Whether you are travelling as a couple or on a fun family adventure, Sense Earth will make sure you have the full lowdown on your safety and security. We want you to have a safe and stress free holiday.
We’ve written this safety guide to give you a flavour of the advice we give you as our guest.
Stay in a community
Staying in the local community really is the way to get away from the crowds. There are some fantastic community initiatives with the chance to immerse yourself into the local way of life. It is a safe and genuine way of truly getting to know the local people and enriching your stay.
This unique opportunity enables the community to benefit financially and educationally from you being there. You may find this is the most memorable part of your holiday.
Local police and army
The local police are normally very friendly despite being armed with guns. Remember that in the UK guns are not part of our everyday life whereas in other countries you may see them on a regular basis carried by police officers and guards.
Quite often you will see police on the roads at checkpoints. They are simply ensuring that your vehicle is roadworthy and that you have the correct documents. Be polite, courteous and smile and you may find that you are engaged in a rather long conversation about what you are doing and where you are going! The police are simply curious as well as doing their job and will often wish you a safe journey as you depart. Remember, they are also there to ensure your safety when travelling!
In some countries the army is out in force at checkpoints. More often than not they are looking for stolen vehicles or people smuggling goods. Again, do not worry, they will know that you are tourists and again will ask where you are going.
In taking a holiday anywhere overseas, there is an element of risk. Without risk life would be boring! Wild animals can present threats to your safety and health, please follow the advice of your guide or accommodation owner.
Here are few things to consider:
- Do not try to get too close, let the animals come to you.
- Please do not ask your guide to get any closer.
- Check your shoes for creepy crawlies before putting them on.
- Do not position yourself between mother and offspring.
- Do not rev your engine, beep your horn or shout to get the attention of wildlife. It might prove to be too much for you and them!
- Use a mosquito net.
- Walk on paths and try not to create your own path through the pristine bush.
- Do not feed or try to pet the wildlife (you will be surprised who does do this!).
In camps where animals wander freely, make sure that you are escorted between your room to the communal areas, however short the distance maybe.
If you are on a self-drive through a game reserve, such as Etosha National Park in Namibia, only get out in the designated safe areas.
We will give you a suggested route from one lodge to the next with directions and timings. There will also be suggested detours to see lesser known highlights to enrich your holiday.
Journey the road less travelled.
The last thought
Remember, travel can be unpredictable and somethings might not go according to plan. But this is the beauty of exploring lesser known places. You are not rigidly confined to boxes and the day is not set in stone. Because if it was, you might miss an amazing wildlife sighting or experience.
Leave your worries and structure behind and let the earth weave her magic.