Everyone feels the lure of exotic animals and majestic plains. We’re drawn to zoos, state fairs and circuses to see the animals first hand. Perhaps you’d like to see big cats on a safari. The only way to do that is stop procrastinating and start planning. The term “safari” is Swahili for “long journey.” It originally meant going out to hunt big game, but in its modern connotation refers to a sightseeing trip. Instead of hunting, people on Safari now take photographs and videos of wild animals.
Safaris can be dangerous, but they have had enough experience to mitigate many of the risks. You can definitely improve your chances by coming properly equipped. A pair of Altrec Timberland boots strapped to your feet can protect you from the wild terrain. Loose, cool clothing can prevent you from overheating and keep the sun from burning you to a crisp. Safaris are typically guided expeditions. You don’t just wander the African plains looking for zebras, wildebeests, rhinoceroses and big cats. These animals have little to no fear of humans and will attack with or without provocation.
You should go during migration periods. The best way to see wild animals is when they are traveling from place to place. Check with various safari guides for the best times to see a migration. In Kenya, that time of year occurs from July to October and January to March. Visitors to Tanzania can witness the Great Migration from February to March or June through November. The parks in northern Tanzania, Ngorongoro and the Serengeti, are rife with wildlife during these months. Take a safari in Uganda between December and March or June through September. You’ll see plenty of mountain gorillas during this time. Zambia is best seen September to mid-November. Impala, elephants, buffalo and zebra can be seen in the Lower Zambezi Valley.
The time of year you go will determine what specialized gear is required. Be sure to bring a rain slicker during the rainy season. These seasons can be determined by visiting the country’s tourism site. Be sure to look over the site to determine what type of weather you will most likely encounter. Pack accordingly and take into account how long you’ll be out on the plains or in the valley. You will also need some provisions. Water is always a good idea. Other items include binoculars, a camera, and a digital video device. Along with those items, pack lip balm, sunscreen and insect repellent.
Going on safari to see the big cats will produce memories that will last a lifetime. Learn as much as you can before you book. A little due diligence can save you a ton of heartache and money. Most of all, plan to see sights you’ve never seen before!