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- 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.
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…
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But chances are you’ll have company.
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You might drive by animals like giraffes in their element.
Two rare white giraffes were spotted in Kenya in 2017.
Or more tourists.
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Tourists have been known to do some awful things.
There’s something majestic about kicking up dust along dirt roads in the wilderness.
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Some of the best roads to drive around the world aren’t paved.
Not every safari is so rustic.
Seeing a lion in the wild is every safari-goer’s dream.
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Encounters with wildlife can be dangerous.
But sometimes, depending on where you are, domesticated animals wander along the route.
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Better than getting chased by cheetahs.
You want to get as close to these majestic creatures as possible…
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But sometimes they’ll get closer than you’d like.
You may get lucky and catch cute animals cuddling.
But you may also see things you wish you hadn’t.
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Remember, you’re in their natural habitat.
A safari is a great opportunity to capture photos of wildlife.
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The annual Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards capture hilarious photos of animals.
If you can get the other tourists out of frame.
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“Bored tourists” also make fascinating photographic subjects.
Some safaris stop at waterfalls and swimming holes.
Everyone should jump into a swimming hole at least once.
But these are popular for a reason.
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In Dubai, desert safaris take thrill-seekers through sand dunes.
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But the sand creates a difficult terrain for driving.
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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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