While on safari…
Encourage your driver to stay on the road or designated tracks when visiting national parks or reserves. Off road driving can cause extensive damage to grass and woodland habitats.
Wild animals become distressed when they are surrounded by several vehicles or vehicles come close to them. Keep noise to a minimum and never try to attract animals attention.
Do not stand on the roof or hangout of the windows, and leave your vehicle in designated areas. Remember; wild animals can be dangerous.
Most wildlife areas have a speed limit of 40km per hour and animals always have the right of way.
Try to stay in lodges and camps that look after their surrounding environment and support local conservation initiatives.
Feeding wild animals can upset their diet and lead to unatural dependance upon people.
Please do not purchase, collect or remove any animal products, rocks ,plants ,seeds or birds nests from the wild or rather the natural environment in any way.
Litter and garbage is very dangerous to the wild animals, keep all litter with you and be extremely careful with cigarettes and matches which can cause major bush fires
Kenya safari holidays are a real break from the norm, with abundant wildlife and incredible scenery present at every turn. But with these holidays representing such a sharp contrast to normal reality, you may be unsure as to what essentials you require and how you should behave on your safari trip in Kenya. These useful tips should help you get the most out of your Kenya safari excursion.
Kenya is a beautiful country to visit at any time of the year. However, the most popular tourist seasons run through the hot, dry months of December and January, and the cooler months from June to August. From March to May the tourism levels significantly decrease, in cohesion with the heavy rainfall the country experiences. Prices for accommodation are lower during this period although you may find that some places are closed for business.
When selecting your Kenya safari attire you should try as best you can to blend into your surroundings with khaki, dark green or brown clothing. It is important to match the background so as not to disturb any wildlife or attract any unwanted attention, however you should avoid wearing actual camouflage patterns as in some places this is reserved for military personnel only. Forget about taking your neon orange T-shirt or anything you wore in the early nineties as loud patterns and brightly coloured clothing can potentially scare the animals and will make you stand out like a sore thumb.
The animals in Kenya are free to roam where they please, so they might not necessarily be exactly where you want them to be. However, with the right attitude and safari-sense you can certainly increase your chances of seeing wild animals. Tune your senses, stay quiet and watch for signs – shadows, bushes moving suspiciously and shapes that don’t fit in with the surroundings. Check where the herbivores are looking – they will usually pay close attention to any predators that may be in the area. Listen for alarm calls, snorting breath, splashing water and changes in the activity of other creatures. By remaining still, quiet and staying tuned into your surroundings, you can significantly improve your chances of spotting all the amazing wildlife you came to see.
If you’re a fan of photography, you should take a good quality digital camera with a 100-400mm zoom lens and tripod; you will get the opportunity to capture some truly stunning images, whether focusing on the wildlife, the scenery, or both. And a working pair of binoculars is an absolute must. You don’t need to splash out on top-of-the-range models but make sure you have at least one fully functional pair that so as not to miss out on any of the sights.
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