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What not to do on a Safari?

I love the wild regardless of where the jungle is …South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Brazil, Thailand or India! Being on a safari is an adventure that I truly enjoy.

To all those who share my liking for the wild, here are things that should not be done on a safari …

  1. Do not go with a fixed mindset of sighting only the cats or the Big Five. Go to enjoy the jungle, to watch the birds fly and the deer graze.

    One of the most stunning sunsets that we have ever seen....at Kruger National Park in South Africa

    One of the most stunning sunsets that we have ever seen….at Kruger National Park in South Africa

  2. Do not rant about how dusty the roads are …. You are in a jungle!

    'Roads' in Masai Mara, Kenya

    ‘Roads’ in Masai Mara, Kenya

  3. Do not talk loudly… It disturbs the wild ones.

    Shhhh....Do not disturb!

    Shhhh….Do not disturb!

  4. Do not push your guides and drivers to enter an area that is restricted. It can cost them their permit and put you in danger.

    Our driver/guide who ensured that we had great sightings!

    Our driver/guide who ensured that we had great sightings!

  5. Do not block the passage of the cats to get a better sighting position. It’s their right of way. Remember, you are in their territory.

    Her Royal Highness ...snoozing in her territory!

    Her Royal Highness …snoozing in her territory!

  6. Do not wear bright colours that attract attention. Wear earthy colours that blend with the natural surroundings.
  7. Do not wear a perfume. The sense of smell in animals is multi fold when compared to humans and artificial fragrances bother them.
  8. Do not under estimate the weather. Carry an extra layer in winters and sun protection during summers.

    When the dark clouds come rolling in.....

    When the dark clouds come rolling in…..

  9. Do not offer food to any wild animal…including cute looking baby monkeys and langurs. Let the wildlings learn to fend for themselves, as Nature intends it to be.

    Cute little monkeys...

    Cute little monkeys…

  10. Do not throw any litter in the jungle. No paper, plastics and wrappers please. Be environmentally conscious and pick up any plastic that you see lying around.
  11. Do not step out of your safari vehicle, unless you are on a walking safari with a trained ranger.

    Breaking for lunch....under our ranger's supervision

    Breaking for lunch….under our ranger’s supervision

  12. Do not play music in the jungle. It’s disturbs the animals and possibly, your fellow travellers.
  13. Do not leave safari bookings for the last minute. All safaris require permits and logistical arrangements that are best done in advance.
  14. Do not let your cell phones distract you…turn off technology for a bit!
  15. Lastly, do not forget to live in the moment and have fun….thats what a vacation is all about!

    Come, join the party!

    Come, join the party!

Cheers to sharing the planet with four legged and winged beings!

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3 Responses

  1. Excellent. I would also add do not take little children. Someone was telling me of an episode where a young mother promptly started breastfeeding her infant who had been howling during the entire safari. Incidentally a tiger was sighted in the direction of the young mother, and much to everyone’s dismay, they couldn’t watch out of a sense of respect for her privacy.

    It’s not important to take very young children to safaris. Let them grown up a bit…

    1. Totally agree…also, even toddlers get so impatient in a one day safari that their crankiness really takes away the fun from everyone else in the vehicle!

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