The Unspoken Rules of the Bush

September 19, 2013 Roho Ya Chui
Maybe they are not that much unspoken, but more unknown to many who go on photographic safari for the first time.

First of all, listen to what your guide is saying. In open safari vehicles do not stand up at sightings. Do not leave the game drive vehicle at sightings (this might sound silly, but people get sometimes carried away and do it, just for the better photo).

Do not run in the bush. You might turn into prey by doing that. Be conscious where you are and expect at all times animals of all kinds crossing your way. Don’t give them a fright. An elephant could react very badly.

Do not sit with your back towards the bush. When we do that, we seem to look very similar to primates and attractive to leopards.

Do not wear flashy colors. Wildlife responds to that and do not forget the very small wildlife, the insects. Their attention is not what you want.

Do not walk at night without a guard. Cats see better than you or you might run into a buffalo.

In essence, listen to what you get told at arrival at the lodge and you will have a great safari.

Happy safari going!

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