People often consider a safari trip as ‘a holiday of a lifetime’. It might be the only time you get to see animals in their natural habitat, after all. Puretanzania.com claims that safari tours will satisfy your desire to see interesting wildlife and inspiring landscapes.
Like on any other trip, safety is extremely important while on a safari tour. Although there are relatively few tourist accidents recorded, it’s still best to follow safety precautions imposed by the park. So, keep these tips in mind when you go out on your African adventure.
Go with a Guide
Guides are trained to recognise the behavioural patterns of animals. They can tell if an animal is calm or agitated and will know how to respond to them. With their knowledge, they can help you get the best and safest observation views. They can also provide commentary about the animals. Some guides carry weapons for further protection in case of a dangerous situation.
Stay Inside Your Vehicle
Animals do not associate vehicles with food. Because of this, it is much safer to stay inside the car and keep the windows closed. Standing up or waving from the car might agitate some animals, so be sure to respect the fact that you’re on the animal’s territory by being as unobtrusive as possible.
Be on Your Best Behaviour
Keep your voices down, and don’t use the flash on your camera. Take care not to make any sudden movements like running when alighting from the vehicle. Running is what prey does; predators will instinctively chase you.
Similarly, if you sense that an animal does not like your presence, do not run. Instead, walk away slowly and quietly.
Avoid Swimming in Rivers or Lakes
It’s tempting to take a dip in the wild safari waters, but doing so would be taking your life into your hands. Parasites that live in the stagnant waters may bite you. The hippos and crocodiles that live in rivers may also not take too kindly on you trespassing on their territory. Crocodiles, especially, are opportunistic predators, they will attack any animal for an easy meal.
Experts recommend long, loose clothing to keep you comfortable during the warm African mornings. Covering up also lessens your risk for insect bites. Long clothing may not be enough to save you from insect bites, though. You may want to wear mosquito-repelling lotions or consult a doctor for anti-malaria medication.
Equally important to remember: wear socks and sturdy boots to avoid snake, spider, or scorpion bites.
Spending time with animals in the wild does not have to be dangerous. It can be a safe, enjoyable activity for your family, in fact, as long as you remember to follow your guide’s advice, respect whose territory you’re on, and wear appropriate clothing. So don your hats, put on sunscreen and stay safe during the holiday of a lifetime.