All-Inclusive African Safari Tips on Choosing a Travel Provider

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Dreaming of Seeing the Big 5?


As the saying goes, the world is your oyster. And for many Americans and Canadians, an African safari is the pearl. Viewing the Big 5 African animals -- lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and rhinoceros -- in their own natural habitat is best arranged through an all-inclusive African safari. Certainly, self-directed travel is an option. But for the best immersive experience, let a travel provider guide you to a complete and comfortable travel adventure. All you have to do is pack your passport, proper attire and footwear and a travel plug adaptor for your digital camera.


What Does All Inclusive Include?


The best Big 5 trackers exercise caution, such as checking that wind direction doesn’t carry human scents towards any wild animal. That way, the animal isn’t surprised. An experienced and reputable travel provider will make sure you face no surprises either. These are a few things to keep an eye out for:

A Complete Travel Package. One of the best places for viewing wildlife in South Africa is Kruger National Park. Those who opt for all-inclusive safari packages instead of self-directed travel may find they get a more rounded wildlife experience, as bush walks and elephant-back safaris are only permitted with professional outfitters and trackers.


Small Group Size. An African safari is the dream trip of a lifetime. Why get lost in a crowd? There are certainly budget providers of all-inclusive trips, but they typically mean you will be travelling with several dozen others. You don’t want your perfect photo opportunity of a lioness grooming her cub or an elephant at a watering hole to be ruined by another passenger blocking your shot.

No Single Supplement. All-inclusive African safari travel isn’t just for couples. It’s unfair for solo adventurers, travelling alone either by choice or circumstance, to be made to pay surcharges. A welcoming and inclusive travel provider doesn’t penalize you.

Accessibility - At Home and Abroad. Choose a travel provider with offices in Canada and the U.S.A. as well as in South Africa. Not only will you have a direct line to someone with a simple phone call before and during your trip, you can also be assured of an infrastructure that bypasses the "middle-man”. It used to be that travel brochures were a way to get a visual idea of what your all-inclusive African safari would entail. Nowadays, travel providers go that extra step in providing video links, travel blogs and even no-obligation information evenings.


Tracking a Travel Provider?


Take a few minutes to see what other travellers have to say about the tour company. The Better Business Bureau as well as travel forums and social networks give you an idea of the company’s professionalism and customer engagement. In Canada, check that the provider is registered with the Travel Industry Council of Ontario (TICO).

While having currency exchanged from dollars to South African rands helps cover incidentals, such as souvenirs and tips, "all inclusive” means everything is taken care of before you land. An all-inclusive African safari is perfect for first timers but is also a great way for return travellers to revisit this truly revelatory part of the world.

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Kruger National Park

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