Safety in the Wild

Many of our arrangements for our guests include wildlife areas (whether National Parks, or private conservancies). All lodges will give you a briefing on safety which, if adhered to, will make for some thrilling and unforgettable moments. Please listen to the camp staff and guides, as the safety precautions MUST be taken seriously. Do not go wandering off on your own without a guide. After retiring to your rooms at night, don’t leave them. Most of the safari camps are unfenced and animals can (and do!) wander through the properties.

Always observe animals silently and with a minimum of disturbance to their natural activities. Loud talking on game drives can frighten the animals away. Never attempt to attract an animal’s attention. Don’t imitate animal sounds, clap your hands, pound the vehicle or throw objects.

Please respect your driver-guide’s judgment about proximity to wildlife in general. Vehicles are not allowed to leave the road in National Parks, and a vehicle driven too close can hinder a hunt or cause animals to abandon a hard-earned meal.

Never attempt to approach any wild animal on foot. This is especially important near lodges where some animals may have become accustomed to human visitors.

Never feed the wild animals or birds, this encourages aggressive behaviour and these animals then have to be euthanised. If you feed them, you kill them.

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