You don’t have to be a gap year student or a traveller to enjoy an African safari. The fact that safari is only for eccentric twenty-somethings is one of many myths we wish to dispel.
Going on safari is a holiday like no other, as it offers a thrilling experience you will cherish forever and probably show off to your friends and family about. However, touring deserts and journeying from beach to game reserve can be just as relaxing as a conventional holiday resort too.
- When you discuss travelling as a newbie with someone proud of their travel exploits, you’ll be told things like ‘you need to do this country in this many days’. You can do one country for two weeks on a budget or the whole of Africa for a whole year with savings to fund your travels. Most experienced safari travellers say you need eight days to savour Africa’s finest parts, but it’s your You have the freedom to write your own destiny, so do what you want to do. Don’t let anyone tell you how to travel. There is no right or wrong way to enjoy what this diverse continent has to offer.
- Mention African Safaris to someone who has only a slight knowledge of Africa and they might say it’s a dangerous place to go. In reality, game reserves in Africa are among the safest places to see so-called deadly wildlife. The big five are usually fenced in, unless you’re on game drive, but commercial game drives in approved 4×4 vehicles are also safe. Armed park rangers are well-trained in dealing with potential danger.
- Another important myth to debunk is the falsity that safaris are for privileged tourists. Travelling around Botswana, or anywhere else in Africa, doesn’t have to be expensive. In fact, with the currency of one Botswanan pound (pula) being the equivalent of 0.074 Bristish pound or 0.095 US dollar, it is difficult to overspend on a safari holiday in Africa.
- Africa is not as impoverished as you might think. Yes, schools, hospitals and housing in many places are not as developed as in Europe and America, but most African people do have food and water. This means you won’t have to pack food in your ruck-sack. Think of spending money in African countries as donating to their economy. You’ll be helping its people improve their quality of life, while also caring for the local wildlife and nature.
- A common misconception is that African countries are hot and humid all year round. All countries have hot and cool seasons and African countries are no different. In Southern Africa, there is a wet period for 6 months when rivers and lakes flood and a 6-month dry period where there are extreme droughts. The temperature drops below freezing at night in the winter, so you’d be better off avoiding colder months.
The heat in summer can reach over 38°c but nothing too scorching for a week-long trip during a break from work or education.