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Preparing for Your African Safari

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Preparing for Your Safari
There are numerous preparations you should make before you leave for your African safari vacation. It is especially important to be aware of the physical conditions and safety considerations if you are considering a visit to Africa. Research the political situation in the country you are planning to visit before you book and confirm your travel. Official web sites on the Internet will provide you with complete and up-to-date information.

Before You Leave Home
A crucial consideration is to pack wisely and don’t over-pack. But how do you determine what‘s essential and what’s not? Although having the proper clothing is very important, the key is to travel light but travel smart. It is recommended that you check out the local climate and weather conditions before you embark on a safari. If you have booked through an African travel specialist for your trip, contact that company for clothing suggestions during the specified period of your travel.

Be sure to include good walking shoes that are comfortable and already broken in; don’t make the mistake of bringing brand new shoes. Include comfortable, but protective clothing for your safari. Long-sleeved shirts help protect your arms from the sun and long pants will help protect you from mosquitoes, especially in the evenings.  Wearing neutral-colored clothing will help you blend in with the surroundings while you are admiring the wildlife and will also reflect the sun, keeping you cooler.  You may also want to bring along a warm jacket for cool nights. In addition, you’ll want to take some “dressier clothes” for when you’re planning to be in one of the larger African cities where more formal attire is appropriate.

Sun Protection
Regardless of the time of year you visit Africa, the sun’s heat will be significant during the day. High SPF sunscreen and lip balm are a must, as well as a hat, bandana, sunglasses and so forth. Covering up when in the sun is the best approach to ultraviolet ray protection. Generally, fabrics with a tighter, denser weave give the best protection. Knit constructions, such as cotton t-shirts, give relatively poor protection (SPF rating of 4.8) since UV rays pass through loops on the knit structure.

What about Health Care and Medicine?
You should definitely schedule a doctor’s visit for a complete medical check up well in advance of your departure. First and foremost, you should remember to have prescriptions filled with an adequate supply of the medications you are currently taking. If you are visiting an area known to have malaria, you should consider taking prophylactic malaria medication. Your family physician and safari travel company can offer advice regarding this medication based on the region you are planning to visit. It is also a good idea to have a dental check-up before your travel.

Be sure to enquire about the quality of the drinking water and, if in doubt, drink only bottled.  Many people become dehydrated when on safari because they forget to drink enough water – be sure to drink plenty of water every day.  Re-hydration tablets are also a good item to bring along, just in case.

Pack a medical kit with painkillers, bug repellants, anti-diarrhea pills, bandages and antiseptics for yourself and anyone traveling with you. Finally, ensure that your insurance coverage is adequate in case you become sick or injured abroad. There are insurance companies that specialize in overseas travel insurance and offer short-term coverage’s to suit all needs – your travel agent can help with recommendations.

When You Arrive
After you arrive at your destination, there are some additional points worth noting to preclude illness, accident, or injury so you can enjoy your holiday to the fullest. First, to relieve symptoms of jet lag and fatigue, eat lightly, drink plenty of fluids and avoid alcohol and caffeine for a few days after your arrival. Also, try to adjust your activity levels to the local time zone as soon as possible to get you physically in sync with the local time.

One of the most common reasons for injury abroad is automobile accidents.  Be sure to familiarize yourself with the local driving culture, road signs, speed limits and local police vehicles before attempting to drive. 

When walking in cities and urban areas in Africa, you may want to consider using two wallets. Hide one of them with the bulk of your cash, traveler’s checks, credit cards and other essential items in a safe place on your person. Fill the second wallet with a small amount of money, and use that for routine spending. In addition, you should avoid counting your money in public, as this will cause the unwanted attention of potential thieves.

Finally, if you must take an expensive laptop or camera when walking around in populated areas, try to conceal them as much as possible, preferably in an older or beat up bag.

Eyes on Africa, an African safari company, boasts an extremely knowledgeable team of staff members, who are passionate about every aspect of travel to Africa, including its wildlife and safari destinations. When you're ready to plan your African safari, a holiday in Africa, or if you just have questions, please feel free to contact us toll free at 800-457-9575 or visit our web site at http://www.eyesonafrica.net/contactus.htm and complete an information request form.


Eyes on Africa was selected most knowledgeable Regional Expert for Southern Africa / Safaris by National Geographic Traveler Magazine, 20th Anniversary Special Issue, October 2004.
Eyes on Africa was selected most knowledgeable
Regional Expert for Southern Africa / Safaris by
National Geographic Traveler Magazine,
20th Anniversary Special Issue.

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