Going On a Safari? 5 Essential Tips
Every year, tens of millions of people make their way to Africa to go on a safari where they can see exotic animals that aren’t found anywhere else in the world. From lions and elephants to hippos and giraffes, safaris offer a once-in-a-lifetime experience for visitors. Don’t expect to simply get off of the plane, hop in the back of a Jeep, and go on a trip, though.
There are some things that you need to know to make sure that your safari is safe and fun for everyone involved. Here are five essential tips that will boost your safari experience.
Listen To Your Guide
This may be the most important tip you’ll put to use. Your guide lives the safari life day in and day out. They know how to track the animals, their names, their behaviors, and all the ins and outs of the land and the animals who inhabit it. No matter how silly a rule might seem, there’s a reason for every single one and that reason is the safety of you and those around you. Don’t be cocky, listen to your guide, and be respectful of the professionals who know what they’re doing.
Speaking of listening to your Safari guide, one cardinal rule you should know before your venture is that you must remain seated in the guide’s vehicle. The reason for this is an interesting one but it makes perfect sense. Although they’re wild animals, they’re accustomed to seeing safari vehicles pass through their territory. In their mind, they cannot separate human beings from the vehicle itself. When you stand up in the vehicle, it creates that separation and the animals quickly grow to realize you could be prey.
Don’t Distract the Animals or Attract Attention
This should go without saying, please do not distract the animals or attract attention from the animals on your safari. You are a guest in their habitat. Not only is it greatly frowned upon to do this. It’s also extremely hazardous and can threaten the lives of you, your fellow safari crew, and your guide. More than likely, your guide won’t be heavily armed. Their job is to protect animals, not harm them. If something goes awry, there’s not much you can do. It’s best to prevent a problem before one arises. Remember to be respectful to the animals and mindful of your actions.
Odds are, if you’re going on a safari, this isn’t your first rodeo. You’ve likely prepared for some sort of wild adventure before. If you’re new to this whole adventure thing then you’ll want to properly prepare yourself for any and all situations that may arise. First and foremost, you’ll want to dress comfortably and practically. No bright colors, or busy patterns. No camouflage, or dark colors. Keep it neutral and protective from the sun, bugs, and nature. You’ll definitely benefit from bringing a camera, charging blocks, sunscreen, bug repellent, tough boots, a safari hat, as well as a map and GPS for when you make your way to the safari trail.
Expect the Unexpected
We’ve all seen those crazy videos online where someone on a safari captures a tense situation on film of safari vehicles being chased and flipped over by elephants, wild animals making their way into the vehicle, and many more terrifying encounters. Some safari goers have been lucky enough to experience rare and unique encounters as well. You never really know how your safari trip will turn out. So, expect the unexpected. Stay vigilant. Be aware of your surroundings. Listen to your guide. Most of all, enjoy the incredible views of nature and its wild inhabitants