Unlike a beach holiday on the Spanish coast or a Greek island all-inclusive, an African safari requires a little bit more preparation from the traveller. It’s a life changing experience and it’s important to be equipped with the right gear and the right knowledge before you head out to an African desert or jungle. Here at Signature Safaris, it’s our mission to make the journey as stress-free and as easy as possible – and we will do everything we can to accommodate your needs.
But if you would like to do a little more research for yourself, here are some of the best resources to help you. Read on for the top resources, both online and in print, as recommended by our expert team here at Signature Safaris.
The South African Weather Service is a great website for anyone looking for up to date information on the South African weather and climate. It will also link you to other useful weather resources which could be handy for your trip.
Accuweather.com provides real-time information on local weather across different parts of Africa. This website is particularly useful for those who are looking to explore more than one country and will give you current data on temperatures, precipitation and wind.
Travelindependent.info is an independent advice website which provides a good overview of travel insurance and how to find it.
If you would like a step by step guide on how to pick the right travel insurance policy for your travels, read this informative article by Wanderlust Magazine.
Health & Safety
Always check Gov.uk for advice on health and safety, terrorism, local laws, and entry requirements. You will find a dedicated section for each country and information is updated every year.
Tripadvisor.co.uk offers a lot more than just candid hotel reviews. It’s a fantastic resource used and created by real people, real travellers. Find informative articles, forums and first-hand advice from people who have already been on safari.
Wildlifetravel.net is an independent resource created by a freelance lawyer and wildlife enthusiast, Tim Clark. Tim provides us with some great information on how to stay safe when in contact with wildlife.
For a ‘Safari 101’ guide, head over this Huffington Post to read their article on everything you need to know about an African safari. This guide touches on health and safety, what to pack, where to go and tips on how to plan your trip.
Where to Go
Visit Telegraph.co.uk to see their ’10 Best Safaris in Africa’ for inspiration on where you want to travel to. With so many different types of safaris across so many destinations, it’s important to do a little research – this article gives you a great top 10 round-up.
10. A luxurytravelblog.com
Aluxurytravelblog.com is one of the most respected online resources for the luxury traveller. So if you’re looking for a luxury travel experience, turn to this great blog for some expert advice on where to go in Africa.
For a comprehensive guide of our different safari destinations including Botswana, Malawi, Namibia, Republic of the Congo and Tanzania, read our latest article at Signature Safaris. This post details what to do and when to travel, and is broken down by destination.
If you’re interested in finding the right destination for wildlife, take a look at AWF.org, the website for a wildlife conservation foundation. Here you can learn about the different types of animals in East or South Africa.
When to Go
CNtraveller.com offers some great advice on which time of year is best for an African safari trip. There is also some safety advice and some notes on what to pack.
To help you plan your trip, the USAToday website provides some useful information on temperature levels, the dry seasons, animal migrations, animal births and other considerations that could affect which time of year you travel.
15. Lonely Planet
Lonely Planet is one of the most trusted travel sites and it’s a great resource if you’re looking for an honest/expert guide which covers all aspects of travel. From the rhino trails and the Nata Bird Sanctuary to the spectacular Moremi Gorge, this guide takes you through all the amazing travel possibilities.
16. Botswana Photo Safari Companion (2006)
This delightful paperback photo book by Alain Pons and Christine Baillet features some rather stunning photos of a Botswana safari. A great book for research or to take with you during your trip.
17. Malawi by Bradt Travel Guides (2013)
This Bradt Travel Malawi guide by Philip Briggs is a must for anyone planning a journey to Malawi and Southern Africa. Pack it in your bag and use it as a steer as you travel through the country.
For the most up to date information on tourism in Malawi, use the Malawi Tourism for a detailed breakdown by region. Discover the country’s attractions and activities and get the very best advice on how to get around.
For a fuller picture of Malawi, use BBC.co.uk to find country profiles. The Malawi country profile by the BBC offers a general overview of the country, its politics, its economy and its international affairs.
20. Mozambique by Bradt Travel Guides (2014)
This up to date edition by Philip Briggs looks at all the different regions of Mozambique and provides a classic guide for travellers and backpackers.
21. A History of Mozambique (1994)
Take this delightful paperback with you on your travels to soak in a bit of history when you’re back at the lodge or en route from one place to the next. It’s a great read and author Malyn Newitt paints a wonderful picture of the country’s past.
Visitmozambique.net is an online resource designed for travellers. Navigate using the interactive map on the homepage to learn more about your desired region. A very advanced website and an extensive resource which won’t disappoint.
23. Lonely Planet
Read the destination guide by Lonely Planet for key information such as best places to stay and the top things to do in Mozambique; learn about hiking to the Cascata waterfall, discovering the pristine Mozambique Island, or admiring the striking architecture of Maputo.
24. Namibia: A Visual Tour Through Its Regions (2010)
Take a visual tour of Namibia with this stunning collection of images by Thomas Dressler. This stylish hardback makes a great coffee table book and will certainly be a talking point with your dinner party guests. Great for research for before you travel – or ideal as a lasting souvenir.
25. Namibia Self-Drive Guide (2014)
This very recent edition will give you an up to date look at Namibia’s best self-drive routes. Great for anyone looking to plan an exhilarating 4×4 driving safari.
26. Namibia by Bradt Travel Guides (2011)
Another great guidebook from Bradt Travel Guides, this time written by author Chris Mcintyre, a safari specialist who has also visited Zambia, Botswana and Tanzania.
The Namibia Tourism Board is a huge online resource for anyone travelling to Namibia. It will give you a wonderful overview of the country and provide invaluable information about each region. It’s also a beautifully designed website which will give you much inspiration of where to go and what to do.
Republic of the Congo
28. Lonely Planet
Head to the Lonely Planet website for everything you need to know about travelling in Republic of the Congo. This guide takes a closer look at national parks such as Nouabalé-Ndoki and Parc National Conkouati-Douli, as well as the beautiful resort town of Pointe-Noire.
For a Republic of Congo country profile containing information on geography, politics and history, head to the online resource Infoplease.com.
For advice on travelling to Republic of Congo, including info on what to avoid and where not to go, read the information provided by Worldtravelguide.net.
The Dailymail.co.uk provides a comprehensive destination guide for the area of Seychelles. Written by Paul Oswell, the guide sheds light on sightseeing, shopping, where to eat, day trips and getting around.
32. Seychelles Globetrotter Travel Pack (2013)
This detailed travel pack by Paul Tingay includes guides, maps, road atlases and pull-out pocket guides that will see you through your entire holiday with all the essentials
33. Berlitz: Seychelles Pocket Guide (2007)
For an easy to carry pocket guide, take this fantastic paperback from the Berlitz Pocket Guides collection. It explores all 115 island of Seychelles and has been highly rated by customers on Amazon.
34. Seychelles Tourism Board
The best resource for Seychelles travel has to be the Seychelles Tourism Board. This website provides interactive maps and regional guides – you can even take 360° tours of the islands, giving you an experience beyond pictures.
For a comprehensive destination guide for Tanzania, visit the Conde Nast Traveller website. You can browse through region guides or you can read related features for some travel inspiration.
36. The Rough Guide to Tanzania (2010)
By Jens Finke, this book is the definitive paperback guide to Tanzania. This in-depth colour book journeys you through its national parks, its beaches and its spectacular wildlife.
37. Tanzania Culture Smart: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture (2009)
If you’re looking for an extended stay in Tanzania and you really want to get to know its people, this paperback is a must-read. By author Quintin Winks, this guide walks you through the Tanzanian people, the way they live and their unique customs.
39. Lonely Planet
The Lonely Planet website again is a great source of inspiration when it comes to planning an African safari. Read the Zambia destination guide and let the stunning photography ease your research.
40. Zambia by Bradt Travel Guides (2011)
Another fantastic read from author Chris Mcintyre (who also wrote Namibia edition). This book details both walking and river safaris, and provides a decent summary of attractions across the country.
Best for Photography
Stuck in Customs is a photo blog by Trey Ratcliff which features heavily on his travel adventures around the world. His amazing photography will really move and inspire you, and he has a section on Namibia as well as Botswana. Trey also offers various photography tutorials on this site so anyone looking to shoot images on safari can get some great tips.
42. Travel and Photography
The Travel and Photography blog is an image-heavy resource pulled together by avid traveller and photographer, Herbet Wong. Herbet travels the globe and shares extensive photo galleries on his website. He has a whole section dedicated to Africa, covering areas such as Namibia, Botswana and Zambia.
Ranger Diaries is a very special blog; written by the rangers who work over in the African national parks. Get a first-hand account from the amazing stories told by people who get up close to Africa’s most spectacular animals every single day. Having won the ‘Best Photographic Blog’ award and the ‘Best Environmental Blog’ award in 2011, 2012 and 2013, it’s a must-read for anyone interested in Africa’s wildlife.
Best for Information
Nomadic Matt is a self-confessed travel addict who began his blog back in 2006 when he realised that there weren’t enough free, online travel resources to help backpackers like him. Now he is one of the most well-known travel bloggers in the world and he provides a fantastic guide for the Seychelles islands.
Wanderingtrader.com is a blog by Marcello Arrambide, a stock market trader who travels the world for a living. He has been to roughly 80 countries, and from his stories of Asia to his accounts of walking with cheetahs in Zambia, Marcello’s blog is a great read for anyone who loves to travel. Navigate through his site by clicking on your desired country to discover Mercello’s adventures in Tanzania, Zambia and South Africa.
We hope you have found our definitive list of African travel resources useful. All the books and websites listed above can be incredibly helpful for planning your trip. You can also use our Resource Area for further information or check out our Ultimate Guide to Planning an African Safari.