first Africa safari

first africa safari

First Africa Safari

Now we want to show you what it’s like to be on your first Africa safari with Affordable Uganda Safaris Limited.

This part of the website shows you different styles of accommodation we can provide. It shows the range of safari activities you can choose from, each giving a different perspective on the wildlife. We describe a typical “day on safari” – if there is such a thing – useful if it’s your first time in Africa. Also there are pages with advice on wildlife photography, the best binoculars and even what to wear, all drawn from our 12 years of safari experience.

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A Day on Safari

One thing you’ll discover is that no two days on safari are ever the same or will be again. A waterhole in Queen Elizabeth whose only customer yesterday afternoon was a grumpy old warthog, is this morning the scene of mayhem as elephants jostle with Waterbucks, buffalo and antelope. Yesterday morning you might have been silently tracking a lion in your 4×4 with mixed feelings as to whether you really want to find it, and a sneaking suspicion that it’s already found you. This afternoon all is right with the world as you drift down the Kazinga channel enjoying a sumptuous ice cooled beer or glass of juice on a pontoon as kingfishers dart into the Kazinga channel and a hippo submerges with a cavernous yawn.

Animals get up early, and so must you, whether you’re waking in the Paraa luxury of your 200sq metre suite at Murchison falls, or popping your head out your private little fly camp deep in Kidepo valley. A quick cup of coffee and a biscuit, then you’re off in your open vehicle, on foot, by boat, on your horse, quadbike, camel, dugout canoe, or whatever other form of safari transportation you’ve chosen this morning. One thing you’ll discover if it’s your first time on safari is that you’ll never starve. Even among the remotest safari camps there’s a culture of performing culinary miracles. So you’ll return mid morning to an array of freshly baked breads just out of the oven, all kinds of things sizzling away on skillets, delicious fresh fruits and piping hot coffee. And so it goes on, with a light lunch before your siesta, cakes and tea at 3.30 before the afternoon activity, then a four course dinner with decent wines before you turn in. In the afternoon your safari activity tends to be more leisurely using vehicles and boats, and as the reddening sun sinks slowly in a huge African sky you invariably stop somewhere magically beautiful. The guide produces a folding table, linen tablecloth,a mobile cocktail cabinet, nibbles for the hungry and you enjoy the time honored Sun-downer.

First a couple of bright stars emerge, then with surprising suddenness it’s dark, and you think to yourself that, yes, there probably are 100 million stars in the galaxy. On the way back your musings might be broken by the sight of prowling leopard or a solitary owl picked out in the harmless beam of the spotlight. We like you to stay in camps and lodges that are the “real thing”, so you might nod off to sleep to the sawing call of a leopard, the laughter of a hippopotamus, a rhythmic munching sound as a buffalo chews grass outside, the occasional rending crack as an elephant tears a branch from a tree or the distant grunting roar of a male lion. Wake to a chorus of birdsong.

Accommodation

The best safari lodges are miracles of organisation and ingenuity. How do they produce a surprise dinner which would grace any London restaurant in the middle of the Kidepo Valley plains with only curious giraffe for fellow diners? Where else could you relax in a claw foot bath watching a family of elephant cavorting in the mighty Nile river a stones throw away.

In twelve years arranging exclusive safaris Affordable Uganda Safaris know all the best places to stay because we have tasted these accommodations and we’ll create an unforgettable sequence of amazing camps and lodges to suit your tastes.

A good level of comfort, proper beds, en-suite bathroom, marvelous food and a beautiful remote setting are all “givens”!

Whether you prefer simpler canvas construction, a thatched cottage or an extravagant 200 square meter air conditioned suite with absolute privacy is up to you.

Our skill lies in creating the right combination of places and impeccable travel arrangements which will combine to create your perfect holiday.

On an Africa traditional safari you will keep asking yourself “Can I really be here, surrounded by such beauty and nature’s wonders?” The sensitive professionalism of your guide means that the animals seem unaware of your presence, an “invisible” visitor to strange and wonderful places. There is the exhilarating sense that without your guide and the tiny oasis of civilization that is your camp you would be some big cat’s breakfast. As it is you are completely safe and your guide can reveal the wonders of the African wilderness.

Wildlife Safaris
Visit the Uganda National Parks for excellent game viewing.
Gorilla & Primate Safaris
Mountain gorilla tracking in the dense Ugandan jungle.
Birding Safaris
Explore Uganda Birder’s Paradise with more than 1,000 different species of birds.
Cultural Safaris
Meet the local people and learn about Uganda’s rich cultural heritage with many different tribes, each with its own language and traditions.
Wild Water Rafting
Experience the thrill of floating down the wild rapids of the river Nile!
Mountain climbing Safaris
Hike to the genuine summit of Uganda

Safety

Bites & stings
Scorpions, spiders, ticks, mosquitoes, and flies are all resident African critters and occasionally they will demonstrate their wrath on an unsuspecting Steady Safaris traveler and leave a nasty bite. These should be looked after carefully as in tropical regions of Africa they can easily become infected and are know in the Steady Safaris community as scabby sores. Keep the bite clean – a tube of antiseptic cream is useful, as is washing in medicated soap.

Water and hygiene
You will be living closely together and sharing equipment so pay extra attention to hygiene. Always wash your hands, particularly before touching yours and everyone else’s food. If you’re not feeling well don’t share drinks bottles and cutlery – bugs pass around quickly in close groups. Your crew will know where to source good drinking water – if not they’ll purify it. Think about conservation – far better to fill one water bottle off your truck than buy several non-disposable plastic bottles each day. Don’t waste water – clean teeth from a cup and not under a running tap, don’t use drinking water to wash your socks and use dirty washing-up water to clean mud off your boots or to douse a fire. In many places, water is a precious resource – don’t abuse this.

Sun burn
The African sun is perhaps stronger than you are normally used to and is at its strongest between 10am – 4pm. Minimize your exposure during this time. Apply plenty of sun protection and wear a hat and sun glasses. Just because the sun is not shining does not mean that you are safe – on an overcast day the suns rays are just as damaging. Remember that on a camping and overland trip you will be spending almost all of your time outdoors and sensible sun protection is essential. Suntan lotion and after-sun products are not always readily available in some parts of Africa so best you bring plenty with you.

Upset stomachs

Diarrhea affects at least 50% of travelers in Africa, so expect a bout of runny tummy and you wont be the only one jumping off urgently with a toilet roll in hand. Most upset stomachs last just a day or two and are a result of a simple change in diet and water. The best way to deal with it is drink plenty of fluids and avoid food until the bugs have been flushed out of your system. It’s a good idea to pack oral re-hydration salts in your medical kit. Always follow the advice of your tour leader and if the problem persists you may need to consult a doctor and get medication. Avoid buying snacks from the side of the road, particularly fried items which easily harbor stomach bugs. Generally, food cooked on a camping trip is fresh and healthy and you are unlikely to get sick from road grubs.

Security
As well as your own possessions, the vehicle and its equipment must be looked after at all times and security is the responsibility of the whole group. Everything must be put away and locked up at night, and often in towns or markets everyone will have to take turns to guard the truck. All the vehicles have safes for passports, money, credit cards and flight tickets. Please use this facility as lost passports/money causes delays and may result in you having to leave the tour. Your possessions are your responsibility at all times. It is advised that you take out comprehensive insurance if you are planning on bringing expensive cameras etc. on tour.

Safety
In Africa, as elsewhere in the world, crime exists, and we advise that you keep an eye on any valuables and have your wits about you at all times. But in saying that, most African crime takes place in the bustling downtown cities and it is very rare to be robbed in a campsite in the middle of the African wilderness. Also, Steady Safaris crew are aware of the potential problem areas and these are avoided entirely. Political calamity is common in many African countries and we constantly monitor Foreign Office advice. When tours are organised, our Operators ensure that client safety is top priority.

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