How to get the most out of your African safari

How to get the most out of your African safari

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African wildlife goes far beyond the Big 5 and having an interest in the smaller things will take the pressure off game-viewing

To make any experience extraordinary you have to immerse yourself in it completely. This is no different for going on safari. Here are a few tips to making the most of your precious time in Africa.

1. Switch off

Mobile phones distract us from our surroundings. Soak up the full nature experience by limiting your phone time. Enjoy your surroundings or use this time to read a guide book or novel inspired by Africa. Not ready to put your phone down just yet? Find out how you can use your phone on safari in our iPhone-only Safari story.

2. Enjoy the little things

African wildlife goes far beyond the Big 5 and having an interest in the smaller things will take the pressure off game-viewing. Birding is a very rewarding hobby for every African traveller.

3. Listen and learn

Listen to what your guide and tracker say as Africa has so much to offer and what better way of learning than from those who have lived in Africa all their lives.

4. Limit the photos

If you are a photographer, it is difficult to not want to capture every single thing, but remember to occasionally put your camera down and observe your surroundings. Pick your shots carefully.

5. Embrace the culture

Wherever you are, it is invaluable to learn a little bit of the local cultures and languages. Eat traditional food, watch performances, chat to locals - it will enrich your experience.

6. Be prepared

Make sure you pack the essentials that can make or break your safari. From the best binoculars to sun and insect protection, read our expert advice on what to take along and download our free safari packing list to ensure you have everything you need to make the most of your safari.

A man wearing a hat on a game drive in Africa at sunset

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