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all the dos and don’ts

If you don’t know how to deal with an­i­mals like li­ons, ele­phants or hye­nas in their nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment, you might just end up on tonight’s menu.

It’s not just hap­less for­eign tourists who rub Southern Africa’s wildlife up the wrong way. An­i­mal at­tacks are a risk for any­one who drives or camps in the wild. And may you never be that per­son who has a break­down deep in the bush and has to walk through an area where wild an­i­mals roam. Be­cause if you don’t know how to deal with preda­tors, you could end up as a snack.

We ap­proached Ri­aan Haas­broek, owner of Bush­ward Sa­faris, for ad­vice on what to do if you en­counter wild an­i­mals in the bush. He spends up to seven months a year guid­ing bush trips and run­ning sur­vival cour­ses. And he’s had an en­counter or two. “Just the other day, an ele­phant tram­pled my tent! Peo­ple of­ten mis­judge an­i­mals. With­out the right knowl­edge, that could be your last mis­take.”

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