You’ve done it! All those months of careful planning, putting away as much money as you could spare and spending endless hours on the Internet researching South Africa have come to fruition … your highly-anticipated Kruger safari is now just around the corner. We’re willing to bet that you’ll want to make the most of your experience while you’re here, so we’ve come up with a few tips for you.
We may be just a little biased when we say this, but the Kruger National Park is easily one of the most alluring, raw, untamed places on Earth! Having said that, if it’s your first time in the Kruger, you’ll probably want to experience as much as possible, which can also leave you feeling overwhelmed.
However, there’s no need to fret – we’ve come up with four simple ways to ensure that this is a trip you’ll never forget!
Let’s be honest – one can only prepare so much. But that doesn’t mean we won’t try and cover the basics at least. Since you may be out in the sun, eagerly searching for South African wildlife, it’s important to pack a hat, sunnies, sunblock, comfy shoes and binoculars. Plus, the weather can vary quite a lot while you’re on your safari, so be sure to pack a warm jacket as well.
And the preparation doesn’t stop there. It’s definitely a good idea to perhaps take out travel insurance before you leave, give your loved ones the contact details for the company you’ll be safariing with and, perhaps, ask questions or read up on SA and the Kruger camp you’ll be staying at too. As for the rest of it, we’ll just go with the flow…
“The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.” – H. Jackson Brown Jr.
Yes, we fully understand what we’re asking you to do here but we’re not saying stay off from Social Media completely, just as much as possible. Now don’t get us wrong, we love it when our guests share their sightings with us on Facebook and Instagram but we just don’t want you to be so focused on enjoying the experience for Social Media that you don’t enjoy it for yourself … if you know what we mean.
After all, some sightings turn out to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience!
So take your photos and definitely keep in touch with loved ones, but we’re pretty sure that the latest gossip on Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez can wait until after your safari.
Basically … smile at everyone (even if they don’t smile back, and the truth is, they might not), get excited, ask your safari guides as much as you can, look for the silver lining in every situation and be open to trying new things. We’re almost certain that if you do, your safari experience will be as amazing as you want it to be.
Step Outside Your Comfort Zone
In our experience, the amazing and equally frightening thing about travelling to a new country is that, at some point, you may have to step out of your comfort zone.
Now we’re not talking about anything hectic here, just the small things, like opening up and chatting to new people, looking at something from a different point of view (perspective is everything!) or trying a dish that you might not have at home. More often than not, you’ll be super glad you did.
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I went on Safari with Outlook Safaris in June last year on part of a year out. Everything about the company was perfect, even before booking everything was very well taken care of. When I initially emailed with questions I was replied to very quickly and all the information I received was very useful,Robert was very patient with me. The drivers who picked me up in Jo’Burg were very friendly and professional and made the journey up to the Kruger Park very pleasant.I stayed in the most basic accommodation provided but it had all I needed including a fan and heater because the temperature varied so much. The Skukuza Park is stunning, with beautiful birds, baboons all wandering around. The game drives were amazing.
I just want to say that this was one of the most awesome experiences I’ve had. From the moment I first arrived until the sad last day I had to leave was amazing. Moss driving our group to Kruger National Park that first morning. Not sure if it was the early hour, but everyone was quiet and either looking out of the window, listening to their ipod, or getting some more sleep. I wasn’t sure what to expect. After our first stop for gas and snack some conversations started. By the end of the trip, I really missed seeing everyone every day and sharing those wonderful memories. I had such a good time building friendships and sharing laughs. I think I enjoyed making those new friends as much as seeing all of those wonderful animals in their own environment.
Both my husband and myself have traveled extensively and have had unquestionably one of the best experiences of our lives with Outlook Safaris. The first safari we took was the Classic 7 Day Kruger Park Safari, and this January/February we enjoyed the 5 Day Explorer Safari. Both safaris were wonderful and we were able to see many of the “harder to find” animals. The staff is enthusiastic about their jobs and it shows.Their excitement is only outdone by their knowledge of the bush.I would recommend also an overnight at Outlook Lodge on your return to Johannesburg where Chef and Manager Francois will pamper you with wonderful meals. The downy beds and intimate surroundings are refreshing after a soujourn in the bush. All in all, an experience never to be missed.
– Mary & Jim
An incredible company. Debbie the guide and also game driver has a wealth of knowledge and passion for the wilderness like no other. Being a single female traveller, I felt completely safe. All the staff are friendly, the meals delicious and the experience is second to none! The game drive vehicles are large enough to feel safe but small enough to have an intimate experience with the animals.
– Laura M