Safari Etiquette

Safari Etiquette

Etiquette on a safari is all about respecting the environment that you are visiting and your fellow passengers.

NOTE: If there is an individual on your safari that is spoiling things or something that a lodge or guide is doing that is upsetting you. Please let us and the lodge/ guide know as soon as possible so these aspects can get sorted out as quickly as possible. Do not wait until you have returned home to let us know, this is too late and your safari has been ruined.

Respect your environment;

  • Only take photographs and memories with you, never litter.
  • Off-road driving causes erosion and encourages the encroachment of unwanted plant species.
  • Do not remove any natural material from wildlife reserves.
  • Do not start fires by throwing cigarettes out of the vehicle.
  • Refrain from collecting or purchasing natural souvenirs, such as rocks, flowers and shells.

Respect the wildlife;

  • Never tease or corner wild animals.
  • Never attempt to attract an animal's attention.
  • Don't imitate animal sounds, clap your hands, pound the vehicle or throw objects.
  • Never sleep outside.
  • Never attempt to feed wild animals.
  • Never attempt to approach any wild animal on foot.
  • Never tease or corner wild animals.

Respect your fellow passengers;

  • Refrain from smoking on game drives.
  • Respect your guide's judgment about your proximity to wild animals, he is the expert!
  • Your guide is an expert, so always follow his advice and ask him questions if you are unsure of anything.
  • Show consideration for others by noise levels down to a minimum.
  • Drive slowly and maintain appropriate distances from wildlife (if self-driving).
  • Avoid flash photography.
  • Turn off cell phones when on safari!
  • Rotating seats in a vehicle on a day-by-day basis is a good courtesy.
  • Ask before using someone else’s equipment be it binoculars or a field guide.

Respect local customs and people;

  • Ask permission before taking photos.
  • Rather than give money or fruit to children rather than sweets.
  • Dress and act appropriately.
  • Ask cultural questions discreetly.
  • Do not take photographs of police and army personnel, border-posts, army barracks and/or police stations.
  • Respect all customs and religions.
  • Take care not to make a promise that will be difficult or impossible to fulfil once you return home.