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Five important rules for your first safari

Taking an African safari is a lifelong dream for many people, and if this is your first time in Africa, there are some rules you can follow to maximize your experience.

Rule 1: Be prepared

Make sure you research the various safari options available thoroughly to ensure that you are visiting the right destination for your requirements. For example, if you are looking for the Big Five then Kenya and Tanzania are probably where you want to be, but if you are looking for a canoeing safari then you would aim for the Okavango Delta. Safaris can be expensive and you probably want to get a lot out of the experience, so choose wisely.

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Rule 2: Don’t expect to see everything on your first safari

Wildlife is unpredictable and the parks and reserves are vast, so there is a high possibility that you may not even get to see the Big Five on your first safari. Don’t expect to see wildlife as shown on TV shows and wildlife documentaries as these represent long, patient months of shooting. Just sit back, relax and enjoy the show.

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Rule 3: Always listen to your guide and be aware of other people in the area

Your guide is the expert here, and has a lifetime of experience so respect them and their guidance. Don’t encourage them to do things that are unethical or that will pose a threat to either the wildlife or the passengers in the vehicle. Don’t ask them to drive off road in areas where this is prohibited.

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Also respect others in your vehicle by keeping your voice low, and refrain from using your cell phone while on a game drive. Embrace the silence of your surroundings and the magnificence of nature for a wonderfully rewarding safari experience.

Rule 4: Keep your distance from the wildlife

Always keep in mind that these animals are wild, and most of them are dangerous, particularly if they feel you are a threat to them. Remain in your vehicle unless otherwise directed by your guide, and ensure you don’t stick anything out of the windows. Elephants and rhinos are particularly dangerous to vehicles and have been known to charge if you get too close to them or their young ones. Expect the unexpected and always be aware of your surroundings.

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Rule 5: Take all your waste back with you

The African bush is a delicate ecosystem which can be easily damaged, so ensure you don’t dispose of your waste outside the vehicle. In particular, never drop any plastic on the ground, as an animal may eat it and choke.

An African safari is an amazing experience and is something you need to experience for yourself. Use these tips above to ensure you have the best experience ever. For a choice of safaris to choose from, visit Wild Destinations.



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Wild Destinations is native to Kenya, locally based and is passionate about ensuring our guests enjoy the very best of Africa. We listen to our clients’ requests and give them a safari best suited to their requirements, taking care of all the details, from the incoming flights to the celebration of special occasions. We believe in honesty, reliability, ethical behavior, trustworthiness and transparency.

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