10 rules for your first Tanzania wildlife safari

10 rules for your first Tanzania wildlife safari : If it is your first time to embark on a wildlife safari in Tanzania, it may be difficult to comply with the rules. We are sure your guide will brief you about the rules before your Tanzania wildlife safari is commenced. But, we know that understanding these rules before planning your safari is very important. It allows you to know the to-dos and not-to-dos before even stepping your feet on the precious land of Tanzania.

First of all, congratulations since you are exploring the paradise of many dreamers. Thousands of visitors dream of visiting Tanzania. Even if you have been on a wildlife safari in Tanzania, it is essential to know the current updates regarding wildlife exploration. However, you should know that each national park has its own rules and regulations during wildlife safari. but, here are the 10 general rules to be observed on your first Tanzania wildlife safari:

Respect wildlife

Wildlife has the right to be respected in whatever the situation. You are just an observer and not their master. Don’t try to touch them or feed them. Always observe the wildlife in silence. Do not make noises or any movements that could disturb the animals. Calling the animals to get their attention is not allowed.

Do not litter

As you explore the wildlife in Tanzania, you are part of the natural beauty. Littering endangers the life of wildlife. For example, plastic can cause the death of animals if eaten. So, do not leave any trace of garbage or unextinguished cigars in the wild.

Follow Guidance

Always listen to your tour guide or ranger on anything. These experts are familiar with the conditions of the park. Do not try to do something bold without your tour guide noticing. It endangers your safety. You may also break the rules, which would result in fines.

Stay in your vehicle

While exploring wildlife, do not get out of the vehicle without permission. Remember you are in the bush and wild animals may be furious when you get closer to them. Furthermore, there are dangerous areas where walking can be dangerous. Therefore, watch the animals from the car not outside.

Never off-road

This rule applies to wildlife safaris in public national parks. Off-road driving is prohibited. In the wild, the ecosystem has diverse wildlife ranging from big games to tiny burrowing animals, reptiles, amphibians, and insects. Going off-road means destroying the habitats of such organisms. You will be fined for off-roads and it may result in suspension of the guide’s license.

Never exceed 50 km per hour

This rule usually applies when you are in a private car. The recommended speed for a wildlife life safari is 25 km/h. In Ngorongoro Crater, the speed limit is 25 km/h. Exceeding that speed would result in fines.

Do not bother other guests

Meeting with other guests in the wilderness is common. Do not interrupt their businesses. Everyone goes into the wilderness to avoid disturbances from day-to-day activities.

No pets no guns

Do not bring any pets on your wildlife safari. Pets may disturb the animals. For instance, dogs bark when they see foreign creatures resulting in disturbances in the wild.

Do not start a fire

Fire could result in the deaths of many wild animals. Do not smoke while you are on a game drive. Under normal conditions, make sure you extinguish your cigar before disposing of it. Campfires should be put off carefully.

10 rules for your first Tanzania wildlife safari
10 rules for your first Tanzania wildlife safari

Do not remove anything that belongs to the wild

On your safari, you may find eggs, roots, bones, trophies, and rocks. You are not allowed to bring these objects outside the park. Failure to observe this rule may result in the license of your guide being terminated and/or fines.

Other rules

  • Animals always have a right of way

You are just an observer, while animals are in their homes. Please allow the animals to fully exercise their rights since the park is their home. Do not make them feel bad because of your presence. Avoid wearing bright colors and reflecting glasses or watches as this may make animals uncomfortable.

  • Drones are not allowed

Drones disturb the animals, therefore, even if you have a filming permit, you are not allowed to use drones.

  • Drive from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. only

The parks are open at this time. Driving in the night is not allowed unless you have a permit and this is for a few destinations except Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater.

  • Camping should be strictly done in designated areas and not otherwise. Each park has designated campsites. This goes in parallel with picnicking. There are special areas for picnicking.
  • Park fees once paid are non-refundable
  • Never go too close to the animals. Maintain a minimum safe distance of 100 meters. Getting too close scares them and they may be too defensive or aggressive.

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