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African Safari Travel Tips

African Safari Travel Tips that you’ll definitely want to take into account before heading out on your next big African safari adventure.

1. Go on as many game drives as you can 
If you want to see a lot of wildlife, your chances increase in numbers. You can’t expect to see all of the ‘Big Five’ on one game drive; that’s like winning the safari lottery. Be patient, take in the amazing scenery, keep an eye out, and eventually you will see a lot of amazing wildlife.
2. Don’t miss out on a night drive

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Most of the major national parks and game reserves give visitors the option to go on a guided night drive. Make sure to do at least one! It’s a unique chance to see nocturnal animals (e.g. lions, leopards and hyenas) being active. 

3. Bring a good camera
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You’re definitely going to want to document the amazing scenery and wildlife you see. To get the best quality photos possible, a DSLR is ideal. However, if you don’t have one already and don’t want to dish out the big bucks before going on a pricey safari, it is possible to get some great photos using a good point-and-shoot with a decent zoom.
4. Get binoculars or a fancy zoom lens
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Most of the animals you’ll see won’t be right next to the safari truck. So if you’ll want to get a good close-up look, you’ll need a pair of binoculars (if you only have a point-and-shoot camera), or a DSLR with a big zoom lens. Of course the latter would be better because then you’ll also get amazing close-up photos, like this one:
5. Wear Earth colors

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Bright colors and patterns can scare away some animals, so it’s a good idea to wear clothing in neutral earth colours, which will help you blend into the natural environment.
6. Resist the urge to yell “Pumbaa!” when you see a warthog
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Not only would this make you look slightly silly, but it would probably also scare away the warthog and any other animals that happened to be nearby. Try to generally be as quiet as possible during a game drive.
7. Don’t flash an angry elephant
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Elephants are a lot scarier than they might seem. These massive animals often hang out on safari routes, get very close to trucks and sometimes get pretty peeved off at tourist paparazzi (especially when there are calves about). You can tell an elephant is angry when it’s fanning out and shaking its ears. Elephants are one of the only animals that can take down a safari truck, so if you want to avoid being charged and trampled, it’s a good idea to stop taking pictures when an angry elephant is close by–this is particularly important on night drives when you’re taking pictures with flash.
8. Bring a head lamp.

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When you’re camping in national parks and reserves while on safari–or really anytime you’re camping or backpacking anywhere–a head torch (otherwise known as a headlamp) is a very handy thing to have on hand. Not only will it light the way to anywhere you need to go after dark, but it’ll also leave your hands free to shuffle through your things to find whatever you’re looking for in your pack or tent, and even allow you to easily read a book in the dark. I never go on a backpacking trip without one! 

Have you been on safari and have some tips of your own? Please share them by leaving a comment below.

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