Africa is the second largest continent after Asia and there are many things you can see. Even a famous quote saying that the man who has never been to Africa is the luckiest as he has so much for adventure. Most people who have come once won’t reject the second chance and the next one.
Whether this is your first time or not, planning your trip to Africa will help you turn your dream to be a reality. Here are basic travel tips to help you make a memorable African trip.
1. List the cities you want to visit
As one of the largest continent, Africa has more than 50 countries. Deciding where you want to go can be daunting, so the first step you should do is determining what kind of trip you would like to enjoy or certain things you have to see.
If you want to experience a classic safari, then Tanzania or Kenya might be the right choice. However, if you dream to watch see closely the marvelous ancient cultures, you should go to Ethiopia or Egypt. As for beach retreats, you should consider the jewel islands of the Indian Ocean.
If you plan to travel with kids who couldn’t have prophylactics, you may better go to Morocco or other countries in South Africa where malaria isn’t a threat.
2. Plan the best time to go traveling
After determining the places, it’s time to decide the perfect timing to go traveling. You need to realize that each destination has an optimum season especially if you wish for safari.
Generally, the dry season is preferable for observing since local wildlife tends to go to find the water sources due to the lack of rain.
On the other hand, winter is the best time for going to the desert, however there is a different period for winter in each travel destination. The Sahara Desert has winter between November to December while the Kalahari Desert has their winter from June to July.
If you are restricted by school breaks or work, then you should decide your destinations accordingly.
3. Book your lodging and tours
The next thing you should consider is whether you are planning for solo explorer or you rather be with a tour guide or travel agent. If you think you need their help, then they will also offer you for organizing details as well including tours and accommodations.
It is a common thing to have safari and trek arranged by a specialized company, so you could be safe during your adventure. You should start contacting your agent at least one year ahead before traveling. It’s a good decision to book accommodation on the first night as well.
4. Buy you flying tickets in advance
Depending on your location, flying to Africa can be costly and the seats could be run out quickly. In order to get the best rates, you should book your flights in advance.
If you own air miles, you have to ensure that the corresponding airline includes your destination. If you don’t have, you could search for flight comparison online, so you can get the lowest price.
Organizing the international flight with your domestic connections on one booking might be a wise decision. The airline company will take responsibility if you miss the second flight and they will definitely arrange alternative transport for you. Even, they will organize an accommodation if the delay will be as long as for a night.