Africa is famous for its wildlife and safari trips. Thousands of people flock here year upon year to visit the magnificent sights of the wildlife in its own environment. You may often hear the terms the “big five” referring to the five large animals that inhabit South Africa. These are the Lions, Leopards, Rhinos, Elephants and Buffalo that are often seen on safari trips around South Africa.
If you have
ever been lucky enough to see a male and female lion rubbing heads, you may not
know but this is actually how they greet each other. Their roar can be heard
over 5 miles away!
Did you know that a baby elephant is blind when it is first-born? Baby elephants can often be seen sucking their trunks similar to a baby sucking its thumb for comfort.
wonder how similar leopards are to domestic cats – well they hunt in a similar
way and possess many of the same traits but unlike domestic cat’s leopards
actually like water and can often be found fishing in it quite
animals are just a few reasons why South Africa is the perfect place for a
safari trip but there are a number of other reasons to visit too!
If you are considering
booking a safari holiday to South Africa you may be concerned about the safety
aspect of it. Safari holidays are actually quite safe, despite the number of
wild animals you may come in to contact with, as long as you book with a
reputable company and follow all the instructions you are given.
When on a
safari, tour guides and staff members always have safety at the forefront of
their mind and will not put you at risk just to get a better glimpse of an
animal. They often have many have years of experience in safari trips and know
where to go and where not to go. They can often pick up on signs that animals
are not happy or feeling vulnerable and therefore likely to attack in which
case they will keep you at a safe distance.
concern when going holiday to South African is actually the crimes committed by
people not being attacked by animals. Unfortunately the crime rate in Africa is
quite high and there has been a rise in gun point hostage situations over the
last decade. You need to ensure that you
have thought carefully about your travel arrangements and try and pre book your
travel rather than using “black cab” taxi firms.
If you are planning on going on a safari holiday then you may think about the safety aspect. Many people instantly think of tigers and lions as being the most dangerous but did you know that Hippo’s are within the top 5 dangerous mammals. The hippo has actually caused more human fatalities than any other mammal in Africa. The hippo is the third largest land mammal in the world and their size and weight mean they are certainly not to be messed with.
defend their territory along the river banks and the female hippos have been
known to get very protective and aggressive towards anything that comes between
her and her babies, who stay in the water while she feeds on the banks.
actually run at speeds of up to 20 miles per hour. If you are in the way when
this animal runs, you are likely to suffer serious injuries. This being said
they really are amazing to see and you will be disappointed if you miss them
when on safari. There are a lot of interesting facts such as Hippos secrete a
natural sunscreen that is coloured red and eventually turns brown.
Many of us
dream about going on an all out safari holiday but often the cost puts many
people off from even considering booking one.
people think of a safari holiday they will assume that it is going to cost in
the region of three thousand to five thousand pounds for two people. This is
often the case for a luxury safari package that you may book with a well-known
tour operator, but there are ways to find safari trips for a lot less. Many
safari holidays that you see advertised are within this price range, but if you
really want to go on a safari holiday for around a thousand pounds, it can
still be done. This does not necessarily mean that you have to skimp on the
quality of the resort or the sights you can expect to see, but it does mean
that you need to shop around and do your research. You will need to be very
flexible on the times you go and which airport you will fly from etc.
offer a 5 night stay for approximately nine hundred pounds but these need to be
booked during certain times of the year. These packages are often available
when the resort is usually quitter, allowing them to reduce their prices to try
and fill their capacity.
pros and cons for booking a last minute holiday. Booking last minute usually
within two weeks of travelling, can grab you a bargain. Often the travel agents
advertise these types of holidays in their window or through their website.
If you are
considering a last minute holiday then you need to ensure that you have all
your documents in place. Make sure that you already have a valid passport
before booking and that it has plenty of time left to run on it. Some countries
require you to have vaccinations. You need to check how long before you travel
they need to be done and allow enough time for this.
minute can be exciting and will leave you little time to panic over the
location you have picked or money. Make sure you have people in place that can
look after your pets and that you are able to get the time off work. Travel
insurance is another must that you need to get in place as soon as possible
after booking your holiday.
If you need
to exchange money, shop around for the best exchange rates and try not leave it
until the airport where you often don’t get as good a deal as you would of