If you’re like any wanderluster, then you probably have “go on a wildlife safari” somewhere on your travel wishlist. I'm also willing to bet that it's probably closer to the top of that list.
If you're ready to cross another incredible travel experience off your list of travel goals, then get ready for a wildlife safari. You might end up planning your trip before you know it, but with a little more comfort and a lot more knowledge.
1. Wildlife Safaris Don’t Only Exist in Africa
While wildlife safaris are more common on the continent of Africa, they can actually be done in many places around the world. If you’re from the U.S., there are tons of wildlife safaris you can do right in your own backyard—just visit one of the many national parks.
Other regions of the world, like Southeast Asia or the Caribbean, also have plenty of safaris to choose from. It's all about what kind of animals you want to see!
2. African Safaris Aren’t Only in the Serengeti
If you still prefer to visit Africa for your safari, then you'll probably be heading to the Serengeti. The Serengeti extends from Tanzania to Kenya, where it’s easy to find fantastic tours to take you into the wilderness. Though, don't let these places be your only options.
If you want to try something a little different, then head south to Botswana. This country's wildlife scene is seriously underrated. If you’re interested in exploring it but not too familiar with the wildlife safaris available, then consider going on a tour with Exodus Travels. They'll introduce you to all Botswana has to offer.
3. “The Big Five” is Not a Basketball Tournament
In Africa, the Big Five refers to the largest game animals in Africa. These include lions, leopards, elephants, black rhinos, and buffalo. Of course, no matter what wildlife safari you go on, you’ll be sure to also see many other beautiful creatures as well. Just remember to be careful!
4. Wildlife Safaris Can Save an Animal’s Life
There’s a lot of concern over whether or not tourism has a big impact on safaris. While the first thought is that it is destructive to the animals’ habitat, in a majority of cases, it’s actually quite the opposite. The multi-million dollar industry actually does a lot to support animal conservation efforts. That being said, research where you’re putting your money and make sure to respect the environment wherever you go.
5. The Options for Adventure Are Totally Flexible
A long time ago, wildlife safaris used to be just for luxury travelers. That’s not quite the case anymore. In addition to being more affordable, they are also very flexible. You can easily customize your own trip based on a whole list of factors. The best part of all? This travel niche is so unique and widespread, that you could literally spend the next ten years doing wildlife safaris, and never experience the same thing twice!
Wildlife safaris are one of the coolest things you can do as a traveler. No matter when you'll go on yours, knowing a little more beforehand can make your experience the best it can be.