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

Safaris aren't always as perfect as they seem.

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Safaris aren’t always as perfect as they seem.
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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.

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…

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Encountering zebras on a safari.
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It’s an epic trip for people who love adventure.


But chances are you’ll have company.

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A traffic jam.
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You might drive by animals like giraffes in their element.

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Giraffes in the wild.
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Two rare white giraffes were spotted in Kenya in 2017.


Or more tourists.

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A crowded safari.
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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.

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


Not every safari is so rustic.

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

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A lion walks in front of safari vehicles.
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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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A cow on a safari.
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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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A leopard in Sri Lanka.
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But sometimes they’ll get closer than you’d like.

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A cheetah jumps on a car.
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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.

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A lion and its cub.
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But you may also see things you wish you hadn’t.

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A lion eating a bird.
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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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Photographing 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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Tourists on a safari.
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Bored tourists” also make fascinating photographic subjects.


Some safaris stop at waterfalls and swimming holes.

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Isalo National Park in Madagascar.
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Everyone should jump into a swimming hole at least once.


But these are popular for a reason.

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People visit a waterfall on a safari.
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In Dubai, desert safaris take thrill-seekers through sand dunes.

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On a safari in Dubai.
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But the sand creates a difficult terrain for driving.

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Stuck in the sand.
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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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