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Exploring the Wild: Safari Dos and Don'ts

Updated: Mar 28

The Liberty Africa Safaris guide to navigating the safari landscape with grace and mindfulness.


Venturing into the heart of Kenya for a safari promises an unparalleled experience with nature's wonders and the opportunity to encounter incredible wildlife. 


Having run safaris for over 25 years, Liberty Africa Safaris promises an unforgettable journey into the heart of the wilderness. However, to ensure a safe and respectful experience for both travellers and the majestic creatures of the wild, it's essential to adhere to certain dos and don'ts. Here's your guide to navigating the safari landscape with grace and mindfulness.


Dos:

 

Respect Wildlife

One of the cardinal rules on a safari is to observe wildlife from a safe distance. Keep a respectful distance from animals and avoid making sudden movements or loud noises that could startle them. Remember, you are a guest in their home. Use binoculars and cameras with zoom lenses to get a closer look without encroaching on their space.

 

Follow Your Guide's Instructions

Our safari guides are seasoned experts with valuable knowledge about the local terrain and wildlife that you will encounter, ensuring your safety and enhancing your experience. Pay close attention to their instructions and adhere to their guidelines at all times.


Practice Patience

Wildlife sightings in their natural habitat can be unpredictable. Embrace the art of patience and allow nature to unfold before your eyes. Keep your camera ready, but don't forget to immerse yourself in the beauty of the moment.

 

Pack Light and Appropriate Clothing

Kenya's weather can vary, so pack layers and lightweight clothing suitable for both warm days and cooler evenings. Additionally, don't forget essentials like a wide-brimmed hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, and a refillable water bottle to stay hydrated during your adventure. Also, avoid camouflage clothing as it’s considered military and is forbidden in some African countries. Try to go for comfortable, neutral coloured clothes.

 

Practice Responsible Photography

Capture the incredible landscapes and magnificent wildlife responsibly. Avoid using flashes, as they can startle animals and possibly scare them away. Silence your camera to minimise noise, and refrain from altering the environment for the sake of a perfect shot. Your goal is to preserve the beauty of the natural habitat.



Don'ts:

 

Feed or Approach Wildlife

While it may be tempting to offer snacks to the adorable monkeys or curious giraffes, feeding wildlife is strictly prohibited. Similarly, avoid approaching wildlife too closely. Human food can disrupt their natural diet and lead to dependency on handouts, posing long-term harm to their health and behaviour. 


Maintain a safe distance to prevent stress or aggression, ensuring the well-being of both you and the animals.

 

Littering is a Big No

Preserve the pristine beauty of our national parks by refraining from littering. Dispose of waste properly in designated bins or carry it back with you. This not only preserves the environment but also sets an example for responsible tourism.

 

Disrupt the Peace

The serene ambience of the African wilderness is part of its allure. Keep noise to a minimum, refraining from loud conversations or playing music. Silence allows you to fully immerse yourself in the natural sounds of the savannah and increases your chances of encountering wildlife undisturbed. It also ensures you can hear the interesting facts our guides will be sharing along the way.



By embracing these safari dos and don'ts, you'll not only enhance your own experience but also contribute to the conservation and preservation of Africa's majestic ecosystems. 


With Liberty Africa Safaris as your guide, prepare to embark on an adventure of a lifetime, where every moment is a testament to the awe-inspiring beauty of the natural world.





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