Don’t let mosquitos ruin your safari holiday

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.

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Choosing your clothing for an African Safari

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 want.

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 startle them.

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.  

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How is the pandemic affecting Safari bookings?

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.

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Shark safari in South Africa

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.

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Safari holidays for groups of friends or family

Safari 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.

Many safari 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 with.

. 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.

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