The idea of going on safari is one that is appealing to any traveller with a love of animals and adventure. The concept of getting up close and personal with a range of wild animals is an incredible one. Who wouldn’t want to see a lion, rhino or giraffe in their natural habitat instead of in a zoo?
We’ve all seen the photos of safaris depicting a group of people sat in an open top jeep while wild animals run around them. However, it’s important to understand that a safari isn’t always like that – there are various options to consider.
To help you plan the perfect safari experience below is a guide to the different options on offer.
Should you hike or drive?
When it comes to heading out on safari, you have two options: you can choose to walk or drive. The concept of walking around an area where wild animals roam might seem scary, but a lot of people with a passion for hiking prefer to walk rather than drive. As long as you have a guide with you at all times, then you should be perfectly safe exploring on foot. If however, you are not a keen hiker and don’t feel comfortable walking around with the big five roaming free, then travelling via vehicle is perfectly fine and just as enjoyable.
Guided safari vs. self-drive safari
The next thing to consider is whether you would prefer to go on a guided safari or a self-drive one. While you may like the concept of being able to freely explore the areas of the park that you are in yourself, it’s important to think about safety. The fact is that wild animals are dangerous and can cause serious harm or even death if you get on the wrong side of them. Safari locations, like South Africa’s Kruger National Park, for instance, are home to a wide range of animals, from lions and cheetahs to rhinos and elephants. If you are going to opt to self-drive, then you need to know how to look after yourself and your travel buddies. If you don’t feel like you have the adequate knowledge to do that, then perhaps it would be better to play it safe and opt to go on safari with a qualified guide in tow.
Should you camp?
Love the great outdoors? If the answer is yes, then perhaps a camping safari could be the perfect option for you. Of course, the idea of camping in the wild surrounded by dangerous predators might seem a little strange, but if you chose to go with an experienced guide, you can spend a couple of nights camping under the stars and safely enjoy your time on safari. Obviously, if camping isn’t something that appeals to you, there are other options that you can consider.
Would luxury accommodation suit you best?
If camping isn’t for you, there are other options that you can choose from when it comes to your safari experience. From basic wooden lodges to luxury accommodation options like five-star hotels and state of the art glamping pods, there is a range of accommodation on offer. If you are more comfortable living in luxury, then it makes sense to book luxury accommodation, as otherwise, you won’t enjoy your trip.
There you have it, a guide to your options when it comes to African safaris.