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Get More of Your Travel Dollars From an East Africa Safari Tour

Jan 1st 2016 at 2:45 AM

For most people, when they consider the idea of African safaris, they bring to mind the stereotypical picture of the indomitable English explore who sweeps the landscape with his piercing gaze from beneath his trusty sun helmet. Even though today's modern safari adventurers don't often don a helmet, there are still many stalwart explorers on the plains and in the jungles on East Africa safari adventures.

East Africa is a one of the most popular destinations for safaris thanks to the beautiful and diverse terrain. What most attracts people is the amazing variety of wildlife that can be observed and studied, and even hunted. However, nowadays, hunting is not the major focus of most safaris and is quite limited and very strictly regulated to protect the magnificent animals of the African wild.

Nowadays, with worldwide communication being so fast and easy, it does not take much effort to research and make reservations for an East Africa safari. Most all African safari tour companies pick up their guests right at the airport. They then take care of the transportation to the lodge or resort, which typically features large decks for observation, as well as facilities for dining, entertainment and sleeping.

These safari lodges provide the starting point for the vehicle convoys that carry their guests out past the grasslands to reach the game territory. In most instances, the African safaris will have a native African safari guide who will provide experience and knowledge of the local surroundings, terrain and wildlife, and survival skills as needed.

The length of your safari in East Africa will depend upon the safari tour package that you chose. There are two day safaris, as well as two weeks excursions, and even longer with special arrangements. Whenever possible, the experts recommend that you spend at least five days on safari, if not more. With the shorter length safaris, people discover that they spend more time on the road traveling out to the areas to observe the wildlife than they do actually observing the amazing animals.

Sometimes, the shorter trips also make stops at a tribal village or two, but in these cases the stop is quite brief; just long enough for a quick picture or to purchase a souvenir or two, which might leave one feeling like a tourist rather than a safari adventurer.

You will certainly get more for your travel dollars, and from your experience overall, if you take an East Africa safari of two or three weeks in length. At the same time, safari travelers need to understand that excursions can be grueling. Even the most rugged of explorers can be worn down by hours of traveling dusty, bumpy roads in vehicles with windows open and springs questionable.

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