Protecting your eyes when on an African Safari trip

A safari trip is an amazing opportunity that you will want to make the most of. In order to have the best experience you need to have the correct clothing and accessories to ensure you are safe, comfortable and can really make memories.  You may instantly think about the clothing yu need to wear to stay safe from the sun, insects and dust (such as long sleeved shirts and trousers) as well as a good pair of walking boots which is essential. But have you thought carefully about protection for your eyes?

Early morning and late afternoon safari activities mean that you may be staring into a setting or rising sun during your safari. It is vital that you have a good pair of high quality sunglasses. This will protect your eyes from the harmful UV rays and allow for better vision when on the safari. You do not want to miss out on these fantastic scenes because you haven’t got the right eye wear.

Eyewear is not only important for protection from the sun but also from the dust. You will probably find that the route you take on your safari trip is paved with high-quality. If dust gets into your eyes it can be very uncomfortable, and even more so if you are wearing contact lenses.  The right pair of sunglasses should also protect you from the terrain. There need to wrap around slightly and fit close to your face.

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Travel gadgets for 2019

If you are an avid traveller whether it be for work or personal reasons, there are a number of Some gadgets that are a must have for 2019. It is very important to have battery on your phone, especially when you are travelling. Overtime phone batteries start to lose their charging capacity and you may find that it doesn’t even last a full day. Lots of phones use a micro USB to charge them or Apple products have their own type of charger. Ensuring you have a charging cable with you will mean that you can plug it in if on a train or some café’s also have charging points for you to use. Power banks can be great for charging on the go and can cost as little as a few pounds. Make sure you check what charging capacity they have as sometimes the cheaper ones won’t do a full charge. These devices can sometimes charge multiple devices simultaneously.

Another handy gadget when travelling is a travel mug. You can fill these up before you set off on your journey and it will keep your drink warm for a good hour or so. They are also useful if you buy a drink in a disposable cup when out and about as you can pour them in to your travel mug making it easier to carry and less likely to spill.

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The adventures of a sight seeing holiday

Sight seeing holidays can be enjoyed by all the family and can be tailored to your specific interests. If you truly want to explore a new area then you could look at booking a tailor made sightseeing holiday trip. Many popular destinations offer this as a package and allow you to pick a number of local attractions or points of interest to visit during your stay.
If you have an interest in history for example, then you can pick a holiday that is based around a historical location. If your thing is more wildlife, then a safari holiday package will be perfect for you. Although many holiday resorts will offer day trips to places of interest which you can book when you are there, you can usually save money on booking a number of activities in advance through your tour operator at the time of booking the holiday or through a third party before you go.
Often you will find people selling these types of trips on the street local to your resort. These are usually advertised at a lot cheaper rate than booking through your tour operator. Often the trip is identical but you need to be careful as there are some that are scams or even if they are genuine, if there is a problem you may find it harder to get a refund or to move the date of your trip.

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Elephant safaris in Africa

Africa is well known for its wild elephant population, and after sending just a few hours with these magnificent mammals it is easy to see why elephant safari trips are so popular. These gentle giants are very emotional creatures and experience love, loss and fun. Sadly, the African elephant population is in decline. These majestic creatures are threatened by poaching for the illegal ivory trade and habitat loss. There are currently many programs in place to try and protect this amazing species but more can always be done to help. If you are booking an Elephant safari, then be sure to book with a company that is actively involved with the conservation of these mammals. Most of the safari tour operators will be very pleased to tell you more about how the money they make is invested back into conservation.

If you’re staying in Nairobi, we strongly recommend a visit to the orphanage, when you can see the babies enjoy their daily mud bath and bottled milk. You may even have the opportunity to sponsor a baby elephant to help with the long-term commitment of feeding and caring for the little elephants until they are confident enough to join the wild herds and know that the money you send is going to directly impact the life of at least one elephant.

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Booking your pitch early

One of the cheapest ways to take a holiday is by camping. Many families opt for camping as you may be able to get 3 or 4 nights in a tent for the same price you would spend on one night in a hotel. Camping may not be the easiest type of holiday, but if you are well equipped then it can be lots of fun and a great way to make memories.

When looking to go camping, especially if in the main season, you should try and book up as early as possible to avoid disappointment. Camping pitches often fill up pretty quickly and you want to be able to get a good selection for your chosen dates. If you leave it till last minute you may find that you are left with some of the less favoured sites, which may be ok if you are basically looking for a field to pitch your tent but not so great if you want a few more home comforts and luxuries.

There are some great websites that allow you to search areas for your selected dates and they will show you a list of campsites available. This allows you to easily compare sites and try and find the right one for you.

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