Everything you Need to Know About Preparing for Your Botswana Safari

You’re about to embark on your first Botswana safari and you’re likely to have several questions. What do you pack? What are the considerations you need to look over before booking Botswana safari tours? What are the common do’s and don’ts when going on a safari? If any of these questions sound familiar, continue reading for your very own Botswana safari guide.

 

What to pack

This list will only cover a few of the most important items to remember, so if you have any extras you think you may need, that won’t take up too much space, pack it in! The items you will most definitely need, especially if you plan on going on a safari, are: light cotton clothing – as it’s generally between 35 to 40 degrees in Botswana, comfortable walking shoes, sandals, a warm jacket – while it’s scorching during the day, the temperature can drop drastically in the evenings, insect repellent, a swimming costume, sunglasses, sunscreen and a hat. Last, but not least, your camera and a pair of binoculars! Don’t make the same mistake as everyone else, take your binoculars with to ensure you get an up-close and personal look at the animals that may be too far say to see that clearly.

 

What to consider before booking your Botswana safari tours

If you’re planning a holiday in Botswana, going on safari tours is a definite must. How else do you plan on experiencing, observing and photographing the remarkable wildlife? To ensure you get the most out of your safari tours, there are a few aspects to consider:

 

Before booking a safari tour, make sure you ask one of the staff members how long the ride will last, as well as what time of the day the tour will be. Some safari tours may only be one or two hours long. Whereas, others can last the entire day. If the safari tour is only for an hour or two, opt for an early morning or sunset tour. The time you go will determine what animals you see. Therefore, ask the staff when they would recommend you go if you are wanting to see, for example, elephants.

 

Finally, the size of the group. While it may be a more cost-effective option to go for the safari tour with the bigger vehicle and bigger group, it’s recommended that you rather opt for the smaller group. Smaller groups can often access and explore certain areas that may not be possible with a larger group. You’ve already spent the money to be there, rather make the most of it!

 

The do’s and don’ts of a safari

Finally, the do’s and don’ts. When you’re on your safari tour, ask as many questions as you feel fit, ask the driver to stop if you think you see something (this is where your binoculars will come in handy), take as many pictures as your heart desires, listen to your safari guide carefully, obey all the rules and, finally, have fun! You never know when you’ll get this opportunity again, so don’t be afraid to ask the guide to stop for another photo or explain to you why the one giraffe looks different to the other. They’re there to make sure you have the greatest experience possible.

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