The Four Steps You Need to Take Before Booking the Safari Adventure of your Dreams
But with so many safari options available you need to do your research before deciding on the right trip and, just as importantly, the right tour company.
Lucille Sive, president of Lion World Travel, has worked in the safari business for over 30 years. She shares tips that will help you book the adventure of a lifetime.
Step 1: Decide where you want to goBegin your search by deciding what you want out of your safari. You need to consider if there’s a specific destination to which you want to travel. Are you looking to track gorillas in Rwanda? Spend some time in Cape Town? Do you want 4-star or 5-star accommodations? Answering these questions will help you narrow your search for the type of African safari vacation that meets your needs.
Step 2: Check the reviewsThe rise of online review platforms makes it easier than ever to research what a company’s customers say about their vacation experiences. During your research, be sure to check out the customer feedback on platforms like Travelzoo, TripAdvisor, Yelp, Feefo or TrustPilot to ensure that the reviews are strong.
Step 3: Look for deals and special offersOnce you have a short list of safari tour companies, check out their special offers. Many companies offer special packages that include international air, top accommodations and affordable add-ons that are great value for money. Deal sites like Travelzoo are a great place to start your search, but be sure to also research the deals that companies may only offer directly on their websites.
Step 4: Interview the prospective tour companiesBefore putting down your deposit, it’s important to call the tour company and actually speak to a live representative. Sive suggests asking 5 important questions:
Do you specialize in Africa?
Does your staff have first-hand African experience?
Are you secure and bonded?
- How long have you been in business?
- Do you have an office in the area where I will be travelling?