Self Drive Africa

Staying safe in the South African wilderness

The South African wilderness is a beautiful place that should be visited by everyone. The wildlife, the scenery, the weather, what’s not to like?

Whilst everyone should visit here, there are a few safety tips that should be kept in mind. The beautiful wildlife we mentioned? It’s also dangerous. And there are plenty more risks out there if you don’t take the right steps.

Here we’re going to outline a few things you should do to ensure that you’re safe whilst on the adventure of a lifetime.


Before the adventure has even begun, you should be preparing. Put lots of research into the route you’re going to be taking. What kind of terrain will you be driving through? What risks will you be exposed to? Are there severe weather conditions that could put you at risk?

Once you have the answers to these sorts of questions consider what you can do to combat them. Will the vehicle you have be adequate? If not, make modifications. What procedures should you take if you’re confronted with say, a lion?

Failing to prepare is a risk.

Adequate equipment

Whilst many of us think the idea of just jumping in a 4×4 with a tent, clothes and some food sounds exciting, it just isn’t feasible. You need the correct equipment to ensure your safety.

So what sorts of gear should you take?

  • Binoculars
  • Flashlight
  • Compass
  • Water bottle
  • A pen-knife
  • Lighter
  • A map
  • First aid kit

Ask questions

Lastly, it’s important that you ask plenty of questions. The locals, or the safari vehicle providers will have years of experience out in the bush. They’ll know what to avoid, routes that are dangerous, weather indicators and so much more.

Never avoid asking questions. The more you know, the safer you are.