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.”