Travel Insurance is very important for people who are not willing to take a risk on loosing a significant amount of their travel fees. There are options to cover the most expensive events such as medical or full cancellation.
Guests will want to have at least a minimal ability to stay in contact with people at home. There are several options available while in South Africa.
Since we host safaris in both April/May and September/October we get asked frequently which is the best choice for a photo and wildlife safari . The short answer is that they are both great times to visit South Africa and see wildlife. Given this, there are differences which I will point out.
Giving gratuity is part of the tourism culture in South Africa so you will need cash for this and a few other cash expenses. Credit cards are not always advisable so I recommend cash.
My choice for a really easy and adaptable camera support system for use on a safari is a monopod. For my safaris in South Africa it is the best solution for supporting the camera due to its flexibility, lightweight, and versatility.
Binoculars are a great edition to your safari bag. I recommend the light and sharp Nikon Monarch 10×42 ATB
I have had great success using the Better Beamer Flash Extender while on my photo tour in Africa. It allows me to light distant subjects and get images after the sun has past optimum lighting conditions. It is cheap and easy to take with.
When packing for your safari, choose neutral colors, choose modern fabrics that will dry quickly and keep you dry, and items with lots of pockets. Bring clothes that will function in layers so you are ready for changing temperatures.
Photo safaris are geared toward wildlife lovers and photographers of all abilities wanting to add many great photo to their collection. Most of your time will be spent out in the field and you will have long days that start early. Relaxation time, luxury, and a slow pace are not a priority.