If you have found yourself falling for any of these safari myths, don’t worry. If you have never been to Africa, it is natural to have a few doubts about what to expect. Luckily, you don’t have to let these myths standing in the way of experiencing a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. To help you get a better idea of what lies ahead on an African safari, we have put together a list of some of the more common safari myths to ignore.
The Biggest Kruger National Park Safari Myths to Ignore
Some of the biggest safari myths to ignore include the following:
MALARIA IS A MAJOR CONCERN.
There is a minor risk of malaria during the wet season. Just to be safe, take a course of anti-malaria medication before you leave. This is the simplest way to enjoy a holiday without worrying about malaria. Avoiding bites is another simple strategy. Try a good repellent cream and wear lightweight long sleeved tops to minimise the risk of bites. If you’re concerned about other flying and crawling creatures, you’ll be glad to know that Rhino Post Safari Lodge’s luxury safari suites feature mosquito netting that ensures a peaceful sleep.
YOUR SAFARI IS RUINED IF YOU DON’T SPOT THE BIG 5.
Everyone wants to spot the famous Big 5, and we completely understand the excitement that guests feel on spotting elephant, rhino, lion, leopard or buffalo. But, as majestic as these big game species are, there are many other wonders to spot on game drives that are equally incredible. Giraffe, cheetah, warthog, zebra, crocodile, antelope, hundreds of bird species, and many other species await. Your guide will point out various sights on every safari adventure so that you don’t miss a thing.
SAFARIS ARE TOO DANGEROUS FOR CHILDREN.
Many visitors are concerned about Africa being a rather dangerous place for family holidays. In reality, safaris are safe for everyone – even children of six years and over. The best way to ensure that you and your family stay safe throughout your trip is to listen to your guide, stay in your vehicle and keep basic precautions in mind. Rhino Post Safari Lodge has been designed to ensure optimal safety, with raised suites that are open but protected. Guides are on hand to answer questions you may have, while the lodge staff are also always there to assist in making you feel at home.
ANIMALS CAN BE PETTED.
That’s not to say that Kruger National Park is anything like a petting zoo. Stepping outside of the safari vehicle, trying to touch any animal or bird you encounter, swimming in non-swimming areas and treating any wildlife you see with anything other than respect is never a good idea. All wild animals should be treated with the respect that they deserve. This ensures a safe, pleasant experience for everyone – humans and animals alike.
YOU NEED TO BE RICH TO ENJOY A SAFARI.
If you thought that safaris were reserved for the super rich, you will be pleased to know that many world-class lodges are more affordable than you may think. You could consider off-peak months to save even further. Generally speaking, the busiest times for safaris in Kruger are the year-end holidays, especially around December and early January. The cooler winter months around the middle of the year can be more affordable, with plenty of game to spot near water holes as this is the dry season.
We hope that this clears up any confusion about what to expect. If you have any additional safari myths you would like busted, be sure to book your very own Kruger safari to experience the magic of Africa in person.