Embarking on your first safari can be thrilling and yet overwhelming at the same time. No need to worry, we have put together some guidelines on what to do and not to do for you here:
While wearing traditional ‘safari gear’ is not necessary, we do recommend wearing neutral colours. Did you know that insects are attracted to the colour blue? For more on what to pack for your safari click here.
Before you begin your guided game drive or walking tour, always remember that you are a guest in the animals’ territory and respecting them and their space is imperative.
If you are in a park or reserve that allows walking safaris, preferably have a guide accompany you. They know and understand both the area and the animals.
Africa’s wildlife is known to be charming, but never attempt to attract an animal’s attention – no matter how adorable they are!
Be especially cautious of young children while on safari and never leave them unattended.
Refrain from imitating animal sounds, clapping your hands, smacking the vehicle or throwing objects. We don’t want to hinder a hunt or cause an animal to abandon or lose a hard-earned meal. Your guide will brief you on the importance of proximity to predators and large animals.
When you are out on a game drive, stay inside the vehicle and observe the animals quietly and with minimal disturbance to their natural activities. Talking loudly, standing upright on game drive vehicles and sudden erratic movements can frighten or scare animals away. Although wild animals in protected areas have become accustomed to vehicles and are unlikely to attack, we do not want to encourage them to recognise you as prey.
Never attempt to feed or approach any wildlife on foot. The wild animals face the consequences as they become accustomed to humans and their food. They become dependent on these distributions and will over time become a nuisance and a danger to campers and safari-goers.
Do not litter during your game drive. Recyclable and non-recyclable items tossed on the ground is not only unsightly, but can choke or poison animals and birds.
Remember the saying dynamite comes in small packages? The mosquito is one of the most pesky animals in Africa. Always check whether you need to take malaria profilactics for your desired destination.
Lastly, if you have a camera, use it to take fantastic wildlife photographs. Leave your phone at the lodge or in your bag as it can become a distraction and you wouldn’t want to miss an opportunity to see a rare bird or animal pass by – just because you are reading your messages or emails.