Lodges in South Africa: The Do’s and Don’ts
- Cover up when on safari; closed shoes are a must (or at least open shoes that fasten tightly).
Consider neutral-colored clothing when in the bush. Keep it down to preserve noise pollution and respect fellow safari-goers.
- Notice the small things. While sighting the Big Five in South Africa is a must, noticing the smaller details will make your experience that much more enriching.
Keep clothing neutral and comfortable
- Don’t get too close to the wildlife – the power of nature is unpredictable and formidable and should be respected at all times.
- Take a pair of binoculars if you want a good close-up of wildlife while still maintaining your distance.
- Protect yourself in terms of insects and viruses. Always check what vaccinations you need.
- Understand how game drives work. Private lodges offer game drives for guests (anywhere from 4-10 people). There is generally a chance for a coffee break in the morning and sundowners in the evening.
Camps and lodges in game reserves offer meals as part of your safari package | Credit: Gondwana Game Reserve
- Rangers are usually in radio contact with other vehicles and allow the other the courtesy of enjoying a sighting before making it known to the rest of the vehicles.
- Pack the right kit for a safari.
- Keep children entertained with an animal checklist when on game drives.
Children will love the excitement of the African bush
- Sit in the middle of the vehicle. This gives you the best of both vantage points.
- If you’re a keen birdwatcher or photographer, you may want to consider a private vehicle – just be sure to comply with the game lodge rules, i.e. never get out of your vehicle.