When people hear the words ‘South Africa,’ the first thing that comes to mind most of the time is safari. Travellers who visit South Africa often do not leave without joining in on one or more safari tours. As they say, you have not really experienced South Africa until you join in on a safari tour. After all, South Africa is one of, if not, the best place to go on a safari adventure.
Safari tours are widely promoted so you have plenty to choose from. But if you are already in South Africa and have just decided to join in on a safari tour, you can make inquiries in different travel agencies about the different tour packages they have to offer. Private tours are also available but be ready to shell out more money for such tours compared to joining in on group tours.
Group tours may be as small as 5 to a vehicle or as big as 10 or more in a group, depending on the company organizing the tours. Safaris usually have itineraries that last for several days to let travellers have the full experience. There are also those who offer night safaris but most companies only offer day tours. Self-drive tours are also available but you can only go to certain places allotted for such. Have a check on the official tourism board website.
Far from the safari of times past where hunting was involved, those joining in on safaris nowadays will just be observing and taking photographs of plants and animals in their natural habitats. Guides may or may not let you near the animals so it is better to be prepared in any case to snap the photo of a lifetime. With varying temperatures, it is recommended to wear layers that can easily be removed when it gets hot. Long-sleeved shirts are a must because it gets cold at night and at the same time protects you from insect bites. Avoid wearing white, red, blue, and black clothes because these colors attract certain animals – you need to blend in with the environment and move around unnoticed so wear neutral colors and light fabric. Since Africa is known to be hot, pack on the sunscreen with a high SPF, hat, sunglasses and water to protect you from the heat and keep you hydrated. Don’t forget to bring flashlights, medicines and first aid kits.
There are plenty of safari areas you can go to. The most visited is the Kruger National Park containing hundreds of species, such as the “Big Five” – lions, elephants, rhinos, leopards, and buffalos. If you want to see more flora than fauna, Namaqualand is a must visit. The Knysna National Lake Area is for those seeking African waters and scenery. These are just a few of the places you can go to for a safari tour in South Africa. Whichever you choose, you won’t be disappointed!
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