Going on Safari is thrilling. It’s a remarkable experience that you may never forget. However, guides will be quick to remind everyone that Safaris are not vacations where you sit by safely and idly. Rather, it can be dangerous and there have been rare incidences of people being injured or dying while on Safari. It is therefore essential to be weary at all time. Here’s a short but thorough list of ways to stay safe on Safari.
Helpful Tips For A Safe Safari
- Go With A Trusted Guide
It’s great to save money, but don’t choose your safari based entirely on price. Go instead with a guide who knows the terrain and the movement of the animals. High profile resorts and lodges like the Kruger National Park has excellent guides. They will have suggestion on where to look for the animals.
- Remember Where You Are
You are in the bush. This is the terrain for wild animals, and they do not discriminate—every human being is prey to a carnivorous animal.
- Listen To Your Guides
If you are arrogant, or you are not okay with taking instructions from your Safari guides, it is best to go to the South African beaches instead. They truly know better – follow their instructions at all times.
- Stay In The Vehicle At All Times
Safari is not the time to go venturing on your own. Stay in the vehicle and follow the rules as they are posted.
- Stay Quiet
The animals scare easily. Be quiet and take in the experience.
- Don’t Stick Anything Out Of The Vehicle
Standing or waving things out of the vehicle can be annoying to some animals.
- If You Are Driving In A Car, Keep Your Windows Closed At All Times
People may get overly excited to see the animals, and get out of the car to get a closer look. Resist the urge to do that. Accept that you may not see everything on one Safari. For the best experience, go on Safari when the grass is short and viewing is expected.
- Don’t Put Yourself In Danger To See More Animals
Safari does not mean “animal spotting.” Rather, it means “journey.” Instead of potentially putting yourself in danger to see the animals, check out the surroundings—the environment is as important as the animals. Also, keep your eyes open. Wild animals are not paid performers. They will not walk out into the road for your viewing pleasure. Instead, they will come out when they are good and ready. Keep your binoculars close and actively look for the animals. Lions enjoy laying in the shade, and leopards love trees.
Staying Safe On A Walking Safari
- Stay Downwind From Animals
By staying downwind, animals may not easily catch your scent.
- Walk Away Slowly
If animals look hostile, make as little noise as possible and walk away slowly to avoid aggravating them.
- Always Wear Boots And Socks
You are walking in Africa. There are venomous snakes and scorpions out there that could bite you.
- Don’t Walk Around At Night
Particularly in areas where you know there is wildlife. If you are camping, don’t leave your tent at night.
- Avoid Unsafe Swimming
Unless you have been instructed (by a professional guide) that it is safe to swim in a lake or river, do not swim there. There may be crocodiles.