Dos and don’ts to make your African safari memorable

A safari could be one of the most rewarding and old-fashioned ways to explore the African wilderness. However, the safari can turn rather sour if you don’t follow a few basic do’s and don’ts.



1. Arrive a day early

Whether you are flying in from another time zone or a country with a different climate, you would need at least one day to acclimatize. The night before the safari, retire early to wake up refreshed the next day.

2. Wear the proper clothing

The proper safari gear comprises of comfortable shoes, summer clothing made of cotton, a hat and a light raincoat. You may carry a stole or shawl for the evenings.

3. Be punctual

Arriving late for game drives will piss the entire party off. A temperamental driver or guide may even leave you behind if you’re running really late.

4. Take anti-malaria medication

Anti-malaria medication would need to be a big part of your safari experience. Missing a single dose could leave you vulnerable to the disease.

5. Tip appropriately

The average tipping norm in Africa is 10 percent of the bill for food and drinks and guides and drivers should be tipped around $5-10 for each day of the stay.


1. Fall for premium currency exchange offers

A lot of safari lodges are surrounded by conmen that claim that they can get you forex at up to 50% premium. Beware of such offers and only get your forex via an accredited exchange bureau.

2. Rely entirely on local pharmacy/hospitals

Most large towns throughout Africa have a fairly reliable network of pharmacies and hospitals. But if you have a special prescription, you should have it refilled before embarking on the safari. Also carry a few generic medicines with you just in case.

3. Leave your documents and valuables at the hotel

You should always carry your important documents with you when on a safari. Also keep a copy of the documents in your luggage as backup should your originals be lost.

4. Take photos of prohibited buildings

Just because you’re in Africa for a safari doesn’t mean that you are allowed to take pictures of government and military areas and buildings.

5. Approach or provoke animals

You’re on a safari not on a zoo trip. You’re in the jungle and if you provoke or approach wild animals, they may get rather aggressive.


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