Safari holidays are a fab way to explore the wildlife and habitat or a different country. Often safaris can be suitable for people of a wide range of ages and interests but have you ever heard of an elephant safari?
With many South African elephants being hand reared it is now seen as a very safe way to travel around on safari and can just add to the whole experience. Not only do you get to see some magnificent animals and take the breathtaking views, but do it all on the back of one of the world’s largest mammals.
You may think that it sounds expensive, but many safari resorts are offering rides from as little as £35 per person, which is often as much as you may pay on a return taxi journey on a night out in the UK.
Elephant riding isn’t for everyone and it is not recommended for children under the age of 12 for safety reasons, but if you do fancy trying something new that you cannot do easily at home then why not give it a go?
Many tour operators are now advertising holidays for summer 2018. This is because many families like and often need to book in advance to allow them time to sort out travel arrangements, time off work and also often to spread the cost of the holiday.
When searching for a holiday for the following year, you need to double check that you select all the correct dates. It is very easy to accidently select that month for this year and find that you are comparing prices of holiday for the coming months rather than the following year.
Booking in advance can have a great number of advantages but can also come with higher risks. A lot can change in 12 months and often things happen that you could not have foreseen or that you have no control over. When booking a holiday always ensure that you have adequate insurance cover. The insurance should not only cover every member of the family for medical expenses but also for cancellations of the holiday. You need to check what is covered in detail as some holiday companies will only refund the cost for the hotel, not the flights as you may have expected.
If you are lucky enough to go on a safari holiday, it will probably be one of the best experiences of your lifetime. Many people describe safari holidays like no other holiday and unlike many holidays where you are there to just chill out and relax, a safari holiday is a real eye opener.
Most safari holiday packages are not cheap, but if you are going to do it then you might as well do it properly. Some companies offer luxury safari trips which include staying in 5 star accommodation, such as a lodge or hotel, having beautiful meals prepared for you and the chance of participating in a number of different types of safari trips some of which may be exclusive to their company.
When choosing where to go for a safari holiday, South Africa should be top of your list and with the good climate and miles up on miles of land perfect for the wildlife it is easy to see why. Choosing to opt for a luxury safari holiday may cost a little more but than a standard safari package, but the experience is promised to be one that you will never forget.
Many safari companies will offer a wide range of safaris and if you are particularly interested in one or two types of animals such as gorillas or elephants, then you can tailor your safari trip around that.
When people talk about going on a safari holiday, their friends and family may assume that they are going on a safari to see the big five. Although these are often the most popular types of safari holiday you can do, it doesn’t mean you have to. If you have already done the big five safari types or simply they do not really interest you, then you still have a wide range or trips to pick from.
Gorilla trekking safaris offer a breath taking holiday adventure and often give you a more personal experience than going out on a safari vehicle in to the bush. With Gorilla trekking you will often track the same group of gorillas over a number of days and get to learn the hierarchy within the group and even start to be able to recognise them by the names that the tour guides have given them. Gorillas are said to be very close to humans and when watching a group interact, this becomes obvious.
These gentle giants are highly endangered, with just over 700 remaining in the wild. Luckily they are protected by the endangered species act and because many of them are habituated by humans, it is often a lot easier to encounter these magnificent animals on an organised gorilla trek.
Safari holidays have grown in popularity over the last few decades. Originally safari holidays mostly involved hunting the animals and from this arose safaris. Not everyone wants to hunt wild animals but many people have an interest in them and how they live and so like the opportunity to see wildlife behave in its natural environment.
Going on a safari holiday is often like nothing you have every experienced. A trip to the best Zoo in the world cannot give you nearly the same sights and experiences that a true safari can. Kenya was the first commercial place to offer a range of safari holidays and this is due to the perfect conditions in the area. There is a wide range of wildlife to be viewed and the terrain is often ideal for safari ventures.
The types of safaris vary, you may have small moveable tents that are erected during the most popular safari seasons and then taken down to permanent buildings that offer safari trips all year round.
Safari trips are often not cheap so many people choose to go on one for a special holiday such as a birthday or anniversary.