Sometimes the best safari advice you could get is from those who have been there and done that.
Experience is the best teacher you could hope for and the second best teacher is the advice you will read in this blog, advice from someone who has gone on a Kruger Park safari and who knows exactly what information you need.
Royal Safari, a Kruger tour operator specialising in unique and exclusive Kruger Park safaris, offers guests a different tour experience. We have breakfast tours of the Kruger as well as romantic dinner trips and nighttime drives into the quiet sanctuary of the park.
Along with these more luxurious safaris, we also offer full day Kruger Park trips, and this is where our helpful information might come in handy.
Our 5 Top Safari Tips!
1. Bring your older, comfortable shoes
Generally, your Kruger Park safari is experienced from the comfort of an open-air safari vehicle. There is the option of a walking safari but these are normally only available from one of the camps within the Kruger. So since the safari is done in a vehicle, why would you need comfortable shoes? To start with, you will still be doing some walking on uneven terrain, in hot weather. Bringing brand new shoes that have not yet been worn in can leave you with blistered, sore feet. You might also be doing some other walking trips while you are in this part of the world, so it wouldn’t hurt to have those comfortable shoes.
2. The right camera bag is as important as the camera
Buying (or having) the right camera, to capture those long-distance shots, is a must when travelling anywhere in the Kruger. You don’t have to have the most expensive camera in creation, but you should indulge yourself by getting your hands on a quality camera. Think of this as a future investment that you will be using for years to come.
But while you have put all of your thought into which camera would be best for your exciting South African safari, you might not be thinking about the camera bag. You’re probably thinking you’ll just use the one the camera comes with or buy the first cheap one you see.
The problem is, you will more than likely buy the black bag. And this means DUST! The Kruger is a dusty place, and your snazzy black bag is going to end up with a beige coat of dust long before your safari ends. Be smart and buy a neutral coloured, waterproof bag.
3. Don’t have a checklist
When visiting the Kruger National Park, you probably have a mental list of the animals you hope to see. Many guests come for the Big 5 and stay for all of the other interesting animals they see in the park. The key to a memorable safari is to let go of that mental list and keep an open mind. Lists can lead to disappointment when you end up not seeing the animals you’d hoped for. Besides, checklists are boring and they add a certain weight that might just stop you from really experiencing the safari.
4. Stick to the rules
All visitors to the Kruger have to obey a certain set of rules. These rules are as important for your safety as they are for the safety and the well-being of the animals. Your guide will inform you of the various rules before you enter the park and it is up to you to make sure that you stick to the rules while you are here.
5. Take lots of photos
We’ve mentioned the camera, we hope you have the camera, and now we’re going to tell you why you really need a quality one! For many visiting the Kruger National Park, it is going to be a once in a lifetime experience and this is the all-important reason to take as many photos as possible while on your Kruger Park safari.
Royal Safaris will make sure that you are prepared for your safari and you can send us any questions you may have before you arrive for your safari. We offer great rates and we invite you to experience the Kruger. Book your tour with us.