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10 Tips to enjoy the best and safe safari experience

10 Tips to enjoy the best and safe safari experience

Going on a safari expedition is a unique and thrilling experience. The safaris in Kenya and Tanzania are some of the best in the world. Tourists from every corner come to East Africa to soak in the bewildering and majestic wildlife, scenic landscapes, and exotic adventures that you cannot find elsewhere. As appealing as safaris are, they may also be intimidating. 

If you’re planning a safari, here are the top ten tips to help you through your journey. The tips will help you have a safe and fun experience. It is time to let go and embark on the trip of your lifetime!


  1. Get your shots – Before you get on the plane, make sure you have the necessary vaccinations. Also, make sure you pack antimalarial medication and DEET insect repellents. You may also want to keep eye drops with you as the dust may hurt your eyes. 
  2. Insurance – Another travelling prerequisite, it is essential to get traveler’s insurance. Keep a record of your insurance emergency number and policy number throughout your journey. 
  3. Plan– If you want to go on a particular safari, for example, to Masai Mara, you need to check the ideal times to plan your visit. Each month will give you a different experience. Always plan to make sure you get to experience the best possible safari. 
  4. Dress appropriately – Safaris are long, tiring, hot, and bumpy. It is critical to dress appropriately, keeping in mind that you also want to protect against mosquitos and other insects. Always keep a hat with you to protect yourself against the sun and plenty of sunscreen on hand. Wear protective shoes, as opposed to sandals or other footwears. 
  5. Timing – As the saying goes, “Time is of the essence.” Safari operators will usually pick you up or meet you (according to your agreement with the operator) early in the morning. It ensures that you get the best lighting to experience the safari and that you get back to your hotel by dark. 
  6. Selecting your driver – If you want to witness a particular animal, you will need to hire a specialist driver. General drivers will maximize the number of species you encounter while the specialist will take you to the best spots to observe the animal you want to see. 
  7. Know what you are signing up for – Safari operators can offer an all-inclusive trip or may simply be providing a driver. You should know what you are paying for and understand what is included in the package. Some operators don’t cover entrance fees to parks and reserves, so keep sufficient money to cover these expenses. It is also advised to tip your tour guide. 
  8. Stay hydrated – Make sure you keep plenty of bottled water for your trip to stay hydrated. 
  9. Listen to your tour guide – even if it may be the fifth time going on a safari or the first, it is critical to listen and understand any instructions your tour guide gives you. The tour guide is experienced, knows the region, and wants to keep you safe, so always listen to them. You should also ask questions if instructions are unclear. 
  10. Patience – Going on a safari does not necessarily mean you will see all the animals instantly. Sometimes, you may need to wait for a few minutes or even an hour to see the exotic animals. Be patient, and enjoy the scenic views.


These tips should help you have a pleasant safari. To learn more about Tanzania, check out our Tanzania Travel Guide.