Safari Etiquette

By Tuningi Safari Lodge on January 24, 2022
Do’s and don’ts for visiting South Africa’s wild spaces.

There are certain do’s and don’ts you should know about before going on safari. It is of utmost importance that we respect the natural surroundings and the wildlife which inhabit it. Here are our top tips when visiting South Africa’s game reserves and national parks. 

Here are some guidelines to follow:

Do listen to the safety talk.

Whether you’re game viewing on foot or from a vehicle, your guide will likely give you a quick safety talk before heading out. Listen to what they have to say to make sure you and the guests around you have the best and safest possible experience in the bush.

Do wear enclosed walking shoes.

Africa is home to plenty of creepy crawlies and while they usually tend to stay away from well trodden areas around camp and lookout points – closed walking shoes (plus socks and long pants) will better protect you from any dangerous insects, scorpions, spiders or snakes you might come across during your stay.

Do remember your guide is an expert.

Our guides at Tuningi have a wealth of knowledge about the bush and it’s important to remember they are the experts on game drive. Respect their judgement about approaching certain animals, follow their advice and ask them questions if you are unsure of anything.

Don’t approach or feed wild animals.

Whether at the lodge or on a drive, never approach or attempt to feed wildlife. This is especially important in areas where animals are accustomed to human presence. If you do bump into something unexpectedly, try to stay calm, stand your ground and slowly make your way back to the lodge or your suite.

Don’t talk too loudly on game drives.

Communication is key on game drive – between you and your guide as well as your fellow travellers. Take your cues from your guide and keep your voice low – especially when the vehicle is switched off at a sighting.

Don’t smoke on game drives.

Depending on the time of year, the bush can be extremely dry and ignite easily. An uncontrolled fire can kill many animals. If you smoke in camp, be sure to put out your cigarette completely in a designated place.

Don’t sleep outside.

While our private wraparound verandahs might seem like an inviting place to sleep under the stars on hot summer nights, please don’t sleep outside. Aside from the mosquitos and creepy crawlies, the game near the camp is completely wild and potentially very dangerous.

If there’s anything else you’re unsure about, please don’t hesitate to ask your safari guide or any member of our team at Tuningi – we’d be happy to help!

If you’re interested in finding out more about our accommodation options, please follow the link to our Suites here. Alternatively send our team an email at or book online directly here.

We look forward to giving you a warm welcome to Tuningi Safari Lodge in the near future.

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