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The ultimate guide to planning a safari!

If you happen to get the chance to talk to someone who has been on a safari, you will hear about the fantastic experience they had while on safari. We’re all familiar with the iconic photos of the African wilderness however being there in person is something you would not trade with anything else.  While the imagery may ignite a strong desire to travel, newer technology such a virtual reality and 360° videos can be used as more than just inspiration to travel but allow you the opportunity to test out a destination, safari activities, and even hotels as though you were there already. Think of it a bit like test-driving your safari holiday. 

Even if you’re just dreaming of a holiday, 360° safari videos can function as a quick escape to an exotic location without even leaving your desk!

Truly, these videos are an invaluable resource to anyone planning a safari, providing ample opportunity for you to see what your experience will be like. With the complexities that planning a safari could have, here are some other things to keep in mind when planning your safari.

Do your homework

For some, a safari in Africa is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Thus, doing extensive research and planning is always advised to ensure that your trip progresses smoothly and meets all your expectations. Of course, the internet has made this task far easier and more accessible to everyone. Things like 360° safari videos are valuable tools in your arsenal when planning your memorable adventure, and shouldn’t be overlooked as an important part of the planning process.

Don’t try and do it all yourself

While some destinations lend themselves to booking it yourself, or even self-drive vacations, a safari is a little trickier. Particularly with East African safaris, it becomes tricky to get around once you’re in the country; distances are vast, roads can be in poor condition and rarely signposted making self-driving very risky. With that in mind, booking your safari yourself is usually not advised. If you’re not familiar with safari destinations and the intricacies of getting around in East Africa, booking your trip yourself can end up costing you more in unforeseen costs. It’s best to work with a reputable travel agent, who will most likely have a good relationship with the hotels and lodges in your chosen destination and therefore have access to the best possible rates.

Pack appropriately

While international luggage restrictions are usually quite generous with luggage allowances, smaller, internal flights that will get you to your remote safari lodge will be far stricter. Make sure you’ve made provision for this by packing light up front. Bright coloured clothes are not advisable – aim for neutral colours in light, breathable fabrics. You won’t need specialized clothing for a safari unless you’ve planned a hike or a walking safari, in which case a comfortable pair of walking shoes is advised. Make sure to pack a hat, sunglasses, and plenty of sunblock too!

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