A safari is inarguably one of the most exciting and rewarding travel opportunities anyone could have—so long as you choose the right place for you. With so many different places to safari across the world, here’s how you choose the destination that is right for you.
Consider your budget
First things first—before you book anything, it’s important to consider just how much you can afford to spend on your holidays. Safaris can just as easily be expensive as they can be cheap, so with all things considered (flights, accommodation, spending money and everything else), some destinations may be more appropriate depending on the costs.
Whether you want a luxury retreat with every possible amenity and more, or a stripped-back, authentic trip to the wilderness, each and every safari trip will likely be as rewarding as the next. It’s all about how much you can realistically afford to spend on your travels.
Think about the country you’ll be visiting
Where in the world do you actually want to visit? Sure, there are plenty of places to safari in many different regions of the world—from India to Africa, you’re practically spoilt for choice. But consider where you actually want to visit outside of a safari.
Tanzania, for example, is arguably one of Africa’s most underrated destinations, with a diverse landscape from safari plains to beautiful beaches that you can escape to. On the other hand, India has sprawling national parks to discover with incredible opportunities for safaris alongside major cities and places of spiritual importance.
What type of accommodation do you want?
From campsites to luxury lodges, you’ll have plenty of accommodation to choose from wherever you choose to safari—budget depending, of course. It all depends on what kind of safari you actually want. If you’re someone who prefers the luxurious side of things, a lodge is likely the best way to do it.
However, to cut costs and also have a very authentic experience, doing it with just a tent and pitching up wherever you see fit might be the more appropriate choice. Either way, it’ll be an unforgettable experience.
Which animals do you want to see?
Although there are some staple species you can expect to see wherever you safari, some animals are unique to their habitat and you won’t see them anywhere else. Tigers and lions live together in India’s parks, something you won’t be able to see in any other country.
Even Patagonia in South America has an abundance of wildlife you won’t find elsewhere, mainly because it has a beach where you’ll be able to witness orcas, elephant seals and penguins—if that doesn’t make for the most unique safari in the world, nothing else will.
Choose between an easy and active holiday
What type of safari do you want? Are you the type to hike your way through the plains, discovering animals of your own accord—or do you want to sit back and relax in a Jeep as you traverse the wilderness?
There are simply so many ways to do a safari, so don’t limit yourself. Think carefully and craft your perfect experience before heading abroad. A safari should be an unforgettable experience for all the right reasons, so ensure you’re tailoring it to suit you perfectly.