What is FAQ?

A frequently asked questions list is often used in articles, websites, email lists, and online forums where common questions tend to recur, for example through posts or queries by new users related to common knowledge gaps.

Below you will find answers to frequently asked questions. For even more information, have a look at the More Info section for details about your specific tour or travel option.

FAQ Questions: A-R

(A)Why should I book with Xavier safaris?

  1. Xavier Safari staff has done and lead most of the tours/ treks/ climbs and hikes ourselves and we know you will benefit from our personal experience and in-depth knowledge.
  • prices – without compromising on high standards, you will get what you paid for.
  • Xavier Safari supports and donates a percentage of our profits to non profit organizations, like education sector, rural health clinics, hospitals, job creation among the youth and rural communities wellbeing, which are trying to make the world a better place… so indirectly you will also help some less fortunate people, the environment and your money will help with nature and wildlife conservation.
  • We have carefully selected some of the most popular Group Safaris, 4×4 Safaris, Treks and climbs and offer them at by far the best.
youth Job Creation: Edward making bricks out of soil
Health a Catholic sister nun immunizing a child at a community clinic.

(B) Is it safe to book with Xavier Safaris?

Xavier safari logo

Yes. Xavier Safaris is registered with Uganda Registration Services Bureau Number 80020001206140. Xavier Safari was founded in January 2006. Xavier Safari, only the best, registered and insured operator in Africa to ensure your Safari goes as planned.

  • Xavier Safari provides a guarantee to tourists/ clients who have booked a Safari with us.

(C) Is a safari jeep safari safe? Do animals attack safari vehicles?

It is common for animals to come quite close to the safari vehicles without taking any interest in them. Why? Xavier Byarugaba, a Safari guide working with Xavier Safaris in Africa says the animals are used to the sight and smell of the vehicles. “They see the jeep as a single item and don’t smell the people in it as a separate item. That’s why it’s important for travelers to stay within the vehicle, because if they move their bodies outside the shape of the jeep, the animals may recognize something new about them and decide to investigate.” Xavier says this is particularly pertinent when watching a kill, as the lions are in hunting mode. You don’t want to become their new target!

A Lioness on a hunting spree

(D): What happens if the vehicle breaks down?

If you are taking a self-drive safari, be sure to enquire about emergency protocol and rescue procedures at the game reserve before heading off. If you break down, remain in your vehicle at all times. Call the emergency number or wait for a passing vehicle if you have no phone. Always inform the reserve of your plans before leaving and always stay on the marked paths to avoid danger and to be easily spotted by rescue teams.

If you are on a guided game drive, your guides will be well-trained in vehicle breakdown procedures. Stay calm and let your guides handle the situation. Xavier Byarugaba, a Safari guide working with Xavier Safaris in Africa has experienced vehicle breakdowns on a few safaris. “The jeep broke down with a pride of lions quite close by – adrenaline extreme!” While it was a heart stopping experience Xavier says he and his driver guide expertly managed the situation and they all returned to camp safely

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Tourists jeep with a flat tyre

(E) Are walking safaris safe?

As with all safaris and wildlife experiences, walking safaris come with risks. The expert guides go through rigorous training and their chief priority is your safety. You can heavily reduce your risk of danger simply by listening to your guide’s instructions at all times. However, animals are unpredictable and things can go wrong, so here are a few extra safari safety tips to follow.

A group of tourists with their nature walk guide viewing a giraffe

(F) Stay down wind from the animal

It’s important to stay downwind so the animal doesn’t catch your scent. Your guide will instruct you on the best route to walk to ensure you stay downwind.

Tourists quietly view and take photos of a gorilla in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda.

(G) What should I do if I approach a wild animal?

If you are approached by a hostile animal, give it a wide berth and check you aren’t blocking its escape route. Move away slowly, but never turn your back on an animal and never run away, as these movements will aggravate the animal.

Tourists coming from a bout cruise came close to a hippopotamus

If you do come close to an agitated animal, always listen to your guide for the safest course of action.

Hippopotamus chases man at Murchison Falls national park, Uganda

(H)Are we supposed to Walk in a single file during a nature walk?

The best way for your walking safari to move about is in a single file about an arm’s length from each other. This way, animals will see you as one unit rather than a herd that can be split up.

Tourists walking in a straight line during a bush walk at Hangwe National Park Zimbabwe2011

It also means that the armed guides up front will have walked the track before you, protecting you from any danger lurking along the path.

Whether it’s your first or tenth time on an African safari, there is a general safari etiquette to follow. It’s important to be respectful of your guides and fellow travelers so everyone can have an unforgettable safari experience. Brush up on these safari rules and etiquette tips before venturing into the bush.

Tourists walking in a strait line during the great migration in Serengeti National Park Tanzania 2016.

(I)How can I Manage bucket list expectations?

Your safari guides want you to see the best wildlife but there’s no guarantee you’ll spot everything. Animals are unpredictable and often like to remain hidden as they roam freely around the massive reserves.

tourist during a game drive in Masai Mara game reserve2009

For many people, African safaris are a once-in-a-lifetime experience and they travel a long way with high expectations. It’s unlikely that you’ll spot the Big Five on your first game drive, so try not to be disappointed and don’t get frustrated with your guide if it’s not possible to find every animal you want to see.

An Elephant approaches tourist jeep during a game drive2017
Tourists in an open jeep viewing a male lion in Etosha national park Namibia 2010