Importance of planning in wildlife tourism

Nothing could be as important as how you plan your wild life expeditions and manage the entire venture according to the drawn up plans. The initial go will be to decide on the destination offering a wild life exposure. The globe is a big enough place accommodating a diverse range of animals and plants in varied climatic conditions. However, preference shifts from tourist to tourist. Some may be inclined towards the arctic wild life while others may get turned on by the African savannas. A vast grassy landscape covered by moving herds of zebras, gnus, elephants and the stalking pride of lions is all he wants to see, while there may be a tourist who gets enchanted by the unusually strange animals like koalas, moose and emus that dominates an outback down under. The kind of animal you want to watch is important. If you desire to have a thrill packed tiger and lion expedition in one go that is not possible. They stay way apart, and the geographical location of that wild life species is very important as this factor will dictate the planning.

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Before physically launching your wild expedition trip, get acquainted with the flora and fauna you are looking for. There is enough illustrated literature available on the internet and in books on animal and plant kingdom. You get to know the country where the species you are looking for is found. The type of habitat, the best season to visit, other groups of animals that are found in the same habitat, the typical behavior of a specific animal in group and in isolation, potential threats from the animal if any are all fragments of information that will prepare you mentally before you pack your camera and luggage and board your flight. You will appreciate the importance of this information beforehand once you land on your dream wild life destination.

The duration of stay in a wild life country is an important factor, which has a lot of bearing on your trip. The tour expense is proportionate to the number of days spent. If you are on a fairly long trip, say about fifteen days, probably the number of photography shots taken by you will be large. In that case you must plan to take a DSLR or digital camera which will help you a lot. If you are budget conscious and still look for a long and wide exposure to wild life, you will face a high transportation cost due to frequent safari trips covering long distances. You will probably get a bigger animal coverage, and your vehicle rental expense will shoot in which case you will probably have to look for moderate hotels and average food so that your overall expense graph stays within control.

Since in wild life safaris your trip coverage is very wide and wild with no medical facilities nearby, your travel plan must include carrying basic medicines. Your clothes must be light and yet sturdy to bear the stress and strain of wild life expedition.

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In your plan coverage, you need to give some thought and space for a sustained eco friendly trip. You do have certain responsibilities to discharge. If you are a chain smoker and a heavy drinker, refrain from those habits while on trip. This will put a check on your contribution to the atmospheric pollution of the wild life zone you have planned to visit.

Your plan horizon should encompass the category of accommodation you would like to have. You may prefer city hotels, hire a land rover, do a safari all day and be back by nightfall. You may opt to stay in camps or jungle lodges in between the long duration safaris. You drive and watch wild life throughout the day, park for a night stopover in a shelter, get some sleep, have tea and breakfast next morning and resume your safari.

In wild life tourism, planning for contingencies is always significant. You may get stranded for days in your lodge due to a heavy spell of rain that goes on nonstop. Jungles turn impenetrable traps with fresh rivulets springing up turning the roads to a horrible shape. Such uncertainties and surprises are to be factored in. You may need some extra money to tide over the situation.

To counter the hardships and difficulties that may arise in your wild life expedition, the importance of planning is imperative.

Dr Prem Jagyasi

Dr Prem is an award winning strategic leader, renowned author, publisher and highly acclaimed global speaker. Aside from publishing a bevy of life improvement guides, Dr Prem runs a network of 50 niche websites that attracts millions of readers across the globe. Thus far, Dr Prem has traveled to more than 40 countries, addressed numerous international conferences and offered his expert training and consultancy services to more than 150 international organizations. He also owns and leads a web services and technology business, supervised and managed by his eminent team. Dr Prem further takes great delight in travel photography.

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