African Wildlife Watching Do’s and Don’ts
It is imperative that you observe general African wildlife safety and respect guidelines during your African Safari vacation. The following precautions will ensure a pleasant game viewing experience.
Do not ever try to pose for a photograph with an animal. This is generally the number one cause of fatality and injury during African safaris. Failure to heed the warnings of park rangers and posted signs could result in a less than favorable safari experience. Remember that this African wildlife is not tame, and that even the herbivores in this animal kingdom such as an impala or ostrich can be just as menacing as the carnivorous lion when they feel threatened .
Do not talk loudly or attempt to gain an 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.
Do not attempt to feed African wildlife. This rule especially pertains to activities near 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.
Do stay put 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.
Do travel downwind from the safari creatures on a walking safari. Walk at a calm, even stride. And once again, silence is golden.
Do not ever litter, smoke, or wear body fragrances during your safari. And never travel alone. Most camps recommend the presence of an armed park ranger during your game viewing excursions. The best way to enjoy the splendor of Africa and the magnificent animals you will see is with great respect and consideration.