How to do a jungle safari right!


Jungle Safari in Panna National Park India
Jungle Safari in Panna National Park - India


Ever been on a jungle safari (anywhere in the world) and found yourself stuck with co-passengers from hell? That just happened to me on my recent visit to Panna National Park in Madhya Pradesh, India. I was so upset that I ended up posting about my horrible experience on social media which got quite a bit of attention and lols. So here it is - my rant on how to do a jungle safari right.

Some rules to follow when on a safari (anywhere in the world):

  • Do not scream and talk endlessly. No one cares about your problems at work or with your in-laws or how Kohli (Indian cricket team captain) is not doing a great job since his wedding with Anushka Sharma!
Fateh - King of Jungle in Ranthambore Tiger Reserve
Fateh - King of Jungle in Ranthambore Tiger Reserve
  • Do not expect the driver to magically show you a tiger. It is all about luck and timing. Yes the driver or the guide should be aware of the jungle and listen to calls but there is no guarantee that you will see a tiger.
Jeep Safari in Jim Corbett National Park
Jeep Safari in Jim Corbett National Park
  • No smoking, smoke scares animals away! Smoke as much as you want when you're back in your hotel.
  • Keep your trash with you and don't litter or throw away your half eaten (but delicious looking) aloo gobi roll and munchies in the jungle. Wild animals need to stay wild!
Sambar Deer Panna National Park
Sambar Deer - Panna National Park
  • There is more to a jungle safari than just a tiger. Relish the fact that you're in the wild and breathing fresh air, no honking and there are no people (spitting or squatting) around you. Enjoy seeing the lesser known mammals and birds too.
  • Do not throw tantrums like a baby that you're hungry or need to make a stop to empty your bladder cause that certainly won't happen and is dangerous in the jungle. So suck it up and be a soldier!
Sunrise in Panna National Park
Sunrise in Panna National Park
  • Finally, please be on time for the safari. No excuses like your mommy didn't wake you up or the water pressure was poor in the taps so it took you a while to freakin bath yourself! Every moment you are late you delay everyone and that could basically mean your chances of spotting a tiger or other animals gets really slim.
If you are visiting a national park in North India, let me know. Maybe my recommendations will go a long way in making your jungle safari experience one topped with good memories!

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