How safe are the walking safaris? What
about the game drives? I noticed that the vehicles are opened to wildlife.
You are very safe if you adhere to camp instructions.You are also in the company of well-trained guides when undertaking most of the Safari activities.
Before you embark on a walking safari, we will brief you on the dos and don’ts. You are advised to adhere to the instructions at all times. If you follow the instructions of your guide at all times you will be safe at all times.
As for game drives, we have our tailor-made 4×4 Safari Land Cruisers with full opening side windows, to enables guests to view and photograph animals from every angle. During game drives, we advise guests not to leave the vehicle without the guides’ knowledge and stay in the vehicle at all times unless advised otherwise. For your own safety, you are also advised not to hang your hand outside the window during the game drive.
I didn't do a safari walk in the Mara, but they can be dangerous, it is Africa. One Safari walk I took in Zimbabwe one of the people in the group stepped on a full size cobra. Luckily it didnt bite him, but that makes my list of dangerous activities. I would do a walk again in a second, but don't fool yourself it's Africa, it can be dangerous, and anything can happen. The Safari jeeps are much safer and the animals don't attack them, well I have never heard of that anyway. If you like animals the Mara is amazing, you are reasonably safe. I would go back in a second!
We never felt unsafe our entire trip. If you stay in the jeep you are fine - it is a tremendous experience. If you go with a reputable company the driver knows what to do and what not to do. We did not go on a walking safari as it was not offered, but we stayed in unfenced camps and never had any fear - the warriors take care of you. We did walk on Crescent island and you are with a guide and there are no predators - very safe.
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