Wildlife Viewing Safety Precautions

How to limit dangers and annoyances

Wildlife viewing is generally very safe in our opinion. A professional guide will ensure your safety on a guided safari. Self-drive safaris are safe as well, as long as you treat animals with respect and follow all park rules. It is extremely rare for incidents to occur. Below are some general safety guidelines and tips.

  • Always follow your guide’s instructions and guidelines
  • Always keep your voice down when close to animals
  • Stay in the car during game drives except at designated areas where you are allowed to get out
  • Don't stand up in the car, hang out of the window or sit on the roof
  • Don’t drive too close to animals if you are on a self-drive safari and back off if the animals seem disturbed
  • Don’t drive between elephants in a herd, especially females and their young
  • Stay together as a group close to your guide on a walking safari and always walk in single file
  • Never run or jog in a wildlife area as it entices predators to attack
  • Never walk between a hippo and water; it may panic and charge because its safety route to the water is blocked
  • Never leave food in your tent; it will attract wildlife
  • Cover your arms and legs in the evening and use insect repellent to protect against mosquitoes
  • Wear a hat, use sunscreen and drink plenty of water
  • Don't wear bright and colorful clothes or too much perfume – especially on walking safaris
  • In tsetse-fly areas it is recommended not to wear dark-colored clothing – such as black or dark blue – since it attracts these stinging flies
  • Bring warm clothes for morning game drives in open vehicles