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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

What to take on an African Safari

If you have dreamed of a unique adventure travel, the African Safari would provide all the excitement and exploration you need. African holidays are one of the most popular holidays for tourists, especially those who are nature lovers. You should know however, what to take on an African Wildlife Safari, so you could enjoy every minute of your vacation. ">What to take on an adventure travel, like the African Safari, would depend on what season you are visiting, and what places you plan to explore. If you don’t have a kid younger than 12 years old, the Africa tours can take you on an adventure trip from Johannesburg to Capetown 

Africa travel guides may also recommend that you tour the amazing “Big 5” Games Park of Africa to experience close encounters with the incredible flora and fauna that this amazing place provides.
No matter where you decide to go, you should always take with you the following essential items:
·    Your VISA, passport and travel documents

These are the most important documents you should have in your person, unless the hotel you are staying in has a safe deposit box that is 100% secure. In cases of doubt, take your documents and money with you, and secure it in a hidden, waterproof pocket inside your pants, or anywhere safe and hidden in your backpack.

You could have a specially tailored pair of pants made for you that has a hidden, secure pocket for this purpose. It could also be convertible from shorts to pants for your convenience.

·         First aid kit

Your first aid kit should contain medications for simple illnesses like diarrhea, headache, fever, and muscle pains. If the symptoms persist, then you have to visit the nearest doctor for diagnostic tests. You may want to add band aids, sterile gauze, micropore, and sterilizing agents for minor wound treatments. You may also want to have malarial drugs or shots before you embark on your African Safari.

·         Appropriate clothing

African holidays offer a variety of adventure and fun, but if you are not dressed appropriately, this would turn your trip into an uncomfortable memory. During the day, it could be humid, especially during summer in some areas, like KwaZulu Natal. At night time however, temperatures could get cold or even go down to freezing temperatures, so you need both a light sweater, or sweatshirt, and a warm, thick jacket.

A khaki or a similarly green colored clothing would help you be inconspicuous when you want get closer to the animals to observe and photograph them.

Choose clothes, which you are willing to donate eventually. Majority of these clothes should be for the purpose of leaving them behind. You could turn philanthropist by donating your used clothes to the African natives once you leave each place. This would allow you to travel light.

·         Materials for documentation

Your African Wildlife Safari would not be complete unless you document this momentous adventure. Take cameras with you, one digital and several disposable Polaroid cameras. Extra batteries and memory cards would allow you to capture all the spectacular scenes you would like to. Remember, you may never witness the same scene again.

The disposable Polaroid cameras would allow you to take instant pictures with the natives and live a copy of their pictures with them. This would build rapport with them; in case you visit in the future, you would be sure to be welcomed warmly.

·         Safari hat

This is a vital item that you should not forget. It would protect you from the sun and the natural elements, which could be harmful. The hat should cover your face and neck, and could be anchored safely and securely around your head. You wouldn’t want it being blown away while you whiz by in an open transport.

·         Sun glasses

You need this to protect your eyes from the natural elements, as well. You may want to bring 2 pairs with you, in case one gets damaged.

·         Toiletries

Wet and dry wipes, soap, hand sanitizers, toothbrush, toothpaste, and personal paraphernalia should be contained in one small pouch. Include a lip moistener and some eye drops; you may need them because of the changing weather.

·         Snacks and water

You may want to take with you bottled water and some snacks. You could inquire from your guide or agent where you could buy safe water during your African Safari.
Enjoy your African holidays by ensuring that you take with you these important items. Be a smart traveler and reap the benefits of a well-planned vacation.

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