This is part second in a two part blog post about the game what the ingredients are for a great game viewing experience on safari. In the first blog post, I debunked the myth that paying for an ultra luxury safari camp will provide quality wildlife viewing. In fact, just the opposite may be true. My focus in this blog post are the elements that truly provide the best game viewing experience on safari.
The Secret: Great Safari Guides
If you want a great game viewing experience,
go with great safari guides and trackers.
© Bill Given
Nothing is more important to great wildlife viewing on safari than having great guides.
While there are a number of very important factors that do contribute to the quality of the wildlife experience, guides are the number one factor.
Here is my list for the top factors for the best possible game viewing on safari.
- Outstanding guiding
- Use of tracker when in off road areas that have good tracking substrates
- Private vehicle for serious photographers or those with a special interest
- Well designed and maintained vehicles
- Areas of low tourism density for exclusive game viewing
- Night drives
- Flexible camp management that works meals and other logistics around the game viewing
- Doing extras like sending out a staff member to sit with sleeping cheetah or wild dogs during the clients mid-day siesta to make sure your guide can find them when you leave for the afternoon drive
- Walking or other safari activities that you want for a diverse experience
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