Planning a safari can seem like a daunting task. Researching the endless amounts of tour operators in all of the countries claiming to offer the best safaris. However, it doesn’t need to be hard but you will need to dedicate some time to reading reviews, doing some research, and making a number of inquires.
THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
1.WHICH COUNTRY OFFERS THE BEST SAFARIS?
This answer is going to change depending on who you ask and where you want to go. There are many great countries in Africa to go on safari and you can’t go wrong with many of them. This is going to come down to your preference or from a trustworthy review you read on a particular country. Decide on which country you want to travel to for your safari. Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Congo, South Africa, Zambia or Zimbabwe. Every safari will vary depending on the country but they will all offer an incredible experience.
2. FIND THE RIGHT SAFARI TOUR OPERATOR
Whenever possible I avoid organized tours because I like to plan them myself but in this circumstance you truly need a guide to drive you from each game reserve to the next and help you spot animals. It is possible to go safari without a tour operator but you will need a lot of experience traveling off road with little guidance. After you determine where you want to go start researching the best tour operators. Read other travelers experiences on blogs and reviews sites.
3. WHAT TYPE OF TOUR ARE YOU PLANING, PRIVATE OR GROUP TOUR?
This comes right down to costs. The bigger the group the less you will pay. However, this might mean riding in a large off-road bus type vehicle with a huge group. It will save you money and it is an option but I don’t think it offers the best experience. However, you will still see amazing animals but it will be experienced with a lot of new friends.
4. PICKING A TOUR OPERATOR
This is critical because they are your eyes, ears, and guide for days. They can make or break your experience. A highly knowledgeable guide can add a lot to your safari.
Safaris are a once in a lifetime experience for many and with the cost involved it is easy to see why. Be sure to plan a lot, do your research and never settle for the first quote you are offered from a tour operator. Negotiate, give them your budget and work with them to save on your trip.