If you and your future spouse enjoy using your together time to watch Animal Planet on TV or visit your local zoo, taking out Punta Mita vacation rentals and honeymooning in Mexico may not give you the once in a lifetime adventure thrill that you're looking for. Instead, you should think outside the box and look into taking a safari tour as part of your honeymoon. It sounds expensive, but there are many options when it comes to safari tours that can fit any budget. Let us give you an overview of your options here.
Safari tours are traditionally associated with south and central Africa, where some of the world's most exotic, exciting, and recognizable animals can be found roaming the plains of the African Savannah. Lions, elephants, cheetahs, gorillas, and giraffes naturally make their homes in the Savannah, which features in many vintage movie posters. During a safari, a guide takes your group on a tour of these animals' habitats so that you can observe them in the wild acting as comes naturally. Participants are usually protected from animal attacks by staying inside tour vehicles.
Popular countries to take safari tours in tend to have a lot of preserves, protected species, and are relatively stable politically. Popular countries in which to safari include Botswana, Namibia, Kenya, Zambia, Rwanda, South Africa, and Tanzania. Which tour you choose will depend on which animals you want to see (gorillas, for instance, are most prevalent in Rwanda while lions prefer Kenya) and how much you are willing to spend. Some luxury tours will cost about as much as buying a vehicle outright while others are more modest at around $4,000.
When booking your safari tour, it's best to use a travel agent, either online or in person, who will be able to tell the cut rate tours from the qualified local purveyors who will respect the local environments and keep its patrons safe. Using websites like Tripadvisor, you can investigate each tour online from your condo. Toronto residents can also attend vacation booking seminars and workshops or attend book readings by authors who have spent time in Africa.
If you're looking for a more unique experience, you might try going on a tribal experience safari which exposes you to African culture or a voluntour which pairs touring with volunteer work, such as building schools or helping to install a cell phone tracking service. The word "safari" is traditionally associated with Africa, but if you're looking for something different, you can go on animal sightseeing tours in other parts of the world, such as visiting the emus, kangaroos, and koalas in Australia or checking out the polar bear and leopard seals in the Arctic.