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Safari Etiquette - Respecting Wildlife and Nature at Makumu

Posted on Mon March 25, 2024 in Ranger Diaries.

Embarking on a safari adventure is a thrilling experience that allows you to connect with nature and observe majestic wildlife in their natural habitat. Makumu Private Game Lodge offers an unparalleled opportunity to witness Africa's diverse ecosystem up close in an unfenced location. However, amidst the excitement, it's crucial to uphold ethical standards and practice respectful behaviour towards the environment and its inhabitants. Let's explore the essential safari etiquette to ensure a memorable and responsible journey at Makumu Private Game Lodge.


Maintain a respectful distance: While it's tempting to get as close as possible for the perfect photo, remember to keep a safe distance from wildlife to avoid causing stress or disturbance.

Stay quiet and patient, especially on Game Drives: Loud noises and sudden movements can startle animals and disrupt their natural behaviour. Opt for whispered conversations and minimal movement to observe wildlife calmly.

Observe without interference: Resist the urge to try to reach out or touch the animals. Interfering with their natural behaviour can have adverse effects on their health and survival instincts.


Stick to designated trails, especially when on guided Walking Safaris: Avoid straying off the designated paths in and around the lodge to minimize environmental impact and preserve delicate ecosystems. Trampling on vegetation can disrupt habitats and harm local flora and fauna.

Leave no trace: Pack out all your litter and belongings, ensuring you leave the environment exactly as you found it. Dispose of waste responsibly and refrain from littering.


Use discretion with flash photography: Bright camera flashes can startle or distress animals, especially during nocturnal encounters. Opt for natural lighting whenever possible and disable flash settings.

Be mindful of composition: Prioritize capturing the beauty of wildlife in its natural habitat without causing unnecessary stress. Avoid disrupting natural behaviours for the sake of a photograph.

Respect privacy: Some species may be particularly sensitive to human presence, especially during breeding seasons or vulnerable moments. Exercise caution and give animals space when documenting their activities.

Our photographic bunker and hides are available for exclusive use for photographers, offering a safe and secure spot to capture all your wildlife moments!


Honour local customs and traditions: Take the time to learn about the cultural heritage of the region by engaging with our Makumu members who have the knowledge and insight into the lands - be sure to stop at support our Makumu shop which offer traditional garments, souvenirs, and other local customs.

Take part in conservation and community practices supported by Makumu: Visit Eco Children (a non-profit organisation that was initiated by the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve which focuses on hands-on environmental education and whole school development.) Their aim is to sow seeds of change, empowering children by increasing their awareness of conservation; stimulating their desire to learn; improving their learning environment; improving the quality of their education; and providing opportunities for talented learners.


At Makumu Private Game Lodge, we not only want to give you the opportunity to witness Africa's incredible wildlife but also a chance to immerse yourself in the beauty of the bush and our connection to it. By adhering to these ethical guidelines and practicing respectful behaviours, you can ensure that your safari experience not only is as magical as you dreamed it would be, but that it also leaves a positive impact on the environment and local communities…