Planning to travel to another country can be a stressful process knowing the culture of the people, the weather, and the food the haves and the have not’s can take quite some time and as one draws near the date the pressure grows higher and higher, Africa by itself it’s a wonderful bucket-list destination to travel on your vacation, the thrill of the muddy roads while gazing on a hunt between predator and prey, climbing the top of Kilimanjaro the world’s highest free-standing mountain gazing in the vast horizon with that “I believe I can fly” moment you were always visualizing about, enjoying a great display of survival for the fittest as Wildebeests, gazelle try to cross the Mara river to Maasai Mara without been devoured by their prey ( now imagine that very moment in slow motion !! ) or just busking in the sands of Zanzibar with your Pinna colada and that swimsuit you always wanted to wear, either ways a great preparation is vital to enjoying the best of what Africa can offer. So as to make this easy I have taken the liberty of highlighting everything you need to know before traveling to Africa.
Rule No 1: Get to Know The Culture
Africa by itself has a lot of tribes there are more than 2000 different tribes in Africa (crazy right !!) and different countries have different norms and customs and these customs also divide themselves into various regions within their countries, thus knowing the culture of the place you are expecting to go can be quite an advantage for Example People along the coast, especially in Zanzibar would prefer greeting their elderly to them it is a sign of respect, not doing can make you come off as rude or disrespectful, whereas some clothes may not be well accepted in some regions, It is very important that you do your research.
Rule No 2: Know the Check-in Points
Before travel, it is very important that you know the pick-up stations, the airport, the nearest cities and probably even your embassy the reason that this is important, is that you would not want to get stuck at the airport or not know how to reach your hotel, its important that you study the area that you're going on vacation and know where you're going to land, you can do this by buying a map before your way out, consulting your embassy and as what millennials would do go to Google.
Rule No 3: Get yourself a Legit Travel Agent
I know!!! I know !!! this would probably cost a few bucks but it’s worth it. Getting a reliable tour agent will help ease your entire Safari, getting the right hotel, the right guide, and even a proper itinerary would require someone with the experience of where you are planning to go, and luckily tour agents have all the knowledge that is required the real question is “how can I get a reliable one ?”. Well, you can start by going to travel directories of the destination or view their reviews on Trip advisor. The interesting thing about travel agents is that they will do their best to make sure you enjoy the best of your destination, saving you from the hustles and worries of planning your safari to Africa. So a word of advice just try them.
Rule No 4: Get to Know the Weather.
It is really important to know the weather of the place you planning to visit before going there, you wouldn’t want to pack your summer shirts just to find out that it is rainy or cold, though African countries don’t experience the long cold winters like Winterfell. It is still important to know the weather before your way out, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is hard and at some point nearly impossible during rainy seasons, while most roads towards national parks like Serengeti become unreachable during the rainy season, and busking on the beaches of Zanzibar aren’t really relaxing during the cold or rainy season it is important to double-check and prepare yourself well before departures.
Rule No 5: Carry your Credit Card.
As Africa has so much to offer one can easily get carried away with all the excitement of the venues, food, art, or even souvenirs. To make sure you don’t miss out it’s better that you carry your credit card, you would probably want a taste of the African barbeque “nyama choma” as we call it or some fine seafood buying flowers for your loved one or even take a souvenir home, either way, a credit card would save you a Great deal.
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