Safari Etiquette

Safari Etiquette

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Some have already had the good fortune to experience a Kruger National Park safari and all its excitement!

For those who are first timers, you have much to look forward to! A Kruger National Park safari is not just fun and exciting, it is also educational and a once in a lifetime experience. Be adventurous and book your unique safari holiday today!

A safari requires some pre-planning, for example, itinerary, visas, accommodation, and vaccinations. When this is all done and dusted, we suggest you read the following blog about good Safari Etiquette!

Yes, safari is not just about getting dressed in khaki dress code, no! You have to behave in a certain way during a safari in Kruger National Park. Safari has its very own etiquette!

To make sure you get the most out of your Kruger National Park safari, there are a few things you should NOT do, and a few things you SHOULD DO in order to guarantee an enjoyable and most importantly, a safe safari, in Safari Etiquette fashion.

10 Tips for good safari etiquette during your Kruger National Park safari

1. Always be on time

It is good Safari Etiquette to always be on time! If your pick-up is arranged for example 4:30am on the morning of the safari, be ready and waiting at least 5 to 10 minutes prior. Plan the night before and get everything ready, sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, etc. This will ensure you stay on schedule and get to the Kruger National Park on time to start your safari adventure as soon as possible.

IMPORTANT: Remember, you will possibly share the safari vehicle with other paying guests and if you are late, it is unfair towards them.

Be back at the safari vehicle on time after each stop. The Field Guide will give you a time when you will need to be back at the vehicle to start the next session of your safari. Try your best not to be late (a few minutes can make a big change to a scheduled itinerary and can perhaps prevent you from seeing something amazing in the Kruger during your safari).

2. Be considerate and courteous to other guests on the open safari vehicle

Safari Etiquette meant preparing to share the interests of others in your group, this will hopefully go both ways with interests that you may have. Don’t rush for the ‘best’ seat on the safari vehicle, and if you do get the best seat, you can always ask others if they would like to alternate seats with you every time you stop. Practicing good vehicle etiquette on safari will ensure you get the most out of your experience and other people will respect you for that.

3. Talk in moderation

Try to avoid talking too much, especially when the Field Guide is busy driving. This will mean that the Field Guide will focus on you and the conversation and their eyes will not be on the road or searching for animals. This might mean that you will miss a lot of animals sighting during the safari. Talking too much can also be quite disruptive to the other guests.

The Field Guide will provide adequate information throughout the day, but you are very welcome to speak to the guide and ask those questions that you have interest in.

When the vehicle come to a standstill at an animal sighting, keep the noise levels low, as to not scare the animals away.

Be aware that people might be trying to enjoy the natural surroundings peace and quiet, or perhaps they are trying to capture a video and you are talking, ruining the natural feel of the video.

4. Don’t make any sudden movements that can scare away the animal

Avoid standing up or making any sudden movements when you are close to animals on a sighting. Doing this will most likely scare the animal and it will run away or cause it to go into a defensive mode that can be stressful for the animal or even dangerous for yourself and others.

Good Safari Etiquette is also, trying not to move or shuffling in your seat or unnecessary movements “rock” the safari vehicle whilst it is stationed at an animal sighting. The unnecessary movement of the safari vehicle can be disruptive to other guests as they are trying to capture an image or video of a sighting.

5. Patience is key when it comes to good Safari Etiquette

Don’t be “that guest” that does not have patience and expect to see National Geographic and Discovery Channel animal sightings. These film crews spend months and sometimes years, literally waiting to capture the perfect moment on film that might be a few seconds long on TV.  Everything in nature has to do with patience and perfect timing. Prepare yourself to drive and not see anything, but know that the possibilities are there that you might come across the next great sighting that is just around the corner.

There is no script and no guarantee during your safari in Kruger. Everything is as natural as Mother Nature intended it to be, that is the beauty of the Kruger National Park!

Don’t expect to see the “Big Five” on your first safari; you are not visiting a zoo. Our guides will do their best to find every animal you have on your wish list, but there is absolutely no guarantee you’ll see everything.

6. Do not hog the guide

By all means, take the opportunity to learn from your guide by asking questions…but be careful not to hog his/her attention at the expense of the other guests. Don’t hog the guide’s break times when you stop; he/she is allowed to rest, refresh and enjoy their breakfast or lunch break in quiet. Remember they are up early in the morning, and it is trying to entertain guests, drive and look for animals, let them do their own thing during stop breaks.  Who knows, they might get some interesting information from their Field Guide friends during their break that could possibly mean a great animal sighting for you.

7. Be prepared for your safari

Good Safari Etiquette meant to be self-sufficient. What we mean by this, is you need to prepare for your safari, make sure you pack your binoculars (if you have a pair), extra memory cards and batteries for your camera, warm clothing, sunblock, bottled water, hat, etc.

8. Talk softly

It is important to talk softly in order not to disrupt the safari and most importantly not to disturb the wildlife. NEVER whistle, click your fingers, clap your hands or bang on the vehicle to attract an animal’s attention, this is very poor Safari Etiquette and it disturbs the natural order of things!

9. Smokers on safari

You are allowed to smoke in designated smoking areas when you stop at a rest camp, gate or picnic area on the day of the safari. Please be considerate of non-smokers and see that the smoke is not blowing towards people who are not smoking. If you don’t know where to smoke, ask your Field Guide for advice to safely do so. Please DO NOT leave your cigarette buds stomped into the dirt, when you are done smoking. Keep them with you and dispose of them when you pass a dustbin. No smoking/vaping/e-cigarettes is allowed to be used when on-board the safari vehicle.

10. Good Safari Etiquette for families

If you are on safari with your family and children (under 10 years of age), it is advisable, and sometimes required by most tour and safari operators, to hire the open safari vehicle exclusively for your family. A full day safari can be quite long and young children can easily get bored. To avoid grumpy fellow passengers, and for your own sanity, it’s best to opt for this option. We are a child-friendly safari company and love planning safaris for families.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT! – Good safari Etiquette is all about respecting the environment that you are visiting, as well as your fellow passengers.

Tipping etiquette in South Africa

Don’t forget to tip your Field Guides, drivers, housekeeping staff, waiters, etc.  whilst on safari or during your trip to South Africa. Tips make up a big percentage of the staff’s salary. Whilst tipping is always non-compulsory, we encourage you to do so if you are happy with the service you have received. Read more about the tipping etiquette in South Africa

More about safari etiquette

Respect for wildlife and nature:

  • Don’t attract any animal’s attention.
  • Don’t imitate animal sounds, clap your hands, pound the vehicle or throw objects to get an animal’s attention.
  • Never feed any wild animal
  • Never attempt to approach any wild animal on foot

Always respect your environment:

  • Never litter
  • Do not remove any natural material from wildlife reserves.
  • Never tease or corner wild animals.

Respect your fellow passengers:

  • Respect your guide’s judgment about your proximity to wild animals, he/she is the expert!
  • Your guide is an expert, so always follow his advice and ask him questions if you are unsure of anything.
  • Rotating seats in a vehicle on a day-by-day basis is a good courtesy
  • Keep noise levels down
  • No flash photography, this is disruptive to animals
  • Be considerate and turn off or put your phone on silent during the safari, don’t take phone calls during safari, its bad safari etiquette
  • Ask before using someone else’s equipment i.e. binoculars

Respect local customs and people:

  • Ask permission before taking photos of someone, not all people like this. And if they say no, respect that.
  • Dress accordingly and appropriately
  • Don’t ask religious, political and racial questions
  • Do not take photographs of police and army personnel, border-posts, army barracks and/or police stations.
  • Respect all customs, race and religions

Ask the Experts/ Field Guides… and Listen to what they say!

  • Important advice is to always listen and obey the advice from your Field Guide. You are not their first visitor – and you are most probably the person least aware of the dangers in the Kruger National Park.
  • Field Guides know best how to position the vehicle for the best viewing and to ensure the safety of both visitors and wildlife.
  • Field guides have years of experience studying and observing animal behavior and can at most times anticipate animal behavior. Sit back and relax while the Field Guides do their job and show you the best of Kruger.

YES! We offer affordable Kruger National Park safaris

Our rates include the following:

  • Transfers from a pre-arranged pick-up location to Kruger National Park and back (this can be at your accommodation where you are staying, depending on the location). This includes Nelspruit | Kruger National Park | KMI Airport | Skukuza Airport | White River | Hazyview | Malelane | Komatipoort and Marloth Park

  • Full Day safari with a luxury open safari vehicle

  • An accredited & professional Field Guide doubling as the driver of the vehicle on the day of the safari

  • A snack box per person consisting of various treats to munch on during the day of the safari

  • +- 8 Hours of sheer “entertainment” in the world-famous Kruger National Park (this excludes travel time outside the Park)

  • Assistance with Kruger National Park entrance/conservation fee payments, paperwork and permits

  • The use of high-quality, waterproof ponchos on-board the vehicle when needed

Please note:

Our area of operation covers Nelspruit and surrounding areas, White River | Malelane | Hazyview | Komatipoort | Marloth Park | Kruger National Park | KMI Airport | Skukuza Airport.

Please contact us if your accommodation falls outside of our area of operation.

We also conduct safari tours in the North of Kruger upon request and need. You also have the option to hire the safari vehicle privately, email us to find out more. Additionally, you have the option to add your Kruger entrance fee/conservation fees when you make your booking so you don’t have to go to the office on the morning of the safari to make payment for entrance fees.

REVIEWS


Fantastic experience

We really enjoyed our safari with Liz and the web photographer. They pointed out many sightings which we would never have seen on our own. We saw 3 leopards, many elephants, rhinos, cape buffaloes, giraffes, zebras, hippos and different types of antelopes and birds.
They provided binoculars which helped a lot, especially when observing the leopards in the reed!
The service is top: on time, friendly, very informative and you get a feeling how much they enjoy “going the extra mile” for the customer. They tried to keep ahead of the crowd and do not enter thru Numbi gate which is usually very crowded. Its great the park fee is included in the price because then you do not need to queue at the entrance like in the case of some of the other operators. We will definitely recommend you!

dorischristina2015, TripAdvisor
Emocional experience

When we thought about that trip, my wife, my stepson, our friend and I ,had never imagined how amazing could be , and how deep can touch us. From the first moment when we founded Lizelle, our guide at the Malelane door, the magic begins to happen.She was so unreal in some way, that my wife said ( in Portuguese,) she seems to be a caracter from a movie!, We had very good luck , and in just 2 full days, 20 hours total, we could see the real big five, including black rhino and leopard, and many many other species, of course. Lizelle was so nice, so professional and so dedicated that we are recommended to our friends around the World to do the same program.. .. we will repeat it for sure. There is not words, not video or pictures, that can transmit this experience, .. believe me, after you live it you will understand it .

FellowTraveler507918, TripAdvisor
Great services! Amazing commments

The guide was very friendly and helpful!
She really knew the way around the park and we were able to see a big variety of animals

344hama, TripAdvisor
Super accommodating and informative.
Liz was super patient in making sure we get the morning bush walk and night drive within limited dates. They know lots about every animal we saw. I love that they provide parkas for their guests because it gets super chilly as the truck moves. Their truck is clean and not loud like other trucks which tend to scare the animals away.
Zzame Em, Google Review
Leading Safari Company

Lion Roar Safaris offers safaris in Kruger Park. In an excellent car and with professional equipment we discovered in a small groupe the big 5. The guide was an expert and is very customer oriented.

DutchAdventurer, TripAdvisor
Spectacular day in the Mighty Kruger!

Even if the weather was cold during the day, the spectacular sightings we had made up for it all. Luckily this company is not one of those that rush from one big sighting to another but rather take it at a slower pace and therefore not miss even the small things like some bird species and trees and plants, lizards and much more.
Oh and I am so glad their Photographer was also on board with her very sharp eye sight. She spotted plenty of animals where the rest of us missed them…especially that Cheetah! And she took the most beautiful pictures (and some short videos clips) of all our sightings that day. We were surely one lucky group of people seeing all those magnificent wildlife, especially the Elephant Calves, Wild Dogs as well as Hyena Pups!
Oh and let’s not forget the snack bags that was packed for us!!
The Guide was very informative and interactive with our group. Evidently her kindness and helpfulness is not only restricted to the time a guest is on her vehicle still busy on the Tour but even helping when one of our group members was staying over at a place in the Kruger Park, she assisted him from booking in at the camp to taking him to where he would be staying, to briefly showing him around on what is where and available to him in the camp. And this all took merely a few minutes.
I would definitely be recommending Lion Roar Safaris.

Grifinne, TripAdvisor

Best experience ever!

Lizelle was very informative and made sure we had the best views of all the animals!

Johan , Google Review

Some of the services Lion Roar Safaris Offer…

Upmarket Luxury Safaris  I  Tailored Safaris  I  Professional Personal Holiday Photographer   I  Hire a Professional Field Guide  I  Hire a Private Safari Vehicle   I   Accommodation in and around Kruger   I  Photographic Safaris   I   Safari catering – picnic lunches, dinners and BBQ’s and more…

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A safari requires some pre-planning, for example, itinerary, visas, accommodation, and vaccinations. When this is all done and dusted, we suggest you read the following blog about good Safari Etiquette! Yes, safari is not just about getting dressed in khaki dress code, no! You have to behave in a certain way during a safari in Kruger National Park. Safari has its very own etiquette!
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