I love the wild regardless of where the jungle is …South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Brazil, Thailand or India! Being on a safari is an adventure that I truly enjoy.
To all those who share my liking for the wild, here are things that should not be done on a safari …
- Do not go with a fixed mindset of sighting only the cats or the Big Five. Go to enjoy the jungle, to watch the birds fly and the deer graze.
- Do not rant about how dusty the roads are …. You are in a jungle!
- Do not talk loudly… It disturbs the wild ones.
- Do not push your guides and drivers to enter an area that is restricted. It can cost them their permit and put you in danger.
- Do not block the passage of the cats to get a better sighting position. It’s their right of way. Remember, you are in their territory.
- Do not wear bright colours that attract attention. Wear earthy colours that blend with the natural surroundings.
- Do not wear a perfume. The sense of smell in animals is multi fold when compared to humans and artificial fragrances bother them.
- Do not under estimate the weather. Carry an extra layer in winters and sun protection during summers.
- Do not offer food to any wild animal…including cute looking baby monkeys and langurs. Let the wildlings learn to fend for themselves, as Nature intends it to be.
- Do not throw any litter in the jungle. No paper, plastics and wrappers please. Be environmentally conscious and pick up any plastic that you see lying around.
- Do not step out of your safari vehicle, unless you are on a walking safari with a trained ranger.
- Do not play music in the jungle. It’s disturbs the animals and possibly, your fellow travellers.
- Do not leave safari bookings for the last minute. All safaris require permits and logistical arrangements that are best done in advance.
- Do not let your cell phones distract you…turn off technology for a bit!
- Lastly, do not forget to live in the moment and have fun….thats what a vacation is all about!
Cheers to sharing the planet with four legged and winged beings!