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How to Plan Your First African Safari Vacation

With so much time to daydream, now is the perfect moment to get motivated and begin planning incredible African safari tours—the ultimate bucket list experience. From choosing the perfect destination to understanding safari logistics and wildlife behaviours, we will equip you with the knowledge and tips necessary to plan your inaugural safari adventure with confidence and excitement.

Where Should I Go On Safari: How To Choose The Right Safari Destination

Where should I go on safari is a common first question asked by travellers to Africa. With so many different countries, regions and seasons, each experience is unique. 

When considering your spot, options abound, from the beautiful plains of Tanzania to the lush wilderness of Botswana. Research various destinations, considering all factors such as wildlife diversity, seasonal migrations, and conservation efforts. Whether you dream of witnessing the Great Migration in Tanzania's Serengeti National Park or exploring the vast savannas of Kenya's Maasai Mara, select a destination that aligns with your interests and preferences for unforgettable natural travel experiences.

How Long Should My First Safari Be?

Deciding the duration of your safari is important for maximising wildlife encounters and overall enjoyment. While shorter tours of three to five days provide a taste of the safari experience, longer adventures allow for a more in-depth exploration of Africa's natural treasures.

When deciding how long to spend on a safari, keep travel time, budget, and planned activities in mind. Whether you choose a quick weekend or a longer trip, make sure you leave enough time to truly appreciate the beauty and diversity of Africa's landscapes and animals.

How To Choose The Right African Tour Operator

Choosing the right tour operator is key to the success of your safari adventure. At Jokotta Discoveries, we specialise in creating exceptional nature experiences, including African safari tours, that cater to your interests and preferences. Our carefully curated naturalist-led experiences ensure you receive expert guidance and insights into the wildlife and ecosystems you encounter. 

We focus on sustainability and conservation, partnering with experts who share our passion for protecting Africa's natural heritage. Moreover, with 10% of our profits dedicated to nature and wildlife conservation, booking with us means contributing to the preservation of the environments you explore.

What Do I Need To Know About The Wildlife: Game Drive Rules, Etiquette and Advice

As you plan your safari journey, familiarise yourself with basic wildlife etiquette and principles to guarantee a safe and courteous experience for both you and the animals. Learn the rules of game drives, including keeping a safe distance from wildlife, not feeding or approaching them, and respecting their natural behaviours. 

In addition, get assistance from expert guides on how to effectively view and photograph animals without creating disturbance. By following these guidelines, you will not only improve your safari experience but also help to preserve Africa's valuable ecosystems.


Going on your first African safari is an unforgettable adventure into the heart of nature's most spectacular scenery and animals. You'll set the stage for a wonderful journey by following these crucial steps, which include choosing the right place to go and tour operator as well as learning animal etiquette.

Let us at Jokotta Discoveries take you on your safari holiday for an enriching experience. So pack your luggage, start on this incredible voyage, and see the beauties of Africa unfold in front of your eyes.

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