Planning a visit to a safari park

When the possibility of a safari holiday abroad is out of your family’s reach financially it is worth considering visiting some of the amazing safari parks that are available in the UK. Although you may feel that you are missing out on a once in a lifetime experience, visiting safari parks with a family is a safer and much cheaper option and you can often take advantage of special events when you can get closer to some of the animals and feed them under the supervision of a zoo keeper.

If you decide that this is an option that you would like to consider first locate the safari parks that are located in the UK and plan which you are going to visit and whether you will need to book accommodation for your stay. Some parks offer luxury accommodation on site giving you the feeling that you really are on safari.

The variety of animals that you can see in a UK safari park is vast and ranges from the big five, lions, elephants, leopards, rhino and buffalo to small animals such as meerkats and lemurs. It is also possible to see a wealth of exotic birds and reptiles on your visit.

One of the advantages of spending time at a safari park is that the majority offer play areas and rides for children so once your family have looked at all the animals the rest of your visit can be spent trying out the other amusements.

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A variety of animals that you can see on a Safari Holidays

An African Safari holiday is a once in a lifetime experience and one that you may have been saving up for months if not years to go on. South Africa is the most popular destination for a safari holiday and there are a number of reasons why.

There are a huge number of animals, birds and reptiles that you can expect to see when on a safari and depending on what area you go to and what time of the year it is, your guide will probably tell you what you can expect to see. Sometimes though, when on a Safari holiday you may see one or two animals that you would not expect and that may even take the tour guide by surprise.

The Pangolin is one of the rarest animals in Africa and if you see one of these creatures you should think yourself very lucky indeed. It is very similar to an armadillo as it has an armoured plate all over its body. It is often is also known as scaly anteater or trenggiling. Its diet consists of ants and termites and when scared it will roll up into a tight ball only exposing its armoured skin as a way of protecting itself.

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Affordable safaris for the family

Organising a safari holiday can be expensive and the choice of activities can be bewildering but you don’t have to pay through the nose for an amazing holiday if you are willing to take the time to shop around for the best deals.

If you are going as a family group, safety is going to be top of your list and so a guided tour may be your best option. You will be given an itinerary which will include stops for food and overnight stays if necessary, thereby reducing the apprehension you may feel.

South Africa with its direct flights from the UK and the well-maintained roads might be an attractive destination for your family safari holiday. You will be able to see an abundance of wildlife from elephants to big cats on your trip all from the safety of an airconditioned minibus if you prefer. A popular destination for a first-time safari experience is the Kruger Park and surrounding reserves. It is possible to self-drive in some areas which will save money and give your family a more personal experience.

A safari is certainly an unforgettable way to holiday with your family and will be an adventure you can all enjoy safely and affordably.

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Amazing holidays on a shoestring

During the cold and dark winter months our thoughts often turn to holidays. The lure of lying on a beautiful beach soaking up the sun’s rays or exploring a new and exciting location spurs us on to dig out the holiday brochures, pay a visit to the travel agents or more and more frequently go online to search for the perfect holiday.

The budget for this holiday is usually the determining factor when it comes to choosing a getaway but with careful planning and sometimes being prepared to take a risk an amazing, yet affordable holiday is still achievable.

Choosing a destination is the first saving that can be made as often less well-known holiday destinations can be much less expensive. For instance, Croatia and Bulgaria have become popular in recent years. Another location worth a mention is Lake Sevan in Armenia. Located in western Asia it is a must see for anyone wanting a breath-taking holiday and although relatively underdeveloped the locals are friendly and welcoming to tourists.

When considering the type of accommodation money can be saved by looking beyond the usual hotels and guesthouses and choosing a hostel many of which now have ensuite rooms.

So, with some thought and an open mind a holiday on a shoestring is possible.

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Your first safari trip – planning is essential

If you are planning on booking your very first safari trip then it can be a little daunting. You may be surprised by the number of options you have in terms of the type of safari you want to do and the accommodation you would like to stay in. Most good safari holidays costs thousands of pounds, so it may be that you have been saving up for a number of months or years or that you are planning one as part of a special trip for an anniversary, honeymoon or birthday for example. This is often an even bigger reason to ensure that it all goes to plan and that your experience is one to remember for all the right reasons.  

Ideally you will want to do plenty of research and read reviews to find out which types of safari trips will suit you and the other people in your group. If for example, you have children travelling with you then you will need to find a safari lodge that advertises that its family friendly and ensure if going to Africa, it is in a malaria free zone.  Once you have a better idea of the options available you, you can then start to find out costs from different travel agents to find the best price. Looking online will often give you the most options as there are many specialist companies that offer safari trips but do not have physical premises.

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