Advice for our Namibia trip
- Fine dust and the heat are a real danger to any photographic equipment
- Never put the camera in the sun, keep it in a well-padded and tightly closed photo bag that protects the housing from bumps and dust.
- there are only about 5,500 km of tar roads, but 37,500 km of gravel roads (for 100 km of gravel road you need about 2 hours)
- Even with the best vehicle, a breakdown cannot be ruled out, so you should always bring enough drinking water, some food such as biscuits or fruit and toilet paper with you
- You should never leave any things in an unattended vehicle, they could have disappeared afterwards and the vehicle is also damaged
- If you are on foot, you must not run away with an animal in a dangerous situation, as this behavior signals fear to the animal and encourages it to pursue
- During excursions or a walk, it is advisable to always pay attention to where you are stepping, the "branch" could be a snake
- To ward off ticks and scorpions, it is recommended to wear long trousers, high hiking shoes and socks when going on excursions or walks
- Even during overland trips, to sights in the area or from one place to the next, it is strongly recommended to wear high hiking shoes, because in the event of a breakdown,
If the vehicle is stuck or the like, it is sometimes necessary to act quickly
- Mosquito spray in the handbag saves uncomfortably itchy bites
- Sun hat / cap and sunglasses are almost a matter of course, because the sun is steep and dazzling
solid high shoes sun hat / cap sunglasses
If we observe all of these tips, we are well prepared for possible stressful situations and this will not arise.
Traveling requires patience, courage, a good sense of humor, the forgetting of all domestic worries, and the fact that you do not allow yourself to be depressed by adverse coincidences, difficulties, bad weather, bad food and the like.
Behavior on safaris
A safari can be a fascinating experience. In order to avoid dangerous situations, you should observe a few rules of conduct.
Safari trips represent a special kind of vacation experience. Anyone who decides to go on a safari on the African continent should, however, also think about their safety.
On a safari that leads through a wildlife sanctuary, there are often encounters with wild animals that one would like to observe or photograph. We treat the animals with respect.
Certain animals living in the wild can be a potential hazard.
However, if you approach these animals with understanding, respect and consideration, you can usually avoid dangerous situations. Most safaris are accompanied by trained and experienced guides, so-called safari guides. As a traveler, you should always follow their instructions and rules. It is also advisable to familiarize yourself with the behavior of the native animals while on holiday and to be well informed.
All wildlife sanctuaries have rules in place to protect travelers and animals. In addition, there are some basic rules of conduct that you should absolutely adhere to for your own safety.
So it is important that you never drive too close to the animals or get into herds. You should also refrain from clapping or imitating animal sounds in order to attract the animals' attention.
A particularly important protective measure is to only get out of the car in places that are intended for this and not to move too far from the vehicle.
If you are on foot, you must not run away in a dangerous situation, as this behavior signals fear to the animal and encourages it to pursue.
During the walk, it is advisable to always pay attention to where you are stepping. In order to ward off ticks or even snakes, it is recommended to wear long pants, high hiking shoes and socks from a walking safari.
And finally: if you discover an animal, please do not use your finger or long arm to draw the attention of the others to it and do not communicate it out loud. You will do it. Pay attention to it.
Behavior when encountering elephants
1. Elephants are intelligent. Your main goal is to be left alone. Make yourself aware of that.
2. Always show respect for the animals. They are in their territory.
3. Elephants, like every living being, have a personal comfort zone that no one should enter.
4. Give him space to escape and note the escape route so that the animals do not feel cornered. Never cut off the elephant's path.
5. Give the elephants the right of way at any time and keep a distance of 30-40 meters. If the animals come too close on their own, be sure to avoid them.
6. Elephants threaten when they spread their ears, shake their heads, nod, twitch, swing their trunks back and forth, hit their ears against their bodies or throw grass, stones or twigs. Pay attention to it!
7. At the first sign of threat, step back and evade.
8. Keep an eye on all elephants so that no one can approach from behind unnoticed.
9. Always try to keep a possible escape route open for you and your vehicle.
10. Do not block other vehicles during an encounter.
11. Cow elephants are very aggressive when you stand between them and their calves. Always give the animals the opportunity to find each other.
12. Don't let the engine roar or drive past the elephants at full throttle - this could make them aggressive and provoke an attack. In this case, you slowly back away.
13. Only if the elephant attacks you with bowed head and ears up, accelerate the vehicle.
Four warning signs by which we recognize an elephant attack:
1. Most elephant attacks are bogus attacks. The animal will fake an attack to see if you are aggressive or harmless.
2. Observe the elephant's ears. If they are relaxed, the elephant only fakes the attack.
3. If the animal flattens its ears, it is likely to really attack you. At the same time, it will also take its trunk back.
4. Pay attention to acoustic warning signs from the elephant, it is likely to make loud noises before an attack.
5. On safari: If you follow the tips, behave carefully during a safari and are with experienced guides, you will minimize the risk of being attacked. But: The animals you want to watch are wild animals - and therefore unpredictable. There is always a certain risk involved, despite all precautions.
Behavior when encountering snakes
There are rules of conduct such as:
Do not jump around / do not reach into holes / do not reach into caves / do not reach into pipes / do not wave your arms around, but stand still and watch.
The most common snakes in and around Omaruru:
The black mamba occurs all over Namibia. It is the fastest and largest venomous snake in Africa. it can stand up to 2 meters and reaches a speed of up to 13 km / h. Fortunately, the black mamba is a rather shy and non-aggressive animal and therefore not quite as dangerous for humans if certain rules of behavior are observed when handling it. The black mamba can be up to 4 meters long. It has a black-brown color on the upper side and a whitish-gray, light brown or olive-green color on the abdomen. She has a long head with big eyes. It mainly lives on the ground, only when hunting can it be found on trees or in the undergrowth. The black mamba has a potent neurotoxic poison. After just half an hour, it leads to failure of various muscles and can lead to a complete standstill of breathing. Therefore, medical help should be sought immediately after a black mamba bite. In extreme cases, mouth-to-mouth resuscitation can extend life up to 8 hours.
The striped Spiekobra or zebra snake. It can be up to one meter, a maximum of 1.50 meters tall. She has a drawing similar to the zebra. Through her teeth, she can spray her poison into the attacker's face and eyes when straightening up. The zebra snake's venom can destroy the nervous system and tissues. The zebra snake inhabits dry to semi-arid landscapes with loose trees and bushes. Areas with stone and rock formations are preferred, in which the animals find protection and excellent retreat areas. Way of life: The snakes are mostly diurnal during the warm and rainy season. However, the observer can also observe the animals on warm, humid nights or immediately after warm thunderstorms. Although the reptiles, like other snake species, usually spend the colder and dry season in sheltered hiding places and keep a dry dormancy, isolated individuals have also been observed on warm winter days sunbathing on stones or even on the warm asphalt of the streets. The animals are considered shy and rather nervous in their behavior. Encounters with humans are avoided. If there is an encounter with the reptiles, however, you should first and foremost keep calm. Do not under any circumstances irritate the animals unnecessarily by lashing with a stick or the like! Snakes see and hear very poorly and can hardly distinguish a quietly standing person from another object, with the exception of its heat radiation and vibrations of its movements.
First aid measures for a snakebite.
First aid measures in the case of an acute snakebite should be such that the victim is reassured and the extremity (arm or leg) that has been bitten should be immobilized. Then a doctor should be called immediately or the nearest hospital should be visited. Sucking out, cutting or binding is not recommended!
"It takes a little courage!?!"