African summer holiday trip
Guidance for African summer holiday trip
Are you planning and looking for African summer holiday trip –want to go out a week somewhere exotic, interesting or just plain sunny! Here at Nature Bound Africa like to help you to plan your dream trip of this summer, whether that’s a budget break for the whole family or a couples’ retreat exploring a romantic city!
For some Folks, your summer holidays can not be enjoyable without a pool, a sandy beach and cocktails at sunset – if this sounds like you, we certainly have some sunny breaks that you’ll enjoy!
Indian Ocean Summer
As the Indian Ocean summer in the tropical countries is especially favorable for recreation, in September – August. We suggest you go to the Tropical resorts: you are offered unspoiled beaches of Zanzibar and Mombasa, soothing beauty of Lamu and of Stone Town amazing excursions, surfing in Mombasa and Aphrodite Festival in Lamu. In addition, in September – August the best time to visit Mombasa and Zanzibar.
What to Consider When Planning a Safari for your Family
Looking for ideas for your next family holiday? Forget Disney World why not consider something fun and educational at the same time. Take your children miles away from TV, video games and computers and get back to nature with an African safari with Nature Bound Africa.
Not only will children will be exposed to incredible wildlife but also a vastly different culture. Imagine your children seeing a magnificent Maasai warrior for the first time or learning to make a fire from wood and stone! What may appear to be a daunting process, planning a safari for the whole family is not as difficult as it may first appear.
Here are some things to consider before booking:
1.Countries such as Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya and Tanzania have more experience in dealing with families so they should possibly be your first port of call.
2. The safari peak season is June to Oct. If you are looking to save a few pennies and you are tied to travelling during the European school holidays (ie the peak season), consider visiting Rwanda or Uganda which are the exception – having their low season during these months.
3.If you are worried about long flights consider East Africa (Kenya and Tanzania) where the flights are shorter (around 8 hrs from Europe). In saying that, an overnight flight and with the time difference either 1 or 2 hours (depending on time of year) there is no jet lag to contend with.
4. Not all safari lodges take children or allow them onto game drives. You may need to consider a private vehicle or babysitting services. Nature Bound Africa know’s the lodges which are child friendly offering specially tailored child-centred activities which will give parents a break and provide endless hours of fun and learning for the children.
5. Consider which East African countries require vaccinations and malaria tablets.
6. Don’t plan for too long on safari, if you are away for 2 weeks combine your safari with a beach break in the likes of Zanzibar or Mombasa. Most of the resorts or hotels on the beach offer kid’s clubs, brilliant activities and water sports as well as family rooms.
7. Nature Bound Africa has experience in planning family holidays to East Africa in order that it is expertly organized.
Tanzania in a Nutshell
Things to do in Tanzania
Main Attractions and Tourist Regions in Tanzania
So What’s Tanzania all about?
Food and Culture of Tanzania
When to go to Tanzania
What time of the year is best to visit Tanzania?
Safari Adventure Travel Tips
8 Tried and Tested Safari Tips
 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.
 Don’t miss out on a night drive
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.
 Bring a good camera
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.
 Get binoculars or a fancy zoom lens
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:
 Wear earth colours
Bright colours 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.
 Resist the urge to yell “Pumbaa!” when you see a warthog
Not only would this make you look slightly immature (and obnoxious), 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.
 Don’t flash an angry elephant
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 few 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.
 Bring a head torch
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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