What To Do When Approached By A Wild Animal During A Safari

Kenyan and African Safaris at large are full of thrill and excitement. Getting to see wild animals, big and small in their natural habitat, is an experience that cannot be compared to any other. In fact, going to a Safari, or a simple game drive at a national park should be in every person’s bucket list. But what happens when the wild animals get so close that you feel endangered? Here are a few tips on what to do if a wild animal approaches you during a safari.

Roll up your windows

If you are in a game drive car and you spot a wild animal getting too close, then roll up your windows. No matter how small or cute an animal looks, it is still a wild animal and it can easily attack you. In fact, the small and young wildlife are more dangerous because their mothers are usually not so far behind and they will surely attack you if they think you are posing a threat to their offspring. Most animals are just curious and others territorial. Roll up your windows and let them peacefully go away before you can continue with your trip.

Do not make sudden moves or noises

Wild animals have very sharp instincts and will move on impulse before you are able to do anything to protect yourself. Therefore, avoid screaming, shouting, running or throwing rocks and other items on the animals. The noise and movements will only work to agitate the animals thus increasing their chances of attacking you. In case you are outside your car, walk slowly and backwards away from the animal and back to your car or room and call for help if the animal does not go away.

Do not feed the animal

Never feed a wild animal especially if you are not in a zoo or a park that allows feeding the animals. The wild animals are independent creatures that can easily fend for themselves without human help. Feeding them may not only be toxic for them, it may cause them to get used to coming for food from humans, therefore getting violent if the food is not given to them.

Avoid taking pictures

What is a Safari without photos to capture the amazing experience right? While this is true, you should never take photos of an up-close animal especially with the flashlight and shutter sounds on. The light from your camera might confuse and agitate the animal, who would have otherwise remained docile. As much as having a lion get to the roof of your car is exciting and almost non-repetitive, remember that your safety is more important that photos or videos.