How to Safari With Friends (& Stay Friends)
An African Safari with your Squad is nothing but epic adventure. But, travelling with your squad may be fraught with conflict & misunderstanding.
Here are 6 Tips to help you Safari together and stay friends.
Before the Trip
1. Verbalise your expectations
Consider everyone’s wants and agree on the basics: where you’re going and how much time you’re spending there. Then agree on what you’ll do during the trip.
For example, everyone might agree on three days in the Matobo Hills and four days in Hwange National Park and Victoria Falls. But one person may want to see more of game animals, while another wants to do more of culture trips and village tours.
Make sure everyone is on the same page with at least a rough schedule before you leave.
2. Agree on budgets
Establish how much to spend ahead of time.Discuss what reasonable amount of money to spend on dinner and accommodation for example.
Money is the cause of more arguments among friends than probably anything else. Be willing to compromise where needed and go it alone if necessary.
During the Trip
3. Take a break from each other
Everyone will need some personal time. Part company for part of the day to explore on your own and then reunite for dinner.
Too much togetherness can put a strain on your trip especially when different people want to indulge different interests.
Just because you’re traveling together, doesn’t mean you need to do everything together.
4. Go with the flow
Bring along your patience and flexibility. These two virtues can augment the epicness of an adventure, yet a lack of them may ruin it.
Be sure not to steamroll your travel companions with ideas all the time. Give everybody an equal chance to call the shots in your adventure. It cannot be about what you want to do all the time.
Don’t focus on being right all the time, instead just focus on being a good travel companion. You’ll have to compromise, make your peace with it.
5. Be present
A Safari with your squad will definitely create shared memories and experiences. In short, it will likely bring you closer together with your friends.
Make the most of being together by limiting your time on social media. in the worst case scenario, too much texting while on a Safari with friends may come off as a sign of disinterest and boredom on your part and may lead to resentment.
6. Communicate openly
Bring up issues openly and respectfully as they arise. If there’s something your friends are doing that’s bothering you, SPEAK UP.
You may think you don’t want to ruin your vacation by talking about your feelings and risking a fight, but the truth is that travel brings out stress and any bottled feelings will explode.
You are better off speaking out about problems early and calmly, so you have a chance to amend behaviours and improve the rest of the trip. Acknowledge your shortcomings too, and be willing to apologise.