Africa has always been a top holiday destination because of its great weather, abundant wildlife, stunning natural beauty, fantastic beaches and welcoming people. There is so much to see and do, and a holiday nicely planned by Jackson’s African Safaris can be a truly rewarding experience. Due diligence by the traveler turns endless options and choices into a successful holiday. Here are some facts about planning for holiday travel in Africa.
Seek your doctor’s advice
It is important to consult your doctor before flying to any new destination. When planning for holiday travel in Africa, you doctor may recommend some travel vaccinations as well as taking some precautions. This should be done several weeks before your departure so that your body has enough time to develop complete protection. In case you are taking some medication, make sure you carry them with you for the duration that you will be away from home.
If you are going to an African country that you’ve never been before, have as much information as possible on your fingertips so that you don’t have health scares. For example, if you will be traveling to a hot country, it may be wise to pack enough sunscreen for the good of your skin.
Many people often overlook travel insurance, probably because they think their current policies will be sufficient. However, you may have to get a specific travel insurance policy in case of health issues, canceled flights or any unexpected emergencies. Purchasing travel insurance is a smart move, so don’t skip it. You will be spending a lot of your hard-earned money during the journey, so it is important to ensure that you are protected.
The good news is that most travel insurance policies are relatively inexpensive even for the elderly, and you can buy one through your home insurance provider or online through a specialized travel insurance provider.
Choose the best time to travel
Tour operators usually advertise that safaris and packages are provided 12 months in a year. While that is true, some of them will not tell you that some lodges and tented camps close during the low season. The primary reason for the closure is weather-related, for example, the long rains. Torrential downpours make it difficult to sight wildlife, and some roads become downright impassable.
When the long rains subside and drier weather sets in, the wild game becomes easier to spot because the grass is shorter and they graze more in the open. Beaches are also livelier during the summer. The time of the year is an important factor to consider when planning for holiday travel in Africa.