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Tuesday, April 03, 2007

How To Prepare For An African Safari And Stay Safe

An African Safari should be the holiday of a lifetime... for many, it's proven somewhat of a nightmare simply because they failed to prepare properly for their trip!

Whether you are taking and african lion safari, travelling to South Africa's Kruger National Park or Tanzania's magnificent Serengeti, basic preparation is vital if you plan on enjoying your experience.

What You Need To Take On African Safari

It's amazing how often the simple things are overlooked. For example safari wear is vital. On this trip though you don't want to be too overburded with luggage in fact, travelling light is always best.

What to wear on safari? It's light clothing in summer and light and heavy during winter. Days can be hot in many parts of Africa however, the nights can be extremely cool. There are some pretty friendly insects in mighty Africa so insect repellant is a must while sunscreen is also a good idea along with a hat or hats!

Be on your guard all the time, particularly in urban areas and I.D. should be with you all the time; even when you go to bed at night, make sure it's in a place you can remember.

Popular Safari Destinations

African lion safaris are always popular. With the african lion coming under scrutiny in recent years with dwindling numbers many people are taking advantage of seeing this magnificent beast in the wild.

Some of the more popular lion safari destinations include the Masai Mara National reserve in Kenya, particularly during the months of the wildbeest migration. South Africa's vast Kruger National Park, Botswana's magnificent Central Kalahari, Chobe and Linyati parks and Tanzania's famous reserves, from the Serengeti to Lake Victoria.

The african lion is not the only famous "jungle icon" you'll witness in this amazing landscape. One of Africa's great attraction is it's landscape extremes. From thick jungle to open plains and waterways, if you are a student of photography then you'll be in your element.

What Safari Do You Prefer?

The available safaris on offer are numerous and it can be tough to decide. Walking safaris are excellent because you are on the ground getting "down and dirty" in deep, darkest Africa. Walking safaris are very well guided and if you are a first time visitor, travelling with experienced safari enthusiasts is recommended.

Mobile safaris are the most popular. Africa is vast and being mobile is the easiest and quickest way to see it. Fly-ins are a little more expensive but seeing Africa from the sky is an opportunity most don't experience and if you can afford it, it's well worth the expense!

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