Things to avoid on a safari

Going on a safari can be fun, especially for animal and nature lovers who want to experience the wild.

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Also, you'll most likely be going in a group, so it is important that you are considerate of other adventurers and not act in any manner that would put them at an inconvenience.

Here is a list of five things you should do, or not do, while on a safari.

1. Be safe:

On no account should you ever step out the game viewing vehicle, neither should you approach an animal if you're on a walking safari, unless the ranger okays it.

These animals may look cute from afar, especially when they are eating or resting, but they can morph into fierce predators in the blink of an eye.

2. Obey the ranger/guide:

These guys know the animals as well as the terrain better than you, obviously. It is important that you follow their instructions carefully.

Do not feed, touch or interact with any animals unless they tell you it is okay to do so. You should also not go anywhere in or around the park without their consent.

3. Don't complain:

Game reserves and national parks are quite unlike zoos where animals are kept in entrapments and you can see any one you wish to see.

At a game reserve, animals cannot be simply summoned to appear for the entertainment of tourists.  Therefore, you should not complain of you don't see any big animals, or if you don't see an animal you really wished to see.

Animal sightings depend on many things such as the time of day, the weather, the season etc.  Even when all these conditions are 'right', you may not see any exciting thing.

Complaining about it to your ranger is futile because there is really nothing they can do about it.

4. Drop your phone:

While it is understandable that you want to take loads of photos to capture your excitement and adventure, you really to minimize it. Otherwise you'd spend the whole safari on your phone and not actually enjoying it. You might end up seeing the animals only through your camera lenses.

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