Much of Africa inspires awe and respect. The impressive wildlife and the rich, varied landscape are definitely on that list. Either way, a trip to this part of the world is nothing short of exciting. For most travellers, a Kenyan safari is at the top of the list of things to do here. Truly an experience of a lifetime, you can make your Kenyan safari trouble-free and smooth in a few ways.
Start with making your travel plans. Secure online flight bookings to multiple destinations depending on what animals you want to see. The wildebeest migration, for instance, happens in Masai Mara mostly between July and November. Visitors are often disappointed when they land in Kenya and don’t see too many animals. This happens because they didn’t do their initial research to find out what the weather is like and what is the best season to spot animals.
If you’re not sure about how to go about travel, check with Tripindigo or an East Africa Travel Agency to help you out. These agencies will also be able to tell you what documentation you’ll need to for your trip. From entry visas to travel insurance, checks and, passport validity, experienced guides can take your through the entire process. Make sure to clear all your doubts with them from the get-go.
If you’re used to medication, carry enough to last you the duration of the trip. Make sure your toiletries kit is also well-stocked. Kenya is cosmopolitan and you should be able to get anything you want. But out on a safari, it may not always be possible to get stuff. So carry your essentials with you. By essentials we mean, among other things, sunscreen, mosquito and bug repellent, medicines for stomach ailment, fever and pain, etc.
You need to find information on destinations first, you also need to figure out how you want to travel – with others in a group on a pre-planned itinerary or do your own trip at your own time. The former works well if you’re a people person or don’t have the time to organise a full safari tour. Do understand that you’ll still need to decide what kind of accommodation and transport you’ll need. Do keep your comfort level in mind and decide.
You can camp in any of the wonderful National Parks that Kenya boasts of – Lake Nakuru Amboseli, Tsavo East, Aberdare National Park and Mt Kenya National Park are some that come to mind.
Safaris are of different kinds. You can do an air, bicycle, balloon or road safari. The road safari is the best way to witness and enjoy wildlife up close and personal. Be prepared for a sometimes bumpy ride but the thrill of seeing animals at touching distance will make it worth your while. You can always hike or climb mountains in Kenya at a later time. Also popular in Kenya are water sports – a departure from the safari route!
Kenya is geared up to greet safari enthusiasts – you can get all the information you need from the tourism department. Do look at blogs and sites as well to help you out.