Dangers of an African Safari

What could be more enchanting to a traveler than the sights and sounds of Africa, the most mystical continent on earth? The savannah complete with wildlife and its plentiful flora and fauna. For the adventurous, there are tours that take tourists around its many wildlife reserves. Tanzania and Botswana are some places where one could go on an African safari. The wildebeest migration every year, in the Serengeti is a sight to behold on a safari. The view is breathtaking but the question remains. What are the dangers of African safari?

The whole point of a safari is to come close to wildlife, while maintaining a reasonable distance. There are many dangers on a safari. But then again it’s the danger that makes it so exciting, according to my buddy over at Roswell Movers. Admittedly, it could get tricky getting close to wild predators like lions, crocodiles in water, and leopards. Elephants are no less dangers because of their sheer size and strength. They are also unpredictable. Mothers with cubs are a force to reckon with. However, it’s been many years now that scientists have studied animal behavior and it is safe to say that it has a pattern. The safari guides are trained to read animal behavior and are in a position to guide tourists to stay out of danger’s way.

The other thing tourists in safari camps need to be mindful of is going about after sundown. Follow the instructions given you by your guide. It is not unusual for predators like leopards frequenting localities where humans live. You may not want to endanger the animal but it doesn’t know that. If it perceives a threat, it will attack.

When on walking safaris, it is essential to be accompanied by a well-qualified guide. All guides carry firearms in case of unforeseen circumstances but it is usually the last resort. Walking safaris take adventurous tourists closer to nature than the normal safaris in vehicles. Due to the exposed position of the tourist, it is a must to not take even a single step without your guide’s approval. Most reserves have highly competent guides who know exactly what they are talking about. Due to size and quality of wildlife in the Serengeti, walking safaris are not allowed there. Even guides are in danger, armed or otherwise.

Among other dangers of African safari is the lack of medical aid. Whatever little there is at hand is not enough to hold the fort till the safari goes black to civilization. If an angry elephant charges at someone and they are bored by one of its tusks, there is no way that the limited medical supplies at hand will be able to restore the damage in time.

Last but not least, wild animals, especially predators like lions, are accustomed to kill for food. Repeated human sightings due to safaris, have made them immune to fear of humans. In such a scenario, it is best not to corner these animals or provoke them in any way. This may lead to more danger than you bargained for. Listen to your guide at all times, respect the animal’s little world and have a happy African safari.

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