Checklist For The Explorers Who Dream Of The Great African Safari
It may be called as the ‘Dark Continent’ but Africa is a paradise for Safari dreamers and nature lovers. Blessed with the thickest and largest rainforests and wildlife, it is a land of geographical diversity and breathtaking scenic views. To start with the simplest, you can get your selfie while going on a camel safari or get plentiful real sights of the wild animal species you read in your school books. You need years of travel to explore the Amazon rainforests, the Nile river civilization, the golden Sahara, and the surprise-rich Savanna grasslands, to pick a few of Africa’s wonders. As a popular saying, “Nothing comes free of cost”, so is the African Safari. Given the majestic landscapes and wild lands, the travelers should be fully prepared and aware of the various challenges they may face and the out-of-the-world experiences they will get from the mysterious continent.
How well are you prepared for the journey?
Africa has more than 50 countries, each with a distinct geography, demography, government policies and infrastructure. The documents and resources that you need to carry depend on the country and region you are planning to tour. Certain countries are highly developed while some are still struggling to get the basic things right. The developed ones have a more stringent screening of tourists and the underdeveloped ones do not even require visas.
So it is better to contact the embassies for clarified requirements. Take care about the validity date of your passports, which should be more than six months beyond your return date from Africa. Another critical requirement is to have sufficient blank pages for passport entries, especially when you are on a long tour, visiting multiple countries (at least 2 pages).
Africa is a land of extreme climates, weather changes and countries covered with tropical forest
Africa is the hottest continent and since the Great Sahara covers a major chunk of the continent, spanning east to west, the northern and parts of central Africa arid and sandy. Days are very hot and the prominent seasons are summer and rainy seasons. Winters make the night-time temperatures and early mornings drop to freezing point in some areas. The Amazon areas have very heavy rainfall and the rainforests can become tricky for travel. Rains make the Nile River swollen and flooding is common during rainy season. Knowledge about the best season to visit each place and planning in advance is essential to ensure a problem-free Safari.