Every places has its own norms which tourists have to follow. When it comes to wildlife tourism, it is a must to follow the regulations even more strictly. These tips will help you know some basic rules for wildlife travel.
The main idea is to understand the importance of forest reserves. There are a number of wildlife destinations in India and people here love to visit them. We should never forget to follow certain important rules which are made to protect the animal kingdom.
Deer at Nagarhole National Park
Photo Courtesy: Srikaanth Sekar
1. Pindrop Silence
Animals get disturbed and they might hide if they hear too much noise. So, even if you get excited just talk in lower tones and don't shout.Silence is one of the beauties of the forests.
2. Wear Sober Colours
Don't wear bright coloured clothes for wildlife safaris. Animals might get affected by the colours. Wear sober colours and also pack according to the climate.
3. Never get down from the safari vehicle
Safety matters, there is no need to get adventurous in wildlife tours. Never get down from the safari vehicles unless you've the permission to do so! In most national parks and sanctuaries people are not allowed to get down from the vehicles.
Safari at Ranthambore National Park
Photo Courtesy: JULIAN MASON
4. Don't Litter
Don't throw waste or plastic inside the forest. It should be preserved in its pristine form.
5. Don't wear strong perfumes
Animals are sensitive to smell and it might enrage them. Avoid putting strong perfumes or deodorants.
6. Planning photo tours
You want to go on photo tours then contact the local guides or naturalists who can arrange for such tours. Do proper research about the professional guides. You can also search for organisations who conduct photo tours in the national parks or wildlife reserves. There are many such wildlife tour planners in India too.
The woods of nagarhole
Photo Courtesy: Ashwin Kumar
7. Photography tips
Flash is not allowed for taking pictures in wildlife safaris.Flash lights might disturb the animals and they may react to it. So, use other techniques to get good images.
8. Proper research is a must
It is necessary to do a thorough research for any tours. While planning for safaris, you should know the best season and safari timings. Book it well in advance during the peak seasons.
Baby elephants at Jim Corbett National Park
Photo Courtesy: Rohit Varma
9. Wildlife travel is season specific
Tourist are not allowed in wildlife sanctuaries at all seasons. They're open for a certain periods in a year. Better find out about the season and climate in the park before hand.
10. Pack wisely
Forest areas are prone to constant climatic changes. Again it depends on the season in that particular place or state. For example, Ranthambore National Park in Rajasthan will be extremely cold during the winter months and extremely hot during summer. Especially, the morning safaris in the winter is very cold. So, pack accordingly!
11. Be Patient
It is the land of animals and they come when they want to. So, don't get bored or impatient if you don't see any animals.
Tiger at Bandipur
Photo Courtesy: Siddharth Subramanian
12. Carry a light luggage
Take water bottles, caps (if its hot), etc. are some of the basic items for the safari.
The idea is to return home with good memories and leave the animal world untouched. It's okay if you can't capture them in photos but don't disturb them.