The big 6 safari do’s and don'ts
Few destinations rival South Africa when it comes to safaris, and embarking on your first safari can be thrilling and yet overwhelming at the same time. For this reason, we have compiled a shortlist to help you prepare for your exciting journey.
Do wear neutral clothing
Wearing beige, green, white, or any similarly neutral colour clothing will help you fit in with your surroundings. This way, you stand a good chance of getting up close with the animals you would like to see. On the other hand, wearing bright colours that reflect the sunlight might startle the animals.
Do not get out of the vehicle
Although this seems like quite an obvious statement, it often goes ignored. It is important to note that the animals have become accustomed to the game viewing vehicles and don’t regard them as a threat; which is why everyone is safe as long as they are in the car. Getting out of the vehicle without permission from your guide changes everything, as you are now unfamiliar and perceived as a threat.
Do not litter
It’s essential always to remember that you are a guest in the animals’ territory and respecting them and their space is imperative. Ensure you do not leave any rubbish in their environment.
Don't expect to see every animal on one game drive
Although your guide and drivers will do their utmost best to find every animal on your wishlist, it is impossible to guarantee that you will see them all. This is the wilderness, the parks are vast, and the animals are unpredictable; however, there will still be plenty of big and small creatures to enjoy.
Do Leave all connectivity behind
Although many campsites now provide guests with WIFI, it is still best to leave as many electronics at home as possible. This way, you will be able to fully connect with the bush and get the most out of your trip.
Do make slow and quiet movements
Sudden movements or loud noises will not only cause frustration among fellow safari-goers but will also scare the animals away and reduce your chances of seeing as many of them as possible.