This is a list of 8 things which I’m either grateful I had/did or dream I had/did throughout my current journey to India with Natural World Safaris.
TIP # 1. DON’T COUNT ON YOUR GUIDE
The number of wildlife experts in India are extraordinary. They can hear a single alarm call from a country mile over the combined din of the jeep’s engine and the rest of the jungle. When you’re being driven around the tiger reserves in India it’s incredibly simple to end up being detached and allow your eye line to be completely determined by your guide’s notes and instructions. It’s also extremely each to follow your guide’s eyes, assuming that they have some inside knowledge about where the sightings are going to turn up. The truth is – they do not, and believe me when they see something, they’ll let you know right away, so do not be afraid to look the other way and you never understand you may get lucky!
My suggestions are to truly get involved and try to determine the different deer and langur alarm calls from the broad-spectrum of jungle sounds. You’re not going to end up being a professional overnight but it definitely adds to the entire experience.
TIP # 2. NECK ASSISTANCE
Nothing can put a damper on a tiger encounter like a stiff neck. International flights are not always favorable to a great night’s sleep. A few of the longer transfers are the best chance to have a fast catnap to ensure you’re broad awake for those morning safaris.
TIP # 3. BRING ENTERTAINMENT
Sometimes it’s simple to forget that you’re on holiday. Most of the roadways in India are fantastic and an excellent book (or several books on an eReader) is a fantastic way to pass the time. Get under the skin of the country with an Indian-based novel like Shantaram, The God of Small Things, Midnight’s Children or the Life of Pi.
TIP # 4. BRING SOMETHING TO SAFEGUARD YOUR VIDEO CAMERA
You’ll soon discover that when you remain in hot pursuit another jeep to a tiger sighting that the park lorries can kick up a lot of dust. Experienced professional photographers or wildlife enthusiasts ought to bring something to safeguard their lenses and pricey devices. It’s exceptionally interesting when the guide turns round to you to say ‘hold tight’, however, ensure that your camera is still practical when you reach the action.
TIP # 5. NEVER SAY ‘NO’ TO A TOILET BREAK
After the mix of the local cuisine, the rough roads, the heat, and the early starts, it’s actually challenging to figure out how much water you’re taking on and losing throughout the day. Video game drives take around 3-4 hours and think me you don’t wish to be captured shortly in a park where a man-eater or a notoriously ruthless sloth bear could be sleeping behind the next tree.
TIP # 6. PACK LAYERS
This is one for all areas of the world. Even in April where you’ll be warned of temperatures in the 40s, morning drives can be chilly. Park opening hours are determined by sunrise and sunset and when you’re driving along in open leading jeep prior to the sun has actually had time to heat up your environments you’ll be grateful for the extra layers you can shed by the time you finish your game drive.
TIP # 7. PACK ANTIVIRAL HAND WASH
You never understand when impromptu bush dinners and mid-morning safari treats will be served. If you wish to give yourself the best possibility of not getting ‘Delhi-belly’ pack this little lifesaver.
TIP # 8. PACK LESS
Laundry services are easily offered at much of the hotels and lodges that I remained at along my trip. When I unloaded, I discovered lots of clothing that didn’t even see the light of day during my journey. If you have 2 pieces of clothing that satisfy the exact same function my advice is to just take one and conserve yourself the extra packing and more room for mementos!