If you’ve never been on an African safari before, you’ll sure want to save up now that Taylor Swift’s new ‘Wildest Dreams’ video is breaking the internet.
Her newest single is set on a 1950’s film set on location in Africa, and was released at the VMAs on Sunday. Made by the same creative geniuses behind the ‘Bad Blood’ and ‘Blank Space’ videos, ‘Wildest Dreams’ is a glamorous period fantasy version of a safari.
Here’s are six things you NTK about going on a modern safari, according to Buzzfeed.
1. Choose the right time of year
Go during the dry season (June to October) to have the best chance of seeing wildlife. The trees won’t have as many leaves to block your view and the animals will tend to gather around watering holes for prime viewing. Rainy season is usually April through June and then late November through December.
2. Choose the park that has the wildlife you want to see the most
There are tons of national parks and private reserves around the continent to choose from, and each has their own unique offerings. Parks in South Africa, Botswana and Namibia have the widest range of species. Check out Kruger National Park to see the big five – lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and rhino – as well as a beautiful range of birds.
Head to Rwanda or Uganda for gorillas and chimps, or Kenya and Tanzania to watch mass migrations, Lion King style.
3. Glam it up or go authentic
Good old fashioned camping is also a good option for those looking for a back to nature-type experience. Most campsites charge just £7-12 a night, and come with amenities like Wi-Fi and restaurants. Just make sure to follow the rules and stay safe!
4. Pack long layers in neutral colours
The temperatures between early morning and early afternoon can change dramatically, so be prepared for anything by wearing layered clothing. Neutral colours are best, so as not to attract unwanted bugs or predators – but that doesn’t mean you can’t do it in style.
5. Invest in a long lens, or rent one
While you can of course take some gorgeous shots with your smartphone, an SLR with a long lens will capture the animals the best, since they’re unlikely to get up in your face for a selfie. Camera equipment doesn’t come cheap, but consider renting or borrowing one – it will be worth it!
6. You can do it on a budget, sort of
If you have limited finances, or are a bit more intrepid, embrace the hostel scene. Hostels often have the best prices for safari trips. Most parks allow you to drive your own vehicle, so renting a 4×4 with your newfound hostel friends will also help keep expenses down.
So go and stand in a nice dress and stare at the sunset.
Watch Taylor Swift’s new video ‘Wildest Dreams’ below…
By Reenat Sinay