I went for an evening game drive some time back at Ruma National Park in Mbita. During our drive, we were so eager to get shots of the Roan which the park is famously known for. Unfortunately, we left the park an angry lot having seen only a few zebras and birds. During the one-hour game drive, the driver kept telling us to keep our voices down to avoid scaring the wild animals away. Instead, we kept screaming “Look over there” every time we saw a creature.
Now that I know, here is some wildlife code you should keep while on a game drive according to Kenya Wildlife Service:
- Respect the privacy of the wildlife, because 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 disturb the wildlife and may antagonize your fellow visitors
- Stay in your vehicles at all times, except at designated picnic or walking areas
- Keep below the maximum speed limit (40 kph/ 25 mph)
- Never drive off-road, this severely damages the habitat
- when viewing wildlife keep to a minimum distance of 20 meters and pull to the side of the road so as to allow others to pass.
- Leave no litter and never leave fires unattended 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.
- Stay over or leave before dusk, visitors must vacate the park between 7.00pm – 6.00am unless they are camping overnight. Night game driving is not allowed.
Next time you go for a game drive, make sure you have a screenshot of this blog post to help you not get in trouble with nature😉.
Below are some photos I took at Ruma National park.