Dos and donts on a safari.

It is imperative that you observe general African wildlife safety and respect guidelines during your African Safari vacation. Taking the following precautions will ensure a satisfying game viewing experience.

article4Always avoid trying to pose for a photograph with an animal. This is commonly the number one cause of fatality and injury during African safaris. Failure to pay attention to the warnings of park rangers and posted signs could result in a less than enjoyable safari experience. Remember that African wildlife aren’t tame, and that even the herbivores in our animal kingdom such as an impala or ostrich can be just as menacing as the carnivorous lion when they feel threatened.

When out on a safari game drive and you encounter an animal, avoid talking loudly or attempting to gain the animal’s attention. It is best to view game in a silent manner so as to avoid scaring the animals away and disrupting their natural biological rhythms.

Never attempt to feed African wildlife. This rule particularly pertains to activities in close proximity to lodges where monkeys and baboons have gotten used to human interaction. This is why they sometimes infiltrate huts, tents, and vehicles to steal food. And while these animals may look friendly and harmless, they are anything but that.

Stay inside your vehicle of transportation if you’re planning on going on a self-drive safari. Remember to drive with caution. Slow is the way to go to avoid disturbing the African wildlife.

Always ensure your guide knows to travel downwind from the safari creatures on a walking safari. Walk at a calm, even stride. And once again, silence is the key to staying unnoticed and safe.

Never litter, smoke, or wear body fragrances for the duration of your safari. Most camps recommend the presence of an armed park ranger throughout your game viewing excursions. The best way to enjoy the magnificence of Africa and the wonderful animals you will see is with great respect and consideration.

For a safe and thrilling experience for the entire family go to Timbavati Safari Lodge and fulfill your desire to see the wild life of Africa.