Be Ready for Jungle Safari

Jungle safaris offer great opportunities for you to see wild animals in their natural habitats. It is really nothing like going to the zoo where the animals do not have freedom and are not set in their natural habitats. There are so many jungle safari destinations across the world, but Africa remains to be top of the list as one of the best continents you can choose to have an amazing jungle safari experience. The safaris involve exploring forests that have teeming wildlife and you definitely will enjoy the rich natural diversity in the destination that you choose.

Whether you are organizing the safaris for your family or you plan to go with a group of friends, it helps to take precautions so you can have the most rewarding experience in the destination that you choose. Below are some helpful tips that will ensure that you get the best jungle safari ever.

1. Pack all essential carefully before leaving for your safari. A binoculars and camera are some of the items you really cannot forget when packing so you can have clear sights of the animals even when they are a distance away from where you are.

2. When choosing clothes to pack, fleece jacket, waterproof pants, t-shirts and convertible cargo pants should be considered. It is also important to make sure that you choose colors that easily blend with the jungle like khaki, olive green and brown so you do not end up scaring or attracting the animals with bright colors.

3. Consider wearing protecting clothes so you do not suffer any plant allergies. Layering up is a great way of keeping your skin protected. Sunscreen lotions, wide brimmed hat, dark glasses, antiseptic creams and medicines are other protective essentials that you should consider packing when going for s jungle safari.

4. Make safari reservations early and confirm a few days before you head to the destination. It is also important to think about accommodation on location and the services that you can enjoy during the safari Laundry services can be very convenient because they free up time you can use to enjoy the rest of the destination.

5. Once you get to the jungle safari location, ensure that you follow all instructions given by the tour guides or the naturalist that will be guiding you through the tour. Using your mobile phone, smoking, drinking and speaking loudly are some of the things that are prohibited during the safari. Feeding the animals or bird, littering are also some of the other things that are not allowed. Follow the instructions and you will enjoy the jungle safari even more.

6. Ask as many questions as necessary and take notes if you feel a need to do so. You cannot forget to take good quality photos for your safari. Nothing is as good as going back to the amazing jungle safari using photos. They might not mean much during the safari but you will find the valuable and priceless months after the trip.

Things to Prepare Before Taking a Long Trip

1. Make sure your household bills are up to date

This may sound obvious or even pedantic but you really need to think about something like this. Last year I went on a tour that was 3 weeks. It covered the last 2 weeks of one month and the first week of the next month. Once of my household bills from the first month hadn’t arrived before I left and was delivered whilst I was away. This meant I had no way of paying it for that month. When I got back I was greeted by final demands as this particular authority was known to be ruthless with non-payers.

2. Check your travel and medical Insurance

It is important when going on a long trip you have the correct travel and medical insurance. The last thing you want is to be stuck in another country and something happens you need to produce a credit card to save your life. This also relates to Number 5, if you haven’t told your bank you are going away and you don’t have proper cover you could be in serious trouble. Always travel with adequate travel and medical insurance. A lot of credit companies now offer travel insurance as standard.

3. Share your itinerary with someone

This is important if you are traveling alone. Your loved ones and friends need to know where you are, maybe not all the time, but at least where they can reach you. If something happens back home, you may need to return for an emergency, or there may be some important news they need to tell you. At least if they know your travel plans rather than exact details you will be easier to track down in an emergency situation.

4. Check the Visa and Passport requirements for your destinations or possible destinations

Don’t get to the airport and find they won’t even let you on the plane! This is the reality of what could happen if you don’t have the correct documents. Visa requirements are especially important to avoid unnecessary complications and delays at your destination. Make sure your passport is valid for at least the next 6 months, otherwise a lot of airlines won’t let you travel.

5. Tell your bank where you are going

Even if you are taking travelers checks or cash you should have a back up. The bank needs to know where you may be using your ATM or credit card. Due to cyber fraud nowadays a lot of banks will not allow you to use your cards abroad unless you tell them beforehand. It’s very easily done for most banks through their website. If you don’t tell them, you may end up having your ATM card swallowed by an overseas machine!

6. Organise your ID

What IDs will you need when you travel? Obviously your passport but what about the credit card you booked your flight with? some airlines insist on seeing it before travel. Other IDs could include a driving license if you plan on renting a car or motorbike while traveling. Don’t forget to print all your ticket information and hotel booking vouchers if you have pre-booked them.

7. Set up your phone

If you are planning on taking your phone abroad, beware of costly roaming charges. The best thing is to organize with your phone company beforehand, or better still, get a throwaway SIM card whilst you are there. Most countries have a SIM plan you can get at the larger international airports.

8. Learn a few phrases

Especially important if you are planning to travel a little off the beaten track. Not everywhere is fluent in English, even some larger cities in Asia and Africa you will find little English spoken. Learn a few choice phrases that will come in handy whilst you are there, it will save you a lot of time, money and hassle.

9. Have a Plan B

Expect the unexpected on your trip. If you planned to travel to a beach then suddenly find it closed, make sure you don’t arrive at midnight and you have nowhere to stay for the night. Give yourself some room for maneuver. I once got delayed on a flight and found myself in the middle of nowhere at 2am in the morning, the car rental I’d pre-booked had closed so I had no alternative but to find a hotel which wasn’t easy!. If you plan and prepare, try to think of what might happen, just in case.

10. Secure your home

Of course you are going to lock your doors and take the necessary precautions but what about the little things that could cause problems when you get back. Turn off the water and electricity is a good step if you are going away for a long period. Coming back to burst water pipes is not fun at all. I usually disconnect my car battery if I go on a trip longer than a few weeks, the last thing I need is a flat battery when I return.