- Posted on 12 Feb 2013 8:40 am
While you are on a venture to wildlife tours in India, it’s an exciting and adventurous feeling in itself. A wildlife tour in India simply takes you to engrave the dense foliages and varied wild species all around the distinct sanctuaries and national parks. But remember, you are on the most exciting and challenging expedition to India to encounter the majestic and endangered species that brings the message of wildlife conservation all around its vicinity. And so you must understand the essential tips and safety measures for a successful wildlife tour in India keeping wildlife conservation in mind.
Here are the top ten safety measures and travel tips one should follow while planning for the India wildlife tour:-
Understanding the threats to animals and wildlife
You should understand the consequences of changing physical environment to the wild creatures. It may take time for them to adjust and can also irritate them so you should not play with their existing environment and so causing pollutions and illegal activities like hunting, poaching or trading should be avoided. This is the first step towards the wildlife conservation in India and one should strictly follow it.
Respect the animals
When you are on a wildlife tour, the most important thing to keep in mind is respecting the wild creatures. You should not make noise while you are on a safari tour. Avoid seeking attention from them with any kind of disturbing activities like shouting, yelling or calling the animals. This may irritate the jungle fellows and may cause some harm/ injury to you.
Do not litter in the area
Cleanliness in the ecological arena is equally important for us. Since, a clean environment is a safe environment. This may also bring the healthy creatures all around the sanctuaries and wild reserves. Therefore, it is advisable not to litter garbage around the jungle areas. Always carry a bag along with you where you can keep your wastes and could later throw it at the outskirt of the vicinity.
Do not feed the wild animals
It is always advisable not to feed the wild animals unnecessary. Since, you never know the stuffs you are offering could be hazardous or indiscriminate that can bring toxicities to the wild beings. It might be possible that it should not satisfy their appetite and they may get aggressive to harm you later. So, mere observing them is the perfect choice for you.
Do not get much closer to the endangered predators
You should maintain a safer distance from the wild and dangerous species. Getting much closer to them could be very dangerous. It is always advisable to remain at least half a mile away from them and should be accompanied by the guides or the reserve officials for safety.
Take advice from your trained guides
You should always follow the instructions of your guide. A trained guide that follows their routes regularly will know how close they can safely approach without disturbing the wildlife. Do not approach bird nests unless with a trained guide who assures you it is safe. Do not take flashlight photos directly into the faces of nocturnal animals, especially those which fly or glide.
Go through the physically active test
It is very necessary for you to be physically active before going for a wildlife tour in India. Since, the atmosphere and weather conditions could be different from your country and so you should undergo a medical examining test before planning for a safari tour. Once you are physically fit, you can face the adverse conditions in the reserve and remain healthy. Besides, always carry some kind of necessary medicines and first-aid equipments to avoid any unfair circumstances.
Be careful while photographing
Photography is a very exciting activity and needs too much of attention. But beside this, you should always remember not to disturb the wild creatures while taking their images. Also, try to maintain safer distance from them while shooting. For better result, always carry a high definition camera with you so that you can capture the image more perfectly and clearly from far off distance also.
Join a conservation volunteer scheme
Joining schemes like Conservation Programs in India will allow you to contribute in the conservation effort. Donate towards conservation projects in the country and select appropriate tour operators and eco-lodges that demonstrate a concern for wildlife conservation. Eco-accreditation is a good sign, but also judge by what you observe and by the answers to your questions before signing up.
For safe safari, take prior permission from the jungle authority
A prior reservation for safari and lodging is a must. You must take a fair permission from the jungle authority for a safe and enjoyable wild expedition. They will make a good arrangement for safari tour as well as for best residing options.