Going on a safari is not only an exciting venture but also one that will leave you awed by the many wonderful moments nature has to offer. This holiday periods can never be any more perfect for a safari. For some, they have already booked their safari holiday while others are still planning on doing so. This post will provide you with a number of tips on how to enjoy your safari to the fullest.
Before the onset of everything else, start by picking a safari lodge. Put into consideration factors like size and the location in respect to game viewing areas.
First Tip: Mornings are the best times for safari drives
While on a holiday it may seem quite odd to rise up early in the morning, but yes, you should on a safari. Don’t think it’s not wise to set an alarm to wake you up as early as 6 am.
Most predators are active in the morning and so should you. The lions usually hunt majorly at night and early in the morning. Throughout the day the just relax in the shade to evade the hot midday sun. (Did you know that a lion can sleep for up to 20 hours from midday)? Most animals also head for water in the mornings.
This does not entirely cancel out the possibility of action taking place during the day. Thus, a midday safari may also be rewarding if you are lucky enough.
Second Tip: Carry a camera with you
These beautiful moments are worth capturing on a camera for lifetime memories. You cannot miss out on packing a good camera, with zoom lens. When people arrive with short lenses for a safari, they tend to push to get closer to the animals. But with digital cameras today, you don’t have to be as close as you think. One can always crop later on. The key is really to get natural behaviour by standing back a little bit and letting these things pan out.
However, take care that you do not get lost in just taking photos and videos. Allow yourself some time to just watch, listen and smell.
Third Tip: Pack a pair of binoculars
It’s not all the time that you will move so close to the animals. Some may be far away and getting closer may interfere with their natural interaction. You thus need to have a pair of binoculars and watch the whole action from a far distance.
When it comes to bird watching, a pair of binoculars will help you get to see different species.
Fourth Tip: Be inquisitive
Ask as many questions as you can. Let your guide educate you on the wildlife as well as the surroundings. But the learning process will not just involve asking questions but also being interested in what’s taking place around you.
Fifth Tip: Listen Keenly
Just asking the questions is not enough; listen to the answers provided for these questions. Be attentive when your tracker or guide points out certain animals or anything about the environment.
Listen to the environment. Spare some time and quietly seat on the lodge grounds to just listen. The bush comes both with wonderful sights and sounds appealing to the ears. The sweet bird songs, animal calls and rustlings are what you may not want to miss out. The natural sounds are incredibly soothing.