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Tips for Good Safari Behavior

Field Advice, GeneralFelicia McReeComment

 These guidelines will give you a sense of safari life, but are not intended to replace the safety orientation you will receive upon arrival.  Each safari, geographic location, camp or lodge, game drive or bush walk will have its own specific safety requirements.  Although attacks by wild animals or accidents while on safari are rare, no one can guarantee that such incidents will not occur.  Become informed and listen carefully to your safari professionals.  They are trained in matters of safety and security - they rule!

Don’t dilly-dally; be on time for all agreed upon activities.

Do try to be flexible.  Be especially tolerant of those who are having trouble adjusting (especially first-timers who need a couple of days to acclimate).

 Do not listen to music without the use of earphones.  It disturbs others and is prohibited in most parks. 

Do dress in earth tones during daytime game drives.  Vivid colors stand out for miles and add to “optical” pollution.  Vivid colors are acceptable at night.

Do inform your guide if you have a true clinical phobia!

Do not chatter endlessly, especially at animal sightings.  The silence and serenity you experience on safari are part of Africa’s charm.

Give everyone a chance to enjoy the best seat in the vehicle – rotate with others.  If you ride next to the guide during the morning drive, offer to move to the back of the vehicle for the afternoon drive.

Avoid using heavily-scented perfumes or soaps which may attract insects or offend your vehicle mates.

Remember the altitude and tropical climate will affect your tolerance for alcohol - watch those sundowners!  Do drink lots of non-alcoholic beverages to avoid dehydration.

Don’t be embarrassed if you are the one who constantly asks for “bush stops”.

Try not to make a promise to indigenous people that will be difficult or impossible to fulfill once you return home.

When discussing controversial subjects have your say, but don’t get overheated.

Be ready to laugh at yourself (9 out of 10 rhino I spotted were actually rocks!).

Don’t trouble your safari-mates with your complaints; take them to the guide or hotel manager.