Top 5 tips for getting the most out of your safari
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Whether you’re visiting Kruger Park in South Africa, Masai Mara in
Kenya , or Chobe National Park in Botswana, Africa is undoubtedly full of the best opportunities to see beautiful, rare – often endangered – animals in the wild.
No matter where you choose to travel, there are some things you can do to ensure you have the best safari possible.
1. Get up early
Animals are at their most active in the cool, peaceful few hours before dawn. Arriving in Kruger Park, South Africa at 5.30am, our tour group ran straight into a pride of lions walking along the cool tarmac of the road, circumvented an angry bull elephant causing havoc on the same road (at the same time getting an amazing view), and spent fifteen minutes completely alone with a beautiful leopard that seemed remarkably comfortable to have us watching her morning ablutions. This was all within the first hour of the safari – the day became far less eventful as the animals hid in the shade and napped.
2. Familiarise yourself with the rules of the park
Most national parks allow you to drive your own car through the park; first, check your car can cope with the often rough terrain, and second, check your car is insured for self-drive safaris.
organise your own safari or have a guide accompany you, think ahead. Check travel guides, ask around, and check the Foreign Office website for the latest travel advice in the country you’re visiting. It’ll make sure your safari is fun-filled and stress-free. And you might just ensure you can see the Big 5 in one day.
South Africa is one of The National Student's Top Destinations 2018. Find out more here.
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