With over 40 years in the business, our team know Africa pretty well by now, and we are always happy to share our knowledge with those planning to travel to this magical continent, so we asked some of our staff to share their top tips for anyone wanting to tick Africa off their travel lists.
Felicity’s tip was a simple but vital one – “don’t be afraid to engage with us. It may seem obvious, but if we know what you want to see, when you want to go and who you are travelling with, we really can put together the perfect trip for you”.
Julia advises to try to book as far ahead as possible – “this will ensure you get the best airfares & the best choice of properties, and is almost essential when booking something like a gorilla trek”.
“Don’t try to pack in too much”, is Emma’s recommendation. “Being on safari can be quite hard work – very early starts & out in the bush all day – so limit the areas and countries you visit. Distances can be deceptive, and you can always return and make another trip!”
As somebody who isn’t keen on queues, Chris always tries to get any visas required before he departs, as “I can then smile gleefully as I sail past those waiting to be processed on arrival”.
“Travel can be a chore for some, so it’s always worth asking us about those little extras which will help smooth your journey” advises Sigrun. “We can often arrange travel treats such as access to airport lounges, extra legroom seats on your flights and being met like a queue-jumping VIP on arrival, all of which will just add to your overall travel experience”.
Once you have arrived in Africa, the top tip from Cape Town-based Christine is to not underestimate the power of the sun. “The strength of the sun here in the Southern Hemisphere can take people by surprise, so please be sensible and do the necessary – use good protection, keep hydrated & leave the midday sun for the mad dogs!”
Shaun would simply advise that, when on safari, people put their cameras down now and again. “Whilst photographs will undoubtedly capture a moment for eternity, see the world in the now and just take a moment to appreciate exactly what is around you. Also take a fleece – the early mornings can be very chilly”.
“If you can, take your own binoculars with you”, says Debbie. “Although many safari vehicles are usually equipped with one or two pairs, I consider it an absolute treat having my own set which I don’t have to share with anybody”.
The final top tip would be to travel with an open mind and an open heart. Africa has so much to offer and give to the traveller, so expect the unexpected, and let Africa enchant you.
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