8 Rookie Mistakes You Must Avoid On An African Safari

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Last Updated on February 11, 2021

After everything we have been through, we deserve something exciting and totally different, like an African safari vacation! Elephants, leopards, and lions. Oh my! Wouldn’t that trip be enticing?  But because Africa is very different and could somehow be dangerous, you must be aware of all the amateur mistakes you might do, and completely avoid them. To have a smooth African safari experience, read on to learn about the 8 rookie mistakes we did so you don’t have to.

1. Not doing enough research

If the Big Five game is on your travel bucket list, then you must know that not all African safari tours are equal. You have to be very aware of what you are booking. In other words, you must do your homework and understand the differences till you find the one that meets your goals and expectations. Remember that you get what you pay for, from the kind of vehicle, the number of guests, and the personalization of the experience. 

2. Picking the wrong clothes

Have you noticed that everyone on an African safari would be wearing a “safari” outfit?  Well, it’s not necessary to wear that, but it’s important to pick the right colors to blend with your environment in order to not distract the animals.   The best colors to pick are neutral, like beige and olive green. And it’s important to avoid black and white because they are considered “dangerous” colors. Blue should also be avoided because it could attract the tsetse flies and other unpleasant insects. 

3. Taking the wrong clothes

In an African Safari’s documentary, you don’t usually see how the warm weather drops unexpectedly at night. So yes, pack your t-shirts and shorts because during the day, it will be burning hot and the sun would probably give you one of the best or worst tan of your life, depending on your skin.  Also, avoid packing anything fancy because most roads are dirt roads, which would be flying around. At nighttime, you would probably get chilly if you kept wearing the day’s outfit, so a few sweaters and long pants would be great for those chilly hours.


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