Top tips for when booking a self-drive safari
Book in advance
When booking a safari, the earlier you book really is the better, and this can mean over a year in advance. It sounds a bit much but it is a reality. The reasoning is simple, the best spots are the best and in-demand.
Some countries become trickier to book as a result of campsites booking up so far in advance. Botswana is the the most notable. Should you wish to go to Botswana, we strongly recommend booking 12 months in advance.
All this said, it is our skill to make a plan for you and we often cater for last-minute bookings. We may not be able to guarantee your first choice camps, but luckily with Africa, you are spoilt for choice; and second choice does not mean the second best.
Slow the trip down
Many clients have the same idea when approaching their itinerary - fit in as much in as possible. Yes you may only find yourself in this specific part of Africa only once and thus keen to make the most of it, however, please do not risk ruining your precious time. Driving all day, every day, is boring and not what a safari is about. Often the best moments on safari are the moments you are still and simply letting Africa do its work for you. Whether you've stopped to watch the wildlife for an hour (or 4), or you've delegated a day to enjoy yourself in your campsite or lodge. These are when the special moments happen. They don't happen when you're desperately trying to reach camp before nightfall, knowing you have to set off first thing in the morning; meaning you completely miss your destination. This brings us on to our next point.
Two night stays
The campsites and lodges have a lot to offer. Their sole aim is for you to have a great stay, and generally have a range of activities on offer, from boat trips to game drives. Sometimes it's these activities that make your stay, so if you miss them, you are not getting the full experience and quite frankly, are missing out, which is a shame, especially if you are paying a lot to stay there.
Activities aside, it's good to stop now and then, to absorb your surroundings. Sometimes it's the simpler things that make a trip. A little walk around the grounds, a chat with another guest, taking the time to read your book, have a siesta. Remember, you're on holiday. You don't want to finish your holiday feeling like you need another one.