African Safari Vacation - How To Enjoy Your African Adventure!

By: Dean Caporella

Preparation is a key element in enjoying an African safari vacation. Bad preparation before traveling to a foreign continent can cost you in more ways than one!

Let's face it, not many people will get the opportunity to experience the adventure and exhileration of mighty Africa so why risk problems without some preparation.

African Safari Preparation

What preparation am I talking about? Well, the basics.

It may seem trivial at first but everything from clothing to personal care to seeing your doctor before you embark on your adventure of a lifetime will make a huge difference on whether your memories of your African safari trip will be memorable or forgettable.

Let's take a look at some of the essential preparation you need to take care of before you leave.

1. Your travel agent is the first guide who will be appointed on your trip. He/she is very important. Sit down with them and make a checklist of items you need.

2. Check the "lay of the land." Vitally important! Whether you are traveling solo or with a group, do a little homework on where you are traveling too. Get a feel for some of the local customs and laws.

3. What will the weather be like where you are heading too? If you hate wet weather then avoid taking your trip during the wet season.

4. The weather will have a big bearing on the type of clothing you are taking. Too many times on an African safari vacation people over pack. Dragging heavy luggage around on a mobile trip like a safari is sheer lunacy.

The tip is to travel light and if you are not quite sure, refer back to your initial guide...your travel agent. Light clothing is key but also pack a sweater and be sensible about the type of shoes you take. Walking shoes are key.

5. Personal care items are another vital aspect of an African safari vacation. No, not your aftershave or perfume but skin protection items such as sunburn cream and lip balm.

6. Medical items such as medication can be tricky. If you are on medication you need to make sure you have ample supply but the "catch 22" situation is you need to check with your travel agent as to what type of medication you can actually take with you to another country.

7. Have a medical check up before you leave. This is extremely important. The last thing you need is to become ill in the middle of Africa. This could put you in a very awkward situation.

8. Make sure your immigration papers are all up to date. How's your passport? Have you updated it?

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