Wildlife Safari Rules : Going on safari in Africa is the best beautiful experience and most important to keep in mind as a guest a visiting in a foreign country and culture. Always ensure that you have a perfect safari trip. However, it’s important to follow proper safari etiquette.
You should always read several written rules you set on safari to ensure that you’re preserving safari customs. Take note that all safari rules relate to human behaviors whilst in the vicinity of African wildlife, whether on a Uganda Gorilla Trekking or Kenya Wildlife Adventure or any other type of safari experience. Rules are set in places /destinations to ensure the safety of both human and animals, so please ensure you’re up to speed on them!
General Safari Rules;
Never attempt to feed the animals on safari. If animals learn to associate food with humans, they can become aggressive and food could make them ill and disrupts their natural habits.
Never chase the animals in your vehicle or on foot and always remember that animals have the right of way.
Do not attempt to harass the animals, make little noise, don’t use torches or make sudden movements. Do not try to attract animal’s attention
Don’t lit any rubbish at all, even biodegradable stuff. Besides degrading the environment, some wild animals eat whatever they come across.
Always be careful to wild animals knowing are dangerous and unpredictable.
Don’t take any risks
Don’t pick any flowers or vegetation around
Don’t disturb other park visitors – they all have the same rights like you.
Stick to the correct opening hours unless you have special dispensation- it’s normal for national parks to enforce a duck to down
Safari rules for game drives;
Our safari driver guides are well aware of these safari rules, but it’s good for you to know them too.
Please don’t ask the driver to stop Infront of another vehicle, hindering their view. Wait for your turn to have clear look if its one car at a time.
Stay in your safari vehicle at all times for safety, because you can be in the jungle a home to dangerous animals. May be the tour guide for him it’s okay. Vehicles act as hides, as animals don’t tend to associate them with humans.
Keep on marked roads and tracks, unless it’s clearly stated that driving off road is allowed. Well, off road driving can cause soil erosion through exhaust fumes, oil and killing the grass.
Driving through closed roads or park area is not advised.
Tour guide driver will always turn your engine off when pausing to observe wildlife at close range.
Stick to the park speed limits which usually limited between 30kilometer per hour and 50 kilometers per hour. Don’t encourage your driver to try to break it. The reason why, driving speed to the park is limited, it’s because speeding damages road surfaces and there is a great chance of hitting an animal.
Other commonly asked question to know about safari;
When to go on safari?
The best time to go on safari is between June and October and December to February, during the dry season.
What to take on safari?
Digitalized camera with enough space
Comfortable walking shoes
A pair of safari trousers
Pair of open sports sandals for general daytime use in warmer months
Compact raincoat best when visiting gorillas and chimpanzees
Clothes and toiletries
Pair of binoculars
One following these tips for safari customs in an African safari destination, will help to ensure that both you and other guests have a delightful and respectful experience. All in all, it is important to recognize and enjoy the culture and wildlife of the country you are visiting.