Do-It-Yourself Safari: How to Enjoy Your Independent Travel in Africa

Almost every single thing nowadays can be achieved through DIY instructions. You can build your own table from scratch, sand it with a random orbital sander on your own, and paint it with a paint sprayer like a pro. If you’re a handyman, you know what I’m talking about. Today, even going on a tour by yourself can be achieved! Everyone needs a vacay, you know, and even handymen need to spend some time alone and enjoy a good safari tour. So, how can you enjoy a safari without needing a tour guide? Read on!

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Step 1: Know where to stay


Safari Tent

The first thing you need to do is to research where you can stay while you’re in Africa. Look for cheap accommodations that are worth your money just as you would look for handyman tools that are worth investing in. If you can, avoid going on holiday on weekends; you may have difficulty booking a room. Accommodations can be luxurious, but if you’re a budget traveler, you might want to camp instead. There are safari tents available, offering comfy beds, a fridge, and a porch. These tents cause about 470 rands.

Step 2: Prepare your itinerary


Do your own research. Paying for a tour guide can be an expensive choice. You could ask people you know about how you can go on a safari tour without spending much. African parks have reasonably priced packaged safaris, so be sure to check those out. This part may take a while, but if you want to save money, you’re going to have to be wise enough to prepare your tour. With your own itinerary, you can start and end whenever you want. The only schedule you need to follow is the one you made yourself. You can take a mid-day two-hour break, and no one would be annoyed. You can take a nap before dinner without disrespecting anyone else’s time. You can make things happen because you’ve planned a schedule that fits you.

Step 3: Book a flight

As much as possible, book ahead. Tickets are priced higher when your travel dates are nearer. Unless you have a lot of money to spend, don’t book a week before your travel. I say it’s better to book four to six months before the trip.

Step 4: Rent a car


Get the most out of your DIY safari tour by renting your own vehicle. Sure, there could be four- to six-hour drives, but they are worth it. Just be sure you’ve allotted budget for gas. On average, you could spend around 120 rands of gas a day.

You should also purchase a map of the park or a map where the most popular bird watching spots are indicated. These affordable maps are available at camp stores.

Don’t be afraid to ask people. One of the perks of having your own car and going on your DIY safari is that you don’t have to be in a hurry. You can sit and watch, watch the breathtaking sunset, observe the leopards, and take a lot of pictures. Another benefit of renting a car is you can go anywhere you want and stay there for as long as you wish. You can observe a rhinoceros for half an hour, pass by that leopard if you’ve seen so many already, or gaze at those gorgeous giraffes the whole day.

In short, a DIY safari tour is something to look forward to.