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When people think about VR, many people think about gaming videos, but this new, immersive technology is becoming exceptionally useful to consumers planning their next holiday as a way to test-drive their next destination, hotel, or experience in a risk-free way. In fact, more people are using virtual reality for their travel purchase decision making.

Top IT personalities have predicted that VR will be the future. This is because they believe that virtual reality is capable of changing the lives of many people. Therefore, anyone interested in planning a safari holiday can start by first viewing a 360° virtual African wildlife video before deciding whether or not a safari in Africa is for them. Since the introduction of virtual reality in tourism, prospective travellers have the added benefit of being able to test drive their next holiday in virtual reality before committing to a booking. Alternatively, these virtual reality experiences can simply be a quick virtual holiday without leaving the comfort of home. Other things to consider when planning your safari include the following: 

Use a reputable travel agent

It’s tempting, in this age of the internet to want to book and plan your safari yourself. While this approach might work for other destinations, an East Africa safari is slightly different from other holidays. East Africa is a vast region, with great distances between destinations, and even lodges and hotels. The roads are often in poor condition, and there’s no directional signage to help you if you get lost. 

While it seems that the most affordable route would be to book direct, this does not necessarily apply to East Africa safaris. While it is technically possible to book yourself, it isn’t advisable as the intricacies of getting around East Africa mean you’re likely to end up with a bunch of avoidable delays and unforeseen costs if you try to book it yourself. 

Also, it’s worth noting that usually travel agents have access to the best possible rates and are able to pass that discount on to you, making it more affordable to book your safari through an agent.

When to go

When you go on safari will dictate what you’re likely to see in terms of wildlife. Some times of year are better to see certain animals or experiences, and the more popular an experience is, the more important it is to book as far in advance as possible. Not all times of the year will offer the same safari experience; so it’s good to do your research thoroughly. On that note….

Plan well

Make use of all the resources at your disposal and on the internet to make sure you’ve done your homework when it comes to planning your memorable safari. Using things like 360° virtual African wildlife videos as well as review sites and other online resources helps you to plan effectively and ensure that you won’t run into any difficulty along the way. It’s never been easier to get the information you need to ensure that your magical safari is as memorable as you hoped it would be. 


Planning your safari using VR
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