Taking a game drive can be a rewarding experience. However, travellers should make sure that they abide by all the rules. Picture: Leon Lestrade.

Taking a game drive can be a rewarding experience, especially if you get to spot the Big 5. Chris Ovens, manager at Sibuya Game Reserve shares 5 tips for a successful game drive.

Go with an open mind

If you think you can spot all members of the big 5 on a single game drive, think again! “Never try to predict the animals you will see on a game drive, rather just enjoy the experience. The Big 5 is not the only animals in the wild. There are hundreds of animal and bird species at a reserve, each with their own unique story,” said Ovens.

Carry a pair of binoculars

If you do not have a camera that zooms then carry along a pair of binoculars for better viewing of the animals. Ovens said guests should ask their game ranger to lend them one if you they do not have a pair.

Ensure that you have a warm set of clothes

Game drives can get chilly. Chris said travellers should carry clothes to keep them warm if the weather changes. “While some game drives provides a blanket or rain poncho, having warm clothes is a bonus, especially during winter ,” he said.

Obey the rules set by your ranger

Guides are there to protect and showcase the wild to you. Therefore it is important to follow the rules they set. “Guides usually give travellers a brief of what is acceptable and what is not. Guests should listen to the rules to avoid any incidents during the game drive,” he said.

Ask questions

Ovens said guides are there to educate guests on the wild and its surroundings. “Guides are quite knowledgeable about their surroundings. They are willing to answer any questions regarding the animals and the environment,” he said.