Tips on spotting more animals when you are on a safari
What are you planning for this vacation? The usual resorts, beaches and hill stations won’t find appealing every year. You tend to get bored sooner or later with these usual forms of recreation. How about an adventurous holiday? Mountain climbing, paragliding, trekking or if you quite afraid of them all, a visit to a wildlife sanctuary? To exploit the wild life fauna in their natural habitats? If this sounds appealing and convincing, then read through the following tips to exploit the jungle to the maximum and to spot as many animals as possible in the safari.
Wildlife tours has been gaining lots of importance these days and many travel planners have started to plan for tour packages for wildlife tours. Wildlife safari is ranked by the number of animals visited during the tour, especially those that belong to the big five category, the lion, tigers, elephants… Sounds fantabulous right! Equip yourself with the following needs and amenities to maximize your success in viewing the wildlife.
Tips to enhance your success in a wildlife safari:
- Visiting the Jungle at the right season:
- The dry season of the year, from January through March is the best time to visit the animals as the dry water holes attract a large variety of animals around it. The water holes are also hot spots maintained well within the sanctuary. The vegetation is also thinned out exposing the fauna.
- Start the trip at dawn and end by dusk:
- At midday, the encroaching sun disables animals to leave their dwelling, and it is best to visit the sanctuary at dawn or at dusk, the animals and birds are also active at this time. Choose midday tour if your preference is reptiles and crocodiles.
- Pick up hot spots:
- Learn where to look, to spot specific animals of choice. Water bodies such as canals and lakes are best places to find majority of animals. For leopard, learn which tree to look at, watch the rivers for crocodiles and for dung heaps to spot elephants, pug marks to spot tigers etc., Mastering the wildlife distribution map before the trip will solve the purpose to some extent.
- Accompany the guide always:
- Guides will be in contact with each other, so if one spots excellent scenery in the forest, it is well communicated and everyone gets a chance to experience it, they are also helpful in identifying species:
- Maintain checklist of items to carry:
- Animal spotting at a distance is possible with the help of binoculars. Cameras may also be carried to capture fond memories of the visit. Sometimes a magnifying glass is required to identify signs and tracks of animals. Books on wildlife identification are also useful to exactly identify the definite species of animals.
There are very few wildlife sanctuaries in the world to enjoy and explore our wild counterparts. They are worth making a visit and careful planning and selecting the right touring agency would magnify the experience further and in treasuring the memories forever.