In Africa a variety of methods exist to do game viewing on reserves, from open top vehicles, guided game drives, walking trails to self drive safaris. Each of these methods has their own benefit and you just need to choose what method will be best for you. With a self drive safari you have the ability to choose your own pace and to avoid big crowds.
One of the best ways to experience and enjoy wildlife is by doing a self drive game drive. We’ve gathered some safety points to keep you safe while exploring wild Africa.
- Travel in a vehicle that yo know is roadworthy and up to date with it’s service schedule.
- Enquire beforehand from managers at the reserve if your vehicle will be suitable for their roads.
- Make sure that you inform other where you will be travelling to and and when they can expect you back, before you go on your safari.
- Make sure that you stay on the paths suitable for self drive guests and do not wander from them.
- Be prepared that the roads will be narrow with not a lot of overtaking opportunities.
- Be patient towards other visitors sharing the road to view wildlife.
- Stick to the advised speed limits – as you are on a game drive, slow down and enjoy the view.
- Stay in your vehicle at all times unless you reach a designated safe place.
- Keep a close eye on the behaviour of the animals and if they seem to be agitated or makes mock runs at you, move away slowly.
- The only animal that can really try and take you on in your vehicle is an elephant. Try to just hold your ground with the engine of the vehicle turned off. Do not rev the engine or hoot, as it might be seen as a challenge and the odds are definitely not on your side.
A self drive safari is the perfect opportunity to forget about your problems and to just enjoy nature and become rejuvenated and recharged. Be sure to carefully plan and prepare for your Safari and it will be a journey that you will cherish for the rest of your life.