A safari is not a standard or typical travel experience in any way. Take it from someone who went on a week-long camping safari while pregnant—it is one of the most mentally and physically exhausting travel experiences you can have. A good night’s sleep, a big dinner the day before, and plenty of research are some of the best ways to prepare for the trip.
Additionally, your safari time will likely be organized around the animals’ sleeping schedule. You want to see as many awake animals as you can, which means you’ll likely be out on sunrise and late afternoon trips. Prepare to wake up at dawn and spend all day moving and observing. Even though you may be in a warm climate, wearing layers is one of the best ways to physically prepare for your adventure. You never know what a sunless morning can do to the temperature. Bring snacks, plenty of water, guide books, sunglasses, binoculars, and—of course—your camera.