So your on your way to Africa, chilling in on the plane watching some new release movies and it hits you… what do I do on safari, how does it work? What rules do I follow? I know I was both excited nervous about going on safari because I had heard so many freak stories about people being attacked, how did I know it wasn’t going to happen to me? After all, I was sleeping in a tent inside their territory… Here are so quick and easy tips for safari and that I discovered which made my trip that much better:
- Listen to your guide – This is rule numero uno for a reason. They have been trained to read the tracks and behaviours of the animals so he knows what is what. They will find the animals off the beaten track and communicate with other safari guides.
- Be quiet – Not all the time, safari is about having fun, but when you are around animals or close by you need to be silent so you don’t disturb them. Don’t freak out and squeal that will attract attention.
- Remain inside the vehicle – Seems obvious but you would be surprised how many people just get up and hop out of the car for the once in a life time shot. This also means that you remain seated, animals see vehicles as one big item, if there is too much movement they get curious and will investigate.
- Take a break from the lense – This one was hard for me. I like to snap everything (I think in my first three days I had taken over 1200 photos.. a lot of culling was done!). Take lots of photos but also take the time to sit and watch the animals with your eyes not through a lense… its a whole other experience.
- Wear a sports bra – Now, not to discriminate but this is for the ladies with a little more lust in their bust. You are riding along dirt tracks and things will tend to bounce from side to side up and down so for your own comfort (safety, don’t want any knocked out!) pack a sports bra for extra security.
- Move around – I mean inside the vehicle, get shots from a different angle each day. This way you also get to sit with new people and make friends.
- Drink lots of water – You will still get dehydrated driving around in a car, the sun in Africa is very different and tends to drain you of energy and nutrients so keeping up with fluids is a must!
- Enjoy the sounds – This was my favourite. I loved the roar of lion, the laugh of the hippo is was something that I quickly grew accustomed to hearing before I fell asleep. Sound recordings just don’t do it justice!
“Take only memories, leave only footsteps”