The Swahili word safari means ‘long journey’ and a wildlife safari is exactly that. A long journey into the depths of nature, an adventure of learning and appreciation of natural beauty. To have the opportunity to see a lion or a majestic sambar deer in its natural habitat is not an easily replaceable memory. So, when you do decide to give in to the call of the wild, here are a few do’s and don’ts you might want to run through.
This isn’t a trip to the local mall so there’s no need to be spruced up. And that cologne or perfume that you like- Well, unless you want scare the animals away, lay off the scents. Make sure you’re dressed appropriately for the weather; usually a cotton shirt, khaki pants, a hat and, if required, some sunscreen.
Remember to carry a good set of binoculars; you won’t always be as close to the action as you’d want! And if you’re carrying your camera make sure the battery is well charged and you have a spare.
Most wildlife safari drivers are under strict instructions to stick a particular route and vehicle speed. These rules are made for your safety as well the animals’. Make sure you don’t encourage the driver or guide to stray from the route.
While in the heat of the moment, it’s easy to forget where you are. Remember, these are wild animals and even the herbivorous ones are more than capable of causing you harm. Enjoy yourself, but remember to keep a safe distance from all the animals.
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You’ve been waiting and walking for a while under the hot sun and you still haven’t seen anything of note. Don’t worry. Nature has no deadlines. Don’t rush her. Relax and you will get your ‘In the Wild’ moment. And when you do…
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Keep sudden movements to a minimum when you see any wildlife. Chances are you’ve been waiting for ages for something and then when it does appear, it’s understandable you’re excited. Remember to keep calm. The more relaxed you are with your movements, the longer this moment with nature will last.
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You’ve probably heard this at your local zoo as well. The same rule applies here. Not only is it possible for the food you give to adversely affect the animals, it could get you a lot more attention from other animals than you bargained for.
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This cannot be stressed enough. Nature is not a dustbin so remember to dispose of all your litter appropriately. If it can’t be disposed of, remember to carry it to a place where you can.
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You’re looking for the most affordable wild life safari package that’s available. That’s completely understandable. But make sure you’re booking with a company that has a good track record and is government licensed. There are a number of companies out there that offer cheap safari experiences that may not be as safe or reliable as a more expensive one.
You’ve probably read all those stories of people who’ve had memorable experiences out in nature, coming face to face with some of the most majestic creatures on our planet. These people didn’t have those experiences with one eye on their phone or laptop. Give in to nature and forget your daily routines and problems for just a few hours, and you will have a memory to cherish forever.