This is a list of safari tips from my experiences. A safety briefing is always given by your safari guide, and you should adhere to their rules. Some of the following tips might seem obvious. However, if you take them into consideration, I am sure it will enhance your safari experience.
You will be given a departure time for your safari. In my experience, it is best to get to the vehicle early. This means that you have a better chance to choose your seat. It will also give you a chance to chat with your guide.
Nobody wants to miss out on valuable safari time because you have forgotten something! Make sure you are ready to go. Check that you have everything. Remember to put sunblock and insect repellent on before you get to the vehicle. Don’t forget to go to the toilet.
There is nothing more frustrating than realising you are low on battery as you get into the safari vehicle. Always remember to fully charge your camera and phone between safari drives.
Safaris are an exciting experience that takes us far beyond most comfort zones. Sometimes the animals might get a bit closer than you want them too. Remember to stay calm. If you are feeling nervous take some deep breaths.
Sometimes a safari drive can get a bit boring. You just might not see anything really exciting for a while. Remember to stay positive. Enjoy where you are. There is more to see than the animals, beautiful landscapes, trees, sunrises and sunsets are just a few things to appreciate. Before you know it an amazing animal will come out of nowhere. Remember that patience is a virtue.
Do not stick your arms out of the vehicle. Animals will view your safari vehicle as one single object. If you stick an arm out, some predatory animals will see it as an opportunity. This can end badly for both human and animal.
Again, the same rules apply for sticking your arms out and standing up. Even when there aren’t any predators around standing up can be very rude. As you will often be blocking someone else’s view. If you are desperate to get that perfect picture and need to stand up to get it. Quietly ask your safari guide if it is okay to stand up for a minute.
In general, animals will try to avoid humans. Whilst many are familiar with safari vehicles, they are not used to human voices. If you want to get the most from your safari it is important to be quiet. The last thing that you want to do is to scare the wildlife. Resist the temptation to get an animals attention so that you get a better picture. Nobody wants to hear you shout “HEAR KITTY KITTY” at a giraffe!
Some safaris will have a guide and spotter. Others will just have a guide. Regardless of which you have, you should always be looking for wildlife. Don’t rely on them to see everything. If you think you have seen something, then quietly let the guide know. They will be able to confirm it for you.
This is the most important advice that I can give you. Safaris are often a once in a lifetime experience. Remember to put the phone down, put the camera down and be present in the moment. See the wildlife through your own eyes, not through a lens.