If you are planning to go on a safari for the first time, it’s likely you have lots of questions – accommodation, best destinations to visit, your safety and health, and so on. Getting advice from someone who has experience can help ease your mind, and help you prepare better for your trip, to get the most out of it.
Read on for some practical tips to help you prepare for your safaris in Kenya:
Your first encounter with wildlife will be epic: You might have seen animals at the zoo or on tv, but nothing really comes close to seeing animals in their wild state in their natural habitat. There’s just something truly magical about silently observing the various species as they go about their lives, unaware and unaffected by your presence. Many tourists say they remember that moment as though it was only yesterday, even after years and years have passed.
Be open-minded and flexible: As with many things in life, it is always good to be flexible and open-minded. No safari is the same as the other; it’s all unpredictable. So, don’t be overly stressed when things don’t turn out as planned – like when you don’t see much or when the ride is tougher than anticipated. It’s also good to be prepared for cold or warm weather, smooth or bumpy ride, and so on.
Stay safe: When on safari, it is critical to always observe the safety rules and regulations that your guide may give. It’s easy to forget that these are wild animals and while they may seem docile enough at a distance, shouldn’t be approached, fed, or taunted.
Be free: Ask as many questions as you’d like about animals and culture. Ask to stop when you want to take a picture and take as many as you’d love to. Remember, you are on a safari to have fun and learn – don’t hold back.
Booking a safari
When booking your safaris, it is advisable to go through a reputable travel agent. While it may be tempting to book your own safari, there’s value in consulting with an agent – especially for destinations in Africa where distances may be vast, internal flight times may be irregular, and there may be things to consider that you might not be aware of.
Packing for a Kenyan safari
- Ideally, you want to pack as lightly as possible – to reduce the weight. Smaller, safari flights will have a strict luggage limit and will require you to use a soft-sided travel bag.
- While your smart phone will get you great shots along the way, it’s also a good idea to pack a good camera with a great zoom lens. Also pack extra memory cards, fully charged batteries and any charging cables.
- Don’t forget to carry binoculars, and make sure your kids have their own too if you’re traveling with them
- Bring sunglasses, sunscreen, mosquito repellant, small backpack, electrical adapters, flashlight (or headlight if you are camping), and a well-equipped first-aid kit. They all come in handy.