Wondering how to plan a trip to Africa? Feeling a bit overwhelmed? Well you’ve come to the right place!
Whether it’s long-term backpacking or even a short 2-week holiday, organising an African adventure can seem like a daunting task. But don’t worry, We are here to help!
We want to help people like you, who want to travel to Africa, but who don’t know where to start or maybe just need a bit of reassurance and advice.
We are guessing that if you are reading this post, something, somewhere has sparked your interest in travelling to Africa. Which is awesome and we can pretty much guarantee you will fall in love with the place.
But still, knowing where to start and how to go about planning an Africa trip can be tricky and overwhelming! So to help you on your way, We’ve put together this (big) guide, to show you how we plan our trips and we’ll talk you through step-by-step so you can do the same!
Planning any type of trip is exciting. Thinking about all the possibilities literally gives me butterflies.
But it’s also confusing because there are so many options, there’s so much to see and do and it’s all new to you. You may not have a clue where to even begin or in what order to do things.
Unless you know exactly where you want to go (and for how long), you will most likely go back and forth during the planning stages and change your mind a hundred times. The phrase you might use is ‘chicken and egg’.
This is normal! Just try not to let it overwhelm you! So, if you’re ready, let’s get’s planning your trip to Africa!
1. Start Saving
Despite rumours to the contrary, Africa doesn’t have to be expensive. If you get local buses, cook your own meals, camp, volunteer (for free), couch surf or stay in homestays, you can keep the costs to a minimum for sure.
But then there’s all those awesome activities that make Africa so appealing in the first place, like safaris, climbing mountains, white water rafting, eating in cool restaurants and staying in nice hotels. Once you start doing those things, your costs start adding up very quickly.
So my best advice is to start saving as early as possible so you can enjoy everything this beautiful continent has to offer later on.
2. Decide how long you want to be on your Safari
Is this a 2 week holiday? Or a longer trip?
If you only have a set period of time off from work or university, then you already know this – great!
But if your time isn’t restricted (you lucky thing), then this is where budget (boooooo) most likely becomes the determining factor. And how long that budget will last, really depends on how you travel and what you do.
See what I mean about chicken and egg?
Just be warned – as you go through the planning stages, you may decide that Africa is just too amazing and you have to go for longer and see absolutely EVERYTHING all at once….