Important Expedition Tips
Viewing animals in the wild can be an absolutely thrilling experience for travelers. It is all the more important for wildlife lovers. When it comes to enjoying an overwhelming nature experience, it has to be through wildlife.
Before you kick-start travel program and look forward to enjoy a thrilling wildlife tour experience, here are a few animal spotting tips for you to enjoy a closer to nature experience:
The Wildlife Guide
Once you have planned a trip, it is crucial to visit a local bookshop or a library to gather adequate information on wildlife. You may even visit a website for the same. This will help you get an idea on the kind of plants and animals you can expect to see.
Wildlife tour is an adventurous undertaking with substantial amounts of risks involved. Hence, it is always better to take the help of a highly experienced guide who understands the area better. Local knowledge and experience really counts when it comes to spotting wildlife. We at Mantis Photo Expeditions make sure that your wildlife tour experience is pleasant, adventurous, exciting, and safe.
The Activity Pattern
Did you know wild animals are known for their distinct daily and seasonal activity patterns? If you acquire at least basic knowledge of these patterns, it is possible to increase the odds of spotting them. Wildlife sightings occurrence in national parks and reserves may vary according to the time of year. Since the months February to May have bare tree in the jungle, the visibility is significantly improved. Also scarcity of water during these months forces animals to gather near water sources.
The Appropriate Time
The best time of day to go on a wildlife animal spotting is during early morning or late in the afternoons. This is precisely the time when most animals and birds are active. For winter, afternoons are the best time to visit wildlife sanctuaries. If you are interested in spotting reptiles such as crocodiles, snakes etc. move out in the midday.
Silence is the Key
It is crucial to understand that animals get alert by human voice. So make sure you maintain absolute silence. The best thing to do is walk softly and watch precisely where you are placing your feet to avoid making sounds of branches or twigs.
Trails and Signs
This is known to be one of the best techniques to spot animals. So gather knowledge about trails and marks of various animals. Pug marks are a clear indication of presence of tigers, lions, and leopards etc. On the other hand, large footprints point towards the habitats of elephants. You may even look for animal droppings to spot them.
Preparing a checklist of all of the crucial things required for a wildlife tour is important. This will help you enjoy maximum out of animal spotting. You would require a pair of good quality binoculars and a camera. In order to identify tracks of animals, flowers, micro-organisms, etc. it is important to use a magnifying glass. Don’t forget to carry a notepad and pencil so as to prepare a list of animals that you spot on the wildlife safari.
Don’t Ignore Sense of Smell
Remember that animals are blessed with a highly attuned sense of smell. Strictly avoid wearing perfumes, deodorants, aftershave etc. Use non-scented soaps and toiletries. The best thing to do is to wear clothes for several days as fabrics will absorb natural outdoors scents and smells. This will keep animals from detecting you with the smell.
Avoid Taking Risks
It is always thrilling to experience the look and feel of a wild animal from near. However, you need to be extremely careful as getting too near can be dangerous and life-threatening. Binoculars are the best way to keep safe distance.
Animals require water for survival. So it is easy to spot them in the areas with water bodies such as lakes, ponds, rivers, etc. You can get information about this from a map of sanctuary.
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