Considerations Before Going On A Safari

March 28, 2012 · Posted in Travel 

With South Africa having made the international news worldwide as host to the 2010 FIFA World Cup tournament, many people will be considering returning for a vacation, or visiting for the first time. They have many private game farms and national parks. There are, however, several things that you should consider before going.

Budget

Although the exchange rate is generally in the international visitor’s favor, there are a variety of options available that can make your vacation more affordable. Usually there are game lodges that will offer nice places to stay. These vacations are for the luxury-seeking, money’s-no-object holidaymakers.

The national parks usually offer self-catering cottages and camping facilities, with stores and food available.

Another option is to stay in hotels, guest houses or bed and breakfast establishments close to the many national parks, using their proximity to take day trips into the park while still able to experience other attractions in the area. This will give you more freedom, even if you have to hire a car. South Africa has many well equipped camping sites.

Seasons

South Africa is in the southern hemisphere, so the seasons are reversed. The best game viewing time is in the winter from June to September.

The animals are in the midst of a dry season at this time and will be out at the watering holes. Vegetation isn’t super dense at this time, so you can see them more clearly.

Safety

The crime statistics in South Africa may deter some visitors, an alert tourist will have no problems. They do however, have to be alert and aware of what is going on around them. Petty theft is really going to be the only thing to look out for in smaller towns. Don’t leave cameras, cell phones, or wallets unattended. Cars should be locked, and any valuables packed in the trunk or glove compartment out of site before arriving at your destination.

The animals that you’ll see are wild, and very dangerous. Follow the regulations regarding staying in the car, keeping windows closed, not feeding the animals or teasing them. An animal can get spooked from the smallest things.

Check and see if the area that you want to visit is prone to malaria. Whether you are visiting a malaria zone or not, take insect repellent and use it liberally, especially in the evenings and at night. You must wear sunscreen, too.

A South African safari will offer you views of wild animals you will never see outside of a zoo. The “Big Five” are lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants, and Cape buffalo, and are supplemented by other animals like antelope and giraffe. South Africa has many beautiful landscapes to offer.

Trust All Seasons Construction for all of your vinyl siding wichita kansas projects.

Comments

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.