How to plan a safari to Africa? – Planning a gorilla and Chimpanzee trekking safaris – Planning wildebeest safaris – Planning wildlife safaris in Africa.
How to plan a safari to Africa? – Planning your first safari to Africa may feel overwhelming, because of the sheer amount of choice. The biggest destinations in terms of infrastructure, variety of African National Parks, breadth of lodges and big-five habitats in Africa. Before interrogating tour operator, or going down a Google rabbit hole, it can be helpful to start with vision boarding the basics.
An African safari maybe once-in-a-lifetime experience and should be on every traveller’s bucket list. Planning your first safari to Africa can be an enjoyable experience, but there are many factors to consider when planning a safari, especially for first timers. Traveling to Africa is not as straight forward as visiting other parts of the World. Many places are remote with extensive driving routes and require logistical planning with flights and transfers.
We recommend letting Great Adventure Safaris do that for you. We take care of your tour from start-to-finish. Whether you are planning a family holiday, a group tour, a company trip, a month-long stay, visits to multiple countries, or just a simple trip for two, our team of safari experts are here to provide you with the best safari experience.
Africa is a huge continent with natural wonders, vast lands of amazing wildlife, great cities and cultural experiences. Deciding what to do during your travels can be intimidating. However, first deciding where you want to visit can help narrow down all the sights and activities available. We recommend focusing on 1 to 2 countries for your first time. Trying to squeeze in too many countries will make each destination feel rushed and diminish the experience. For first timers hoping to see a lot of wildlife, consider African countries which offer the greatest opportunities for “big 5” sightings and many other species.
Africa offers a variety of accommodations depending on the destination. The type will determine the budget and activities you can expect. Are you looking for budget-friendly 3 to 4-star or luxury 5-star accommodations? During your safari, are you interesting in staying in lodges, permanent-tented camps, and mobile/seasonal camps? While in Africa’s cities, are you interested in staying at a major hotel or a boutique hotel? The number of hotels, lodges, and camps available in Africa are plentiful. Our expert team makes frequent site visits to ensure that your accommodation is up to our standards. They will be able to suggest the best options available based on your preferences and budget. For example, the perfect lodge for honeymooners would not be ideal for families or large groups.
Other practical tips
When picking a safari lodge, think about how remote it is, and if other lodges are close by, private reserves on the edge of National parks tend to be more intimate, as there’s the chance to go off-road during the day (and night), instead of sticking to a pre-ordained track.
Having a private vehicle is ideal and in terms of wildlife viewing, for some, it’s more important than the lodge, as it means being free to decide which sightings to prioritise.