There are so many options for those who plan a safari in Africa. The word safari conjures up images of wild exotic animals, far off steaming jungles, and crocodile steaks on the barbeque. Those images are not only possible, they can become a reality when you choose to put a safari together of your own choosing. Quite a few people decide to plan a safari of their own choosing, researching areas and activities that they would be interested in, and then contacting a safari company to set it up. While not a cheap undertaking, a safari uniquely designed for your own pleasure is something of a dream come true.
There are some points that you will need to decide upon while planning a safari in Africa. You need to decide upon the destination and the attractions that you want to see there. The next important item is to plan the projected date of arrival and length of stay. Remember Africa is a large continent that incorporates the northern and southern hemispheres on the globe. You will need to figure out the best time to visit according to the rainy seasons at your destination. Many people choose to go on safari when the natural grasses are lower so that they can see the wildlife better. Another point to consider is the number of people who will be in the party. Remember that children are considered in most places to be 7 and under, so any child over that age is considered an adult fare. All the tented resorts and safari camps are open to children. If a child is under 2 years old and shares a parent’s accommodations, most facilities will not charge extra for them. There are some restrictions on the east African safaris that offer trekking into the gorilla areas in Uganda, children have to be at least 14 years old to participate in that excursion. The balloon safaris are also generally not open to children under 7 years old.
You will also need to figure out your complete budget, as near as possible, before booking. This, for example on an east safari in African into Kenya, will include airfare to and from Nairobi, Kenya, or Arusha, Tanzania, where the safari companies generally will meet and pick you up. Browsing through the safari brochures will give you an idea of the price ranges that you will be looking at. These will be approximate, as you will be customizing your trip to fit your needs. All the accommodations, food, and transportation once on your safari are part of your safari trip.
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