By: Nils-Ole Stubberud
Africa is one of my favorite continents. I arrived for the first time in 2004, and it was love at first sight.
Many of us have dreamed of going on a hunting trip in Africa since we were little, and seeing the majesty of the planet up close through the large mammals of the continent. But how can you organize your first trip to Africa? Here are my tips, based on my experience after visiting several sub-Saharan countries, to maximize your next trip to Africa.
You can hunt large mammals in many countries. Although there are countries like Zambia and Tanzania with excellent hunting, the hunt options are usually expensive.
However, there are three options that are cheaper: Namibia, South Africa and Botswana. These are the three countries that I recommend you consider on your first trip, South Africa being the one with cheaper alternatives to organize your safaris.
Flights to Africa are usually expensive, but if you take advantage of the offers, you can get them to destinations like Johannesburg, in South Africa, from $500-$600 roundtrip departing from Scandinavia.
I recommend you start organizing your trip through the most famous travel agencies or outfitters. Listen to friends or others that have huntet the area before you. Visit facebok groups, contact safari clubs and other relevant information channels. They will guide you through.
Safari dinner in the bush
There is a lot of misinformation and unfounded fears about travel to Africa. A gigantic continent with very diverse regions.
Before traveling, you should consult the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to check whether you need any vaccines or preventive medications.
Travelling with children is a question that many parents ask me. To my surprise, in my safari trips around Africa, children are the ones I have seen enjoying them the most. If you have little ones who love nature and animals, this will probably be the trip that they will cherish forever.
These recommendations will help you shape that trip to Africa that you have dreamed of. If you still haven’t decided on a country, I recommend starting with South Africa. A country that has everything and a trip that you can organize on your own without much difficulty.
Do not forget to end your trip in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Cape Town, where after your hunt, you will be able to conclude your trip among penguins, vineyards and the magic of the city that makes everyone fall in love.
It’s time to organize your trip to Africa!