Game Drive Eti­quette

Know what to do (and what not) when out spot­ting game. Fol­low these guide­lines and you’ll have a mag­i­cal ex­pe­ri­ence

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All too of­ten, ac­ci­dents oc­cur in game re­serves that could have been eas­ily avoided if vis­i­tors fol­lowed sim­ple rules and eti­quette. Driv­ers have to be ex­tra vig­i­lant and cau­tious in these ar­eas, as an­i­mals can run across the roads or be­have er­rat­i­cally. Driv­ers are of­ten too dis­tracted search­ing the hori­zon for a sign of move­ment to no­tice crea­tures pop­ping out in front of the bon­net.

›› The num­ber-one rule: stay in your ve­hi­cle at all times, un­less you’re at des­ig­nated pic­nic spots, view­ing sites or rest camps.

›› Stick to the speed limit. You’re far more likely to spot an­i­mals when you take it slowly.

›› Look out for an­i­mals on, or cross­ing, roads. Rep­tiles of­ten seek warmth on the tar and are well cam­ou­flaged, mak­ing them easy tar­gets. There are no fences sur­round­ing the road, so an­i­mals are free to walk in and across. And they al­ways have right of way.

›› Never at­tempt to at­tract an an­i­mal’s at­ten­tion. Don’t im­i­tate an­i­mal sounds, clap your hands or loudly pound the ve­hi­cle.

›› Don’t lit­ter. Aside from look­ing un­sightly, it can choke or poi­son an­i­mals.

›› Never stray from roads or de­mar­cated paths.

›› Never feed wild an­i­mals. Be es­pe­cially cau­tious around mon­keys and ba­boons; keep your win­dows closed and doors locked when view­ing them, as they have been known to rush at cars and jump in­side.

›› En­ter bird hides qui­etly to avoid dis­turb­ing an­i­mals oth­ers may be watch­ing. The same ap­plies at wa­ter­ing holes. The an­i­mals are at their most vul­ner­a­ble and there­fore alert when drink­ing, so even slight move­ment or sounds could scare them off.

At a sight­ing

When you spot wildlife, pull your car over to the side of the road clos­est to

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