Destinations: Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Botswana. Personally, as the first and genuine introduction to safaris, my favorite destination is Kenya, it has everything, a variety of impressive habitats, an ideal climate, spectacular parks and fauna, a world-class tourist infrastructure and a charming culture and people, Tanzania would be another similar option and then if you love Africa, it is already a matter of specializing in another type of African fauna visiting Uganda, South Africa, Botswana and Namibia.
Circuito: Lo ideal es hacer una semana de safari y acabar en las fantásticas playas del índico. Recorrer los principales parques nacionales y luego elegir la playa y el hotel que a uno le guste.
Circuit: The ideal is to do a week of safari and finish in the fantastic beaches of the Indian Ocean. Tour the main national parks and then choose the beach and hotel that one may like.
Organized or on your own?: The main problem of organizing it on your own is that you are going to get lost for sure, since within the national parks there are no signs and after a while you do not know where you are going. Adventures will all happen and you have to be a very ‘self sufficient and planning’ person besides that not being accustomed to look out for wildlife, you will always see less animals than if you go with a guide. An organized safari the best option since you avoid the danger and you will see many more animals, you go with professionals and your money is invested in seeing fauna in the best conditions.
Time of year: In Kenya for example all year round has good weather, being in the equator, the difference is the rainy season that isn´t recommended to go camping, if you are in quality accommodations including the rainy season you can travel and there are occasional showers.
Type of Accommodation: Tented camp, lodges or camping. This varies according to each budget, the tented camps are the most exclusive, they are luxury tents with exquisite service. The lodges are the most usual accommodations and with international service, the rooms are usually bungalows with all the comforts.
Camping is the cheapest, uncomfortable but closer to nature, but only for the more adventurous, the nights are full of noises very close by to the tent!
Clothing: Comfortable clothing through out the trip. For safari outings, light colors so you do not ‘notice’ the dust. If the safari is in quality accommodations, there is no need for a hiking boots because in the national parks because of wildlife, you will not go hiking, with a couple sports shoes it´ll be enough. On the other hand, if we go camping we recommend good boots to protect us better. At night in the ‘lodges’ we can dress more ‘sport’ and take off those battle clothes of the safari. On the beach light and comfortable clothes.
Vacunas – Insectos – Mosquitos: sobretodo tener precaución y evitar que nos piques los mosquitos cubriéndonos las piernas al atardecer y utilizando repelente anti-mosquitos. Si vais a Tanzania se necesita la vacuna de la fiebre amarilla y si fuerais a las costas tanto de Kenia y Tanzania se necesitan tomar pastillas contra la malaria.
Vaccines – Insects – Mosquitoes: above all take precautions and avoid getting bitten by mosquitoes covering our legs at sunset and using anti-mosquito repellent. If you go to Tanzania you need the yellow fever vaccine and if you go to the beaches of both Kenya and Tanzania you need to take pills against malaria. In the lodges there are mosquito nets or repellent and being a rather dry climate, there are not so many insects. That is, if you are going to do camping you´ll be closer to nature, the risk of being bitten by insects is much higher.
Photographic material: Recommendation, cameras with a target of 200 mm or X10 zoom. In the lodges you can charge the batteries. Carry a cleaning kit for dust and enough memory cards to make many, many photos.
Espero que os haya servido de ayuda.
I hope this has been helpful.