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Travelling to Africa on a safari holiday is something many people has desires of, and for good reason. Diverse wildlife, stunning beaches, mesmerizing landscapes, snow capped mountains, it has got it all. But, unless you’re a backpacker and independent traveller who is willing to do all by him or herself, to go on an African Safari Tours, it is highly essential to get in touch with a tour company first.
Most people become overwhelmed with all the safari options. It is far easier to compare apples to oranges.
A safari tour company organizes, plans, maps, and creates a successful African Safari Packages for you. They take much of the workload off of you so that you solely focus on the experiencing the wildlife. To certain places like Mount Kilimanjaro or Gombe in Tanzania, it is required by law that you should be escorted by a certified tour guide only. So below are the questions you should necessarily have clear answers on to help ensure that you’re in the right hands.
One of the biggest challenges travelers face in Africa is the language barrier. Africa is a continent where over 2,000 languages are spoken. Even though there have been European settlements and English was ever present, still there is a considerable communication gap between tourists and locals. When you have trouble communicating with the concerned person, the tour doesn’t turn out to be the greatest. So it is of utmost importance that your tour and safari guides possess excellent English communication skills besides good knowledge of the safari spots.
It is said that nothing determines success more than passion. When you’re passionate about what you’re doing, you can break barriers and come up with your best. The same applies to safari tour guides as well. Being a ranger guide is not easy. Most tour guides spend weeks and months away from home in the bushes with a keen eye for wild animals. So it might seem natural that they’ll run out of fuel and. But what keeps them going is the passion for what they do. Their love for the wildlife triumphs their homesickness. So when you look for a tour operator, find out how passionate they are about safaris.
As a consumer, it’s your right to know what you’re being offered. If you blindly accept a tour without knowing the places it’ll take you through, you may be missing out on the best ones. Itineraries often serve as a blueprint of your safari trip. They’re a detailed description of the routes, the timings, and animal sightseeing. This will help you form a mental picture of what the tour will be like, and based on your experience, you can request your tour guide midway to change routes or keep it that way.
Bear in mind that safaris are conducted based on the types opted and there are a number of them. Based on your budget, occasion, and animals you want to see, you’ll have to choose from a range of options. These usually are budget safaris, luxury safaris, honeymoon safaris, beach holiday safaris, gorilla trekking safaris et cetera. A honeymoon safari doesn’t hold good for budget and vice versa. Besides asking for the itinerary, inquire about the types of safari they offer and choose the closest one that fills your needs.
Responsible tourism is one of the altruistic initiatives with a motto of “making better places for people to live in and better places for people to travel to.” It focuses on eliminating or minimizing negative economic, environmental, and social impacts that were intentionally or unintentionally done by tourists. Best tour companies are an avid supporter of responsible tourism. Hence, you should always choose one involved in responsible tourism over the one who isn’t.
Last but not the least, you should know for how long they’ve been in the business. Although not a direct indicator to how efficient they are in conducting the safari trips, it nevertheless matters a lot. After all, one learns from experience. So a tour company who’s been around for few years tend to provide a better service than the newbie ones. They may also charge more, but every penny is definitely worth it.
There’s nothing wrong with an African Safari. We’ve done them and loved them. It’s just a shame when some beginners focus exclusively on price and forget to ask key questions before embarking on their African safari.
Choosing a safari company is one of the most important decisions that you will unavoidably have to make when planning your African Safari. The right company will be experienced, knowledgeable, and professional in their approach of conducting the safari tour from start to finish. We, at Gorilla Trips, have been providing tours to major East African countries and have offices at each location. Get in touch with us for booking Tanzania Safari Tours, Rwanda Safari, Kenya Safari Tours, Uganda Safaris & Congo Safari.