Do's & Dont's Codes

Safari Codes..

The word 'Safari' actually means 'to travel' and can refer to any journey or trip. When in either a park or a reserve visitors should observe the following code:

The Wildlife Code

Respect the privacy of the wildlife, this is their habitat.
Beware of the animals - they are wild and can be unpredictable.
Don't crowd the animals or make sudden noises or movements.
Don't feed the animals - it upsets their diet and leads to human dependence.
Keep quiet - noise disturbs the wildlife and may antagonize your fellow visitors.
Stay in your vehicle at all times, except at designated picnic or walking areas.
Keep below the maximum speed limit (40 kph/25mph).
Never drive off-road -this severely damages the habitat.
When viewing wildlife keep to a minimum distance of 20m and pull to the side of the road so as to allow others to pass.
Leave no litter and never light fires or discard burning objects.
Respect the cultural heritage of Kenya - never take pictures of the local people or their habitat without asking their permission, respect the cultural traditions of Kenya and always dress with decorum.
Observe the rules: leave the park by dusk; never drive at night in a national park.

Wildlife watching wisdom

The best time for wildlife viewing is 6.30am- 9.30 am and 3.30pm-6.30pm; this is due to the fact that most of the animals retire to the shade to rest during the middle (hottest) part of the day.
For best viewing, the trick is not to look AT the bush but THROUGH it. Focus your eyes at mid-range distance, look under bushes and into the shadows, and watch out for those subtle changes in colour and continuity that may indicate the presence of wildlife.
Always observe The Wildlife Code.

The Marine Wildlife Code

Check local weather/marine conditions before entering the Marine Park or Reserve.
Be aware that some marine life is dangerous - do not touch anything under water.
Do not damage or remove the coral; it is a living organism, which takes many years to form and also plays host to many rare and endangered species.
Do not stand on the coral or destroy it with your diving/snorkelling fins.
Do not remove any shells, starfish or any other sea flora or marine life, especially those deriving from turtles and whales.
Never dispose of litter on the beach or in the sea (plastic refuse, when ingested, causes the deaths of hundreds of the Park's turtles annually).
Avoid restaurants that serve undersized crabs and lobsters as this contributes to their rapid demise.
Support traditional coastal livelihoods and never give money to children on the beach or in the villages - this can encourage them to stay away from school.
Respect the cultural heritage of Kenya - never take pictures of the local people or their habitat without asking their permission, respect the cultural traditions of Kenya and always dress with decorum.