No wildlife adventure is complete without sighting a pride of lions
luxuriating down lazily in the hot sun. It is always important to take
precautions of never landing down out of your vehicle to snap close-up
pictures of the wilds. It is an absolute way of risking your life.
Treat the wild mammals with the respect that they deserve. Try not making
quick and fast movements and also any noises that really irritate these
creatures. Try to be extra cautious if you see elephant turning towards you,
flapping their ears and erecting their trunks, it might be dangerous. Rhinos
are wild beast and known for their bad moods, disturbing their line of
vision can provoke them to charge you down. You have to take special
precautions while dealing with hippopotamus as it is the most dangerous wild
animal among all- it is estimated that they kill more people than any other
Take extra caution while making your moves- your motion should be slow and
quiet. Wear natural colors and unscented lotions, so that can nicely merge
with the forest woods.
Some sighting locations have on-site staff and wild life experts. Don't be
afraid to ask for advice.
Don't try to share your food with the animals, let them enjoy their natural
foods, otherwise they might lose their fear of cars, campers, or even
Learn to identify symbol of alarm, these are sometimes discriminating,
leave the place immediately if any animal shows them.
Knowing the feeding habits of these wild habitats will help you to find
them in their natural habitat. Be respectful of nesting areas and vegetated
grounds. Look for animal sign- marks in the mud or snow, odd smell and flora
that has been freshly riffle are all evidenced that wildlife has been in the
The most essential skills in the wildlife photography safari tours is "be
patient" don't expect the wildlife to cooperate all the time. Permit
yourself enough time in the wild, where wild life is copious, it can take
years, if not a lifetime, to see all the species listed in this guide and to
store few in your cam.
Learn the skill of photographing the wildlife species from a correct
distance. Try to photograph small animals from a low camera position to
emphasize their size, when you go for close-up photography of wildlife, try
with a long lens adjusting the camera at f8 and focus on the animal's eyes.
A lens of 300mm in focal length is quite appropriate for mammal photography
and for birds 500mm is a good beginning point.
Binoculars are one of the important gears up in a wildlife safari tour, in
fact, every person in the safari tour should carry their binoculars along
with them as the probability of sighting wildlife increases more with it.
Also it is far better to take along a compact, digital, transportable camera
than relying on a camera with film. Having a topographic map, compass, GPS
unit, or just paying attention to the jungle rules, will be of great help to
A strong, lightweight flashlight with a red lens is a must for nighttime
viewing, as it will not scare wildlife where as the bright light of a white
beam will demolish your night visibility.
Lodge Safari: Staying in a permanent lodge and
taking daily game viewing drives into the wilds by minivan or Land Rover.
Mobile Tented-Camp Safari: Sleeping in a tent
and move from place to place each night.
Walking Safari: Peeping out of a van roof
hatch, you are a simple spectator to the big-game action. But on a walking
safari, you step onto the stage with the wild creatures.
Hoofed Mammals: animal foot
Carnivorous: flesh-eating animals
Poachers: predator- those who hunt animals for
their skins etc.
Eco-tourism: travelers responsible to natural
environment areas that preserve the environment and amend the well being of