Booking a holiday to Africa is easy. All you need is a computer with internet access and a credit or debit card. Let us go through a step-by-step guide to choosing and booking the best safari holiday for you online.
Google your desired destination and type of holiday, such as ‘Camping holidays in Botswana’. You can also search for ‘Holidays in Africa’ if you’re unsure of a specific place or type of holiday you would like to visit. This will take you to a travel agency’s website where you can compare packages.
A travel agency will have a search bar for you to search specific holiday destinations at the top of their home page, with dropdowns for a bunch of other criteria, like ‘from which airport’, ‘date of travel’, ‘how long the holiday is’ and ‘how many people are going’. This allows you to narrow down your search, though you should have an option to click ‘any’ on each of these to keep your options open.
You’ll be given all the info on each holiday package (price per person, star rating, number of days, airport departing from etc.). Always read the details, but don’t be deceived by a fancy description, as the images of the destination are usually the best gauge of quality. Keep looking through holiday packages until you find a place and a type of holiday that fits your preference and pocket. In Africa there are camps, luxury lodges, cruises and tours. Read our two-part blog on the best safari lodges in Africa.
Consult a price comparison site for holidays, such as travelsupermarket.com and TeletextHolidays.com. Just search for the holiday you chose and find the best value safari package. Also consider the weather at that time of year.
If you haven’t read any reviews of the destination yet, the final step before deciding your holiday should be to look on TripAdvisor for the ratings and reviews of the game and nature holiday of your fancy. TripAdvisor is free from bias as the reviews are filled in by customers who have been on the holiday. If the reviews match up with the advert online, proceed to the next step.
You may be able to add extra items to your holiday such as travel insurance (again compare prices) or extra baggage allowance. Make sure you check everything through that all the info is correct, so you know exactly what you’re buying. Remember you will incur an admin fee for changing anything in your package once you’ve booked your holiday. Once you’re happy with your safari break, you’re ready to click ‘book now’.
Fill in your personal details if you are the one purchasing the holiday. The holiday will be in your name if so, meaning you will have to change anything or cancel the holiday yourself. Fill in the details of all the other passengers exactly as their name appears on their passport to speed up passport controls.
Click ‘continue’ and fill in your bank details. The travel agency will send you an email to confirm, then you’re officially going on safari!