Africa is one of the continents that has always intrigued the rest of the world. From the wild animals to the majestic natural wonders, the African landscape is filled with many treasures. For decades the rest of the world has tried to uncover its beauty. Many photographers, filmmakers and writers have managed to capture the essence of Africa. But every once in a while they get it wrong and unintentionally create misconceptions about the continent. As a South African safari tour operator we often receive feedback from clients who admit that the safari holiday exceeded their expectations.
To prepare you for your African adventure we have answered the five most common questions asked by first time visitors.
1. What Kind Of Food Will I Eat In Africa?
Most, if not all, safari tour packages include a breakfast , lunch and dinner for the duration of your stay. Over the years African cuisine has been influenced by traders and it will reflect a part of the history of the region you are touring. Most African meals comprise of fruits and vegetables grown locally, meats and a wide variety of spices. You will be happy to know that some of the world’s top chefs are African. And you can expect the quality of the meals to be of an international standard. Restaurants at game reserves accommodate for all tastes of life and will make changes to meals according to a guest’s dietary needs.
2. Will I Be Safe?
It is common to see wild animals roaming around on a game reserve. You are after all in their natural habitat. It is important to remember that we are encroaching on their territory and therefore need to respect their space. Game lodges have precautions and measures in place to protect you and your loved ones whilst a guest at their establishment. It is important to please follow all the rules that have been put in place to ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable vacation.
3. Will I Have Access To Technology?
We live in a technology driven world and have become accustomed to having access to the internet 24/7. A recent study suggests that the average person checks his or her smartphone 221 times a day. If you happen to be someone who is rarely separated from your smartphone you have nothing to worry about. Despite being in the wilderness, most game lodges have electricity, cellular reception and internet access. You will be able to keep friends and family updated on your safari adventures. – Tweet this
4. Will I Do Anything Else Besides Game Drives?
The main attraction at a game reserve will always be the animals. An early morning game drive is usually the best way to spot the animals in their natural habitat. But it is a common misconception that it is the only activity available for guests to do. When you book your safari holiday you open up a world of possibilities. There are many other activities available besides game drives. You can choose from hot air balloon rides, day tours or – for the more adventurous – a trip to the Cheetah Rehabilitation Centre. If you prefer a more relaxing environment, most game lodges have spa facilities where you can indulge yourself in a therapeutic massage or a calming facial. Whatever tickles your fancy, there is sure to be something for everyone.
5. What Is The Accommodation Like?
It is a common belief that people in Africa live in traditional mud huts. Though there are still African tribes living in traditional mud huts, majority of the population live in more modern homes. You will be happy to know that game reserves offer service and facilities to suit every taste under the Sun. There are three star graded options for the more budget conscious traveller as well as five star luxury accommodation for those who prefer the finer things in life. Research the game reserve that you have in mind to make sure that it is the perfect fit for you and your budget.
Now that you have a better understanding of what to expect on your first African safari tour have a look at the many options for you to choose from. From day tours to extended stays, you can be guaranteed that you will have a once in a lifetime experience with every visit to our beautiful continent. Book your safari vacation today.
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