Going on an African safari vacation in Tanzania or Kenya should not be dangerous at all. That yes, it is very important to observe the security measures and the recommendations of both the professional guides and the park rangers. It should never be forgotten that we are living with wild animals, that although they may seem very calm and friendly, they can react aggressively if they feel threatened, or for reasons that the tourist cannot predict. The few accidents that occur in parks and reserves are always due to carelessness and violations of security measures. Below we offer some tips to avoid incidents during a safari. Always follow the directions of the guide, as well as the rangers.
Do not leave the vehicle except in the areas designated to do so. When it is necessary to get out of the car, do our needs, try to do it in the authorized areas or, failing that, do not stray too far from the vehicle, and if possible, someone will monitor the area. Do not sit on the roof of the vehicle or take body parts out of the windows. We do not recommend the use of fully open vehicles. Certain cats occasionally climb on the hood of the vehicle, and a nervous reaction by an occupant can generate an aggressive response in the animal.
In a self-driving African safari tour, you should not overdo the animals, and always step aside if they are upset with our presence. Do not drive among a group of elephants especially if there are females with their young.
During an African safari vacation on foot you should always stay close to the group and the guards. They know the area, the signs, and the behaviors of the animals and how to walk depending on the direction of the wind so as not to be sniffed.
In a camping or free camping African safari tour, do not leave the tent once you have entered it to sleep, as at night animals can walk between the tents. Keep your eyes open and look where you step on when getting out of the vehicle, at the campsites during a walking safari or when walking in the camping / lodge area at night.
In the event of a close encounter with a predator, NEVER start running, as this will give the animal to understand that we are prey. Always maintain eye contact and walk away slowly without turning around. In the unlikely event of a lunge, jump, yell, and pretend to be bigger with your arms or a stick, but never run. Of course, never jog in wildlife areas.
Never walk between a hippopotamus and the water. They are especially dangerous in the morning when they return to their pond. You have to be very careful when camping freely not to put the tent in a hippopotamus crossing and if so, secure the camp with the vehicles. During a canoe safari, it is advisable to stay in shallow water and not get too close to the hippos, they could easily capsize the boat.
Never leave food inside a tent, whether in a camping or Tented Camp, as you might have been interested in trying the delicacy. Wear long sleeves and long pants at night (especially in the rainy season, or in jungle areas). Use a mosquito repellent with at least 20-30%.
- Use sun protection and drink plenty of water
- During safaris on foot, it is advisable not to wear very bright colors or a lot of perfume.
- In TseTse fly areas it is recommended not to wear dark colored clothing, especially black or dark blue.
- Allergy to bee stings should always take cortisone. African bees are especially aggressive.