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Safariquette - What NOT to Do on Safari

By October 24, 2013

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safari africaIt may seem obvious that getting out of a safari vehicle in order to get closer to wildlife is not a great idea. Wildlife is unpredictable and dangerous, the only time you should be walking is if you have a qualified armed guide along with you. But despite the warnings there are regular news stories about a hapless tourist getting gored or stomped on, for walking towards a rhino, elephant, hippo -- you name it.

So I made a list of "What NOT to do on safari in Africa". Unfortunately, you see TV presenters on nature programs doing it all the time, and it gives people a false sense of security when they're on safari themselves. Safaris are exciting because there's a true element of danger and unpredictability involved. Following basic rules and adhering to a little safari etiquette goes a long way to ensure a safe safari.

A safari can also be ruined by too much noise, unreasonable expectations of animal sightings, pink jogging suites and ringing cell phones. I've got a whole list of pointers for you. I try my best to adhere to good safari manners, but I know I am quite guilty of the "know-it-all" syndrome (#6 on the list). Having been on safari quite a few times, I have a very irritating tendency to compare, interject, talk about past sightings, and share my patchy wildlife knowledge. I formally apologize to everyone who has been on safari with me, I promise never to do so again.

Please feel free to comment once you've read the list, and add your own pet peeves while on safari!

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