An African safari vacation for many of us, is a once in a lifetime holiday. Believe it or not, there are professional safari vacationers who make the pilgrimage to this mighty continent on a regular basis.

A safari in Africa vacation isn’t just a matter of jumping on a plane and heading off into the magnificent African sunset. There is a little preparation to be done and we will look at some of the main requirements you need to include in your checklist before calling for a cab.

Check The Weather

Weather conditions will have a big bearing on how enjoyable your holiday will be. You want to avoid the wet season if possible. As far as the heat is concerned it may be a little more bearable than spending all your time battling wet weather.

This is an area you should discuss with a travel agent. It’s one of the first things I look at when I travel overseas and believe me, it can make a huge difference to your enjoyment factor. A travel agent is usually qualified enough to know when it’s when or dry in most other countries.

Personal Care

Again, very important when taking an African safari vacation. Everything from clothing to sunburn cream should be on your checklist.

Clothing is interesting. I hope you are not one of those people who like to pack the entire wardrobe? Well, forget it! The last thing you need when on safari in Africa is to be lugging around heavy luggage. Travel light was the advice given to me several years ago and it was very good advice.

Light clothing is a must but don’t forget to pack a sweater or jumper because if you are staying out in the wilderness then yes, the temperature can drop. Leave the dancing shoes at home and pack a solid set of walking shoes.

Personal care items such as sunburn cream and lip protection are essential. If you are on medication set up an appointment with your doctor and make sure you will have sufficient supplies to see you through the trip. While on the subject of medication, check with your travel agent on exactly what you can and cannot take to another country.

Your doctor’s visit should also include an examination to make sure you are in a good healthy state.

Personal information such as passports should be up-to-date. It would certainly be no fun to get hauled in by airport security over not having your immigration papers up to speed.

Once again, your travel agent is your first African safari vacation guide. They will have the answers you need. Good preparation should ensure your adventure gets off to a good start.