Disappointing photos show what it’s really like to go on a safari

Safaris aren’t always as perfect as they seem. Andrzej Kubik/Shutterstock, Simone Roda/Flickr
  • Safaris may look like remote wilderness adventures in photos, but they can be full of tourists.
  • Sometimes, animals get a little too close for comfort, while others may be less exotic than expected.

Going on a safari is about embracing the unknown and appreciating the beauty of wildlife. Even when things go wrong.

Here’s how the expectation of going on a safari can differ from the reality.

You might think that your vehicle will be the only car for miles…

Encountering zebras on a safari. Nick Fox/Shutterstock

It’s an epic trip for people who love adventure.

But chances are you’ll have company.

A traffic jam. David Precious/Flickr

You might drive by animals like giraffes in their element.

Giraffes in the wild. Delbars/Shutterstock

Two rare white giraffes were spotted in Kenya in 2017.

Or more tourists.

A crowded safari. Simone Roda/Flickr

Tourists have been known to do some awful things.

There’s something majestic about kicking up dust along dirt roads in the wilderness.

Driving on dirt roads. Andrzej Kubik/Shutterstock

Some of the best roads to drive around the world aren’t paved.

Not every safari is so rustic.

A safari parade. Britrob/Flickr

Seeing a lion in the wild is every safari-goer’s dream.

A lion walks in front of safari vehicles. Sergey Novikov/Shutterstock

Encounters with wildlife can be dangerous.

But sometimes, depending on where you are, domesticated animals wander along the route.

A cow on a safari. Michael Gaylard/Flickr

Better than getting chased by cheetahs.

You want to get as close to these majestic creatures as possible…

A leopard in Sri Lanka. Amateur007 / Shutterstock

But sometimes they will get closer than you’d like.

A cheetah jumps on a car. Youtube/DoRaLiWi

Sometimes the wild animals you’re watching get a little too close for comfort. There have been numerous reports of tourists getting injured or even killed by animals on safaris.

You may get lucky and catch cute animals cuddling.

A lion and its cub. Shutterstock

But you may also see things you wish you hadn’t.

Remember, you’re in their natural habitat.

A safari is a great opportunity to capture photos of wildlife.

Photographing wildlife. ACALU Studio/Shutterstock

The annual Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards capture hilarious photos of animals.

If you can get the other tourists out of frame.

Tourists on a safari. JULIAN MASON/Flickr

Bored tourists” also make fascinating photographic subjects.

Some safaris stop at waterfalls and swimming holes.

Isalo National Park in Madagascar. LouieLea/Shutterstock

Everyone should jump into a swimming hole at least once.

But these are popular for a reason.

People visit a waterfall on a safari. Son of Groucho/Flickr

In Dubai, desert safaris take thrill-seekers through sand dunes.

On a safari in Dubai. Victor Maschek/Shutterstock

But the sand creates a difficult terrain for driving.

Stuck in the sand. Rob Young/Flickr

One man fell into a well while seeking help after his vehicle became stuck in the sand on a desert safari in Abu Dhabi, according to Gulf News.


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