The world is enormous and there is so much to explore! I find having a bucket list really helps me keep track of the amazing things I’ve already accomplished – and all the things I still have left to do!
One thing that’s on a lot of bucket lists is to experience a safari holiday. Here are five benefits to heading off on a safari and why it should be on your bucket list too.
5 Benefits of Heading Off on a Safari Holiday
Once in a lifetime experiences
One of the most exciting things about a safari is that it’s so unpredictable. One day you might wake up to the sounds of an elephant bathing nearby, and the next day you could be following a lion as it stalks its prey. Things like this cannot be rehearsed or planned, so you know you’re really getting a unique experience.
Helping with conservation
When you pay to go into a lot of parks and reservations, a portion of that money goes towards the care and conservation of the animals on that land. This is an amazing way of knowing that you’re helping to protect the animals you’re seeing from threats such as poachers and hunting.
There are a lot of animal-tourism opportunities that are bad for the animals and exploit them for money, whereas this gives you the opportunity to see amazing creatures up close but know you’re doing a good thing, too.
One thing a safari will offer you is the expert knowledge of your guide, who is likely to be a local. They will be able to tell you about the animals themselves, as well as where the best places are to get the best views. There is only a certain amount that you can learn from books, TV, and the internet – when you’re really there with all the animals, it’s an entirely different thing!
There is so much more to choosing a safari holiday than just deciding where to go. For example, there are many different options when it comes to accommodation, from basic tents for an authentic (and budget-friendly) experience, or a luxury lodge with private pool and 5* meals, which is the perfect romantic break or honeymoon!
You can also make choices based on the type of safari you want; whether that be a classic jeep option, a walking safari or even a boat-based experience.
Contrary to popular belief, a safari is one of the most family-friendly holidays you could have! After all, what children wouldn’t want to see animals so close? Some safaris will be geared up for children and your guide will be able to keep your children engaged, even if there are long periods without seeing many animals. It’s also important to remember that safaris tend to have more to offer than just animal spotting, so book in a day at the beach or other activities around your game drives too.
As you can see, there are so many benefits to heading off on a safari holiday! Whether you want to get some amazing photographs, learn more about these incredible animals or just have a completely unique experience, what are you waiting for?
Have you been on a safari? What did you think? Please leave your thoughts in the comments!
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Roxanne is an aspiring digital nomad. A virtual assistant since October 2009. She is a hobbyist blogger, photographer and travels a lot.