10 Things to know before choosing a safari company

  1. Choose a tour operator who is on the ground
    This means you are better off choosing a safari company which is local meaning local in the country that you would like to visit. They do have fresh information compared to foreign companies with stale information. The information gathered like ten years ago is outdated but a company that is on the ground always knows any changes and how the industry is at the time of contact. Another good thing is that this will help the locals and up-grade their lives.
  2. Choose a reputable and experienced operator
    Safari is a lifetime experience to others, and it will leave a good or bad memory. Make sure you choose someone who knows what they are doing, friendly Guides who can handle different characters and they are solution oriented. Make sure you trust the company you are dealing with and always ask questions because questions are never wrong. Search the internet for safari reviews, recommendations, and note what does and does not work for safari travelers and make an informed decision.
  3. Inform the Tour Operator any personal issues
    i.e food allergies; limited mobility; heart condition; queen versus twin beds; motion sickness; baby if any and the age of the kid etc. The safari operator will advise the client if a particular safari or activity will be possible or not.
  4. Know the following from the safari company:
    Description of safari vehicles; Lodging recommendations; National Park recommendations; distance from one park to the other, express concerns about the logistics of being on safari, i.e. are there rest room facilities in the parks or accommodations? Do they have electricity in the accommodations etc.
  5. Be flexible during your planning
    People often think that they know what they want to do, but their ideas may not work in practice. This may be due to a number of things, such as date of travel, activities on offer, quality of camp – and quite often it is a result of bad advice from other people.
  6. What you pay for is what you get:
    As a rule, if there are two camps that look the same but one is more expensive, there will be a reason for this. The main reasons will be the quality of the services offered e.g Customer Care, Food, Beddings etc. Make sure the company you are choosing has been to the facility and has latest information regarding the same. Would it be wise for you to pay a lot of money for Air Fare and end up sleeping in a smelly and uncomfortable place or eat bad food. Make sure you enjoy your holiday. And always know cheap could be expensive.
  7. Consider a night near the Airport on the arrival day:
    Safaris are fairly demanding and it is a good idea to get fresh before you start your adventure! Otherwise you may struggle to recover after your flight, rest and have a good time before the safari.
  8. Know your guide before the safari:
    Make sure you meet the company representative and the Driver Guide for a briefing session. If possible know your Driver Guide before the safari even if it will be through Watsup so that you get used to each other for you will spend several days together.
  9. What is the best time for a Safari:
    If you want to see the Wildebeest Migration then you have to choose Maasai Mara the months of June to October. But any time of the year is the best. The Weather patterns have changed so you never know when it will rain and the long rains are not that long these days so go for it any time of the year.
  10. Decide what you want to see:
    This could determine which parks to visit. Are you an Animal lover and which animals in particular or are you a Bird Watcher or anything nature is good for you. Express yourself to the operator and they will advise you accordingly.

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