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Do Safari Guides Carry Guns?

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Yes, safari guides may carry guns for safety reasons in Africa. It’s interesting to note lions are unlikely to attack your safari vehicle because of their predator perception instincts.

Guides carry guns mostly during walking safaris:

  • Protection: Primarily for defending against potential wildlife threats.
  • Training: Guides with firearms are highly trained in their use and safe
  • Regulations: Laws on armed guides differ by country and reserve.

Essentially, the only shooting that should be taking place during your safari is the click of your camera on a photographic safari.

However, lodges and safari operators take the safety of their guests and staff very seriously. Guides are equipped and trained to deal with most situations that might arise while out in the wilderness.


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