Ten Tips for a fantastic Safari experience
created 2011-05-26 10:51:49

Plan
Vital to any successful travel experience is proper planning. This is as important for an African safari as it is for an intercontinental overland adventure trip. I will of course concede that the latter may take a fair bit more work...

To help you ensure that your African safari holiday at Umlani is the fantastic experience youve always dreamed of, weve put together these 10 tips for a perfect safari.

Clothing
This is Africa and casual clothes are the order of the day. Neutral-colours are recommended such as beiges, browns and khakis to avoid alarming the game.
Comfort is key to a pleasurable experience, so take along lightweight comfortable clothing. <

Footwear
Comfortable enclosed walking shoes are advisable. This is especially important if you intend to enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of a bush walk.

Sun Protection
Take along a hat, sunglasses and sun protection cream.

Photography
Whether youre planning on getting that once-in-a-lifetime safari snap or merely looking to have some kind of photographic record to share your safari experience with friends back home, remember to pack plenty of extra film or digital storage media and batteries.

Passports, visas and customs concessions
Ensure that your passport is valid. In some instances a visa may be required as well. Confirm the specifics with your travel agent to ensure a trouble-free experience.

You will also need to acquaint yourself with the customs restrictions of the country you are visiting as well as your own country so that you dont experience any problems when entering either country.

Its also usually a good idea to make copies of all your important documentation and note down your travelers cheque numbers. Store this information separately from the originals as a backup.

Time differences
Southern Africa is seven hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time. If you are traveling across time zones, your body will need to adjust during the first few days of your trip. Bear this in mind when planning your trip.

Malaria precautions
Umlani is situated in a medium-risk malaria area. Proper precautions are therefore recommended.

Most brands of malaria medication need to be taken at least a few days before you are to be exposed to a malaria risk. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for detailed advice about the type of protection best suited for your situation.

Visitors are also advised to use insect repellent and wear long sleeves and pants to limit the risk of mosquito bites. This is especially true during the dusk to dawn period, when mosquitoes are most active.

Game Viewing
Wild animals are by their very nature potentially dangerous. The animals you are likely to see while out on safari are not pets. Of course, your guide will know all about this and will advise accordingly to ensure maximum safety and maximum enjoyment for all concerned. Listen to your guide at all times.

When is the best time for game viewing?
At Umlani game reserve, wildlife viewing is highly enjoyable throughout the year.

In the main wildlife areas, most rain falls during the South African summer encouraging lush vegetation but making game harder to spot.

From May to November, the grass is short and game is easily spotted. From August through to mid October, the last months of the dry season, game tends to concentrate near waterholes, making these ideal game viewing areas.

Marco Schiess
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