Africa is one of the most beautiful continents and has a lot to offer you in terms of natural beauty. A trip to Africa is the dream of many. It is a majestic continent outlined with mysteries and filled with adventures. A trip to Africa is a revelation that lets you see a place that is much more than just the land of lions, giraffes, war and poverty. It is a land of untamed wilderness, exquisitely beautiful natural heritage sights and brilliant wildlife. This article will help you plan your trip to Africa by answering all your questions.
WHEN TO PLAN: It is always advisable to plan your trip to Africa as far in advance as you can. Planning the trip a few months ahead will let you choose the best camps available, especially if you plan to travel during the Southern African Safari during the months of July through October.
COST: The cost of African Safaris and holidays is very reasonable. They are designed to suit your needs and interests whether you plan to travel to Africa in the high season (July through mid-November) or low season (November through June)
TRAVEL DOCUMENTS: Keep the following documents ready with you at all times:
- Photocopy of your passport and visa
- Passport should be valid for at least 6 months after your return home date.
- Passport should have at least 2 blank pages.
- List of traveler’s cheque numbers
- A travel wallet or zip pocket for cash. It is not advisable to carry large amounts of cash with you.
- Travelers insurance is also necessary to cover any emergency expenditure
Check for visa requirements in the consulate of the country you intend to visit.
IS TRAVEL TO AFRICA SAFE: Africa is as safe to travel as any other destination. There are certain safety precautions that you need to keep in mind.
- Keep an eye on your belongings, wallet, and camera when walking in a crowd.
- Avoid walking in the cities at night.
- Keep your valuables safely in your hotel.
- Choose an experienced tour operator to guide you throughout your trip.
- Adhere to what your guide tells you.
- Never tease or feed wild animals.
LUGGAGE: Pack comfortable clothes along with enclosed walking shoes, socks and long trousers.
FOOD: The restaurants serve variety of cuisines from British to European as well as local cuisines.
WEATHER: The weather is mostly dry with no humidity. In winter night temperature falls below freezing point. By mid morning the days heat up. Rain occurs during November through March. The dry season lasts from April to October.
MEDICAL PRECAUTIONS: Malaria is an important health consideration in Southern Africa thus it is advised to take prophylactics. Unless you are travelling from a region where yellow fever is prevalent no vaccination is required.
Once you have your itinerary ready along with a list of do’s and don’ts you can look forward to a wonderful time in Africa!