There are important things on an African safari that are not included in the guidebooks, that you actually be worried about yet most tourists usually worry about how to capture perfect pictures of the wildlife or where to but beautiful and authentic souvenirs. Surprisingly a lot of information is provided in guidebooks but never will you find information pertaining good advises or tips on how to deal with aching feet or wrong colors of clothes and not the wrong fabric as well as how to handle dusty lenses.
The strangest but true advise is that the best tips or advises for Uganda safaris usually come from tourists who have learnt the hard way thus the following are the main African safari tips you will not come across in the guidebooks yet are very important;
Pack a shower cap
Where in a website or guidebooks will you see an advice on packing a shower cap? Not only should you bring a shower cap for your head but also to ensure additional camera protection, and this should be put in the camera bad along with a spare T-shirt. Therefore, the shower cap is ideal for protecting your camera in the rain and the T-shirt will help keep the dust off your camera when you are also driving.
Bring the right shoes
Sometimes no one will tell you to carry hard rubber shoes and yet they are very important for bush trekking thus you are advised to wear the shoes for about one month or more before undertaking the safari so as to be sure they are very comfortable.
Rethink your wardrobe
Dark colors (especially brown and green) are preferred to the bright ones because the former can help you remain unnoticed thus offer wonderful chances of sighting the wild animals and their natural behavior. White is also not a good color to wear in the wilderness because they stand out the most to animals.
Whichever country or destination you are traveling to in Africa, don’t forget to travel without a dental floss to use for your teeth as well as strong thread and needle for stitching on buttons, mending shoes and repairing your daypack.
Treat blisters the right way
Nowhere in the guidebooks will you find something written on how to treat blisters but with this information, you will know the right way to treat blisters, which are considered silent destroyers of your walking trip. Therefore when you get them, don’t prick or pop them because that causes the top layer of the skin to rub off thus leaving extremely sensitive new skin exposed thus causing you a lot of pain. You can therefore prick a needle through one side of the blister and out the other thus this makes the thread to remain in the blister, then cut the thread so that there is a thread whisker on either side of the blister.
Travel solo for the sake of good photography
Much as most tourists don’t see it as an advantage, traveling solo is perfect for tourists who desire to take nice pictures during the safari. No one would wish to take pictures when being hurried along by people who don’t appreciate what you actually wish to achieve with your camera. However when you travel solo, you will be able to meet or travel with the same kinds of people who share the same passion as you.
Don’t carry your black camera bag
Remember that color is important when packing some things for a safari thus choose a light but not black color for a camera bag because this heats up your equipment.
Other vital information you won’t find in the guidebooks yet are important includes leaving behind your cotton clothing and thinking about going with children to the bush. Much as most tourists are not informed of such things, they are very crucial when undertaking a safari.