Do your homework
Research is creating new knowledge. Neil Armstrong
As with everything in life, ensuring that you do your research will save you from getting a safari that will not suit you and your family’s needs. When we speak of research here you must look at:
- Where you will want to stay
- The places you will want to visit
- The type of accommodation you will all be comfortable with
The above is but a few of the things you will need to research in order to make the best plan for you. This has to be done because you will find some lodges are cheaper than others, the reason being, maybe, they are outside the reservations or you will find out that local tour guides are way more affordable than international ones, so doing your research counts.
If you are not ready to go through dozens of websites looking for a schedule that suits you, you could visit one of the numerous online travelling forums and place your program there. By doing so you will get advice and help from other people who may have gone through the same process you are going through at the moment.
Contact and Compare
Once you have done your due diligence, you should now contact the locations/ reservations you have picked and compared the pricing of each. This will help you find the right place that will not break the bank.
But first, check with your airline of choice about booking your tickets around the time that you had planned to travel. Sometimes you find that after booking your room and board your airline may not have a seat available for that day. So make sure to check this first then move to the next thing.
Calling ahead will help you further make your decision by stripping away locations that may not offer what they said they would. It never hurts to double check in such situations so go ahead and make those calls.
Also, when you ask advice from people on forums you can use the information you gather there to see which pricing is best for you.
But note, that when you reach this stage you should have put down what activities you and those you may be travelling with would like to do while on Safari so that as you make you calls you tick this off.
We travel some of us forever to seek other places, other lives, other souls. Anais Nin
Every tailor-made safari has its own special things, what you need to know more than anything, is what you and your loved ones want from the experience. From the memories, you create to places where you shall create them. Figure that out and your adventure will have already begun.