Visiting Africa for a safari holiday is often
a once in a lifetime experience but unfortunately it is one of the countries
that does have a problem with mosquitos some of which can carry malaria so how
can you enjoy your holiday without getting bitten and make your holiday
memorable for the right reasons?
Travel to certain parts of Africa
will require you to have vaccinations against some of the more prevalent
diseases so checking with your doctor a few months before you travel is a good
idea. There are a few safari camps located in malaria free zones so selecting
one of these resorts could be a wise choice.
Practically you must make sure that
you cover up as much of your skin as possible, thereby making it more difficult
for you to get bitten. Mosquito repellent should be worn but be sure to buy one
that is a DEET or picaridin based repellent as these will offer the best
protection from the dreaded bites. Mosquito repellent bands can be bought from
most supermarkets and health shops and although there are mixed reviews about
their effectiveness many people wear them constantly whilst on their African
safari holiday and suffer fewer mosquito bites.
Going on a safari holiday\y can be
an extremely exciting time and although you may not currently be able to go or
are having to post pone your trip, that doesn’t mean that you cannot start to
plan ahead. One important thing to consider when going on a safari is that you
take the right clothing and equipment. You need to ensure that you are
comfortable on the safari trip as wearing shoes that rub you or being too hot
will only make your experience less enjoyable which is certainly not what you
The type of clothing to take on
your safari holiday will depend on the time of year you are going and what type
of safari you are going on. But there are some pointers that should be followed
regardless of when or where you go. When going on any safari you want to try
and blend in with your surroundings as much as possible. To do this you want to
wear natural coloured clothing such as khaki. These colours will match the
shrubs and land meaning you are less likely to be spotted by the wildlife or to
Always pack layers as the weather
conditions can vary greatly. You should ideally wear breathable layers that
will keep you cool in the hot afternoon sun. If you are setting off early on
your safari then you may find the mornings quite cool and require an extra
layer or two.
A safari holiday is something many
of us dream to be able to do. It really is a magnificent experience that will
stay with you forever. Since the Covid outbreak, the safari industry has been
hit hard. Many flights have been stopped to and from Africa (which is one of
the most popular places for a safari), people have had holiday cancelled and
are scared to book again until they know what is happening.
All of this has had a huge impact
on the national parks and the safari companies that rely on the tourism
industry to keep going.
All of these companies are
starting to really struggle and without the income from visitors, they are
worried that the funds will soon run out. Although the safaris are there to
allow people to view these amazing animals in the wild, they also often pump a
lot of the profits back into conservation and looking after the environment
that these animals live in. Without this money, many people are concerned that
their work will have to stop which could be hugely detrimental to the already
declining numbers of many species. We can only hope that this time will pass
quickly and that income will soon start to pour in again.
South Africa is well renowned for
its fabulous safari holidays. There really is no better place to go to
experience all a safari holiday has to offer. The obvious types of safari are
the big five – where you can expect to see the African leopard, African lion,
Cape buffalo, African elephant and rhinoceros or maybe a gorilla trekking
experience, but have you ever though about going on a shark safari. Shark
safaris are not for the faint hearted but can be an eye opening experience like
no other. If you love the water and want to opportunity to get up close to
these fantastic creatures then this is a trip not to be missed.
Most of the shark experience trips
require no previous experience as long as you are able to breath through an
oxygen mask, you are good to go. All equipment is provided and as long as you
book with a reputable company, is all safety checked before each dive.
Many of the dives cost around
£100-£150 each which is very reasonable considering the experience you get. Its
not just the sharks that will wow you, with a wealth of beautiful marine life
you can be sure you will not be disappointed.
holidays are very popular amongst people of all ages. There are lots of
locations all over the world that offer safari holiday experiences but often
you will find some of the best are located in South Africa.
If you are considering
going on a safari holiday in South Africa, you want to try and go all out as
much as you can. You can go on cheap safari holidays but really if you want the
true experience of a safari then you should try and not skimp on your budget.
One way of having a fantastic safari trip whilst keeping the costs down is to
go with a group of other people. Flights, accommodation, and safari tours all
often offer discounts for group bookings.
vehicles are shared with other occupants and often dinning is communal, meaning
you will be eating with others anyway (unless you have paid for a private chef)
so you may as well share the experience with people you enjoy spending time
. Not only
will you be able to enjoy the sights and experiences together but will be able
to carry on talking about it for years to come.