Going on an African safari is an unforgettable experience offering a mix of wildlife adventure, breathtaking scenery and unique cultural encounters.
Incidents with wild animals are relatively rare on game reserves, but they don’t provide any guarantees.
If you are planning a getaway safari, there are some safety tips you should keep in mind:
Stay inside your vehicle
Wild animals don’t associate a vehicle with humans or food. Never separate yourself from the vehicle. Don’t stand up, lean out or step out. Be one with it.
Go with a Guide
Skilled guides can make your safari more memorable and safe. They know where to go for the best viewing opportunities and provide excellent commentary. They also understand animal behavior. They will notice if an animal is getting agitated, and will slowly back away. As a last resort, they carry weapons if a dangerous situation should occur.
Don’t startle anyone
If you see animals like elephants, keep your voice down and keep your distance. Turn off your camera’s flash.
No Running or walking alone
Do not walk alone, especially at night. When you run, you are acting like prey and wild animals will, instinctively, want to chase you.
The most important thing you can wear is mosquito repellent. The mosquito is surely the most dangerous creature in malaria infected areas, killing more people than any other. Before leaving for your trip, be sure to talk to your doctor about whether you should be taking anti-malaria medication. A good sunscreen and a hat are also necessary, especially if you’re going on game drives in an open-air vehicle.
Despite warm weather, it’s also a good idea to wear long pants, socks. and closed shoes, particularly if you’re going on a walking safari. It’s best to avoid presenting your bare feet and ankles to critters like spiders, ticks and scorpions.
Never carry or store food
When they say don’t carry or store food inside your tent, it means anything in the food category. Animals have a sense of smell that far surpasses our own. And you just never know what might be sniffing around outside your tent at night.
Avoid swimming in rivers and lakes
Most safari drives take place early in the morning, or evening because that’s when the animals are most active. Do not take a swim in any nearby waterways, there may be hippos or crocodiles.
An African safari is a great way to recharge your batteries and explore untamed places, so sit back enjoy and stay safe!