This is critical to your safety and the safety of your group. The warriors do nothing for free so may let you if you buy something or if you are part of an organised group doing a visit to a village. As the Maasai are not allowed into the Serengeti you are safe not making a mistake while inside however there are often Maasai at the gates either trying to sell stuff or after your empty water bottles.
If you do take a photo without permission and you are seen to do so the warriors have an open licence to throw stones at you, your group and your transport. It can get rather nasty so be warned!!
It's easy to take things for granted such as being able to walk to the toilet for a late night pee. In the Serengeti, due to the wild animals about, this isn't quite as easy. The rule is to never go the toilet by yourself - always take a buddy to keep watch and help raise the alarm in case of emergency.
When you have found one of the big 5 - epsecially Lions - you'll most likely be surrounded by other photo hungry tourists in a matter of minutes. You can normally see jeeps of all shapes and sizes racing about the Serengeti trying to get their paying guests the 'great shot' of a Lion. Be aware that emotions can get a bit out of hand as other photo hungry tourists try to get into your space!!
Well, it goes without saying that you could be eaten if you were stupid enough to go wandering around in tall grass. This isn't your local zoo. Its definitely not a petting zoo, so don't think if something is furry that it equates to it being friendly.
Especially dangerous are elephants with babies, as they are very protective. The have the added risk of being able to crush your car. Not good. So, stay inside your safari vehicle and obey your guides rules. Protectionist Pachyderms
This time Drifters had hired a local tour operator from Arusha, and as always they were very professional. We were instructed not to stand on the roof of the jeep while watching the wildlife, as the big cats always attack their prey at the neck, and they would see us as "the car's neck" if we were standing on top. This came to use when we were actually attacked by a lion! We were standing in the seats with the upper parts of our bodies over the roof. The guide was alert, and as the lion closed in on us ready to jump, he shouted the agreed warning, we jumped down into the seats as instructed and he drove off. We felt completely safe, as he had drilled us thoroughly in advance. But we did see other tourists standing on top of vehicles filming while the lions were mating! One of the guys in our group had his camera focused on one of them just in case ;-) He could have become rich selling pictures to National Geographic had the lion attacked again! To us this was a proof that not all tour operators are as professional as ours!
Although some of the animals you see in the plains of the Serengeti look very cute they are extremely dangerous. Never get out of your car thinking you are safe because the lion is sleeping.
Sometimes you have to get out tough, like in this picture where our car was stuck in the sand. The guide made sure there was no wild life near and making noise and getting out in numbers had to keep us safe.
Around Serengeti there are a number of attractive lakes and it's tempting to go for a swim.
However predators are usually not far and you might end up fighting a lion ;-)). Moreover it is illegal to go out the car.
It seems wiser to stay in the vehicle and just observe flamingo's and many different kinds of other birds from there!