TIPS FOR SAFARI SUCCESS
Just for few exceptions, same Trekking preliminaries apply to safaris adventure; there are numerous preparations you should make before you leave for your Tanzania safari vacation. It is especially important to be aware of the physical conditions and safety considerations if you are considering a visit to Tanzania. Before you leave home, a crucial consideration is to pack wisely and don’t over-pack. But how do you determine what‘s essential and what’s not? Although having the proper clothing is very important, the key is to travel light but travel smart. It is recommended that you check out the local climate and weather conditions before you embark on a safari. Contact us for clothing suggestions during the specified period of your travel.
What about Health Care and Medicine?
You should definitely schedule a doctor’s visit for a complete medical check up well in advance of your departure. First and foremost, you should remember to have prescriptions filled with an adequate supply of the medications you are currently taking. Your family physician and Tembea Africa Tours Co. Ltd can offer advice regarding this medication based on the Tanzania regions you are planning to visit. It is also a good idea to have a dental check-up before your travel.
Many people become dehydrated when on safari because they forget to drink enough water, be sure to drink plenty of water every day. Re-hydration tablets are also a good item to bring along, just in case.
We provide a medical kit with painkillers, bug repellants, anti-diarrhea pills, bandages and antiseptics for you and anyone you are traveling with. Finally, ensure that your insurance coverage is adequate in case you become sick or injured abroad. There are insurance companies that specialize in overseas travel insurance and offer short-term coverage’s to suit all needs, we can help with recommendations.
When You Arrive
After you arrive in Tanzania, there are some additional points worth noting to preclude illness, accident, or injury so you can enjoy your holiday to the fullest. First, to relieve symptoms of jet lag and fatigue, eat lightly, drink plenty of fluids and avoid alcohol and caffeine for a few days after your arrival. Also, try to adjust your activity levels to the local time zone as soon as possible to get you physically in sync with the local time.
Be open-minded and flexible, every safari drive is unique and therefore unpredictable, so try not to stress about the things you cannot control. Sometimes you won’t see much, sometimes you’ll see a lot, sometimes the ride will take longer than expected, and sometimes it will be tougher than expected. Be prepared for warm and for cold, for wind or sun, for mosquitoes and flies, and mostly for a rough ride. While most of the time you will be driving on gravel or sand roads, sometimes the driver might decide to cross a river, drive through the bush, or cross a stone field.
Obey the rules and stay safe. Stay in your car at all times, the rules are there for a good reason. Animals are very well camouflaged and often you don’t see them until it’s too late. Don’t approach the elephants too closely, don’t make noise, keep your hands and your camera inside the car near the cats, and never stand between the hippo and the water. In fact, hippos are very aggressive and are the most dangerous Tanzanian animals after mosquitos, so you don’t want to get them upset.
One of the most common reasons for injury abroad is automobile accidents. Be sure to familiarize yourself with the local driving culture, road signs, speed limits and local police vehicles before attempting to drive.
When walking in cities and urban areas in Tanzania, you may want to consider using two wallets. Hide one of them with the bulk of your cash, traveler’s checks, credit cards and other essential items in a safe place on your person. Fill the second wallet with a small amount of money, and use that for routine spending. In addition, you should avoid counting your money in public, as this will cause the unwanted attention of potential thieves. Finally, if you must take an expensive laptop or camera when walking around in populated areas, try to conceal them as much as possible, preferably in an older or beat up bag.