Let’s face it, if you’ve ever watched Lion King, then 9 times out of 10, you’ve wanted to head to Africa to see Pride Rock. Unfortunately, Pride Rock is not a real location, rather inspired by various locations in Kenya, but, that doesn’t mean you can’t take an African safari and see the rest of the kingdom.
Here’s a few tips on how to plan your African safari.
While these are the easiest option, they are also the most expensive option. If you are looking to take this route, you can either join a group with a pre-planned itinerary, or customize your own. The Kenya Association of Tour Operators and the Tanzania Association of Tour Operators are great resources to find legal tour companies.
It’s important that you choose the right time of year to go. Between June to October is considered dry season and is the best time to see the animals.
Find the parks that have the wildlife you want to see
Interested in seeing: lions, African elephants, Cape buffalo, leopards, rhinos and tons of various birds? Then you’ll want to head to Kruger National Park. Do your research.
If possible wait until you land in the country to plan your itinerary
Sometimes you can get a better deal for safaris, such as night safaris, if you purchase them while in that country. If in South Africa, National Park Service is a great option.
Save money by staying in a hostel
Not only will you save money by staying in a hostel, you’ll usually find others who are looking to take a safari or experience everything that the country has to offer.
Rent your own 4×4
A large majority of African parks allow you to drive your own vehicle or rental. By renting a 4×4, you’ll save yourself some money and have more control over the safari adventure.
Camp in the park if possible
Most parks have camp sites that you can stay at for $10-15 a night per person.It’s an absolute steal and who doesn’t want to lay underneath the stars surrounded by nature.
Follow the rules, have your camera ready and simply have fun. The animals are waiting for you.