AuthorArt Colby

Things you should know when going on a South African Safari


With the endangered status and threat of the extinction of the Rhino, there has been a huge increase in global support and funding for Rhino conservation as well as a corresponding trend in visitors to South Africa, eager to go on safari and catch a glimpse of this magnificent animal. Having never been on a Safari and actually living in South Africa, I think it is about high time I pack my bags and head off to the bush. Since this is the first time going on this type of getaway, I want to know what to expect. There are obvious rules like, keeping all appendages in the vehicle at all times while on a drive, very important. What other things should you know when going on safari?

I hope you are an early riser!

Unlike us humans, animals are most active around first light and again at dusk. So be ready to rise and shine early on the safari game drives, even before breakfast. Usually at about 05:30-06:00 and then back again at around 09:00 to enjoy your much needed breakfast. It will be worth it, I think, to see the beautiful sunrise and animals that come out at that time. Don’t forget the camera as chances to take great photos will never be this good. If you would like to whet your appetite head over to the webcam section on  the Sanparks national website.

Seen one, seen them all

This is just not true. Every single game drive is different from the next one. You may see a herd of elephant crossing the road on one trip and on another you will see a pair of male lions, fighting it out. This is nature at its best; you just don’t know what will happen next. What you will see is unpredictable and you are not guaranteed to see what you want, so don’t be too disappointed if you don’t get to witness a large herd of zebras running around on your first game drive. Never fear though, the rangers are good at what they do and will know the best spots for sighting s. In many cases there will be two professionals riding with, the driver and a spotter. This increases your chances of seeing some wildlife you might miss otherwise.

Are you safe in the vehicle?

The animals in the parks have usually grown up with the cars driving around and are used to them. They see the vehicle as a large animal that doesn’t pose any threat to them. This is where being quiet and keeping all your arms and legs inside the vehicle is important. Especially if you are close to predators, they might see anything outside the vehicle as potential prey or as a threat. As the concept of Adventure Tourism has grown in South Africa, so has the infrastructure and set of guidelines that governs the industry. There are rules for a very good reason, so stay safe and obey them.

What should I wear?

There is no actual dress code on a game drive, but layering is something you should consider. It is rather cold in the mornings before the sun rises, so wearing a warm jacket is a good idea. It should get warmer as the day unfolds and having come prepared with layers, you can simply peel off the warm clothes and jackets. A hat is always good and some suntan lotion as the temperatures can get quite hot.

A world of information

A professional guide is always with you, so ask questions, the guides are very knowledgeable and can tell you a lot about the animals. Don’t be afraid to ask the driver to stop if you think you see something, or if you wish to snap another picturesque photo.

Some advantages of a guided tour

  • You will be able to enjoy night game drives and maybe witness lions hunting at night. Self-drive night safaris are not allowed.
  • When booking a tour you can get the full experience, including breakfast, lunch and sundowners.
  • The guides have a lot more experience and know where to look for the best viewing spots. You will most probably get to see a lot more than if you go on your own drive.

Don’t be disappointed if you don’t get to see the big five, enjoy the moment and the smaller things too. Enhance your experience by noticing the bird life and other landmark features. There is so much to enjoy and see so don’t limit yourself and your expereince.

Conservation of Rhino and other Endangered Species


The black Rhino also called diceros bicornis, lives in Africa, primarily in savannahs, grasslands and tropical bush lands. The name Dicero is produced by Greek which means “2” as well as , ‘ceros’ which means ‘horn’ and then ‘bicornis’ from Latin ‘bi’ signifying ‘two’ and then ‘cornis’ that means ‘horn. They have reduced greatly for the last one century. Their human population is estimated to possess reduced by 96% between 1970 to1992. According to African Rhino Specialist Group were estimated to be approximately 65,000 by 1970 but the number has reduced significantly and by 1993 there are only 2,300 surviving in the wild.

Biodiversity could be the choice of life on earth, and we be determined by it for your survival. It is necessary to protect endangered species and plants to keep up this assortment for any better tomorrow and also the contribution of the individual is necessary. One can also secure the nature and protect it from punctures by ordering an endangered species shirts. Bamboo could be the newest and latest sustainable eco-fabric that is a necessary part of the today fashion business due to its suppleness, smooth hand flowing and tender drape instead of so costly prices.

The flowers come in a range of colors. A shade of yellow-brown with brown spots is the most common among vanda orchids. White, green, orange, red, burgundy, yellow and bluish-purple are some of the more uncommon colors. Orchids from your genus Vanilla only stay open every day and night. Vandas can last around three weeks once they have opened. They normally produce flowers 4-6 times annually. One species of vanda, the vanda coerulea, is recognized as particularly valuable to the unusual bluish-purple shade of their petals. It is considered one of a small number of naturally occurring orchids to make flowers of these color.

In my neck from the woods, the mountain southwest, the aspen tree is undergoing SAD: Sudden Aspen Decline. While there are several factors that access this phenomenon, the long-continuing drought which is plaguing the American Southwest has left the aspen as well as other tree species struggling to protect themselves from wood-boring insects, first off.

All these laws and agreements probably would not have the ability to rescue the several hawk bill seaturtles up to the point or unless of course these are definitely enforced properly. It is not always possible as a result of many deficiencies. However, we’ve many other activities to avoid wasting this beautiful species. We can raise awareness among people about their necessity in order to keep the ecological balance; we can do extensive research and are available on top of more suitable solutions and ideas. We should do our part.

Rhino Force


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The biggest reason for the rhino extinction crisis is poaching for rhino horn, but habitat loss is increasingly a factor endangering the species. Rhino poaching supplies a black market for traditional Chinese medicine in much of Asia…

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