Going on a safari (African or otherwise) is often a one-of-a-kind experience that your entire family is unlikely to ever forget. Not only is a safari a great way to visit a strange and faraway land, but it’s also a wonderful opportunity to build and foster an up-close and personal relationship with nature, flora, and fauna. When you’ve got a whole family to deal with, however, a safari can be a huge operation. Planning something like this can seem like an insurmountable effort, so we’ll talk about a few tips that’ll help you make your safari planning go off without a hitch.

1. Pick Your Risk Factor. The fact of the matter is that every safar has you up close with real, live African wildlife. This being the case, there is always going to be something of a risk factor involved in whatever safari upon which you decid. You might not want to think about going on a safari in the first place if your family has one or more tiny members — but if you’re made up of teens, adolescents, and/or adults then a safari can be a great time. Figure out what kind of risk-factor everybody will be comfortable with, and make your plans accordingly. It’s easy to figure out what kind of dangers will be presented on any given safari.

2. Set a Budget. If you’ve got multiple family members to account for, then your funds are an important part of your trip. Set your budget and stick to it. Make sure you don’t go over your limits, as running out of cash in a foreign place is one of the most serious nightmares that can possibly befall you when you’ve got an entire family in tow. Do this early, and make sure you know exactly what you’ll need so you can have it ready.

3. Research Ahead of Time. Do your due diligence, and do it early. There’s nothing more effective than having everything figured out well in advance, and it’s a great way to save yourself serious money, too. Last-minute costs are the costliest costs, and if you’ve got everything figured out before you and your family even set foot out the front door, you can make sure your vacation goes off without a hitch.

4. Consider Accommodations. A big part of safari expenses are stuff like lodging, food, and other accommodations. Figure out if you can take care of some of these things on your own. It’s entirely likely that there are a few ways you and your family can shave some money off your bill by accommodating yourselves.

5. Deal Hunt on the Regular. Since you’re making your plans well in advance, it’ll be easy to keep your eye out for deals and offers that pop up before you go. The best African safari trips come to those who are tenacious, so make sure you keep your eyes open for the best deal available.