Would you like to go on an African safari? Thousands of intrepid souls do so every year, and most consider it the adventure of a lifetime. We get a lot of questions on the topic, so here are some FAQs:
- What vehicles are used on Safari? They are very rugged, specially outfitted Land Rovers and Land Rover Cruisers. You wouldn’t mistake these for your everyday Rockland County cars for sale, that’s for sure. These babies are used on our Tanzania and Uganda safaris. For Kenya, we use a minibus or a jeep.
- How are safari vehicles equipped? Each vehicle comes with:
- flip-flop or pop-up roofs
- books describing the local plant and animal life
- first aid kits and fire extinguishers
- a cooling box
- a couple of spare tires
- cell phones and/or two-way radios
- a roof-mounted automatic machine gun that fires plastic bullets
- Do I need to get shots before I travel? Not necessarily; it’s best to check with your destination’s embassy. Many people do get vaccinated for yellow fever, cholera, and other diseases. You would be wise to bring anti-malaria medicine and copious amounts of bug repellant.
- When should I come to see the Animal Migration? The wildebeest and zebra migration occurs in the Serengeti and Mara parks in late May and early June. Reverse migration occurs in November following the short rainy season. By the way, if you prefer to watch the animals calving, come to the Serengeti in late January through mid-March.
- What kind of weather should I expect in East Africa? It gets hot starting around mid-August through mid-April. Rainy months are March through May, plus November.
- What is the food like on a Safari? If it