Dos And Don'ts On Safari
Dos & Don'ts on Safari
Going on a safari undoubtedly is one of the most exhilarating and memorable experiences you are ever likely to have; it pays to know what you should and should not do.
It is your holiday, so if you follow these simple dos and don'ts, you assuredly are going to have much fun, a safe time, and leave the country the way you found it so that future generations can also enjoy it.
Animals notice bright colors, which can distract them, or even scare them away, so it is advised to wear neutral colors. In addition to this, tsetse flies are attracted to blue and black clothing.
Zimbabwe has amazing weather; however, it can be a tad unpredictable during the rainy season. It is recommended to have a raincoat and some warm clothes in the event that the temperature drops overnight, especially in the winter.
Theft is not usually a problem out on safari, but it good to keep a close eye on your phone, wallet, passport, camera, etc. when you're not in the vehicle.
Always lock your hotel room and/or keep your valuables on your person.
You're in Africa:
Zimbabwe has made many great strides towards being a modern nation, yet you may still encounter 'first world problems' like lack of WiFi, intermittent electricity overnight, and the occasional creepy crawly. Just remember, "TIA - This Is Africa".
It is customary to tip your safari driver approximately $20 USD per group per day. Your chef or climbing porter usually will be tipped $15 USD per day.
Mosquito repellent and sunscreen:
Mosquitoes and tsetse flies can be an annoyance while on safari, and both can carry diseases, such as, malaria. Do bring some insect repellent along with you.
Tipping, souvenir shopping, and buying alcoholic beverages are things you might want to purchase, so extra cash will be useful.
Most places in Zimbabwe will accept only US dollars, whilst larger hotels have credit card payment as an option.
It's important to drink plenty of water. Your safari vehicle will always have a stock of water on board.
Early to rise:
The best time to see Africa's wildlife is early in the morning and late in the day, as the heat makes animals lethargic.
Note: Dawn game drives are an unforgettable experience!
Taking photos of Zimbabwe's wildlife is encouraged! Snap as many as you can!
Feed the animals:
These are wild animals, and we'd like for them to stay that way!
Not only is feeding the animals dangerous to you, but it's also bad for the animals. It teaches them to approach people rather than to hunt for their own food.
Photograph people without asking:
Like anywhere else in the world, it is considered rude to take a person's photograph without asking. Be careful even when asking permission, as some will try to charge you for taking a photo of/with them.
Please do not take your drone into a national park! It is illegal and you will be arrested for it.
Call out to animals or talk loudly:
Not only does this actually scare the animals away, it's also incredibly disturbing to others on safari.
Approach the animals:
These are wild animals that hunt and kill their food; even the herbivores will kill when frightened.
Never approach a wild animal.
Leave your vehicle or camp unaccompanied:
Unless you're accompanied by your guide or a staff member at your lodge, you should never wander outdoors unaccompanied.
Keep your trash with you in the car. The national parks of Zimbabwe are to be kept clean at all times.
Your safari should be an unforgettable experience, and by following the above guidelines, you'll ensure that both you and others enjoy the country's national parks and wildlife as they should be.