Safari malpractices

Introduction

Madhya Pradesh is known for its tiger reserves, jungle safari tours and wildlife photography. Large number of tourists are visiting these safari destinations in period from October to June month. These visitors use to capture wildlife photographs and sighting videos, on various social media platforms. Now a days, a sense of undeclared competition is going on between safari lovers due to which everybody want to have best safari experience and share them in social media to attain large number of likes and followers. In this undeclared competition, safari vehicle drivers, guides and visitors, many time dare to deliberately overlook park management rules and here debate arises on safari ethics and malpractices. Here we will try to understand what are our common mistakes during safari drives, which we should try to avoid and educate other also to be a good safari visitor.

Dressing sense

Many tourists, mostly first time visitors, often does mistake on dressing. While doing jungle safari drives, we should wear such colored vehicles which are matching to our surrounding color like jungle green, light grey, beige, light brown color, sandy brown, pale brown are some best suitable colors. Using camouflage dress are even better and often used by professional photographers, frequent visitors, safari guides and safari drivers. Full sleeve dress is better to avoid sun-burn or itching as safari vehicles are open to sky. If we will wear some shiny or striking color, it will distract wild animals and birds thus cause adverse affect on our sighting and photography probability.

Use of perfume

In urban lifestyle, use of perfume during outside visit is in our habit. We are so habitual that on daily basis we use strong perfume as we go out on daily basis. During jungle safari drives, we should strongly refrain from using any perfume of strong smell cream. Reason lies on sensitivity of wild animals. Birds and animals have strong smell sense and use of perfume will distract them during our close presence. This distraction will cause adverse affect on our sighting probability.

During jungle calls

While doing jungle safaris, calls from birds and animals are common. During predator presence at nearby location or during any doubt or feeling of threat, wild animals like deers, antelopes, langurs, birds pass alert message to others through jungle calls. These calls can be heard from long distance. Safari guide uses these calls as clue for animal tracking. In order to hear them and try to guess the distance and location, safari guide need undisturbed atmosphere. So here our duty is to avoid any unnecessary discussion or talking, during safari drives. So our priority should be to talk less, see and hear more. As per situation, we should ask question and seek information from guide.

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