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Wild Animal Safari African National Parks

A wild animal safari in Africa should be perfectly safe, provided you follow common sense precautions. When selecting your destination, avoid certain countries, such as the Congo, which have unstable governments and poor infrastructure. However, popular safari destinations such as Botswana, Tanzania, Zambia, Namibia and South Africa are perfectly safe for safari travellers and have abundant wildlife.

Following basic advice will ensure that your safety is paramount at all times. Most park safaris are run by reputable companies who attend to your needs and help avoid any potential problems. Safari locations are in remote areas, and the tour companies will usually manage your transfer between the airports and lodges. General travel advice should be taken though, such as making photocopies of your passport and other travel documents, and keeping your traveller’s cheques safe. Don’t carry lots of cash, and be discreet with your valuable cameras and video equipment.

The African people are known for their optimism and humility. You are likely to get a positive and respectful reception in both urban and rural areas of East and Southern Africa. However, you should abide by the local etiquette such as avoiding political criticism, dressing appropriately, and acting in a polite fashion at all times.

Many travellers worry about disease in Africa, however most of Southern Africa does present any more risk than the Caribbean or Eastern Europe. East Africa is slightly more risk – similar precautions should be taken as though you were travelling in East Asia or South America. Malaria is the most serious risk, and you should always take preventative drugs, even if you are travelling in the dry season. Dress to avoid being bitten by using insect repellent and mosquito nets.

There is a degree of danger when you are on wild animal safari, but by joining an experienced park guide you can reduce the risk dramatically. Camps tend to have excellent records of safety, and common sense tends to reduce the chance of mishap. You would be wise to protect yourself with good insurance in the light of some unforeseen accident though, as most lodges are not covered adequately in this respect.

If you are planning a walking safari, beware venomous snakes, scorpions and spiders. Attacks by creepy crawlies are rare, but being alert and covering exposed flesh will help. Many people are particularly worried about snakes in Africa, but they are usually shy and only strike if they are provoked. Of the five thousand species of spider in the region, most do not have bites that are fatal. Tick bites can be more frequent, but remember to avoid trying to brush it off as the head can become embedded this way. Rather suffocate it with a covering or ointment.