Africa is not a cheap destination, but with a bit of research and planning, you can easily get good value for money. Most of us travel on a budget of some sorts, but sometimes cutting corners to save money can end up costing you in other ways. Choosing an unrealistic budget will prevent you from having the best trip to Africa possible. The three most important features of a memorable trip to Africa are a great itinerary, eating good food and staying in fantastic accommodation. Consider each of these items and how important they are to you before planning your budget. There is no point in travelling across the world to Africa and not having enough money to enjoy it or do the things you most enjoy. Budgeting correctly allows you to travel with no regrets.
When it comes to choosing your African itinerary, carefully consider what it offers. Is it too short, with so many items crammed into each day that there is no time to relax? Or is it too long, leaving you bored and frustrated to get back home? When you plan your itinerary think about the activities you’d like to do. Are you maximising your time with enough variety to experience the best of African? Also, try not to do too much. No vacation is a holiday without time to relax and enjoy your surroundings. If your itinerary is a package deal, remember to read the fine print carefully. Sometimes there are hidden costs tour operators don't mention upfront. So, make sure you understand what your African package offers to avoid any nasty surprises.
If you are travelling from the Northern hemisphere, remember that the seasons in Africa are opposite. Fall in the US is Spring in Africa. To make sure you pack the correct clothing, check what climate your destination has. Most African countries are very large, and the climate varies from region to region. In some areas, winter can mean warm days but cold nights. Summer months often mean an explosion of mosquitoes. Be sure to check if the area you are travelling to is a malaria area and bring the appropriate medication with you. Most wildlife reserves and lodges are remote with little to no access to shops and amenities. Make sure you have all your essentials before leaving your country, especially if you are flying directly into wildlife areas.
There are many myths and misconceptions about deep dark Africa. But not everything you hear about the continent is correct. Africa is vast with many countries and cultures, so research your destination carefully before making up your mind. Most tourist destinations in Africa are as safe and clean as any other prime destination in the world. Hundreds of thousands of tourists travel safely to Southern Africa every year. South Africa can have a reputation for being unsafe, but this is not always true. Most parts of South Africa are clean and safe and, in most places, as efficient as first-world destinations. Always be careful when travelling, but don’t ruin your trip to Africa by buying into negative reports about the country you plan on visiting. Do your research, speak to your tour operator and find out for yourself.
One of the biggest mistakes you can make is not planning your trip well in advance and missing out. Travelling to Africa is very popular, but most African airlines are smaller than American or European airlines. So, it is worthwhile to book your flights well ahead. If not, you run the risk of missing out on specials and availability. Depending on the types of activities on offer, most destinations have busy or peak seasons, which are also affected by climate and weather seasons. Most often, prices are vastly affected by seasons. So, check your rates and availability ahead of time. In some cases, consider booking a year in advance to secure the trip you want.
If you have limited time or certain budget constraints, it is not a good idea to book your own trip to Africa. Some travellers think this saves money but often booking your trip without an operator ends up costing you more. Without the help of a reputable tour operator, you run the risk of many disappointments such as missed flight connections, sub-standard accommodation, or not having the relevant permits or visas. Similarly, choosing the wrong tour operator can lead to a poorly planned and dissatisfying trip to Africa. So, take the stress of planning out of your holiday and choose a reliable African or safari operator.
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