1.- As we have already told you, it is very good to ask your guides questions. It’s amazing how much they know about animal behavior. Remember that in the jungle discretion can save your life. Don’t be the typical person who yells in the car when everyone else is trying to keep quiet to avoid scaring a timid animal.
2.- Make sure you have a good camera and a high-quality zoom lens. The occasion deserves it. You will be traveling to the other side of the world, and you will have the opportunity to document and experience something unique. It is not even necessary to buy new photographic equipment, they can be rented.
3.- In addition to that, it has a security camera in case the main one breaks down. For this, the mobile phone can suffice as long as it is of the latest generation. The worst thing about cell phone cameras is that they make it look like you’re far away. And this when taking photos of your safari can become a nightmare.
4.- Sleeping after taking antimalarial medication is not recommended at all. The most advisable thing is to take the medicine with breakfast since we will not notice strange dreams, not even drowsiness during the day.
5.- Wear comfortable but resistant shoes. There you will travel many kilometers in cars, well protected. However, it should not be forgotten that it is a jungle environment, therefore we must have our feet properly protected at all times.
6.- Always remember to look in the bathroom before sitting down. In most of the places you visit there will not be a plumbing system like the one you are used to; and it would not be strange if you found some animals jumping in the toilets. Especially during the tour. Luckily, hotels do not have this type of problem on a regular basis.
7.- Ticks. Bring tweezers and antiseptic. That’s all you need to know. The antiseptic is good to prevent and disinfect. Tweezers are essential if you ever need to capture and extract one.
8.- Do not forget the extra batteries for the camera. As well as all the necessary battery chargers. We don’t even want to imagine what it would be like to miss out on the opportunity to take the photo of your life because of no battery.
9. Speaking of stressing over photos… definitely focus on getting a few photos of each animal, but remember you don’t need 400 photos of zebras. Instead, you should take the time to look at the animals with your own eyes, instead of always looking through the various lenses and screens.
10.- Do not forget to ask other people who accompany you during the trip to take photos of you, especially with the animals. Remember that what is not recorded is because it never happened.
These are basic tips for beginners who dream of doing their first African safari in the near future.