Self-Drive Safari or Guided Tour: Which One's Right for You?

Thinking of heading out on a safari tour? You'll have to decide if you want to drive around the park yourself or if you'd rather have an expert take you on a guided tour. Here's how to decide which option is right for you.

Choose Guided for the 'Big Five'

For most families heading on wildlife spotting trips, the highlight of any safari drive is seeing the 'Big Five': lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants and buffalo. These are often the hardest animals to find out on the savannah. While it is possible to spot them on a self-drive safari trip, guides on safari tours have a much better knowledge of the animals' most likely dwelling places.

Choose Self-Drive for Young Children

If you're bringing young children to with you, note that many safari tours have a minimum age limit. The age limit varies from tour to tour; some may accept children as young as 5 while others will turn down all children under 12. If the tours you like the look of can't accommodate your younger children, it's best to opt for self-drive.

Choose Guided for Knowledge

Are you interested in learning all about the animals you'll see on safari? Then your best bet is to opt for a guided tour. The experts will be able to tell you everything you need to know, from which subspecies you're looking at to how they hunt and what they eat.

Choose Self-Drive for Great Pictures

Safaris are becoming increasingly popular with photography buffs. If your trip is all about getting the best photos, you should go with a self-drive safari. When you're on a guided tour bus, you'll have to compete with the other passengers to get the best angle. When you're in charge, you can angle the car exactly as you need to for that perfect shot.

Choose Guided for Night Drives

The wildlife comes alive at night when the lions roar and stalk their prey. Of course, it's very dangerous to drive yourself around the savannah at nighttime. In fact, many parks ban it completely. If you do like the sound of a safari in the dark, you'll need to choose a guided tour for the utmost safety.

Choose Self-Drive to Save Money

There's no doubt that a safari trip can be expensive. If you're looking to cut costs as much as possible, you'll usually get a cheaper deal with a self-drive safari. Guided safari rides can cost a lot since you're paying for expertise and knowledge.

To learn more, contact a company like Travel Discover Kenya.