Getting Started: Planning the Ultimate African Safari

Getting Started: Planning the Ultimate African Safari

Going on safari in Africa is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, a chance to immerse yourself in the stunning landscapes, rich cultures, and abundant wildlife the continent is known for. But planning a safari can be overwhelming, especially for first-timers. In this blog post, we’ll guide you through the essential steps to plan a successful and unforgettable safari.

Step 1:

Determine your budget: Before planning anything, determine how much money you’re willing to spend on your safari. This will help narrow down your options and ensure that you don’t exceed your budget. Keep in mind that a typical African safari can cost anywhere from $3,000 to $10,000 or more, depending on the length of your trip, your chosen accommodations, and other factors.  A good rule of thumb for a mid range safari is $1000 per day.

Step 2:

Choose your destination: Africa is home to many incredible countries, each with its unique landscapes, cultures, and wildlife. Some of our most popular safari destinations include Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, and Namibia. Consider the type of experience you’re looking for and what type of wildlife you’d like to see.

Step 3:

Decide on the type of safari: There are several different types of safaris to choose from, including mobile camping safaris, fly-in safaris, and lodge-based safaris. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages, so consider your personal preferences and travel style.  Family safaris also have special considerations that need to be taken into account.

Step 4:

Choose a time of year: Consider the weather conditions and the wildlife migration patterns when choosing a time of year for your safari. Some countries are best visited during the dry season, while others are better during the wet season. Keep in mind that peak travel seasons are also more expensive.  Historically, May thru September is peak safari season.

Step 5:

Once you’ve chosen your destination and type of safari, we’ll work with you to start building your custom itinerary.   Based on what kind of experience you’d like to have, we’ll start making suggestions until we’ve landed on the perfect itinerary.  Ideally, we like to start the itinerary and planning phase about 8-12 months in advance.  Many of the top camps book up quickly so there’s no substitute for getting an early start with reservations, especially during peak season.

Conclusion: Planning a safari in Africa can seem daunting, but by following these essential steps and working with a reputable safari company, you’ll have an unforgettable and successful adventure. From choosing your destination to booking your accommodations, the key to a successful safari is proper planning. So when you’re ready, give us a call and we’ll be happy to talk about Africa with you!

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