray protection
- Plenty of drinking water (often safari tours will provide water, but it’s always a good idea to bring extra)
- Mosquito repellant with DEET
- First-aid kit (ensure that you have medication for diarrhea and car sickness)
- A flashlight
Before You Go
Before you depart on your safari adventure, make sure that your vaccinations and inoculations are all up to date. Check with us to ensure you have the right ones for your African trip. We’ll be happy to do a pre-travel consultation with you so that you’ll have peace of mind on your trip.