Preparing for a Safari Holiday
Going on safari is an amazing experience. Youll see things few people on the planet have seen and gain a real insight into exotic wildlife habitats and behaviour. That said, a safari holiday is unlike most other vacations. Youll be getting up early, hiking along long trails and youll be at the mercy of all sorts of extreme weather. Its exhilarating, rather than relaxing and it requires a bit of physical and mental preparation. Even though, when you book a luxury safari through Aspen Travel, you can expect your every whim and need to be catered for by professional hospitality staff and skilled guides, it’s useful to know what to expect. That’s why we’ve put together this guide to help prepare you for the adventure that lies ahead.
What to Pack
One of the most useful items you can pack for your safari holiday is a pair of sturdy walking boots; ones with good grips, so you can easily make your way through the mud, woods, forest floor, or whatever landscape the safari is going to throw your way. Neutral coloured clothes, with long sleeves to protect you from undergrowth, and worn in layers so that you can be prepared for a range of temperatures, is the most practical wardrobe you can pack. Rain gear that can be folded to take up just a little room will also be invaluable, especially if you’re visiting a destination such as Uganda, where sudden downpours in the tropical forests are quite likely to occur. Essential items besides clothes, that you simply must remember to take with you, are sun protection, a camera, binoculars and insect repellent; all for obvious reasons!
Manage your expectations
You’re probably aware that a safari holiday is unlikely to involve a fortnight of relaxing and soaking up the sun poolside. Your trip will include active, strenuous days, which can be quite exhausting, so if youre physically fit, youll get more out of your holiday.
It’s also important when you’re out on a trail, or a game drive, to listen to your guide at all times. The instructions your guide will impart are for your personal safety and to help you get the most out of the excursion. Don’t get too close to the animals. They are in their natural environment and may become aggressive if provoked. Conversely, you also need to be aware that on some days, you might not see the wildlife youre hoping to see. This is not the fault of the guide. Your guide will always do his or her best to show you the wildlife in an area.
Going on safari doesn’t have to involve roughing it! We partner with the long established safari specialists; Cox and Kings and Somak, to bring you a luxury escorted tour safari, which will provide a high standard of comfort. For your inclusive price, youll get everything you need in your package, including flights and transfers, a high standard of accommodation, three meals a day and professional tour guides who will take you safely into the heart of the action. If youre ready to find out more, please give us a call. Well be happy to discuss possible destinations, schedules and prices.