Africa really sparks the imagination since it blurs lines into the fantastical. It’s distinct, it’s unusual, and it seems to have a really different name everywhere. However, it need not be intimidating. Here are some crucial tips that we hope may bring about some serenity.
- Put on your natural mindset.
Time is not determined by the minutes on a clock, especially in the wilderness, but rather by the path of the sun. You’ll benefit from the experience much more if you settle into this frame of mind. Although everyone will have their ideal sights, we also advise against bringing a detailed list of safari must-sees. You discover that going on safari is about much more than just crossing off creatures when you let yourself fall into the rhythm of the wild. It’s about savoring a distinct environment that will provide you with lifelong memories.
- On your safari, feel secure.
Many visitors arrive with unsolved concerns, possibly regarding safety, restrooms, their health, or being eaten by lions. This anxiety can occasionally deter individuals from traveling to this amazing continent. Within a few hours of your arrival, Africa will have charmed and surprised you. As you learn that traveling to Africa is actually rather simple, your stress levels start to decrease.
- Our best advice is to unwind.
On this continent, strangers greet one another, everyone looks each other in the eye, and there is a contagious joy practically everywhere. We’ve returned from several African safaris certain that Europe could learn more from Africa than Africa could from the West. For one thing, wildlife has become extinct on several continents, yet in Africa, lions and humans have coexisted since the dawn of early man.
- Being Secure at the Camp
Numerous techniques are employed by camps and lodges to keep animals out of your tent or room. When you check in, almost all will give you a safety briefing that includes instructions on where to walk safely, what to do if you hear or see something strange, and even what to do if you need to use the restroom late at night. Everywhere is unique, and many camps will accompany you from your accommodation to the public areas with native warrior guides. Again, there is nothing to be afraid of; just appreciate the wildness of your surroundings.
- Feel free and flexible on Game Drives
Forget about time, get used to the distinctive rhythm, and take in the beauty that surrounds you. From 7am to 10am, game drives do not take place. Around daybreak, they set out, following the landscape’s cues to maximize their chances of seeing wildlife. Instead of listening to the guide’s announcement that the time is over, you’re going to follow the leopard if you see it out and about. The itinerary can also change at the last minute due to a rare animal sighting that the guides received through radio in the opposite direction from where you were going.
- Keep the Environment in Mind
Respecting animals is a natural extension of respecting the environment. Being on safari is not like visiting a zoo. In no way is it about interaction. You won’t be chasing gazelles, kissing giraffes, riding buffalos, or feeding lions. You won’t want to do anything that disturbs the natural rhythm of the land after seeing so many wild animals in their natural habitat; it is a life-changing event. Keep in mind that you are a guest in their world. Therefore, be considerate of the local four-legged population and refrain from approaching any animals. For instance, zebras and warthogs may appear charming, but they have a lot of experience fending off threats that are much larger than you!