1) Forget time
There is a saying that “the early bird catches the worm” and this is never more true than on Safari. So don’t be tempted to hit snooze and embrace the early morning game drives as this is when the magical moments can occur. Be sure to take it all in and listen to your guide. When booking the trip make sure you speak to the experts and check your agent has actually visited the places they are recommending as this will ensure you get the most from your trip.
2) Shake out your shoes
There is no guessing what could make your shoes their home during the night so be sure to shake them out before putting them back on.
3) Watch what you eat and drink
A dodgy stomach is pretty common for first-timers on Safari. That doesn’t mean you should rule out trying new food, but try to stick to peeled fresh fruit and foods that have been either boiled or fried. Stay on bottled water and avoid salads and ice.
4) Safari Dust
There is no way to avoid getting dusty and mucky on your trips however be prepared and it won’t become an issue. Take wet wipes with you and spare sunglasses in case of accidents. A waterproof rucksack cover or liner is perfect for any sudden downpours that may occur and will ensure that any electronics or equipment you have won’t get damaged.
To shop the range, please see Dry Bags and Stuff Sacks.
5) Dress appropriately
The last thing you want to wear is loud or brash colours on Safari. Stick with neutral, earthy tones to ensure that you can blend in with your surroundings better, which will add to the experience. Nobody wants to attract the attentions of curious animals and provoke them with bad fashion sense.
Being on Safari can be difficult if you are not adequately hydrated – the sun is hot and relentless out on the road and it could well ruin your whole trip if you get sun stroke. Make sure to have plenty of water throughout the day, perhaps even a refillable water bottle to ensure you always have enough.
To shop the range, please see Clean Water and Hydration.
7) Bugs and bites
Never more prevalent than on Safari. Take plenty of insect repellent and afterbite. Clothing with insect protection built in is ideal but you can also buy treatment spray for your clothes that won’t break the bank. There is no such thing as too much protection when confronted with bugs that can leave a lasting impression with their victims.
8) Stay safe
Whilst “don’t wonder off alone” might seem a bit obvious, you will be amazed at what some people will do to get the social media worthy shot. Don’t be ‘that person’ for a few extra likes, as there is plenty of animals on Safari that will eat you if given a chance.