- Please leave the environment as pretty as you encountered it. Collect your garbage and look for a place to get rid of it, also if that can be a bit difficult;
- Did you smoke a cigarette on the mountain? Put it between your shoe laces, until you can throw it away;
- Okay, yes, we like to go off the beaten track, but when you’re in a nature reserve or park, stick to the path! Otherwise, there’ll be not nature left;
- Collect your plastic garbage, like we said before. If you’re traveling through Kenya, we can give you a big collection bag to collect plastic in (if possible). When you leave this bag in the car after your trip, we’ll make sure the plastic will get locally upcycled;
- Be respectful to the animals around you: you’re infiltrating their habitat, not the other way around;
- Never give food to animals! If you give food to monkeys, for instance, they will get shot;
- Enjoy the wildlife with your eyes and don’t get too close without permission. Don’t threaten animals and don’t chase them either;
- During a safari, you’re encountering wild animals – don’t underestimate them! A safari park is not a theme park: big animals can cause big problems, if they feel threatened;
- You might not expect this, but hippo’s are Africa’s most deadliest animals! Every year, people die because of a unfortunate hippo encounter. Stay clear of these big boys!
- Also keep your distance from i.a. elephants, rhinos and buffalos – they also easily crush you or your car. If you’re going camping in the bush, make sure to have a ranger with you during the night! Also, it’s a bad idea to keep food stored in your tent.
- If you want to take a picture of people, always ask for permission first. If you’d like to photograph kids, see if you can ask their parents for permission;
- It’s likely that you’ll encounter poverty during your stay. 2 very important rules:1. We’re absolutely against ‘poverty porn’, so don’t take pictures less fortunate people to get some likes on Instagram;2. If you want to give something to people, then only do this in a fair setting (by sharing or by creating a transaction). If you’ll hand out stuff or money in poorer places, you will contribute to a begging culture;
- Don’t forget to tip! Tipping culture in Africa is big: if people do something for you, the will almost always expect a tip. Don’t feel like tipping? Make sure to clearly point that out (before your luggage has been brought up the stairs!);
- Our partners get fair pays, but also for them receiving a tip is usual. Make sure to read our tipping guidelines!
- If you arrive back in your accommodation after a night out, bear in mind that other guests are sleeping. Be polite to other people on the streets, to staff and other guests;
- Make sure to keep to your promises and appointments you make about your car and about stuff like timing;
- Try not to see the world through a Western lens. The standard of living might be different in African countries, but life goes on. Life often has a different pace and perceptions on things like value and happiness might be different from what you’re used to;
- Ladies, mind your clothing. Especially in coastal areas (more in towns than on the beach), you will encounter big cultural and religious differences – make sure that you’re prepared!
- Be open to the ‘African lifestyle’: ‘pole pole’ (take it easy) and ‘hakuna matata’ (no worries). Not everything goes to plan, sometimes you have to wait a bit longer. Try not to stress out, get yourself a drink, eat a samosa, start some smalltalk and enjoy the environment!
Rrrright! Now you’re completely ready for a trip to Africa.