Although it is probably unwise to
go on a safari holiday at the moment the hope is that in the near future safari
holidays will be back on the cards for those wanting an unforgettable holiday adventure.
What is possible at the present time is booking that safari holiday as many
companies are open for business and actively encouraging travellers to book for
the latter part of the year and next year. Most of these travel companies are
offering a guarantee that any holiday booked with them can be transferred to a
different date without charge giving holiday makers the confidence to book
knowing that if anything changes they will not be out of pocket.
Before booking that incredible
safari experience it is a good idea to do a bit of research on the area you
want to visit and the type of safari experience you want as there are a variety
on offer ranging from a luxurious hotel stay with daily wildlife reserve
excursions to a full-blown, back to basics adventure where you will be camping
under canvas in the African bush.
A safari holiday can even be
combined with a beach holiday if that is what you enjoy as South Africa has
some breathtakingly beautiful beaches along its coast.
Although a traditional beach
holiday either at home or abroad is still a popular choice for holiday makers
many people are considering an exciting adventure holiday instead where they
can try out activities that they would not normally do such as taking a safari
in South Africa, visiting the ancient temples of India or trekking the Inca
Trail however to avoid the possibility of costly medical bills in the case of
illness or accident it is important that comprehensive travel insurance is
arranged before travel.
It is essential that the
appropriate level of travel insurance is purchased if you are considering an
adventure type holiday as the normal level of cover may not cover what may be
considered risky pursuits. The terms and conditions of any policy that you are
thinking about taking out should be read thoroughly to check which specific
activities are covered and if in doubt a telephone call to the insurers should
If you are an older traveller it
is worth noting that after the age of sixty-five travel insurance premiums usually
increase but it is unwise to travel without insurance as medical costs can be
exorbitant if you find yourself injured whilst on your trip. Any pre-existing
medical conditions, however small should be declared when applying for cover but
many insurance companies, as long as the conditions are stable will still
provide cover albeit with an additional premium.
If you have never experienced the
excitement of taking a safari holiday before you may be wondering where the
ideal place is to go to get the most from the trip especially if you are going
with a particular experience in mind for instance seeing many different animal
species or getting to see the amazing landscape.
One of the most popular
destinations to visit in Africa is Kenya as it has an outstanding amount of
wildlife to see, and the Kenyans are experts when it comes to safari
accommodation and transport between wildlife reserves. The choice of where to
stay depends very much on personal preference but whether you prefer a luxury
hotel or a safari lodge there are plenty to choose from.
Expert guides will be able to show
you the incredible native animals such as elephants, big cats and rhino in
their natural habitat whilst keeping your party safe a long as you follow their
instructions. Be sure to have your camera ready to record this experience of a
lifetime and to be able to share the photographs with friends and family when
you return home.
Although some people try to avoid
the bustling city of Nairobi as the streets can get extremely busy it is worth
a quick visit and gives the traveller a taste of life in this part of the
to go on a bird watching safari is an excellent way to spend a holiday and
Africa boasts a vast number of unusual bird species. The country is definitely
a bird watcher’s paradise as over 1000 bird species have been recorded there from
water birds, forest birds, savannah birds to seabirds. If you are an
ornithologist, you will also enjoy watching the spectacular water birds
including the African skimmer, kingfishers and the rarely seen Pell’s fishing
Many holiday companies offer
packages which include visiting specific locations where you are more likely to
be able to see and photograph these birds in their natural habitat, so it is
certainly worthwhile checking these out.
For those wanting to see some of
the larger bird species the ostrich, which is the largest bird in the world can
be spotted running across the plains of the Serengeti whilst the Marabou Stork
can be found in most of the African national parks.
If you are near the coast or a
river you may be fortunate enough to see a fish eagle. It is a magnificent
sight to watch them swooping into the water for their prey and will make your
bird watching safari a memorable one.
For many travellers, the
opportunity to go on a safari holiday is the stuff of dreams but it does not
necessarily have to be beyond the reach of most holidaymakers as there are some
real bargain deals available.
The first consideration is where
to go on your African safari holiday as you will get a different experience
depending on the area that you visit. For most first timers seeing the Big Five
is going to be top of the list but even for seasoned safari travellers the
opportunity to see these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat always
Probably one of the most popular
safari destinations is the Masai Mara in Kenya. Here huge herds of wildebeest
can be seen crossing the Serengeti from July onwards and therefore their
predators, lions and cheetah may also be seen with luck. Elephant, giraffe and
rhino can also be spotted on the plains from the safety of the safari jeep.
Accommodation whilst on safari
need not mean that you are compromising on comfort but can be in one of the
many luxurious hotels that are available across Kenya. Many have exquisite spa
facilities where holidaymakers can relax after a day animal watching in the
Safari holidays to Kenya can be
found for all budgets and direct flights from London airports make the
destination easily accessible to travellers.