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The Dos and Don'ts of an African Safari

Field AdviceFelicia McReeComment

You are going on safari to enjoy game drives, bush walks, cultural experiences and to take in the natural beauty of the habitat.  National Parks will have specific policies and regulations. It is of importance that you and your guide observe them.  Respect wildlife, the environment and indigenous peoples by adhering to local rules.

  • Don’t be embarrassed to ask questions especially about safety.  Better safe than sorry.
  • Do not ask or allow your guide to drive “off-roads”.  It erodes sensitive bush vegetation and promotes encroachment of plant species that could result in long-lasting negative effects on the habitat.
  • Noise carries and disturbs the animals, so keep your voice low.  Watch animals quietly, especially if other vehicles are around.  Don't imitate animal sounds, clap your hands, shout, pound the vehicle or throw objects to get an animal’s attention!
  • Do not litter – not even biodegradables.  Disposal bags can be found in the vehicle, so use them for your trash.  Do ask your driver to stop and pick up any litter you spot. Do your part to keep the bush pristine and the animals safe.
  • Ask cultural questions discreetly.   Respect the local people.  Always have your guide ask BEFORE you take photographs.  Also, don’t make any promises to indigenous people that will be difficult or impossible to fulfill once you return home. 
  • Never go on a walk-about or approach any wild animal on foot without being accompanied by your guide!  
  • Do not remove any natural material from wildlife reserves, it disrupts the ecology.
  • Do not get out of the vehicle until the guide advises it is ok to do so.  When exiting the vehicle, watch where you place your feet (uneven terrain, etc.).
  • Ask permission to sit on the roof, stand on the seats, or anywhere on the outside of the vehicle.  Do not assume it is ok to do so.
  • Always notify your guide that you intend to get up out of the hatch, before doing so.