It is very risky to have a self drive in the park in case you are tempted to break self-drive rules and regulations during an African safari simply because of excessive excitement that automatically comes upon sighting unique wildlife species and other natural attractions but for your safety and the safety of the wildlife, you are always reminded to abide by the rules and regulations of any national park you visit and take any extra precautions seriously since you will be an intruder in the wildlife’s habitat.
So before you dive into this adventurous self drive road trip, make sure that you are fully acquainted with the severally designated tracts, dangerous points and restricted areas in order for you to make the following safety tips below valid.
Do not drive over 40km/hr
To avoid a sudden collision with the wildlife crossing or crazing along the tracks or other vehicle in for the self drive game viewing, you should maintain your driving speed at 40km/hr and below to ensure you, your vehicle and the wildlife in the national park are safe. Additionally, driving slowly can prevent you from sliding and crashing especially during the rainy season.
Do not drive off the tracks
You do not know or have any idea of what is in the bush or forest so maintaining your drive along the designated tracts can save your life and the life of the wildlife too though in some occasions game rangers have been spotted going off tract, they are very knowledgeable about the dangerous and friendly animals in the wilderness so make no decision to disobey this rule and regulations put in place by all national parks.
Do not step out of the vehicle
You clearly know you are in the wildlife territory with deadly predators like lions, leopards and hyenas whose attacks are based on surprises and speed including other fierce animals like elephants and hippos that charge vigorously when provoked, all these should give you a reason nor to step of your car and you are advised to keep the emergency numbers provided to you by the park management.
After you have eaten your packed food and other stuffs, do not dump your polythene bags and any plastic container that you have but rather put them together in one bag or dustbin then return to the park headquarters for directions on where to dump them. This saves the wildlife that may attempt to chew them because of the salty taste and soil from being affected by the polythene and plastic products you brought with you because they cannot decay even after several years.
Keep a good distance from the wildlife
Wild animals are never friendly to tourists so you are advised not to get close to them especially the lions, leopards, hyenas, elephants, hippos, crocodiles and snakes among others but elephants are known for charging and as a result they trample cars after being provoked. Such incidents should be avoided because all these wildlife are unpredictable, so always keep a safe distance during self drive in an African safari park for your safety.
Do not provoke the wildlife
The wildlife may be crossing the tracts or just grazing along, you should always never force them out of your way simply because you want to cross but instead stay calm inside the car and wait for them to move on their own then you can resume your drive along the tracts as you enjoy your game viewing.
Do not talk on phone while driving
To maintain your concentration and focus on whatever is in front, sideways and at the back, you are reminded to not talk on phone while driving and if the call is so important, park the car aside and receive the phone call or if it is you to making the call you still have to do the same for your safety, wildlife and other tourists who could be using the same tracks.
Make sure the car is serviced and check it before setting off
Sudden break downs of vehicles happen amidst driving so to avoid all the suffering, make sure the mechanical condition of the car is okay and safe, all the brakes, lights and the steering wheel should be properly functioning and of course make sure your fuel tank is full to capacity or you have a reserved can at the back of your car. This is basically the most valuable tip for self drive during an African safari.
Compared to road trips where you have to plan your holiday route prior to leaving your home, in national parks there are specific tracts created by the park management for vehicles to be driven through and they target areas with great concentration of wildlife so giving yourself enough time to understand them is almost unavailable only that you have to pay close attention to every guideline governing that specific national park and reserve you plan on visiting and with Tristar Africa Skimmer Safaris, you are just one step away to rent a car for self-drive in Uganda or any other destination in East Africa at affordable rates, all you have to do is call us today on +256-758540071 or send us an email to email@example.com and be served the memorable way at an affordable cost.
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