safety photoGoing to visit a new and exciting land is the dream of many people, yet some of them do not get the chance to make this their reality. If you have been considering going to Africa, it is a good idea to educate yourself before making any plans. Here are several useful tips to keep in mind when planning African holidays.

The Cost Of Your Trip

Many people are intimidated about traveling to Africa because they assume that all African holidays are far beyond their financial reach. The reality is that there are trips that can fit into any budget. Holidays can be customized with different options in order to cut costs. For example, you can stay in a small inn instead of a luxury hotel. It is also a good idea to travel during the low season (November-June) if you are looking for a better deal.

Safety

You may watch television often and see information about all of the violence in Africa. It is important for you to understand that every country in Africa is not the same. While there are countries that constantly experience unrest, there are many that are peaceful. Do not allow bias to get in the way of you experiencing a fun, exciting holiday.

Before entering some African countries, you may be required to have vaccinations. This will help safeguard you against contracting illnesses and diseases. The best way to handle this would be to talk to your primary care physician. They should be able to tell you which vaccinations you may need. Make sure that you ask a few months ahead of time since some of the vaccinations may need a certain amount of time before they are effective.

Currency

The African unit of currency is the Rand and you need to check out the exchange rates before heading on your trip. These rates fluctuate all of the time and they are different depending on the country you are traveling to. While you may generally travel with credit cards, this is not recommended since some parts of Africa do not have ready access to ATMs. If there are available ATMs, you may be subject to foreign transaction fees, which can be quite costly.

Being Flashy

This is something that should be avoided during your trip. While you were told earlier that all parts of Africa are not violent, it is not wise to show off and make yourself a target. This is the reality for all places you are not familiar with, so do not let this deter you from planning a holiday in Africa. Wear modest clothing, leave super-expensive electronics at home and rent a modest car instead of something that is more luxurious.

Going to Africa is an experience that will give anyone memories to last a lifetime. If you are planning to go on an African holiday, it would be a good idea to follow all of the guidelines that were given to you here.

hippo photoOne of the best known and most well traveled of the African parks and has many quality types of accommodations. If you are traveling in the park you should make your Kruger National Park accommodation preparations prior to the start of your trip so that you will always have your stay each night planned well ahead.

Kurger National Park was established in 1898 in order to protect the wildlife of the South African lowlands and it contains an unbelievable diversity of wildlife and plant life protected by advanced environmental policies.

This park has various types of facilities such as conference venues, venues for weddings, hides for experiencing sleeping in the wild and experiencing such areas, restaurants, picnic areas, Shops, filling stations, hospitals, banks and ATMs, and swimming pools.

The Kruger National Park has a number of luxury lodges, bush lodges, overnight hides, bushveld camps and main camps. The luxury lodges are in the spirit of the Jock Safari Lodge which was the first private concession to open in the middle of the Kruger National reserve and is located in the southwestern corner of the park. The main lodge features all of the comforts of home with air conditioning, private mini bar, private plunge pool, private bathroom and all of the amenities including an over look of the river. From the lodge an entire panorama of African bush live can be viewed.

Bush lodges are a little less sensational in their accommodations, but are still very comfortable. The Boulders Bush Lodge, for example is located in the majestic rock formations, built on stilts with boardwalks connecting the main area from the rooms. This allows for groups to be together, yet have the privacy they desire. The viewing deck allows the guests a view that is unhindered showing the mopane veld plains that surround a private watering hole where all kinds of game comes to drink.

The Overnight Hides, such as Sable will serve as a bird or animal hide by day, but at night can be transformed into a rather primitive overnight dwelling as dusk approaches. This allows a select few to experience the African night first hand. The Sable Hide overlooks the Sable Dam where there are many varieties of animals which come there to drink. You will experience lions and hippos up close as you experience a true African night.

The bushveld camps such as Sirheni, which is a Tsonga word that means “cemetary” due to an elephant graveyard nearby, allows for an up close experience with the African wildlife as there are often animal kills down by the river. There is a resident leopard who frequents the water and is a looked for animal experience.

The Main Rest Camps such as Crocodile Bridge Rest Camp are mainly resting and viewing areas as people travel, but these areas generally do not have overnight facilities. this camp is noted as the home of the larger portion of the Kruger park Rhino population.

The Kruger National Park accommodation that you choose is going to depend on different factors. They are varied and well-suited to the needs of most types of different travelers and are well kept and very comfortable venues in which to stay while traveling in the area.

?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????A lot of people with to get together a South Africa holiday plan into motion, but aren’t sure of where to begin. There are a lot of great places to visit there, and it can be a nice way to spend time there if the right places are gone to. The tips here can help travelers find out what to do to go on a holiday they can enjoy.

Anyone going to South Africa that is not from there will need to learn how to interact with local laws and the people. If possible, someone who doesn’t speak the main language of the area they’re going to should hire a guide to assist in getting around. That, or the traveler can take a crash course in the language but that does take a little time and some people aren’t good at memorizing a lot of a language quickly. Some holiday travel packages include a guide that will help the traveler navigate the area, so this should be looked at.

Travelers that smoke need to be aware of the laws prohibiting smoking in spaces that are public. Railway stations and airports, for instance, are not somewhere someone should light up. The law in South Africa allows for stiff penalties to be applied to those that break this law. When someone is traveling, that does not mean that they are able to circumvent laws and getting into trouble with authorities could turn a fun trip sour quickly.

Anyone visiting a nature attraction should be aware of what to bring with them on the trip. Sure, it may just be a way to check out some rock formations, but it may be that the area is rife with pests and bug spray may make the experience more enjoyable. Any medication that is traveled with and needed should be brought when possible so it’s easy to take it when out and about. However, with medications, they need to be cleared with customs and only a month’s supply at a time should be on hand. A letter from a doctor may help to confirm the medication is legitimate and can be used in South Africa legally.

Many people just assume if an area looks nice, the water is okay to drink there from the faucet. While quite a few urban South African areas have high quality and safe tap water, it’s good to try bringing some bottled water along to drink anyways. Some of the time a traveler won’t be used to the mineral content in the water and could face a little bit of problems with their stomachs, but if that happens it’s generally going to pass in an hour or two.

A South Africa holiday trip will be one to remember for a lifetime. The advice here can help those that wish to make sure they are getting together a great plan that will have them enjoying their time. A traveler that does their research will always have a much better time than someone who just guesses.

tour photoSouth Africa is filled with beautiful scenery, rich culture, and majestic animals that simply can’t be experienced to the same degree anywhere else in the world. The natural attractions found in South Africa often leave tourists breathless.

Once they regain their speech, it’s all they talk about for some time. When they aren’t experiencing the natural attractions, there’s a bustling nightlife just waiting to keep them entertained. South Africa often winds up showing tourists much more than they were ever expecting.

Some tourists visit the country time and again; each time learning something new and seeing something they hadn’t seen before. There are so many sites to visit and attractions to see that it takes week to enjoy it all and even then there are still pieces that must be skipped.

The average South Africa tour should last around 2 weeks at the least. That gives the tourist enough time to experience many of the different sides of South African culture, as well as visit many of the natural exhibits known for attracting tourists.

What To Take With You

Many tourists are so excited to get there than they focus on what they’ll do when they arrive, but forget to focus on packing the right things. They might end up forgetting some of the most important and basic items. Buying them once they land could cost them up to ten times the normal price, so it’s important to think ahead and pack ahead.

What to pack depends on the time of year they will be visiting. If it’s summer, then very lightweight, comfortable clothes are in order. An extra pair of warm socks and a jacket are perfect just in case a cold night does sneak into the schedule. Sunscreen is a good idea for staying protected during the day.

Winter, on the other hand, can be fairly cold in South Africa. It’s a good idea to pack very warm clothes. Many places in South Africa do not utilize any form of central heating, which means tourists are often as cold inside as they are outside. What they have to wear may be their own defense against the elements.

Travelers should also bring at least two copies of their most important documents. That includes their passports, emergency information, relevant medical records, and any itineraries. Extremely important information should be memorized, such as contact information, passport numbers, and credit card numbers. Memorizing those numbers might seem like a hassle, but if their bags are lost, then they’ll be glad they did.

Of course, a South Africa tour is always about the good times, beautiful scenes, and memories to be made. A camera is perhaps the most important thing anyone could bring with them on the tour. Cameras help them cement the experience, as well as provide a method for sharing their experience with friends.

Most cell phones will work in South Africa, so it’s possible four tourists to capture photos using their mobile phones and then later upload them to their favorite social media websites. South Africa utilizes the GSM network, which is also used by many other cellular companies. It’s also possible to rent a phone once in South Africa.

Once it’s all said and done, if they did happen to forget to bring something important, it’s not the end of the world. Documents can be faxed and new items can be purchased once in South Africa. However, it’s always ideal to come prepared.

africa photoHave you ever dreamed of traveling to Africa and exploring all of the amazing destinations the continent has to offer? Would you like to get up close and personal with elephants, rhinos, lions, and gorillas? If so, it may be time for you to start thinking about planning your own safari.

There are many different countries that offer African safari tours, so you need to decide what your priorities are. For example, which animals do you particularly want to see? If there is a species that you are especially interested in, you need to make sure that you include the countries where it can be found.

Your travel budget will determine what type of safari you can afford. If you are working with a limited budget, you should plan for a shorter trip. The cheapest type of safari adventure is the self-driven one. All you need is the money to rent a car.

There are quite a few public game parks where you can drive yourself around without needing to belong to an organize tour. Of course, without a tour guide, you could end up missing out on a lot of exciting sights. However, if you just want to head out on your own, a self-driven tour can be the right choice for you.

If you have a larger budget, or if you prefer to travel in a more organized fashion, signing up for a safari package is a good idea. These can be fairly basic or quite elaborate, depending upon how much you have to spend. With some packages, you may camp out in the bush, or you can spend more and sleep in hotels or lodges.

An advantage of these packages is that your safari will be guided by an experienced tour guide. Such a guide will be familiar with all of the local sights and sounds, so you do not have to worry about missing out on anything due to ignorance. The guide can also help you make sure that you get to see all of the wildlife that you are interested in.

One popular destination in Africa is the country of Kenya, home to the Masai Mara National Reserve. Every year, the annual Great Migration sees millions of animals make their way across the continent. Zebras, wildebeest, and antelopes all travel thousands of miles in search of food. This is one of the greatest spectacles on the African continent.

If you would prefer to explore the rain forest and see the great apes that are our closest relatives, Uganda is a good choice. In this country, you can trek through the dense forests and see gorillas and chimpanzees in their natural habitats. However, these apes are quite rare, so prepare to spend a while looking for them.

African safari tours can provide the experience of a lifetime, but you need to plan ahead. By doing so, you can make sure that you get the most out of your trip to Africa.