How to Plan Your Safari Adventure

Going on a safari is a bucket list item for many. Watching the animals roaming the tundra free to do as they wish is a much more interesting, satisfying and exciting way to see animals than when they’re caged in a zoo. I went on a safari in Tanzania a few years ago. I saw hippos, rhinos, giraffes, water buffalos and lions in the Ngorongoro Crater and in the Serengeti – it was brilliant.

Planning your safari adventure can seem like a bit of a minefield – there are so many questions to answer and choices to make to find the best one for you. I’ve answered the top 3 questions you might have as best I can to ensure you find the safari to suit you.

Where’s the best place to see elephants / giraffes / rhinos?

How to plan your safari adventure

It may seem obvious, or not, but not all ‘safari animals’ are on all safaris. If you want to see something particular you need to do your research. Tigers are one of the most popular wishlist safari animals and the best place to see them is in India, in particular in in Ranthambore National Park. And if you want to get the most out of your trip it helps to get the professionals in. Great Rail (www.greatrail.com) combine train holidays with safaris to some of the most exciting safari destinations in the world and if you go on one of their India ones you’ll get to go tiger spotting in the park – they’ll also take you to the other top destinations in India including the Taj Mahal and the Agra Fort too.

If it’s elephants you’re after try Botswana. Giraffes? Head to Etosha Park in Namibia. And for rhinos try the Kruger National Park in South Africa. You might as well give yourself the best chance of seeing your favourite animal.

What will suit your budget?

How to plan your safari adventure

Safaris range in price greatly. It can be worth paying the extra in some circumstances – particularly if you think you’ll be uncomfortable tumbling along the tundra in a basic truck while your head pretty much bounces off the ceiling. This would actually be my safari of choice though – the chance to get as close to back to basics as possible.

The luxury options do look nice though! And you’ll get incredible accommodation in the safari parks instead of the put-em-up-yourself tents that I’m used to. You can find a safari to suit your budget from about £1000 upwards.

When’s the best time to go?

How to plan your safari adventure

Again this depends on where you’re going. I’ve listed the best times to visit the top five safaris around the world below:

  1. Ranthambore National Park, India – end of October to June
  2. Mundulea Reserve, Namibia – June to October
  3. Kruger National Park, South Africa – May to October
  4. Zambezi Valley, Zambia – July to October
  5. Masai Mara National Reserve – June to October

Let me know if you do decide to go on safari – and where you end up!

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