If you are intending to going on an African safari, the last thing you would like to do is spoil the trip right out of the chute by forgetting some essential things. Make yourself a directory of things to do and check everything off as you go along. There are some important things to think about before you head to Africa.
You will want to wear comfortable, but protective clothing on your safari. Long-sleeved shirts help safeguard your arms from the sunlight, and long pants will help protect you from mosquitoes. Wearing neutral colored clothing will help you blend in alongside the environment when you are admiring the wildlife, and will assist you to reflect sunshine, keeping you cooler.
Remember, your transportation may not allow you to carry a large number of luggage, so be conservative. You may have to travel by a small plane or boat and not be in a position to carry greater than a few pounds worth ( perhaps 20 or 25). Be sure your gear and clothing is packed in something waterproofed like a duffel bag. Most safari guide services recommend only 2 or 3 days worth of clothing be thought as there will be facilities to do laundry in most camps and lodges. If you are planning on being in any of the larger African urban centers with restaurants, they may require more ‘dressy’ attire, so take something correct.
He’re a few items you may wish to take along on your African safari:
Clothing – sweater and jacket, raincoat, jeans, dress pants or skirts ( if you intend to arrange going into the city; you might even want to take a tie and some dress shoes), t-shirts, underclothing, sports bra, sun protecting hats, socks, hiking shoes
Miscellaneous – large handkerchief or headband, oral cleanliness supplies, hair care supplies, shaving gear, sun glasses, wash cloth, plastic storage rack bags, sunscreen and insect repellent, drugs for allergies, common colds and headaches, flashlight, pocket knife, camera and film (this is important – don’t count on received it there), batteries, small emergency first aid kit, eye drops, lip balm
You ought to plan on visiting your doctor several weeks before your vacation to make sure you have the inoculations and drugs you may need. There are some things you might be susceptible to in Africa that you want to guard against.
A Yellow Fever Vaccination Card is required for entry into Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. Malaria prophylactics are best before entering into a malaria area (particularly Kruger). Malaria is spread by mosquitoes, so take other precautions, too. Avoid Bilharzia ( the result of tiny parasites) by doing nothing in stagnant rivers or streams.
If you’r a non-resident of Africa, you will have to have a passport that doesn’t expire for at least 6 months after your return home. Visas that are acquired before you travel are needed in Egypt, Madagascar, Mozambique, and Tanzania. Visas can be obtained upon arrival in Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Also, plan on gaining access to least the least sum of travel cover.
Many places outside the African urban centers accept American currency along with local currency. Also, take travellers cheques in small denominations for incidental expenses. Many establishments in the cities also accept international charge cards. Some banks have ATM machines where you are able to use an international charge card to buy local currency. You will need to make sure you have some American cash for visas, airport departures, taxes, tipping, etc. Carry small denominations like $10 – $20 USD and plenty of $1 USD for tipping.
So, getting ready for your African Safari is a job in itself, but if you arrive prepared you will certainly have a more enjoyable and hassle free trip.